RIT memorabilia (miscellaneous)
Scope and Contents
RIT memorabilia (miscellaneous) contains a variety of items promoting the Institute, events, and student activities. Items include business card holders, stamps, parking permit, calendars, bookmarks, pens, a metal ruler from 1967 Freshman Daze, a frisbee commemorating the the opening of the Polisseni Center, a RIT Tiger postcard and a scarf. Items commemorate the RIT tiger, 1958 Senior Banquet, RIT American College of Management and Technology in Zagreb and Dubrovnik, and 2003 Gospel Fest. The oldest item in the collection is a small plaque from 1916, "A Student a Year to MI" (Mechanics Institute), donated by Marie Fennell (class of 1916). Last, a framed memorabilia case holds numerous buttons, keychains, and a miniature brick from the RIT campus.
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.
1.3 Linear Feet (1 flat box)
Collection contains an assortment of RIT-related memorabilia in various formats, including stamps, bookmarks, pens, and business card holders.
Collection contents are roughly arranged by format.
C.S. South, East wall, Shelf E77
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number(s): 2005:002
Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in November 2011.
- Artifacts (object genre)
- College students -- New York (State) -- Rochester
- Promotional materials
- Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute -- History
- Rochester Institute of Technology -- History
- Students -- Services for -- New York (State) -- Rochester
- Universities and colleges -- New York (State) -- Rochester -- History
- Universities and colleges -- Social aspects
- RIT memorabilia (miscellaneous)
- RIT Archives
- Amy Vilz
- 30 November 2011
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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