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John Ratcliffe collection of communication devices for the deaf

 Collection — Box: 1-2, Object: 1
Identifier: RITDSA-0155

Scope and Contents

Collection of communication and noise alerting devices for the deaf used by donor John Ratcliffe throughout his life. As a deaf person, John relied on devices such as doorbell signals, flashing lights, vibrating devices, and Telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDDs) that assisted those living without hearing.

In addition, there are phone line management systems, a vibrating alarm clock, videophone signalers and strober receivers. Resources and publications for TDDs and other devices and equipment are also within this collection, such as Teletypewiters Made Easy!, various operating manuals, and The Blue Book TDI : 2015 TDI National Directory and Resource Guidelines. There is a Braille alphabet and numbers card and a 2011 American Deaf Schools calendar. Added later to the collection is one folder containing three documents: a RAMI Dept. of Evening Instruction certification for Fred A. Ratcliffe (John's father) for completing a course in Camp Cookery in 1936; a quote by Ezra R. Andrews, RAMI's first Board president dated June 5, 1899; and a newsclipping dated 10/31/1935 about Boy Scout leaders taking a course in Home Economics at Mechanics Institute. Also added in 2017, a copy of an article written by John Ratcliffe's wife, Frances who is deaf, about how they first met at RIT, their first date, and their long marriage.

Dates

  • circa 1955-2015

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

John Ratcliffe was a deaf student at RIT in the 1950's. At RIT, he was a Publishing and Printing student. His senior photo can be found in the 1953 Techmila on page 65. Ratcliffe was a member of the Gamma Phi fraternity (p.137) and the Pi Club (p.109).

Extent

3.75 Linear Feet (3 cartons)

Language

English

Overview

Collection of communication and noise alerting devices for the deaf used by donor John Ratcliffe throughout his life. Items included are doorbell signals, flashing lights, vibrating devices, and Telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDDs) that assisted those living without hearing.

Arrangement

There is no formal arrangement to Box 1 in this collection. Box 2 is arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

C.S. North, Shelf 268

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

John Ratcliffe collection of communication devices for the deaf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to RIT Archive Collections by John Ratcliffe in March 2016.

Accession number(s): 2016:009

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas and Jenna Bossert in March 2016.

Creator

Title
John Ratcliffe collection of communication devices for the deaf
Subtitle
RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
Status
Published
Author
Jody Sidlauskas
Date
16 March 2016
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Language of description
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Script of description
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Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archive Collections Repository

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