Elizabeth Blomquist Symonds silk ribbon

RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

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Collection Overview
Historical Information for the Elizabeth Blomquist Symonds silk ribbon
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information

Collection Overview (Collapse)

Title
Elizabeth Blomquist Symonds silk ribbon
Creator
Symonds, Elizabeth Blomquist
Inclusive Date(s)
circa 1925-1979
Abstract
Silk ribbon and correspondence belonging to Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute art school student Elizabeth Blomquist Symonds.
Extent
1.0 Folder(s)
Location
C.S. Mid-Range, Shelf 328
Repository
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557
raswml@rit.edu
Language
English

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Historical Information for the Elizabeth Blomquist Symonds silk ribbon (Collapse)

The silk ribbon was likely given to Elizabeth Blomquist Symonds by Ziao Fong Hsia, a Chinese deaf-mute student from China who graduated from the Rochester School for the Deaf. Both attended the Bevier Art School of the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute. Ziao Fong Hsia graduated from RAMI in 1923. In a letter to RIT President Dr. Paul Miller, Symonds wrote:

I told you about our classmate, a deaf mute from China. He was attending the School for the Deaf in Rochester then changed his enrollment to our school, then known as Bevier Art School of Mechanics Institute. While here he began to know simple words and phrases. He even learned to dance by feeling the vibrations of the music as his feet touched the floor....His father, a man of position and wealth, was having his son educated to head a school for deaf mutes in China upon his return from Rochester.

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Scope and Content (Collapse)

The silk ribbon or neckpiece is fringed silk ribbon with the name of the exchange student inked on the side. The collection also includes two letters from Symonds to RIT President Dr. Paul Miller, a postcard, and a letter acknowledging Symonds' donation to the Deaf Studies Archives.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Collection consists of one folder.

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Symonds, Elizabeth Blomquist

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute -- Students.
  • Rochester School for the Deaf.

Subject(s)

  • Deaf -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Deaf college students

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Ribbon (material)

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Information for Researchers (Collapse)

Preferred Citation

Elizabeth Blomquist Symonds silk ribbon, RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

Collection ID

RITDSA.0060

Accession Information

Accession number(s): 11:63

Source of Acquisition

The Elizabeth Blomquist Symonds silk ribbon collection was gifted to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in September, 1979. The collection was transferred to the Deaf Studies Archives in July 2011 by Robert Baker of NTID.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in November 2011.

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