Robert Panara deaf video 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 video collection
Panara, Robert
Inclusive Date(s)
Collection of VHS tapes and DVDs assembled by Robert Panara, the first deaf faculty member of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology.
4.5 Linear feet (33 DVDs, 37 VHS)
C.S. Mid-Range, Shelves 333, 338
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 recordings in this collection relate to Panara's teaching career and lifelong passion for ASL poetry and Deaf theater, and include recordings of classroom lectures, performances by the National Theater of the Deaf, television shows with deaf themes, and an interview with renowned Deaf actor Bernard Bragg.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Collection materials are arranged by numerically.

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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.

Robert Panara deaf video collection

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Panara, Robert

Corporate Name(s)

  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Faculty.


  • Deaf -- Education
  • Deaf -- Education (Higher) -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Deaf -- Means of communication
  • Deaf -- Poetry
  • Deaf actors
  • Deaf artists
  • Deaf culture
  • Deafness -- Drama


  • DVDs
  • VHS (TM)

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Information for Researchers (Collapse)

Preferred Citation

Robert Panara deaf video 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): 2007:072;2007:028

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in October 2011.

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Related Materials (Collapse)

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