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Talking Walls collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0781

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Talking Walls collection contains essays written by RIT faculty, staff, and students about posters displayed within the exhibit, as well as photographic slides and other planning materials. Additional scope and content information can be found in the Contents List section of this finding aid.

The Talking Walls collection is arranged into two series, and the physical materials are housed in three archival document boxes.


  • Creation: 1999 - 2000

Conditions Governing Access

At this time, Zip disks located in Series I are not accessible on-site in the RIT Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is open for research use.

Historical Note

Talking Walls was an exhibit mounted at RIT in the Wallace Library in September 2000, highlighting a selection of twentieth century advertising and promotional posters from the RIT Archives and Special Collections. The collection provided an interactive learning experience for members of the RIT community to comment on the design and illustration choices through dialogue and written response. Representative faculty from all colleges within RIT participated, along with several staff members. Professor Roger Remington’s Graduate Graphic Design class and Professor Diane Hope’s Visual Communication class wrote essays and text labels, which were displayed adjacent to their corresponding posters.


1.25 Linear Feet (2 archival document boxes, 1 half-sized archival document box)




The Talking Walls collection contains planning materials and essays on a selection of twentieth century advertising and promotional posters from the RIT Archives and Special Collections.

System of Arrangement

Series I: Preparatory work, 1999-2000

Series II: Exhibit essays, 1999-2000

Custodial History

Art and Photography Librarian/Archivist Kari Horowicz collected these materials post-exhibit and stored them in the RIT Archives.

Processed by

Gabrielle Payne, March 2024

Finding Aid to the Talking Walls Collection, 1999-2000
Gabrielle Payne, Julia Novakovic
9 April 2024
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA