TeleTYpewriter (TTY) phones

RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

Table of Contents

Collection Overview
Historical Information for TTY
Scope and Content
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
Related Materials

Collection Overview (Collapse)

TeleTypewriter (TTY) phones
Inclusive Date(s)
ca. 1995-1998
The TeleTypewriter (TTY) phone collection consists of two phone systems. These are communication devices for the deaf. They were donated by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
9.0 Item(s) (1 carton containing 2 TTY's and their various components.)
C.S. Mid-range, Shelf 336
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 TTY (Collapse)

A TTY is a special device that allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired use the telephone to communicate, by allowing them to type messages back and forth to one another instead of talking and listening. A TTY is required at both ends of the conversation in order to communicate.

To use a TTY, you set a telephone handset onto special acoustic cups built into the TTY (some TTY models can be plugged directly into a telephone line). Then, type the message you want to send on the TTY's keyboard. As you type, the message is sent over the phone line, just like your voice would be sent over the phone line if you talked. You can read the other person's response on the TTY's text display.

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Scope and Content (Collapse)

The collection contains two Teletype phone communication systems with their corresponding cords and fone flashers contained in a black case. The items were donated by NTID Student Life Team. TTY stands for Text Telephone / Teletype Terminal / TeleTypewriter. It is a telecommunication device for the Deaf.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

The collection is arranged by components of the phones.

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Corporate Name(s)

  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Student Life Team.
  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf.


  • Deaf -- Means of communication
  • Deaf -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Deaf college students
  • Teletypewriters


  • Telecommunications devices for the deaf -- United States -- History

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Information for Researchers (Collapse)

Preferred Citation

TeleTypewriter (TTY) phones, RIT Deaf Studies Archive

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

Collection ID


Accession Information

The collection was donated to RIT Archive Collections by the NTID Student Life Team in December 2011. Accession number(s): 2012:001

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in January 2012.

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