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Our Collection

New digital collections!

Photo GalleryPhoto Gallery
Early buildings, classrooms, administrators and more.

The Rochester Advocate
Rochester AdvocateBooks covering 1881-1991 are now online.

The Carolyn White Siegfried and DeFois Hathaway Siegfried Archive Center at Rochester School for the Deaf holds two primary collections: Documents and Audio-Visual records. These two collections include photographic prints, negatives, motion picture films, books, newsletters, and much more. Items in these collections span more than 130 years. Some items date back to the founding of RSD in 1876 and encompass over 100 cubic feet of historical materials.

Our Archive Center is on the second floor of Perkins Hall at RSD and includes an archival storage area, a research room, and small museum. Our musem area displays an interesting assortment of RSD items, including photographs, dance clothes, old printing equipment, a long hearing tube, wooden ice skates, and many other objects.

Included below is a sample of the subjects our collection covers:

School Programs
Academic Bowl, Adventures in Education, vocational classes, Close-Up, Space Camp, Outward Bound, leadership retreats, PRIDE (supported employment program), RASA@RSD (Rochester After School Academy at RSD), and RSD’s Residential Treatment Program with Hillside Children's Center.

Proms, graduations, spring festivals, school plays, theatre performances, dramatic presentations, anniversaries, awards, foreign trips, and historical events.

Basketball, soccer, volleyball, cheerleading, softball, physical culture, boxing, and wrestling.

Alumni, Board of Directors, Deaf presenters, Deaf Artists in Residence, Founders, Superintendents, Staff / Teachers, Helen Keller, and Alexander Graham Bell.

Student Organizations
Yearbook Club, Student Council, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Jr. NAD, Lambda Phi Phi, and the Optimist Club.

RSD Campus
Buildings and dorm life.

Rochester Method of Communication

Cooking, sewing, carpentry, printing, biology, and dance classes.

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