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School of Photographic Arts and Sciences records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0424

Scope and Contents

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences records include various materials from the office such as correspondence, clippings, scholarship and financial aid award letters and brochures for photography students, and brochures featured candidates for graduation.

Also included in the collection are curriculum papers (proposals, development, and revision of courses and programs under SPAS), news releases, and materials related to Rochester Film and Photography Consortium. Of interest is the collection of records related to the history of SPAS including correspondence, C.B. Neblette interview, drafts and copies of History of SPAS for the school’s 50th anniversary, among other materials.


  • Creation: 1966-2011
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1970 - 1995


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Photography has a long and interesting history at Rochester Institute of Technology. The first photography course was offered in 1901. The Department of Photography was founded in Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (now Rochester Institute of Technology) in 1930 with Frederick Brehm as instructor. He was later joined by C.B. Neblette.

In 1960, the department became the School of Photography. During the same year, RIT was organized into six colleges including College of Graphic Arts and Photography which encompassed the school.

However, there was a strong feeling that the name, School of Photography, did not describe their educational philosophy or objectives, so the name was changed to the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences in 1968. Today, it is housed in College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.


5 Linear Feet (3 cartons and 1 document box)




Materials related to the School of Photographic Arts and Science (SPAS) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) including correspondence, curriculum, clippings, and materials for students and faculty. Of particular interest is the collection of records related to the history of the school.


The folders are arranged alphabetically with content in each folder arranged chronologically.

Other Finding Aids

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

School of Photographic Arts and Science records

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials in the collection were transferred to RIT Archive Collections from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (CIAS) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2010.

Accession number(s): 2010:053


Processing Information

Finding aid created by Veronica Raco in October 2012.

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences records
RIT Archives
Veronica Raco
12 October 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA