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RIT fundraising collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0289

Scope and Contents

The RIT fundraising collection includes reports, clippings, gifts, and donations related to RIT fundraising activities. Most notable are records pertaining to the "New Campus Fund" which includes the publication "News & Views" documenting the fundraising efforts for the Henrietta campus. Also included are clippings, pledge lists, and events leading up to the campus move from downtown Rochester to Henrietta in 1968.


  • Creation: 1944-2007, 2015

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) can trace its origins to the founding of the Rochester Athenaeum in 1829. After joining with several different Rochester institutions during the 19th century, the Athenaeum finally merged with the Mechanics Institute (founded in 1885) in 1891 to form the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (RAMI). RAMI changed its name to the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1944 to better reflect the Institute's role in the field of technical education.

RIT was originally located in the city of Rochester, NY. Due to the rapid growth in enrollment and programs following World War II, it became increasingly clear that the school would have to expand. Emil Muller, an RIT graduate, helped the university obtain 1300 acres of farmland in the suburb of Henrietta. Ground was broken on November 2, 1964 and by September 1968 the first classes were held. The Henrietta campus now contains well over 70 buildings and 9 colleges, including the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.


2.5 Linear Feet (5 Document boxes)




Reports, clippings, gifts, and donations related to RIT fundraising activities.


Collection materials are in rough chronological order.

Other Finding Aids

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

RIT fundraising collection

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in November 2011.

RIT fundraising collection
RIT Archives
Amy Vilz
07 November 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA