Deaf Art/Deaf Artists collection

RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

Table of Contents

Collection Overview
Historical Information for Deaf Art/Deaf Artists
Scope and Content
Additional Finding Aids
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
Related Materials

Collection Overview (Collapse)

Deaf Art/Deaf Artists collection
Durr, Patricia
Fox, Barbara
Grcevic, Paula
Inclusive Date(s)
circa 1985-2008
Correspondence, slides, and clippings related to artists included in the deaf art/deaf artists website. The website includes over 40 deaf and hard of hearing artists.
2.6 Linear feet (2 carton boxes. (Blue))
C.S. North, Shelf 316.
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Historical Information for Deaf Art/Deaf Artists (Collapse)

The deaf art/deaf artists project began as a course taught at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology by Paula Grcevic and Barbara Fox. In the development of course material, Grcevic and Fox assembled a collection of documentation on deaf and hard of hearing artists. This material was originally referred to as the International Archive of Deaf Artists. In order to make the material more accessible, a website was created under that name and was active from 1998-2006. Librarians Sue Mee, Marcia Trauernicht and Romea Montanero and RIT students Abi Ramos and Beth Nicole McKeown worked on building the site. In 2007, a new and expanded site was launched as deaf art/deaf artists and includes artist biographies, portfolios, videos, student artwork, articles on Deaf culture and art and other resources. NTID faculty members Patti Durr and Paula Grcevic, Librarian Joan Naturale, and NTID Educational Design Resources staff members Simon Ting, Cathy Clarke and Marie Buckley created the second site.

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Scope and Content (Collapse)

The deaf art/deaf artists collection contains materials collected by Paula Grcevic, Patti Durr and Barbara Fox. Materials include color slides of artist works, correspondence, artists' statements, biographical informations, copyright agreements, and clippings regarding Deaf art and artists. Also included are four hard disks and one CD, all of which contains various artists' artworks. These materials were used to create the International Archive of Deaf Artists and the deaf art/deaf artists website, produced by NTID.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Most of the folders are arranged in alphabet order. Within copy agreement folders and slides in binders, the materials are also arranged in alphabet order.

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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)

  • Durr, Patricia
  • Fox, Barbara
  • Grcevic, Paula

Corporate Name(s)

  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Faculty.
  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Art collections.


  • Deaf -- Means of communication
  • Deaf artists


  • Biographies
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Color slides
  • Compact discs
  • Correspondence
  • Postcards

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Information for Researchers (Collapse)

Preferred Citation

Deaf Art/Deaf Artists 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): 07:02, 09:18, 10:77

Source of Acquisition

The Deaf Art/Deaf Artists collection was given to the Deaf Studies Archive in three accessions in 2007, 2009, and 2010 by Paula Grcevic.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in October 2011.

Revision Description

 Lisa Witt - Added new materials to the collection. 02 April 2014

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Related Materials (Collapse)

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