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RIT scrapbooks

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0296

Scope and Contents

RIT scrapbooks includes articles relating to Rochester Institute of Technology. Scrapbooks are arranged in two ways, either chronologically or by subject. Subjects include a broad range of Institute programs and activities, but mainly concern academics and events.


  • Creation: 1896-1982

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 university'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 200 buildings with 12 colleges including the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.


50.5 Linear Feet (11 Scrapbooks, 11 Binders, 17 flat boxes)




RIT scrapbooks consist of newspaper clippings regarding the Rochester Institute of Technology.


Scrapbooks are arranged by date, with some arranged by subject.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in November 2011.

RIT Scrapbook collection RITArc.0296
RIT Archives
Amy Vilz
08 November 2011
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Revision Statements

  • 1/4/2023: adding 17 boxed scrapbooks prior to 1953 to collection.

Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA