Veditz's letters to Bell

Some letters George Veditz wrote to AG Bell which appear in Bell’s archives

  • Veditz’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:

  • 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.”

See letter at:

  • Veditz’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:
“Your 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.”

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 – 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 Bell’s belated position on the NAD’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 – I’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, someone’s interest will be peaked.




7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Hedy
    Oct 15, 2007 @ 19:15:37


  2. Deb Ann
    Oct 15, 2007 @ 19:54:30

    I’m so glad that we needed to know about him…He stood up for ASL as a precious sign language and it’s so beautiful that he had done it!

  3. Bug
    Oct 15, 2007 @ 21:16:05

    Very interesting. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Ella Lentz
    Oct 15, 2007 @ 23:09:45

    Am glad to find it’s you behind this great blog. Glad especially that you have your own where you can have all your wisdom and creativity in one place for people to find.
    Looking forward to seeing more of your posts.

  5. pdurr
    Oct 16, 2007 @ 09:28:35

    Glad u all appreciate Veditz as much as i do

    the poor bloke has been labeled as a hot head, radical in some Deaf studies texts but my view of him from a distance of time is that he was an advocate.

    Frederick Douglass, famous abolitionist and African-American hero for all of us to admire, once said “agitate, agitate, agitate” at a woman’s suffragist meeting – it is said when he retold the story to his 2nd wife, he then suffered a heart attack and died. Fitting last words for a true-blue advocate.

    I can imagine Veditz doing the same.

    “Agitate, agitate, agitate.”

    Peacefully – of course

  6. pdurr
    Oct 16, 2007 @ 09:52:39


    thanks for ur kind words of support

    re: wisdom hmmm me don’t know about that smile

    i have been very reluctant to do any blog / vlogging because i know its time consuming and because i do best when inspired smile

    have been wanting to share what im finding out about Veditz for a while now and blog seems to be a good medium as well as vlogs – ie martha’s films on veditz and bell

    we must look at our past to better form a bright future

    stand on the shoulders of gaints all that good stuff




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