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Collection of Albert J. Simone materials

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0167

Scope and Contents

The Collection of Albert J. Simone materials contains items related to Simone's professional life, particularly his term as president at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Most of the collection is made up of copies of Simone's speeches, community addresses, papers, and annual reports. The collection also includes a series of materials related to events involving Simone such as his inauguration and retirement. This series contains a mix of materials including invitations, announcements, programs, and memorabilia. In addition, there is a series of correspondence that contains letters, memorandums, invitations, and holiday cards, as well as a series of miscellaneous materials.


  • Creation: 1993-2008


Conditions Governing Access

Parts of this collection are closed to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Albert Joseph Simone (1935- ) was born on December 16, 1935 in Boston, MA to Edward and Mary (née DiGiovanni) Simone. After graduating from Tufts University in 1957 with his B.A. in economics, Simone earned his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962. He taught at several Boston area colleges including Tufts University, Boston College, and Northeastern University. From 1968-1972 Simone served as the head of the Department of Quantitative Analysis in the College of Business Administration at the University of Cincinnati and we promoted to Dean in 1972. He continued to work in this position until he was named the Vice President of Academic Affairs position at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu. Then, in 1985 he was chosen to serve as president of the University of Hawaii system. Simone became the eighth president of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 1992.

During his time at RIT, Simone not only served the university community, but was involved the Rochester area as well. For instance, he served as chair of the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce. To show his dedicated to the university, Simone learned how to sign his inaugural address using American Sign Language through private tutoring. The National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the country's largest technical college for the deaf and hard of hearing, is part of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Simone was also the first American university president to officially visit North Korea and Vietnam during his tenure. He retired from RIT in 2007 and was succeeded by William W. Destler.


1 Linear Feet (2 document boxes)




Materials related to Albert J. Simone and his time as president at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Simone served as RIT's ninth president from 1992-2007. The collection includes copies of Simone's speeches, papers, and reports, as well as correspondence, event information, and other miscellaneous items.


The collection is divided into six series: Community addresses, Papers, Reports, Events, Correspondence, and Miscellaneous. Items are loosely arranged in chronological order within each series.

Physical Location

Photographs of Dr. Simone's retirement party are housed in the RIT University News color photograph collection.

Other Finding Aids

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

Collection of Albert J. Simone materials

Related Materials

Other Collections

A selection of Dr. Simone's speeches and papers are also available online through the Office of the President.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in May 2011.

Collection of Albert J. Simone materials
RIT Archives
Lara Nicosia
19 May 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA