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Abbé de l’Épée 300th birthday ephemera

Identifier: RITDSA-0095

Scope and Contents

Abbé de l’Épée 300th birthday ephemera contains brochures from a Deaf-Mute Banquet hosted by RIT ASL & Deaf Studies Community Center, two special issues of Art Pi! which are dedicated to Abbe de l'Epee, an envelope with a L'Appe de l'Epee stamp, and a 2012 Conference Internationale brochure.


  • Creation: 2012-2013

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This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

November 25, 2012 marked the 300th birthday of Abbé Charles-Michel de l’Épée, to whom millions of deaf and hard of hearing people around the world owe a great deal of thanks. Abbé de l’Épée (November 25, 1712 – December 23, 1789) is regarded by the World Federation of the Deaf as the Father of Deaf Education.

Abbé de l’Épée dedicated his life to helping others, and in a chance encounter met two young deaf sisters who communicated with each other in signs. From this encounter, he became involved in the education of deaf students and formed a school in 1760 for this purpose in Paris, France. Just as important was his willingness to allow others to learn from his methods so as to spread the benefits of teaching deaf people through sign language. It was this willingness that made it possible for Laurent Clerc to go to the United States and teach deaf students using the methods of Abbé de l’Épée.

Abbé de l’Épée began a revolution in educating deaf and hard of hearing students, and this revolution continues to be fought today.


0.01 Linear Feet (1 folder)




Programs and magazines celebrating the 300th birthday of Abbé de l’Épée during 2012.


Papers are arranged by material type.

Physical Location

C.S. Mid-range, Shelf 419, DSA Ephemera Box 1, Folder 8

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was given to the RIT Archives by Joan Naturale in December 2012. Accession number(s): 2014:008

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in February 2014.

Abbe de l'Epee 300th birthday ephemera
RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
Jody Sidlauskas
7 February 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA