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United States of America Deaf Basketball Association collection

Identifier: AR 550Uni

Scope and Contents note

Collection contains records created by and/or used by United States of America Deaf Basketball. Material types include correspondence; financial records; membership and registration records; credentials and resumes; travel documents; tournament statistics, programs, and evaluations; meeting agendas and minutes; legal, tax, insurance, and disciplinary documents, miscellaneous informational documents, etc.


  • 1946-2007
  • Majority of material found within , 1990-2007


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Conditions Governing Access note

Access to the collection is open with assistance from the archivist or staff, with the exception of series "tournament programs," box 12, and subseries "restricted" in series "general information," box 29, folder 5.

Conditions Governing Use note

Open for research, with the exception of restricted materials. Copyright for official University records is held by Utah Valley University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical/Historical note

United States of America Deaf Basketball (USADB) is the premier national sports organization for deaf and hard of hearing basketball athletes and supporters. It was established in 1945 Akron, Ohio as the American Athletic Association of the Deaf (AAAD) by a small group of people who wanted to see formal basketball programs for deaf adults. The AAAD grew over the next 50 years, becoming an umbrella organization of 26 sports and changed their name in 2000 to USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF). USA Deaf Basketball was then recognized as the national sports organization and governing body for basketball programs in the USA deaf and hard of hearing community.

USADB is host to an annual national men and women's basketball tournament that draws 28 teams and thousands of spectators from 8 different regions. USADB is also responsible for the development and training of the US men and women's national and development teams to represent to international competitions; as well as youth development programs which include boys and girl's elite camps and high school all-star national competition.


20.5 Linear Feet (41 boxes)


Collection contains records created by and/or used by United States of America Deaf Basketball.

Arrangement note

Series arrangement is as follows: I. forms; II. tournament programs; III, insurance, sanctions; IV. correspondence; V. meetings; policy, procedure, rules; VI. articles, newsletters; VII. lifetime pass; VIII. miscellaneous; IX. statistics; X. evaluaitons; XI. team representative credential forms; XII. delegate credential forms; XIII. referee applications; XIV. contracts, agreements; XV. individual files; XVI. tax documents; XVII. international; XVIII. general information; XIX. box contents lists; XX. legal; XXI. notes; XXII. pictures; XXIII. United states of America Deaf Sports Federation; XXIV. incident reports; XXV. softball; XXVI. suspension/ineligibility; XXVII. hall of fame; XXVIII. resumes; XXIX. catalog; XXX. USA Basketball News; XXXI. individual clubs; XXXII. child information sheet, waiver list; XXXIII. position description; XXXIV. team entry fee form; XXXV. coach, manager information form; XXXVI. incident report forms; XXXVII. team membership applications; XXXVIII. applications; XXXIX. locations; XL. Deaflympics; XLI. mail confirmation; XLII. financial. Subseries "Hampton, Virginia" and "Atlantic City, New Jersey" are in separate boxes from the rest of the series "locations".

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of United States of America Deaf Basketball.

Related Archival Materials note

AR 550Ath Utah Valley University collection of deaf athletic materials; AR 500Sim Reid O. Simonsen collection of deaf history materials, AR 550Uni United United States of America Deaf Basketball Digital Collection.

Acknowledgment of Bias and Harmful Content

The Sutherland Archives recognizes there are materials in our collections that may be offensive or harmful. Materials may contain language or depictions that are racist, sexist, Eurocentric, ableist, homophobic, etc. We present such materials unaltered to preserve context and to present a complete historical record. Sutherland Archives staff is making efforts to update our finding aids to acknowledge offensive content.

Finding aid prepared by Aimee Bastarache, Assistant Archivist
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Repository Details

Part of the Fulton Library George Sutherland Archives Repository

800 West University Parkway
MS 145
Orem Utah 84058 United States