Newby Ely deaf movies collection

RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

Table of Contents

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

Collection Overview (Collapse)

Newby Ely deaf movies collection
Ely, Newby
Inclusive Date(s)
circa 1930 - 2005
A collection of posters, films, and press books featuring deaf actors or characters as compiled by historian and film buff Newby Ely.
9.0 Linear feet (6 File boxes, 2 Oversize lid boxes)
C.S. North, Shelves 182-185; Reading Room, Drawer 2
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 Newby Ely (Collapse)

Newby Ely has been an avid collector of film memorabilia for the past 40 years, amassing a private collection of thousands of items, including scripts, lobby cards and posters. After reading John Schuchman's Hollywood Speaks: Deafness and the Film Entertainment Industry and taking his course in the early 2000s, Ely started collecting Deaf-related film memorabilia and video recordings. He eventually donated this collection to the Deaf Studies Archives at RIT. He continues collecting film memorabilia and films produced in Europe. Since 2007, he has been employed as an archival film researcher/consultant for a private historical video company, and enjoys frequent research trips to film archives in New York and Washington, D.C. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife.

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Scope and Content (Collapse)

This is a collection of movies and TV shows that have at least one deaf actor collected by Newby Ely, who is Deaf and has a passion for Deaf cultural history. The collection includes posters, press books and movies that feature deaf actors or deaf characters.

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Collection materials are arranged by format.

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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.

Newby Ely deaf movies collection

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Ely, Newby


  • Deaf actors
  • Deaf artists
  • Deafness -- Drama
  • Film posters
  • Teachers of the deaf


  • DVDs
  • Motion pictures (visual work)
  • VHS (TM)

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Information for Researchers (Collapse)

Preferred Citation

Newby Ely deaf movies 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): 10:66, 11:77

Source of Acquisition

The Newby Ely deaf movie collection was gifted to the Deaf Studies Archive by Ely in two accessions: 2010 and 2011.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in October 2011.

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