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Igor Kolombatovic collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITDSA-0197

Scope and Contents

The Igor Kolombatovic collection contains personal papers and documentation of art exhibitions from 1954 to 2014. Four binders of material are organized into various subjects. Volumes I and II contain correspondence relating to Kolombatovic's immigration and refugee status between 1954 and about 1957. Volume III contains letters to and from Kolombatovic between 1958 and 1959. Volume IV contains correspondence to and from Kolombatovic from about 1960 to 2005. Several other binders contain the following: biographical information and a draft of Kolombatovic's biography; photographs; art-related files; and a large album of historical images and articles displayed at Kolombatovic's memorial service. Also in the collection are two videotapes ("IGOR IGOR" and Kolombatovic's art exhibition and Toronto's Deaf Culture Center in 2008) and three DVD discs ("Igor's Memorial Service" July 30, 2014; "Igor Kolombatovic: A Retrospective, November 2004; and "This is Your Life" - Igor's 70th birthday. Later additions to the collection include biographic material, passports, multiple hand written notebooks, correspondence, religious materials, and artist tools used by Igor.


  • Creation: circa 1919-2014


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

The two videotapes require specific hardware to view. Please contact the RIT Archives staff for access.

Biographical / Historical

Igor Kolombatovic was a Deaf painter whose work, it has been said, explores themes of freedom emerging from oppression. Kolombatovic lived in Yugoslavia during World War II, escaped as a refugee to Canada, and eventually moved to California, where he was very active in the art world for the entirety of his life.

(some information from, accessed April 2019)


8 Linear Feet (6 binder boxes, 1 small box, 1 oversized album, 1 legal file box, 1 banker box, 1 file box, 1 large suitcase)




The Igor Kolombatovic collection contains both documentation of his artistic work and activities and personal materials.


Original numbering of and arrangement within the binders in this collection has been maintained.

Physical Location

temporary range 72, OV3 (suitcase)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive in 2018 by Elizabeth LePage.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Ella von Holtum in April, 2019.

Igor Kolombatovic collection
RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
Ella von Holtum
12 April 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA