RIT Instructional Television Center records
Scope and Contents
The RIT Instructional Television Center records consist of correspondence, meeting minutes, program schedules, promotional materials, clippings, and several miscellaneous items. The correspondence portion of the collection is made up of memorandums between the center and various other departments and committees at the university. The collection also includes program schedules from 1967-1971 and promotional materials such as brochures.
The miscellaneous items are not necessarily from the RIT Instructional Television Center, but are related to educational television on RIT's campus. There are several copies of a program for "A Day in the Life," a lecture series produced by the Eastman Kodak Company that was broadcast to various institutions including the Rochester Institute of Technology.
- Creation: 1964-1976, 1988
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open to researchers.
Biographical / Historical
The Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) Instructional Television Center was originally part of the Office of Educational Research. The purpose of the department was to provide instructional support and services to the RIT community. When the Division of Instructional Research and Development was created as part of the Instructional Development and Planning process, the Television Center was moved under their jurisdiction.
Initially, the Television Center consisted of a set of rooms designed for the recording and production of both motion pictures and television programs. Programs produced by the Television Center were broadcast on closed-circuit televisions in classrooms and studios. Staff at the center worked with faculty members who wished to incorporate instructional television and their classrooms. Additionally, the center provided several services to students. For instance, students in speech classes could record themselves speaking so that they could review their presentation with a critical eye. Similarly, several athletic teams used the Television Center to help athletes review past games and plays.
The Television Center continued to grow its services over the years. Originally, the department was only able to produce black and white programs; however, the ability to record in color was eventually added. In 1969, the Television Center applied for a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to build the equipment necessary to become an Instructional Television Fixed Service station. The FCC granted the license and in 1970 RIT began broadcasting television programs to St. John Fisher College and Nazareth College, also located in Rochester, NY. The center's first credit-bearing course was "Cellular Biology," taught by Professor David Baldwin. The class was transmitted to the two colleges, as well as RIT, three times a week. Because the dormitories were not wired for television reception, students needed to go to designated areas to watch the broadcast. Similar programs soon followed. In 1970, the Television Center began recording and broadcasting an environmental lecture series, "Man Against His Environment." Following the lecture, each of the participating universities held their own discussion group on the topic.
The Instructional Television Center continued to operate at RIT into the 1970s. As of 2011, faculty and student media support was provided by RIT's ETC Production Services department.
.5 Linear Feet (5 folders in 1 document box with other collections)
Records of the Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) Instructional Television Center. Created during the 1960s, the Television Center created, produced, and broadcasted educational television programs for the students and faculty at RIT's campus. The collection contains correspondence, meeting minutes, program schedules, promotional materials, and clippings.
Materials are divided into seven series: Correspondence, Meeting minutes, Schedules, Promotional materials, Clippings, and Miscellaneous. Items are arranged chronologically within each series. Correspondence and Meeting minutes are housed in the same folder; the folder is arranged chronologically.
Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in March 2011.
Genre / Form
- RIT Television Center records
- RIT Archives
- Lara Nicosia
- 22 March 2011
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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