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Collection on Edward J. Ries

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0385

Scope and Contents

The collection on Edward J. Ries consists of a variety of personal objects and papers related to Edward Jacob Ries. The collection consists of four photographs (one photo of Ries and three photos of his residence), Ries’s birth and marriage certificates, several army papers, pilot’s book, six metallic objects (two are pins from the U.S. Army, two buttons, a locket, and a coin), and other documents.


  • Creation: 1889, 1916, 1918-1919, 1923-1924, 1949, 1957, 1975

Language of Materials

Majority in English. There is one item in German and one item in English plus multiple other languages.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Edward J. Ries (1889-1975) began his career at the Ritter Dental Manufacturing’s company in 1904 as an apprentice in the electrical department. In 1918, he entered the United States Army school of Military Aeronautics at Cornell University, served in the Army and was honorably discharged in 1919. He returned to Ritter Dental in Rochester where he became assistant sales manager and climbed the company’s executive ladder, eventually he was promoted to vice president and general manager and in 1941 became president of the company until1953. He then accepted the post of chairman of the board from 1953 to 1965.

He was also an honorary member of the Board of Trustees of the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute and in recognition of his services to RIT and for his accomplishments and service to the community, Mr. Ries was named RIT’s Outstanding Alumnus in 1955.


.5 Linear Feet (1 half document box)


This collection contains documents, photographs, and personal objects from the military career of Edward Jacob Ries, who was an honorary member of the board of trustees of Rochester Institute of Technology.


The collection is arranged by item type and subject.

Other Finding Aids

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

Collection on Edward J. Ries

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Veronica Raco in July 2012.

Collection on Edward J. Ries
RIT Archives
Veronica Raco
09 July 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA