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Alfred L. and Ruby C. Davis Scholarship collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0229

Scope and Contents

The Alfred L. and Ruby C. Davis Scholarship collection contains articles relating to the establishment of the scholarship in 1977. There are also lists and images of recipients for the following years: 1982-1987, 1990, 1991, 1993-1995, 1997, 2003, 2005, and 2008. An image of the recipients of the award from 1996 is also present.


  • Creation: 1977-2008

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

In 1977, Brackett H. and Ruth M. Clark gifted $150,000 to RIT to establish the Alfred L. and Ruby C. Davis Scholarship fund. The Clarks had a long history with RIT, as Brackett had served as a Trustee, and Ruth was one of three founding members of RIT's Women's Council. Brackett and Ruth Clark were honored with the Nathaniel Rochester Society Award in 1972, honoring their outstanding service to the Institute.

Alfred Davis began his career at RIT in 1938, teaching in the General Education Department. His tenure at the Institute lasted seventy years, and his posts included: associate director of the evening division, director of public relations for the institute, vice president for development and public relations, and administrative secretary to RIT’s Board of Trustees. Davis also played a key role in raising the necessary funds to move the campus from downtown Rochester to Henrietta.

Ruby Davis also served the RIT community. She co-founded the Women's Council along with Ruth Clark and Mrs. Mark Ellingson. Ruby was also active in RIT's Women's Club.

Allocation of scholarship funds was as follows: 70% was to award funds to men and women attending the College of Continuing Education. The final 30% was to award students who had demonstrated service and campus leadership.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 Document box)




Collection contains clippings on the establishment of the Alfred L. and Ruby C. Davis Scholarship, with lists and images of recipients of the scholarship.


Collection is arranged chronologically within subject.

Other Finding Aids

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

Alfred and Ruby Davis Scholarship collection

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number(s): 08:66

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in August 2011.

Alfred L. and Ruby C. Davis Scholarship collection
RIT Archives
Amy Vilz
10 August 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA