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HIST 330 Deafness and Technology: Deaf Studies Archive

This guide discusses some Deaf technologies that DHH people used in the past and use today.

Using Finding Aids

There are 'finding aids' in Deaf Studies Archive (DSA) which give you a summary of a collection and, sometimes a detailed inventory list. The following 'finding aids' is about Deaf Technology.

The RIT Archives, is in the library building and is open Monday-Friday from 9 am-12 pm and 1 pm-5pm. It is best to make appointments with the archivists. You can email the archivists Liz Call or Jody Sidlauskas for more information. You can also use the contact page which also has their phone numbers.

VistaPhone and articles about this device 

Captioned Decoder, TDD, and Videophone donated by Alan and Vicki Hurwitz 

Light flashers for alerting the Deaf person to the phone, doorbell, baby cries, etc.

Guide to the Harry Lang Videotapes and Typescripts 1998-2000
The videotapes document interviews Mr. Lang conducted for researching his book on the development of the TTY, A Phone of Their Own. They include the following tapes:

  • VHS Tape 1: Historical Development of Telecom Devices (TTY): Interviews with Pete Seilor, Carmen Sciandra, Connie Menkis, Sally Taylor, Joe Bochner, Ellie Rosenfield-3/30/1998.
  • VHS Tape 2: TTY History Interviews: Harry Lang with H Breunig, J Marsters, and Andrea Saks. n.d.
  • VHS Tape 3: NAD Convention Personal TTY Stories. n.d. (1 hr.7 mins)

First TTY modem
Invented 1965 by Robert Weibrecht (a deaf inventor) and located at RADSCC which ws donated by Harry Lang

Lee Brody NJ-NY TTY Business
(he invented Braille TTY for blind users)

NJ-NY PC Deaf Connection Records

Teletypewriter Phones-Donated by Deaf Community Members

Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf (TDD)

Compact Portable TDD

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