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RIT pin collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0325

Scope and Contents

The RIT pin collection offers coverage and documentation of events, student life, alumni, and awards relating to RIT. Pins include: Gold Circle pins (awarded to RIT graduates of fifty years ago or more), Winter Weekend, Tiger Day, Hands Across RIT, College Union, 150th Anniversary, student orientation, Tag Day 1908, and School of Food, Hotel, & Travel Management.


  • Creation: circa 1940-2008

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. As of 2011, RIT has over 17,000 students and more than 200 student clubs and organizations.


0.6 Linear Feet (1 Clamshell box)




Collection of pins commemorating events, awards, student life, alumni, or RIT.


Pins are currently unarranged.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in November 2011.

RIT pin collection
RIT Archives
Amy Vilz
23 November 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA