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RIT Student Association records

 Collection — Box: 1, Volume: 1-10, Binder: 1-30
Identifier: RITArc-0237

Scope and Contents

RIT Student Association records contain minutes, correspondence, publications, and financial reports. There are 10 bound volumes containing:

  • Minutes for Student Council and Student Senate, 1946-1967 (4 volumes).
  • Minutes for Student Association, Students Cooperative, and Student Senate, 1972-1973 (1 volume).
  • Student Association President and Vice-President correspondence, 1968-1970 (4 volumes).
  • Student Association financial reports, 1923-1968 (1 volume).
  • Dates

    • Creation: 1923-1978

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open to researchers.

    Biographical / Historical

    It is unclear exactly when the Student Association (SA) formed at Rochester Institute of Technology. The earliest records the collection contains are SA financial reports from 1923. According to the preamble of the SA constitution, "The purpose of this organization shall be to unite all students in a functioning body, to give opportunity for the formulation and expression of student opinion, and to coordinate all phases of student activity." Membership was available to all students enrolled in day courses, as well as part-time students that paid the SA fee.

    The governing body of SA was Student Council, with Council officers elected by SA members. Any student group on campus had to be responsible to and approved of by the Student Council. Any student group (with the exception of religious organizations), that restricted membership by race, religion, or ethnicity were not permitted.

    Shortly after RIT moved from downtown Rochester to Henrietta in 1968, SA formed the RIT Students Cooperative, a group of student run and operated businesses on campus. These included the Tunnel Shops, a candy/tobacco store, shuttle bus service, and used bookstore. In 1971, SA relinquished control and the RIT Students Cooperative incorporated as an independent and self-sustaining body.

    SA is no longer active at RIT. Student clubs and organizations are administered by the Center for Campus Life.


    3 Linear Feet (1 Document box, 10 Volumes, 30 Binders)




    RIT Student Association records contains minutes, correspondence, financial reports, budgets, events, and publications.


    This collection is currently unprocessed; however, materials in binders and bound volumes are arranged chronologically.

    Related Materials

    Separated Materials

    Four folders of Student Senate minutes, dated 1964 to 1974 were removed from this collection, and accessioned into Student Government records, RITArc.0272.

    Processing Information

    Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in August 2011.

    RIT Student Association records
    RIT Archives
    Amy Vilz
    17 August 2011
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    Repository Details

    Part of the RIT Archives Repository

    Rochester NY 14623 USA