Harry Lang collection on Robert Panara

RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

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Collection Overview
Biographical Information for Harry Lang and Robert Panara
Scope and Content
Additional Finding Aids
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Harry Lang collection on Robert Panara
Lang, Harry G.
Inclusive Date(s)
The Harry Lang collection on Robert Panara consists of Lang's research files used in writing his book, Teaching From the Heart and Soul: The Life and Work of Robert F. Panara.
1.25 Linear feet (1 File box)
C.S. North, Shelf 284
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 Harry Lang and Robert Panara (Collapse)

Dr. Harry Lang attended the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, earned a BS in Physics from Bethany College, a MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and his doctorate in Education from the University of Rochester. Lang has taught at National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) since 1969, first in the Physics Department, and later as a faculty member in the Master of Science Program in Secondary Education of Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

He is also a prolific author, including Edmund Booth: A Deaf Pioneer, Teaching from the Heart and Soul: The Robert F. Panara Story, and Deaf Persons in the Arts and Sciences: A Biographical Dictionary (co-authored with Bonnie Meath-Lang). The dictionary includes 150 biographies of deaf scientists, artists, engineers, actors, writers, poets, and other professionals. In 2006, Lang was awarded the Rochester Institute of Technology Trustees Scholarship Award in recognition of establishing an outstanding record of academic scholarship.

About Robert Panara

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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The Harry Lang collection on Robert Panara includes original materials from Panara as well as correspondence and articles Lang collected while researching the book, Teaching from the Heart and Soul: The Robert F. Panara Story (Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press, 2007). Other materials include notes, student newspaper articles, and class reports from Panara's years at Gallaudet; and articles, books, and programs regarding the national Theatre of the Deaf. A small amount of documentation covers Panara's personal life, including his family and a biography.

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Collection materials are roughly arranged by subject.

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In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Harry Lang collection on Robert Panara

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Lang, Harry G.
  • Panara, Robert

Corporate Name(s)

  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Faculty.


  • Deaf -- Education
  • Deaf -- History
  • Deaf culture
  • Teachers of the deaf


  • Correspondence
  • Publications

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Preferred Citation

Harry Lang collection on Robert Panara, 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): 07:90

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in October 2011.

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