RIT Men's Residence Halls' Association correspondence and publications
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.
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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.
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:
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.
C.S. North, Shelf 319 (Residence halls collections)
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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