RIT Women's Residence Hall Association records
Scope and Contents
The RIT Women's Residence Hall Association records consist of promotional materials, constitutions, and a visitors' book. The promotional materials provide information on the residence halls to new students at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). There are several copies of the group's constitution dating from 1953-1966. The collection also includes a visitors' book that was signed by guests during various functions between 1946 and 1950. Some of these events include the dedication of Kate Gleason Hall and several faculty teas.
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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.
The first residence hall available to women was the converted Jenkinson Apartment building, referred to as 102 Spring Street. Then, around 1940, the school purchased the Fontanec Apartments and converted them into the Kate Gleason Residence. Kate Gleason Hall could house approximately 150 students and was used until the campus was relocated from the city of Rochester to the town of Henrietta. One motivation for the move was that the city's inner loop was to be constructed through the middle of RIT's campus. Once the campus was moved to Henrietta, Kate Gleason Hall was destroyed to make room for the inner loop.
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:
Materials related to the Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) Women's Residence Hall Association and its activities. The collection includes promotional materials, constitutions, and a visitors' book from several group functions.
The collection is arranged by type.
C.S. North, Shelf 319 (Residence halls collections)
Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in June 2011.
- Dormitories -- New York (State) -- Rochester
- Promotional materials
- Rochester Institute of Technology -- Societies and clubs
- Rochester Institute of Technology -- Student housing
- Rochester Institute of Technology -- Students
- Visitors' book
- Women college students -- New York (State) -- Rochester
- RIT Women's Residence Hall Association records
- RIT Archives
- Lara Nicosia
- 15 June 2011
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