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Fraternity beanie and "Music Rack, Out on a Whim, Wendell Castle Furniture" videotape

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0709

Scope and Contents

The Theta Gamma beanie (later Phi Sigma Kappa), belonged to Reno Antonietti who was an RIT student who graduated in 1959 and while as student was a member of the Theta Gamma fraternity. There is a photograph in the 1959 Techmila yearbook of Reno with his fraternity brothers. The beanie is very small, is black cordoroy with gold lettering on front.

The RIT Alumni News issue from Summer 1989 contains an article about the Wallace Library expansion on pages 1-2. On page 2 there is a photograph of Reno Antonietti, who at the time was the Associate Vice President for Academic Services and Computing at RIT, with Pat Pitkin, Wallace Library director and two other individuals at the ground breaking ceremony of the library addition in 1989.

The last item is a 1999 RIT videotape titled "Music Rack, Out on a Whim, Wendell Castle Furniture."


  • Creation: 1950-1999

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Reno M. Antonietti graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with his A.A.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1958. While at the university, Antonietti was a member of the RIT tennis team, belonged to the Mechanical Students' Association, and was actively involved in the Theta Gamma (now Phi Sigma Kappa) fraternity. After serving in the U.S. Army for two years, he returned to RIT in 1964, where he earned his B.S. in Industrial and Personnel Management in 1968, and then attended the State University of New York at Geneseo and earned his M.S. in Library Science in 1971. He married Janet Ruth Harrison in June 1965.

Antonietti started his career at RIT in 1974 as the Coordinator of Audiovisual Services on campus. In 1982, he was named Assistant Vice President for Academic Services and was promoted to Associate Vice President for Academic Services and Computing in 1984. In this position, Antonietti was responsible for various departments on campus, including the Wallace Memorial Library. He received the RITirees Award in 2002 for his contributions to the university.

While Antonietti was working at RIT, the university acquired Eisenhower College in Seneca Falls, NY. The small liberal arts school was having financial difficulties at the time, so the trustees began secretly discussing a merger with RIT. On April 2, 1979, it was announced that RIT would be taking control of the college, eventually renaming it the Eisenhower College of RIT. Shortly after the acquisition, RIT realized it was fighting a losing battle. Faced with declining enrollments and a lack of financial support, RIT announced on July 22, 1982 that the small off-shoot would be permanently closed. It is estimated that over the two years that Eisenhower College was affiliated with the university, RIT suffered $5.7 million in operating losses.

In addition to his involvement at RIT, Antonietti was an active member of the Rochester community. He was President of the Board of Trustees for the Brighton Memorial Library and Chairman of the Rochester Regional Library Council's Media Committee. He also belonged to the Rochester Audiovisual Association and Brighton Cable TV Commission. Antonietti also belonged to several national organizations in his field, including the American Film Institute, the Educational Film Library Association, and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.


.25 Linear Feet (1/2 document box)




Collection is three items collected by Reno Antonietti which include a fraternity beanie, a videocassette tape titled "Music Rack, Out on a Whim, Wendell Castle, and an issue of the RIT Alumni News from 1989.


Three items are in no particular order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Items donated to the RIT Archives by Reno Antonietti in 2018.

Related Materials

Reno M. Antonietti papers, RITArc.0023

Physical Description

Beanie is a bit worn and misshapen.

Processing Information

Created by Jody Sidlauskas in December 2018.

Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA