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Silver Trowel

 Collection — Object: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0691

Scope and Contents

From the finding aid of the George H. Clark Building collection: "The cornerstone for the George H. Clark Building was laid on May 18, 1946, following the convocation exercises for that year. The ceremony was overseen by James E. Gleason, chairman of the Board of Trustees. Frank E. Gannett, founder of the Gannett media company, gave a speech on the "Significance of this Project" and Mark Ellingson, RIT's president, paid tribute to Clark. Clark then laid the cornerstone using the same silver trowel that George Eastman had used to lay the cornerstone for RIT's Eastman Building in 1900."

The silver mark on the trowel is for William Hunt & Sons. The Brades, Limited. Brades Steel Works


  • Creation: circa 1900


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical Information for M. Richard Rose

"M. Richard Rose assumed the presidency in 1979. [RIT president Paul] Miller and Rose shared the belief that students in a technical school should be exposed to more art, literature, philosophy and culture. Partially out of this interest, and partially due to financial difficulties, Eisenhower College became a part of RIT. The university had made attempts to increase the liberal arts and humanities curriculum. Rose helped launch RIT's first Ph.D. program, in imaging science, in 1988."

-from, accessed 6 February 2018


1 Item(s) (1 silver trowel in wooden box with glass top)




Silver trowel used at cornerstone laying ceremonies of the Eastman Building, George Clark Building, Ritter-Clark Gym, and Ice Rink.


This collection contains one item.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This trowel was donated to RIT Archives by Dr. M. Richard Rose, the seventh president of RIT.

Accession number: 1981:007

Silver Trowel
RIT Archives
Ella von Holtum
23 January 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA