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Deaf history newspaper clippings

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITDSA-0050

Scope and Contents

Deaf history newspaper clippings give broad documentation of the Deaf at the turn of the twentieth century, mainly in New York State. Coverage includes Deaf schools and institutions, including the Rochester School for the Deaf, All Souls' Church for the Deaf, Rochester Deaf Mute Club, and the New York Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb. Also included in the collection are articles and obituaries on Deaf individuals.


  • Creation: circa 1890-1925

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Historical Information: RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

The RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive document RIT’s central role in educating the Deaf and hard of hearing in the United States and draws from Rochester's significant Deaf community. The main focus of the archive is Deaf culture, Deaf studies, Deaf education, Deaf theater, Deaf artists and Deafness.

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf, one of nine colleges at RIT, was established by an act of congress and signed into law by President Johnson in 1965. After an extensive national search, RIT was chosen as the permanent home for NTID, and the first group of students arrived in Fall 1968. This significant archive of primary resources, artwork, videos and books documents the founding and growth of NTID and highlights the many remarkable contributions of Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing individuals affiliated with NTID. The Rochester area enjoys a vibrant Deaf community, and the Deaf Studies Archive represents the first time an effort has been made to preserve some record of this culture.


1.25 Linear Feet (1 Lid box)




Deaf history newspaper clippings focus on the education of the Deaf at the turn of the twentieth century, mainly in New York State. Also included are obituaries and articles on notable Deaf persons.


The collection is unprocessed and is not arranged in an identifiable order.

Physical Location

C.S. North, Shelf 234

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number(s): 10:76

Deaf history newspaper clippings were donated to the Deaf Studies Archive by RIT librarian Joan Naturale in 2010.

Physical Description

Many of the newspaper clippings are fragile with significant brittleness. See Archivist for handling.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in October 2011.

Deaf history newspaper clippings
RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
Amy Vilz
19 October 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA