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Dr. William Castle NTID An Historical Perspective digital audio recording

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0623

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of an audio recording of a talk given by Dr. William Castle providing a history of how NTID (National Technical Institute for the Deaf) came into existence. He begins with the first school for the deaf founded in 1817, through the construction of NTID at RIT in the late 1960's. He includes key people and events from the history of deaf education. Castle then discusses the growth of NTID at RIT as well as his vision for the future of NTID. There is a question and answer session at the end of the recording.

Original cassette recording was digitized on 12/14/2013.


  • Creation: circa 1983

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Rochester Institute of Technology, founded in 1829, competed against 26 other colleges for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf to become part of the university. NTID began operations in 1968 to provide deaf and hard-of-hearing students with outstanding technical and professional education programs, complemented by a strong liberal arts and sciences curriculum. The National Technical Institute for the Deaf prepares student to live and work in the mainstream of a rapidly changing global community and enhances their lifelong learning. During his long tenure as RIT Vice President (Director) for NTID (1979-1994), Dr. Castle brought tremendous skill to his task of leading and promoting NTID. His career at NTID spanned 26 years — 10 years as Dean and 16 as Director. Adept at political nudging, he put and kept, NTID on the map. He helped raise NTID’s academic standards, and successfully lobbied Congress for increased support, benefiting students and expanding academic programs and research. Among his other affiliations, he served as president of the A.G. Bell Association of the Deaf, the pre-eminent oralists’ organization, although he could also sign relatively well. His resignation on November 1, 1994 deprived NTID of its most colorful and controversial leader.


1 Digital File(s) (Digital Audio Files)




Audio recording of a talk given by William Castle on the history of NTID. NTID was established in 1966 and Robert Frisina became its first director in 1967. Exact date of the recording is unknown.


The collection consists of one item.

Physical Location

For access, contact RIT Archive Collections.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jennifer Roeszies in September 2015.

Dr. William Castle NTID An Historical Perspective audio recording
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA