Robert Panara deaf poster collection

RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

Table of Contents

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

Collection Overview (Collapse)

Robert Panara deaf poster collection
Panara, Robert
Inclusive Date(s)
circa 1975-1985
Collection of 11 posters collected by Robert Panara, the first deaf faculty member of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology.
1.0 Folder(s) (1 Oversize folder)
Dimensions note
Posters vary in size: 17 x 11 to 17.5 x 23 inches
C.S. North, Shelf 295, Poster Drawer 51
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 Robert Panara (Collapse)

The first Deaf faculty member at NTID, and a key figure in its history, Robert Panara was hired in 1967 to assist in establishing NTID on RIT's campus. He was instrumental in planning NTID's curriculum and preparing RIT's staff with ASL classes. He taught English at NTID and founded the Drama Club in 1970, which has grown into a full performing arts program with numerous productions yearly in the theater at NTID named in his honor. It was at the celebration of NTID's 20th anniversary in 1988 that the Robert F. Panara Theatre was dedicated. Panara is recognized as one of the founders of the National Theatre of the Deaf. He was the only deaf member of the National Advisory Board, and the first NTID faculty member. He was also awarded the RIT Founders Award for his lifetime of achievement and devoted service to RIT. Panara retired from NTID in 1987.

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Scope and Content (Collapse)

The Robert Panara deaf poster collection consists of 11 posters concerning deaf cultural events at Rochester Institute of Technology (Henrietta, New York) and St. Mary's School for the Deaf (Buffalo, New York). Some posters are duplicates and are noted as such:

  • An Evening of Poetry and Sign, St. Mary's School for the Deaf, November 18
  • An Evening of Poetry and Sign, St. Mary's School for the Deaf, June 3 [2 copies]
  • NTID Drama Club 5th Annual Awards: New Horizons, NTID Theatre, May 31, 1975
  • NTID Drama Club 3rd Annual Awards: Persian Fantasies, Ingle Auditorium, May 11, 1973
  • It's a Deaf Deaf Deaf Deaf World!, Booth Auditorium, March 8-9, 1974 [2 copies]
  • NTID Drama Club Presents: And Gladly Teach, Two Angels on Duty, and Christmas Promenade, Ingle Auditorium, December 6-7
  • Woods and Bray: The Wonder Dancers, NTID Theatre, April 30, 1981 [3 copies]

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Posters are arranged by size.

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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.

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Panara, Robert

Corporate Name(s)

  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Faculty.
  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf.


  • Deaf -- Associations, institutions, etc.
  • Deaf -- Education
  • Deaf -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Deaf -- Poetry
  • Deaf, Theater for the -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Poetry--Recitation.
  • Teachers of the deaf


  • Drama
  • Posters

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Information for Researchers (Collapse)

Preferred Citation

Robert Panara deaf poster 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): 11:19

Source of Acquisition

The Robert Panara deaf poster collection was donated to the Deaf Studies Archive in 2011 by National Technical Institute for the Deaf faculty member Aaron Kelstone.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in October 2011.

Revision Description

 Lisa Witt location change 10 April 2014

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