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Kearse Distinguished Lecture and Student Honor Awards Ceremony collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0128

Scope and Contents

The Kearse Distinguished Lecture and Student Honor Awards Ceremony collection contains announcements, programs, student papers, and clippings. The announcements mostly consist of memoranda sent to staff members, informing them of an upcoming awards ceremony; however, there is also a flier advertising the event. The papers in the collection are those presented at the various awards ceremonies, being recognized for their outstanding achievement. The collection also contains a small file of clippings on the ceremonies and its participants.


  • Creation: 1983-2002


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The Kearse Student Honor Award is given to students in the Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) College of Liberal Arts. During an annual awards ceremony, a distinguished lecturer appears at the Institute to speak about a topic in the field of liberal education. Award recipients are chosen by the Kearse Awards Committee from a pool of students nominated by faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts. Those students that have produced "outstanding research papers or projects" in their area of study are chosen for the award. According to one ceremony program, the purpose of the award is to "recognize those students who have in their course work in Liberal Arts manifested the ideals and standards of excellence, of creative endeavor, and of scholarship."

Started in 1980, the Kearse Award is funded by an endowment left by Mary Geirin Kearse. Mary and her husband Henry J. Kearse were strong supporters of RIT and its programs. Henry founded H. J. Kearse, Inc., a paving contracting company that participated in the construction of RIT's new campus in Henrietta, NY. Following the campus's completion in 1968, the Kearses continued to support the university. Mary Kearse belonged to the Nathaniel Rochester Society, an honorary group opened to RIT's top contributors. Since Mary Kearse did not provide any stipulations on how her gift to the university should be spent, the endowment was used to fund the Kearse Distinguished Lecture and Student Honor Awards.


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Materials related to the Kearse Distinguished Lecture and Student Honor Awards Ceremony at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The award ceremony was setup to honor outstanding research projects and papers completed by undergraduate students in the university's College of Liberal Arts. The collection includes ceremony announcements, programs, winning papers, and clippings.


Ceremony announcements are located at the start of the collection, followed by the ceremony programs and papers. Materials are grouped so that each year's program and winning papers are contained in the same folder. Clippings are housed at the end of the collection.

Related Materials

Bound volumes of the 1989-2008 Kearse award recipients writings can be found in the library catalog under The college of Liberal Arts presents the Kearse Distinguished Lecture and the student honor awards ceremony. Search by call number RIT T171.R69R625 or keyword Kearse.

A selection of papers from 2005-2007 appear in the RIT Digital Archive

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in March 2011.

Kearse Distinguished Lecture and Student Honor Awards Ceremony collection
RIT Archives
Lara Nicosia
17 March 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA