Bernard Bragg collection

RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

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

Collection Overview (Collapse)

Bernard Bragg collection
Inclusive Date(s)
Materials related to well-known Deaf actor Bernard Bragg, with emphasis on his time with the National Theatre of the Deaf.
4.0 Linear feet (4 File boxes)
C.S. North, Shelves 213-214
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 Bernard Bragg (Collapse)

Born in 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, Bernard Bragg was introduced to theater at a young age. Bragg attended the New York School for the Deaf where one of his mentors was Robert Panara. After graduating from Gallaudet in 1952, he began working at the California School for the Deaf. Along with his teaching duties, Bragg directed student theater productions as well as shows for National Association of the Deaf conventions.

By the late 1960s, Bragg was approached by David Hays to help launch a deaf theater troupe which would eventually become the National Theater of the Deaf (NTD). Bragg spent ten years with NTD, 1967-1977. He returned to teaching, first as artist in residence at National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT, and then at Gallaudet.

Bragg has won many honors for his work, including a special Tony Award for Theatrical Excellence to the Actors of the National Theatre of the Deaf (1977), honorary doctorate from Gallaudet (1988), and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Federation of the Deaf (2001).

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The Bernard Bragg collection focuses on the career of Bernard Bragg, especially as it pertains to the National Theatre of the Deaf. It also contains materials relating to the history of deaf theater. The collection contains: photographs, news clippings, newsletters, magazines, correspondence, playbills, scripts, and posters.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Materials are roughly 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.

Bernard Bragg collection

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Bragg, Bernard, 1928-

Corporate Name(s)

  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
  • National Theatre of the Deaf.


  • Deaf, Theater for the -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Deafness -- Drama
  • National Theatre of the Deaf -- History
  • Theater


  • Photographs
  • Programs (documents)

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Preferred Citation

Bernard Bragg collection, RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Collection ID


Accession Information

Accession number(s): 11:75

Source of Acquisition

The Bernard Bragg collection was donated to RIT in 2011. It was transferred to the Deaf Studies Archive in 2011 by Robert Baker of the NTID Dyer Arts Center.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in October 2011.

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