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Deaf Art/Deaf Artists collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITDSA-0039

Scope and Contents

The deaf art/deaf artists collection contains materials collected by Paula Grcevic, Patti Durr and Barbara Fox. Materials include color slides of artist works, correspondence, artists' statements, biographical informations, copyright agreements, and clippings regarding Deaf art and artists. Also included are four hard disks and one CD, all of which contains various artists' artworks. These materials were used to create the International Archive of Deaf Artists and the deaf art/deaf artists website, produced by NTID.


  • Creation: circa 1985-2008


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The deaf art/deaf artists project began as a course taught at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology by Paula Grcevic and Barbara Fox. In the development of course material, Grcevic and Fox assembled a collection of documentation on deaf and hard of hearing artists. This material was originally referred to as the International Archive of Deaf Artists. In order to make the material more accessible, a website was created under that name and was active from 1998-2006. Librarians Sue Mee, Marcia Trauernicht and Romea Montanero and RIT students Abi Ramos and Beth Nicole McKeown worked on building the site. In 2007, a new and expanded site was launched as deaf art/deaf artists and includes artist biographies, portfolios, videos, student artwork, articles on Deaf culture and art and other resources. NTID faculty members Patti Durr and Paula Grcevic, Librarian Joan Naturale, and NTID Educational Design Resources staff members Simon Ting, Cathy Clarke and Marie Buckley created the second site.


3 Linear Feet (2 cartons)




Correspondence, slides, and clippings related to artists included in the deaf art/deaf artists website. The website includes over 40 deaf and hard of hearing artists.


Most of the folders are arranged in alphabet order. Within copy agreement folders and slides in binders, the materials are also arranged in alphabet order.

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Deaf Art/Deaf Artists collection

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number(s): 07:02, 09:18, 10:77, 18:077, 19:074

The Deaf Art/Deaf Artists collection was given to the Deaf Studies Archive in four accessions in 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2018 by Paula Grcevic, and one accession in 2019 by Romea Montanaro.

Related Materials

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in October 2011, updated by Ella von Holtum in 2019.

Deaf Art/Deaf Artists collection
RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
Amy Vilz
17 October 2011
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA