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Title:
Robert Panara deaf poster collection
Date:
circa 1975-1985
Size:
1.0 Folder(s) (1 Oversize folder)
Abstract:
Collection of 11 posters collected by Robert Panara, the first deaf faculty member of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology.
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Title:
Stan Zack photograph of Robert Panara and other performers
Size:
1.42 Linear feet (In box with Edward Swayze artwork RITDSA.0013)
Abstract:
Collection consists of one framed color photograph with mat by photographer Stan Zack taken in 2012. Visible photograph dimensions are 11 3/4" x 7 3/4". Dimensions with frame included are 17" x 13". Photograph depicts Robert Panara, NTID's first deaf instructor seated, with eight other NTID performers around him. There are no additional materials in this collection at this time.
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Title:
NTID Drama Club photographs
Date:
circa 1974-1992
Size:
0.21 Linear feet (1 Half-Hollinger Box)
Abstract:
The National Technical Institute of the Deaf (NTID) Drama Club photographs contain photographic prints from various plays, practices, and events performed by the NTID Drama Club from the early 1970’s to the mid-1990s.
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Title:
RIT University News collection of NTID slides
Date:
1987-1999
Size:
0.25 Linear feet (1 clamshell 3-ring box)
Abstract:
Collection of photographs in slide format documenting student life, events, and classes at National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
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Title:
NTID Performing Arts programs
Date:
1969-2009
Size:
0.4 Linear feet (1 Document box)
Abstract:
Collection of programs from the Performing Arts department of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology.
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Title:
StoryCorps interviews and transcripts
Size:
1.0 Folder(s)
Abstract:
Set of three cds of interviews created for the StoryCorps project. StoryCorps is a nonprofit oral history project dedicated to documenting the lives of Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs.
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Title:
Bernard Bragg collection
Date:
1951-2008
Size:
4.0 Linear feet (4 File boxes)
Abstract:
Materials related to well-known Deaf actor Bernard Bragg, with emphasis on his time with the National Theatre of the Deaf.
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Title:
Robert Baker collection of NTID records and photographs
Date:
1967-2007
Size:
0.5 Linear feet (1 Hollinger Box)
Abstract:
The collection of Robert Baker NTID records and photographs contains promotional materials, memorandums, advertisements, and photographs that relate to the NTID Dyer Arts Center and NTID. All materials within this collection were donated to the RIT Archive Collection by Robert Baker, the former director and curator of NTID’s Dyer Arts Center. Materials within this collection range from 1967 to 2007.
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Title:
Harry Lang research on NTID history collection
Date:
1969-1999
Size:
1.0 Boxes (1 Document box)
Abstract:
Materials related to Harry Lang and his research on the history of NTID. Dr. Harry Lang is a deaf professor who retired after 41 years at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology. He taught physics and mathematics full time for 14 years, chaired NTID's faculty development department for 7 years, and also taught a methods course to science and mathematics teacher candidates for over 30 years. The collection includes a chronology, correspondence, clippings, articles, reports and other related items.
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Title:
Miriam and Kenneth Lerner ASL Poetry collection
Date:
1987-2012
Size:
1.3 Linear feet (1 File box)
Abstract:
Deaf poetry videotapes and dvds contain lectures, performances, and interviews regarding ASL poetry. Miriam Lerner, an interpreter at RIT/NTID collected performances of Deaf poetry and interviewed deaf poets who were experimenting with poetic devices in American Sign Language from 1984 to 1992 for the documentary "The Heart of the Hydrogen Jukebox.” A quote from Miriam Lerner (http://www.rit.edu/~w-tecsym/papers/2010/W8B.pdf; accessed 6/27/2013): Although the roots of poetry lie in the 'oral' or storytelling tradition, since its recasting as a solely written and academic exercise the Deaf community has felt limited access to its expressive capabilities. Their language in this country - American Sign Language- was long considered merely bastardized or substandard English. Deaf poets attempted written English poetry with some success, but until the 1980's had few models for creating poems in their own language of signs. 'The Heart of the Hydrogen Jukebox' utilizes archival footage of performances and interviews by the fledgling deaf poets of the 70's and 80's to chronicle the coming of age of a new art from - ASL poetry. The process of archiving these materials will be addressed in this presentation of clips from the film, as well as from the presenter’s personal collection of old VHS and BETA format tapes. This film was the culmination of 2 ½ years of work, supported by a Major Design Project through NTID. I was present at many of the performances shown or referred to in the film, and back in those days there were few who could afford the video cameras that were finally available to the public. These early camcorders were expensive ( $1500), large, heavy, and cumbersome, especially when perched on one’s shoulder! When I began to gather materials for the film, I scoured the shelves of the Educational Technical Resources Department and found old tapes of Bernard Bragg and Bob Panara discussing poetry and ASL literature back in 1976. The lighting is grainy, the sets are cheap and just thrown on a barely disguised stage. The only footage of Dorothy Miles was similarly poorly produced – one is an interview from the old program “Silent Perspectives”, and the other is from her series of taped performances, “Gestures,” which look as if they are copied from a TV screen. I used the footage of Allen Ginsberg’s visit to NTID, which had been taped by NTID staff, however the masters had been thrown out – I only had copies. I had tapes taken by friends who were sitting out in the audiences of performances, student tapes where they were practicing with the cameras to improve their skills, tapes of unattributed authorship where there was some obvious experimentation going on with early editing equipment, etc. Every source material had a different look, feel, and challenge to overcome. Don Feigel, the editor and co-director of the documentary, was in the trenches constantly dealing with balancing and cleaning up the images, striving for a polished, uniform look to the whole film. After a brief narration and opening montage of signed performances set to music, deaf and hearing performers and academics provide an overview of poetry's evolution through the centuries, from Sappho, rhapsods, troubadours, and the written word being valorized as better than the poetry of the people. The story is told by a hand off of commentaries by Deaf and Hearing poets - archival footage which travels back from current day studio interviews to lectures delivered 22 years ago at the first ASL Poetry conference held in Rochester, NY. Old styles of slow, controlled signing slowly give way to newer 'beat' poet expressions of younger deaf poets inspired by Allen Ginsberg, who made a visit to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and inspired the audience with his reading and discussion of his seminal poem 'HOWL.' Rochester proved to be the only city in the country with a culture of hearing and deaf poetry happening side by side as interpreters became involved for equal access to both audiences. The film is subtitled for the deaf viewers to read what the hearing talking heads are saying, and there are voice interpreters for hearing viewers to enjoy watching the signing and understanding them through spoken language. Just as a museum visitor can tell the difference in style and content by comparing a Renaissance painting to a Picasso, so will the viewer of 'Hydrogen Jukebox' know what ASL poetry has become compared to the first video taped evidence we have. This paper was presented at the Technology and Deaf Education Symposium: Exploring Instructional and Access Technologies, held at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, June 21‐23, 2010.
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