Dr. William Castle NTID An Historical Perspective audio recording

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Biographical Information for William Castle
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Dr. William Castle NTID An Historical Perspective digital audio recording
Inclusive Date(s)
circa 1983
Audio recording of speech 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.
1.0 Digital file(s) (Digital Audio Files)
For access, contact RIT Archive Collections.
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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RIT, founded in 1829, competed against eight 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, that prepares them 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 and enhancing 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 passably well. His resignation on November 1, 1994 deprived NTID of its most colorful and controversial leader.

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Audio recording of a speech 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. Castle then continues on to discuss the growth of NTID at RIT as well as his vision forthe 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.

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The collection consists of one item.

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Personal Name(s)

  • Castle, William E., Dr.
  • Ellingson, Mark, 1904-1993
  • Frisina, D. Robert
  • Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-2007
  • Johnson, Lyndon B. ( Lyndon Baines) , 1908-1973
  • Shumway, Hettie Beaman Lakin, 1903-1985
  • Thornberry, Homer, 1909- 1995

Corporate Name(s)

  • Gallaudet University.
  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf.


  • Deaf -- Education (Higher) -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf -- History


  • Oral histories

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Preferred Citation

Dr. William Castle NTID An Historical Perspective digital audio recording, RIT Archive Collections

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jennifer Roeszies in September 2015.

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