Kevin Nolan photographs and papers

RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

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Collection Overview
Biographical Information for Kevin Nolan
Scope and Content
Additional Finding Aids
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
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Kevin Nolan photographs and papers
Nolan, Kevin J.
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Materials found in the Kevin Nolan photographs and papers relate to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) drama club from 1968-2008. Kevin Nolan was a student at NTID from 1968-1971 and was one of the founders of the NTID drama club. This collection includes photographic prints in black and white and color, newspaper clippings, programs, and scripts from various productions.
0.5 Linear feet (Document box )
C.S. North, Shelf 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 Kevin Nolan (Collapse)

Kevin Nolan is a 1971 NTID/RIT graduate of College of Business. Nolan was one of only 70 students in the NTID inaugural class of 1968. Alongside Robert Panera, Nolan and two other students helped form the NTID Drama Club. Starring in many productions such as “The Marriage Proposal”, “Laurel and Hardy,” and “Up In Central Park,” Nolan is best known for his performance in “The Claw” in 1971. That same year, Nolan won the Outstanding Service Award at the First Annual Golden Award Night. In 1977, Kevin Nolan won the Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2009, Nolan returned to the NTID stage to perform in Equus.

Kevin made history by becoming the first born-deaf person elected to public office in the U.S., a city council seat in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1986-87 against a 20-year incumbent.

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Kevin Nolan photographs and papers is comprised of 37 photographs of NTID productions from 1970-2008, programs from the shows, scripts, and newspaper clippings about the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), and the NTID Drama Club. The photographs depict performances of "The Marriage Proposal," (1970), "Laurel and Hardy," "Up In Central Park" (1971), "The Claw" (1971), "Taming of the Shrew " (1974), "The Wall" (1975), "Macbeth" (1987), "Peter Pan" (2002), and "Raisin in the Sun" (2008).

The collection also includes programs from, "The Marriage Proposal," "The Silent Stage," "The Pardoner's Tale," "Footlight Frolic," "Spoon River," and "The Tell-Tale Heart," as well as scripts from "The Marriage Proposal" and "The Claw."

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The collection is arranged by material type and then chronologically.

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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.

Kevin Nolan photographs and papers

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Nolan, Kevin J.
  • Kessler, Linda
  • Vogel, Patty

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology . National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Drama Club .
  • Rochester Institute of Technology. National Technical Institute for the Deaf. NTID Performing Arts.


  • Deaf actors
  • Deaf college students
  • Deafness -- Drama


  • Black-and-white prints (photographs)
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Photographic prints
  • Posters
  • Programs (documents)
  • Scripts (documents)

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RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

Kevin Nolan photographs and papers, RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photographs have been digitized and can be accessed in the RIT/DSA Deaf Studies Archive. Contact the Archive Collections for viewing the images.

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Accession Information

Accession number(s): 2014:086

Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to RIT Archive Collections by Kevin Nolan in October 2014

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amanda Packard in November 2014.

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