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George Veditz posters

 Collection — Drawer: 31
Identifier: RITDSA-0100

Scope and Contents

All four posters in this collection depict George Veditz. Two posters, on display in RADSCC in the Wallace library, are by Warren Miller, an RIT/NTID alumnus. "George Veditz" conveys the idea of ASL in motion by depicting Veditz signing framed by a filmstrip. "Forefather" pays tribute to to role Veditz played in Deaf history by placing him on the artist's version of Mount Rushmore.

"Veditz" by Yiqiao Wang and "This is George Veditz" by Nancy Rourke are both portraits of the subject. The pieces are very different in style and medium, but both use bright, blocky colors to give the works a vivid feel.


"George Veditz" by Warren Miller
24" x 18"
"Forefather" by Warren Miller
24" x 18"
"Veditz" by Yiqiao Wang
23" x 19"
"This is George Veditz" painting reproduction by Nancy Rourke
11" x 8.5"


  • Creation: 2013


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical information on George W. Veditz

George William Veditz (1861-1937) was a former president of the National Association of the Deaf of the United States and was one of the first to film American Sign Language. Following his graduation from Gallaudet in 1884, Veditz began to work as a teacher at the Maryland School for the Deaf. He then accepted a position at the Colorado School for the Deaf where he worked as a teacher for seventeen years.

In 1904, he was elected president of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) of the United States and was re-elected in 1907. At that time, oralist teaching was gaining in popularity in schools, so Veditz committed the NAD to raising money to finance recordings of speeches in sign language.

Veditz created a film defending the right of deaf people to use sign language, talks of its beauty, as well as its value to humanity. The Library of Congress announced on December 28, 2011 that it had named the landmark 1913 film The Preservation of the Sign Language for inclusion in theNational Film Registry.


4 Item(s) (2 posters - framed (in RADSCC) 2 posters - unframed)




Four works by various artists depicting George W. Veditz.


This collection is partially on display and not arranged in any way.

Physical Location

Two framed posters are on loan in the RADSCC classroom on the first floor of The Wallace Center. The two unframed posters are located in Reading Room, Poster Drawer number 31.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The George Veditz posters were purchased for the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive in October 2013. Accession number(s): 2014:014

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in February 2014.

George Veditz posters
RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
Jody Sidlauskas
05 February 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA