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RIT Residence Halls Association correspondence, newsletters, and other material

 Collection — Box: 2
Identifier: RITArc-0184

Scope and Contents

The RIT Residence Halls Association correspondence, newsletters, and other material contains various items related to the group and its activities. The correspondence consists of information regarding the "Celebration of Community" program sponsored by the Residence Hall Association (RHA) during the 1990s. The collection also includes several copies of the group's newsletter, Resident Bulletin, as well as a commemorative ruler and clothespin. Also includes a list of Residence Hall Association Presidents


  • Creation: 1975-1996


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

It is unclear when the first Residence Hall Association at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) was formed; however, there is mention of such an organization as early as 1950. Although RIT can trace its origins back to the founding of the Rochester Athenaeum in 1829, the modern form of the institution was created in 1891 when the Rochester Athenaeum merged with the newly formed Mechanics Institute (founded 1885). The university started as a way to train individuals for careers in the dominant fields in Rochester, NY's manufacturing industry. As a result, most of the school's first students were local residents. However, as the school began to grow, an increasing number of students came from areas other than the city, creating a need for student housing.

Originally, each residence hall had its own Residence Hall Association. Students living in a hall elected representatives to the Association for year-long terms. These elected individuals represented the interests of the students living in the residence hall to RIT's administration, as well as the greater RIT community. Additionally, the group helped plan events and activities such as dances and open house socials. According to the Kate Gleason Hall's Residence Hall Association's constitution (circa 1953), the group had the following powers:

  • Power to enact and enforce laws to maintain quit, order, and conformance to accepted standards of citizenship in the Residence Hall
  • Power to control and operate Residence Hall activities in accordance with Institute procedures
  • Power to change the Constitution, except for changes involving extension of power within this grant.
  • Extent

    .25 Linear Feet (1 folder in 1 half document box with other collections)




    Materials related to the Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) Residence Halls Association. The Residence Halls Association is a student organization that represents the interests of students living the university's residence halls to RIT's administration. The collection includes correspondence, newsletters, and memorabilia.


    The collection is arranged chronologically.

    Processing Information

    Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in June 2011.

    RIT Residence Halls Association correspondence, newsletters, and other material
    RIT Archives
    Lara Nicosia
    14 June 2011
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    Repository Details

    Part of the RIT Archives Repository

    Rochester NY 14623 USA