Lee Brody New York-New Jersey TTY collection

RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

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Collection Overview
Biographical Information for Lee Brody
Scope and Content
Additional Finding Aids
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
Related Materials

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Lee Brody New York-New Jersey Phone-TTY collection
Brody, Lee
New York-New Jersey Phone-TTY.
Inclusive Date(s)
circa 1969-1989
Lee Brody TTY collection documents the New York-New Jersey Phone- TTY, a company founded by Lee Brody to provide telephone accessibility for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. The collection contains business records, clippings, newsletters, photographs and TTY and technology equipment.
8.33 Linear feet (9 file boxes, 1 attache case, 2 framed pieces, 1 oversize lid box)
C.S. North, Shelves 195, 197, 201-204
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Biographical Information for Lee Brody (Collapse)

(Irwin) Lee Brody, a pioneer in developing affordable TTY’s for the deaf community, was born in Newark, NJ in 1926 and became deaf at six months old. His father, Harry Brody, sent Lee to Central Institute for the Deaf (CID) in St. Louis, MO so that it would help Lee prepare for college. Lee graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University in 1949 and went on to graduate studies in Psychology. After college, he started a career in real estate.

In 1969 he started gathering used and donated TTYs, refurbishing them and distributing them to deaf people, allowing them to use the telephone to communicate with others, sometimes for first time. He soon formalized this activity, starting a non-profit company called New York-New Jersey Phone-TTY in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. He also worked with schools, hospitals, libraries, and local police, fire and emergency call departments, to distribute special TTY’s that could be easily tied into regular phone lines. In this way deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, first in New York and New Jersey, and then nationwide were able to communicate with basic public services. Among other accomplishments he developed visual light signalers and pioneered the use of computer software to function as TTYs. He also developed the world's first Braille TTY used by deaf-blind users. His company also designed and produced a line of assistive devices, including doorbell and phone ringing light signalers and wake up devices. Brody passed away at age 70 on February 11, 1997. Lee Brody was married to Anna Terrazzino, who took over the company after his death.

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Lee Brody TTY collection documents the New York-New Jersey Phone- TTY, a company founded by Lee Brody to provide telephone accessibility for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. The collection contains business records and correspondence, records of fundraising events, drawings of signalers, TTY and technology equipment, equipment manuals, newspaper and magazine articles about Lee Brody and the company, newsletters, photographs and NY-NJ Phone-TTY directories.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Collection materials are arranged in series and by material type.

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Additional Finding Aids (Collapse)

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

Lee Brody New York-New Jersey Phone-TTY collection

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Brody, Lee
  • Terrazzino, Anna M.

Corporate Name(s)

  • New York-New Jersey Phone-TTY.


  • Deaf -- Means of communication
  • Deaf -- New Jersey
  • Deaf -- New York (State)
  • Deaf -- United States
  • Deafblind people -- Means of communication
  • Telephone -- Directory
  • Teletypewriters
  • Teletypewriters -- 1970-1980


  • Correspondence
  • Papers (document genres)
  • Photographs
  • Posters
  • Telecommunications devices for the deaf -- United States -- History

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Information for Researchers (Collapse)

RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

Lee Brody TTY collection, RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

Collection ID


Accession Information

Accession number(s): 2011:045; 2013:068; 2015:094

Source of Acquisition

Donated by Anna M. Terrazzino, President of New York/New Jersey Phone TTY.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in August 2011.

Revision Description

 Added new accessions. 02 October 2013, 30 July 2015

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