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Walter W. Taylor collection

 Collection — Carton: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0244

Scope and Contents

The Walter W. Taylor collection contains three items; a 1905 flag, Mechanical Arts class drawings, and a photograph album. All three items belonged to Mr. Taylor around the time he was attending the Mechanics Institute in Rochester, New York. The banner is a large blue, cotton flag with white lettering. On each side is written "'05". It is believed that Mr. Taylor, who was attending the Mechanics Institute in 1905, was involved with the purloining of the flag, which belonged to the upperclassmen. A group of students greased the flag pole and Mr. Taylor, along with the others captured it. He used a pair of climbers to get up the pole.

There are also 31 drawings by Mr. Taylor made during his first year Mechanical Arts class.


  • Creation: circa 1905-1910


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical Information: Walter W. Taylor

Mr. Taylor was born in 1895 and attended the Mechanics Insitute, predecessor of Rochester Institute of Technology, around 1905. He was enrolled in Mechanical Arts class and also enjoyed photography.


1 Linear Feet (1 document box)




The Walter W. Taylor collection consists of three items donated by the son of RIT alumni Walter Taylor, Paul Taylor in 2010. The items include a banner, Mechanical Arts drawings and a photo album. These items were collected by Walter W. Taylor when he was a student at the Mechanics Institute around 1905.


Arrangement is by material type.

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory of Walter W. Taylor's drawings are available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Walter W Taylor mechanical arts drawings

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Walter W. Taylor collection was donated to RIT Archive Collections by Paul Taylor, son of Walter W. Taylor in 2011. Accession number(s): 11:26

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in September 2011.

Walter W Taylor collection
RIT Archives
Jody Sidlauskas
12 September 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA