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TeleTypewriter (TTY) phones

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITDSA-0067

Scope and Contents

The collection contains two Teletype phone communication systems with their corresponding cords and fone flashers contained in a black case. The items were donated by NTID Student Life Team. TTY stands for Text Telephone / Teletype Terminal / TeleTypewriter. It is a telecommunication device for the Deaf.


  • Creation: ca. 1995-1998

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Historical Information: TTY

A TTY is a special device that allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired use the telephone to communicate, by allowing them to type messages back and forth to one another instead of talking and listening. A TTY is required at both ends of the conversation in order to communicate.

To use a TTY, you set a telephone handset onto special acoustic cups built into the TTY (some TTY models can be plugged directly into a telephone line). Then, type the message you want to send on the TTY's keyboard. As you type, the message is sent over the phone line, just like your voice would be sent over the phone line if you talked. You can read the other person's response on the TTY's text display.


1.5 Linear Feet (1 carton containing 2 TTY's and their various components.)




The TeleTypewriter (TTY) phone collection consists of two phone systems. These are communication devices for the deaf. They were donated by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.


The collection is arranged by components of the phones.

Physical Location

C.S. Mid-range, Shelf 336

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to RIT Archive Collections by the NTID Student Life Team in December 2011. Accession number(s): 2012:001

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Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in January 2012.

TeleTYpewriter (TTY) phones
RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
Jody Sidlauskas
24 January 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA