Some letters George Veditz wrote to AG Bell which appear in Bell’s archives
- Veditzâ€™s handwritten letter to AG Bell Dec. 29, 1909
Veditz starts by saying he is sending ANOTHER copy of the NAD’s resolution to Bell. Veditz states he regrets that Bell won’t be attending the World Congress for the Deaf the next summer because
“We should have liked to convince you – pardon the expression – of the ‘error of your ways,’ and bring you into concord with the aims of the vast majority of the deaf.“
He congenially signs off with a
“With the season’s greetings, I am yours very truly“
see letter at: http://memory.loc.gov/mss/magbell/169/16910210/0001.jpg
- Veditz’s letter to Bell January 16, 1915
At this time Veditz was chairman of the NAD endowment fund and soliciting a donation from AG Bell.
“Knowing your interest in the deaf I am venturing to ask your contribution to this fund.”
- Veditzâ€™s letter to Bell February 15, 1915 (1 month later)
Having not received a substantial donation from Bell for the NAD endowment fund, Veditz responded by saying:
â€œYour benefaction through the Volta Bureau is magnificent, but I am pained to say that the adult deaf are not in sympathy with its aims and purposes under its present management, or as it has been managed in the past
In closing after complimenting Bell on his success the telePHONE – Veditz suggests the making of a teleVISION.
I wonder if you could be induced to turn your attention to a sort of television that will do for the eye what the telephone does for the ear.â€
See letter at:
Dr. Karen Christie pointed these gems in my direction last year and I was like WOW! Have showed them a bit to students and worked closely with Martha Anger on her short films â€“ Got George and Veditz vs. AG Bell to incorporate these primary documents via ASL and film.
I continue to be amazed at how strong an advocate Veditz was
Will post some quotes from his obit of AGBell that amaze me and also his retort / response to AG Bellâ€™s belated position on the NADâ€™s resolution re: method for educating Deaf kids.
These letters are just a small sampling to show how tirelessly Veditz worked for ASL, Deaf people as a class, and Deaf children especially.
U go George!
We have some great biographies of Great Deaf folks out there – do wish someone would do one on Veditz â€“ Iâ€™ll be the first one to buy it. Have suggested it to a few publishers and prominent Deaf authors I know but no takers yet. Hopefully in the new generation, someoneâ€™s interest will be peaked.