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Office of the Registrar records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0391

Scope and Contents

RIT Registrar/Registration and ID Cards collection contains various documents related to the registrar, registration, and ID cards. These documents include class count, registration information for students and faculty, orientation week committee meetings, questionnaires for veterans, letters to freshmen and returning students, schedules, and policies update. Most of these documents are from 1957 to 1975.

The collection also includes papers for the implement of new photo identification system for students and faculty, business letters, and original student photo identification cards from 1965 and 1966.


  • Creation: 1957-1969, 1970-1975, 1990
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1957 - 1975

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for many things - it maintains academic records for current and former students and it also plans, processes, and monitors all registration activities. The office is also responsible for the systems that show courses, final exams schedule, classroom schedules, add/drop activities, withdrawals by students, change of grades, records AP and transfer credits, provide a list of courses, and generate transcripts for the students. Students and faculty members get their ID cards from the Registrars office. The office also mails diplomas, provides academic and management information and reports, and acts as a resource of information for the students and faculty.

Around 1964, RIT decided to adopt a new identification system in which students’ ID cards would be laminated with their photographs. RIT hired a company to undertake this for the Institute; however, their finished product was too brittle and broke easily. For the next school year, RIT hired another company and over the years, the identification card system has changed, with the addition of, color coding and more interesting designs. As of 2012, RIT has their own equipment and produces cards for students, staff and faculty.

Mr. Daniel Vilenski was appointed Registrar for RIT in 1982. Upon his arrival, he discovered only two computers in the Registrar’s Office. Students often had to stand in long lines to register for their courses, sometimes for hours. Vilenski presented the idea of using a touch-tone registration system in the mid-eighties. RIT eventually went to a newer system and the Office of the Registrar has continued to change their procedures as technology changes.


1 Box(es) (One blue/gray document box.)




Collection of documents related to registrar and registration including schedules, policies updates, orientation week committee meetings, and various papers from 1957 to 1990. It also includes two different student identification cards from 1965 and 1966.


Both the folders and materials within each folder are arranged in a 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.

Office of the Registrar records

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Veronica Raco in July 2012.

Office of the Registrar records
RIT Archives
Veronica Raco
09 July 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA