Robert Panara literature 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 literature collection
Panara, Robert
Inclusive Date(s)
Fiction, plays, mysteries, poetry, and romances featuring deaf characters and collected by Robert Panara, first Deaf faculty member of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology.
3.75 Linear feet (3 cartons, 1 Lid box)
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)

Robert Panara's collection of fiction, plays, mysteries, poetry, and romances featuring deaf characters was amassed as part of his research on "Deaf Characters in Fiction and Drama" and used extensively in his literature classes for deaf students. See "Other Finding Aids" for a collection inventory.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Books are arranged alphabetical by author.

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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 literature collection

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Panara, Robert

Corporate Name(s)

  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Faculty.


  • Deaf -- Associations, institutions, etc.
  • Deaf -- Education
  • Deaf -- Means of communication
  • Deaf -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Deaf artists
  • Deaf, writings of the
  • Deafness -- Drama
  • Deafness -- Literary collections
  • Deafness -- Poetry
  • English literature -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • National Theatre of the Deaf -- History
  • Teachers of the deaf


  • Books

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Preferred Citation

Robert Panara literature 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): 2009:028; 2011:087

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in October 2011.

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