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RIT 175th Anniversary Celebration collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0043

Scope and Contents

The RIT 175th Anniversary Celebration collection contains a variety of materials related to the anniversary celebration. A large portion of the collection is made up ephemera from the different events including programs, invitations, calendars, and advertisements. The collection also includes some pieces of memorabilia such as special publications and a miniature brick to commemorate the celebration. There is also a proclamation signed by the Brighton Town Supervisor, which congratulates the university on its anniversary.

Additionally, the collection includes schedules of events for the celebration and related news clippings. There is a specific file of clippings on the Coast-to-Coast run, organized by the RIT cross-country team in 2004.

Finally, the collection includes the records of the RIT 175th Anniversary Planning Committee. These include meeting minutes, proposals, sign-up sheets, notes, articles, and other documents related to the planning of anniversary events.


  • Creation: 2002-2005

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Historical Information: RIT 175th Anniversary Celebration

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 Institute's role in the field of technical education.

In 2004, the university celebrated its 175th anniversary. Unlike the 125th and 150th anniversary celebrations, the 175th anniversary did not include a formal fundraising component. Instead, the Institute focused on activities to commemorate the university's founding. The goals of the celebration were to:

  • Advance RIT's reputation as a leading technological university
  • Enhance pride and spirit among campus constituencies
  • Build support for the capital campaign, "Powered by the Future"
  • Extent

    1 Linear Feet (22 folders split between 2 document boxes)




    Materials related to RIT's 175th Anniversary Celebration, held in 2004. The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) can trace its origins to the founding of the Rochester Athenaeum in 1829. The collection contains schedules of events, ephemera such as programs and calendars, special publications, and news clippings. Also included are the records of the Anniversary Planning Committee.


    The collection is arranged by event, with each activity or publication having its own folder.

    Other Finding Aids

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

    RIT 175th Anniversary Celebration collection

    Processing Information

    Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in December 2010.

    RIT 175th Anniversary Celebration collection
    RIT Archives
    Lara Nicosia
    13 December 2010
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    Repository Details

    Part of the RIT Archives Repository

    Rochester NY 14623 USA