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Edward Sangiacomo drawings and other material

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0164

Scope and Contents

The Edward Sangiacomo drawings and other material consists of graphic design work created by the former Rochester Institute of Technology student. The collection includes drawings for several companies such as BernzOMatic and Sano's Sauce And Spice Company. It is unclear whether or not these designs were completed as part of Sangiacomo's coursework.

The collection also includes two books. The first appears to be a course text for his Design I course at RIT, while the second is a manual on "Instrumental Perspective," published by the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (renamed the Rochester Institute of Technology) in 1934.

In total, the collection contains 53 difference pieces.


  • Creation: Undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Edward Sangiacomo (circa 1915-1998) was born Elsio Bolino San Giacomo in 1915. He attended the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (renamed the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1944) around 1948 where he was a student in the Department of Applied Arts. After graduating, it appears as though Sangiacomo completed several graphic design projects for Rochester-area companies such as BernzOmatic and may have worked for Stecher-Traung-Schmidt Lithographic Company designing labels.

Eventually, Sangiacomo relocated to Washington, DC where he used the name Ellis St. James. According to Sangiacomo, he chose to use the anglicanized version of his name to fit in in with the advertising world. He worked for several years as a successful advertising executive before moving to Gloucester, MA. Here he joined the Rocky Neck Art Colony as a painter. While in Gloucester, he created mostly portrait paintings for wealthy families in the area. During the 1980s, Sangiacomo left the colony to travel around the country painting. He died in 1998.


1.83 Linear Feet (1 clamshell box)




Drawings created by Edward Sangiacomo. Sangiacomo was a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1948. The collection includes sketches and graphic designs created by Sangiacomo, as well as two textbooks.


Materials in the collection are contained in a single box. Specific projects are housed in individual folders (e.g. Sano's Spaghetti Sauce).

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 331

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Edward Sangiacomo drawings and other material

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in April 2011.

Edward Sangiacomo drawings and other material
RIT Archives
Lara Nicosia
27 April 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA