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RIT Men's Residence Halls' Association correspondence and publications

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0186

Scope and Contents

The RIT Men's Residence Halls' Association correspondence and constitution consists of correspondence and a copy of the group's constitution. The correspondence relates to activities planned by the organization, as well as resident hall policies. The group's constitution is contained in a "Resident's Manual" from September 1966.


  • Creation: 1960-1967


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 social activities for residents. The individual dormitory groups began to merge so that by the early 1960s there was a Women's Residence Hall Association and a Men's Residence Halls' Association. According to the Men's Residence Halls' Association's 1966 constitution, the purpose of the organization was to:

  • To provide and maintain a system of self-government
  • To provide social and recreational opportunities for its members
  • To legislate and maintain such rules as are necessary to provide for the common welfare and protection of members
  • To assist in the operation of facilities under the control of the Association.
  • Extent

    .5 Linear Feet (1 folderin 1document box with other collections)




    Materials related to the Men's Residence Halls' Association and its activities. The Men's Residence Halls' Association was a student group that represented the interests of male students living in the dormitories on the Rochester Institute of Technology's campus. The collection includes correspondence and a copy of the group's constitution.


    The collection is arranged chronologically.

    Processing Information

    Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in June 2011.

    RIT Men's Residence Halls' Association correspondence and constitution
    RIT Archives
    Lara Nicosia
    16 June 2011
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    Repository Details

    Part of the RIT Archives Repository

    Rochester NY 14623 USA