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Collection on Mark Ellingson

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0694

Scope and Contents

Box 1

Folder 1:
Biographical Sketches of Mark Ellingson, 1944, 1965, 1966, and undated
Folder 2:
Clippings pertaining to Mark Ellingson, 1939-1993, and undated
Folder 3:
Press releases by and about Mark Ellingson, 1961, 1965-68, 1972, 1993, and undated
Folder 4:
Memorandums from Mark Ellingson to RIT students, faculty, and staff, 1942, 1943, 1961, 1966-68
Folder 5:
Correspondence to and from Mark Ellingson, 1935, 1936, 1941, 1943, 1953, 1958, 1961, 1964-69, 1989, 1992, and undated
Folder 6:
Correspondence regarding Joel Pollack’s (RIT Student Association President) December 1969 trip to Oxford, England to visit Mark Ellingson, who was, at the time, a patient at Nuffield Centre, undergoing artificial hip transplant, dated December 1969 through March 1970, and undated
Folder 7:
Invitations and programs to various events pertaining to Mark Ellingson, including awards, citations, and his memorial, 1961, 1965, 1969, 1986, 1993
Folder 8:
Writings and publications by Mark Ellingson, 1936-1939
Folder 9:
Writings and publications by Mark Ellingson, 1941-1945, and 1954
Folder 10:
Writings and publications by Mark Ellingson, undated

Box 2

Folder 1:
Brochures and information about the Ellingson Scholarship Endowment Fund, undated
Folder 2:
Miscellaneous documents and items
Folder 3:
DVD containing Interview with Dr. Ellingson on the History of the School of Printing, 1987


  • Creation: 1939-1993

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Mark Ellingson came to the Mechanics Institute in 1926 as a professor of economics. In 1936 Ellingson was appointed president of the Mechanics Institute. During his 36 year tenure, he increased enrollment and markedly increased the school’s endowment and assets. He wrote his proposed book about the Mechanics Institute early in his tenure. According to his secretary at the time, Helen Burson Thomas, Ellingson wrote the proposed book with the expectation that Dr. W.W. Charters, who was a consultant on curriculum revision at the time, would write the final draft of the book. The Mark Ellingson proposed Book about Mechanics Institute gives a history of the Mechanics Institute and its students, as well as information about the institute’s relationship with its community, the programs offered, curriculum information, statistics on enrollment and policies and procedures. Dr. Ellingson was instrumental in moving RIT to its' current location in Henrietta, NY. He retired in 1969 and died in 1993.


1.5 Box(es) (1 document box and 1 half document box)




Collection of records about RIT President Mark Ellingson.


By series and chronologically.

Other Finding Aids

Collection on Mark Ellingson

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These records were collected by the RIT Archives over a period of years.

Related Materials

Marcia Ellingson scrapbooks, RITArc.0579
Mark Ellingson scrapbooks, RITArc.0688
Unpublished manuscript by Mark Ellingson, RITArc.0378
Mark Ellingson Printing Alumni Awards, RITArc.0308

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jess Andrews in February 2018.

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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA