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Leo Smith papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0273

Scope and Contents

The collection is mainly comprised of Policy Council minutes from 1941-1968, the remainder is correspondence documenting Smith's work as Chairman of the Educational Research Office and Dean of Instruction. There are two folders documenting the RIT Academic Probation and Suspension policy, as well as correspondence with productivity consultants Blackburn and Toombs; these are likely the papers of Provost Todd Bullard.


  • Creation: 1941-1973


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Leo F. Smith came to the Mechanics Institute (a precursor to RIT), as a graduate student on a fellowship to continue his research for his PhD in Education. Immediately after graduation, he was offered a position with the Institute and accepted. Smith would work closely with President Mark Ellingson, and had considerable influence in the development of RIT into the institution it is today.

Smith created and directed the Counseling Center (1942-1953), was Dean of Instruction (1953-1960), and the first Vice President for Academic Administration (1960-1969). In 1969 he was appointed Executive Assitant to the President, and directed academic planning for the new Henrietta campus. All told, Leo Smith worked for the Institute for thirty-three years, from 1939 to his retirement in 1972.

Leo Smith died June 25, 1996 at age 89.


0.83 Linear Feet (2 Document boxes)




The Leo Smith papers document his work in RIT Administration, including in the Policy Council and Educational Research Office.


Collection materials are arranged by subject.

Other Finding Aids

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

Leo Smith papers

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number(s): 05:27

The Leo Smith papers were transferred to the RIT Archives in 2005 by the Office of the Provost.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in October 2011.

Leo Smith papers
RIT Archives
Amy Vilz
31 October 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA