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Eisenhart Awards and Eisenhart Memorial Scholarship records and related material

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0160

Scope and Contents

The Eisenhart Awards and Eisenhart Memorial Scholarship records and related material consist of items pertaining to the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Eisenhart Awards for Outstanding Teaching, and the Eisenhart Memorial Scholarship. The portion of the collection related to the two Eisenhart Awards includes mostly programs for the awards ceremony from 1975-2005, as well as articles on award recipients, fliers, and information on the Eisenhart Award plaques on display in the library. The portion of the collection related to the Eisenhart Memorial Scholarship contains photographs; correspondence, including thank you notes from recipients; lists of recipients; programs; and other administrative documents. There is also a photograph album commemorating the Eisenhart Scholarship Luncheon held on April 8, 1999 and a framed photograph of Richard and Virginia Eisenhart with several scholarship recipients.

Although most of the collection is made up of items related to the Eisenhart Awards and Scholarship, there are also several items pertaining to Richard H. Eisenhart, the awards' namesake. This includes a photograph album commemorating Eisenhart's activities at the university from 1976-1981, two photograph albums of Eisenhart's trip to China with other Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) administrators in 1978, and a recording of an oral history Eisenhart gave titled "The Rochester I Know."

Found in the RIT Archive Collections are five VHS and Betacam recordings of Eisenhart Teaching Award ceremonies from 1983, 1986, 1991, 1999.

The collection also contains 4 digital images of the plaques that hung in the Wallace Library listing the names of the award winners.


  • Creation: 1974-2009

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Richard Henry Eisenhart (1915-2010) was born on February 1, 1915. His mother, Elsa Bausch Eisenhart, was a granddaughter of J. J. Bausch, co-founder of Bausch & Lomb. Eisenhart's father, M. Herbert Eisenhart, was president of Bausch & Lomb, as well as a member of the Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) Board of Trustees for over 50 years. Richard Eisenhart attended Allendale Colombia School in Rochester, NY, then entered the Choate School. Although Eisenhart began attending Amherst College in Massachusetts as part of the class of 1938, he dropped out after his second year. After leaving Amherst College, Eisenhart began working for Pratt & Whitney Machine Company in Hartford, CT. Then, in 1938 he returned to Rochester, NY to begin working at Bausch & Lomb. He continued to work for his great-grandfather's company until 1958, when he left to form his own manufacturers' representatives firm, R. H. Eisenhart Inc.

Eisenhart was very involved in the Rochester community. Like his father, he was on RIT's Board of Trustees from 1972 to 1980, even serving as president for 5 years. He also belonged to and served on the board for many other community organizations including the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Brighton Chamber of Commerce, Rochester Rotary Club, Hillside Children's Center, Genesee Hospital Foundation, Allendale School, Rochester Regional Health and Hospital Council, Monroe Community Hospital, Riverton Foundation, United Community Chest, Rochester Savings Bank, and the Rochester committee of the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece. He was also an active member of the Third Presbyterian Church.

Throughout his lifetime, Eisenhart received various awards. In 1930, he earned his Eagle Scout designation and was later named one of the Boy Scouts of America's Distinguished Eagle Scouts. He also received RIT's Nathaniel Rochester Award in 1985, as well as the Allendale Columbia Distinguished Alumni Award, the Rochester Museum and Science Center Civic Medal, the RIT President's Medal. He also helped endow the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Eisenhart married Virginia Cotins Eisenhart of Utica, NY on April 11, 1942. When Virginia died in December 2009 the couple had been married for nearly 68 years. Richard Eisenhart died on August 29, 2010 at the age of 95.


2.75 Linear Feet (1 carton, 1 framed photograph)

4 Item(s) (Digital images of award plaques that hung in the library)




Materials related to the Eisenhart Awards and the Eisenhart Memorial Scholarship such as recipient lists, programs, photographs, and other administrative documents. The collection also includes items related to Richard H. Eisenhart, a former trustee of the Rochester Institute of Technology.


This collection is currently unprocessed.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2011:004

The collection was donated to the RIT Archive Collections in early 2011.


Programs from "A Celebration of Teaching and Scholarship" will be added to the collection each year.

Related Materials

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in April 2011.

Eisenhart Awards and Eisenhart Memorial Scholarship records and related material
RIT Archives
Lara Nicosia
22 April 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA