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RIT Center for Imaging Science records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0504

Scope and Contents

The RIT Center for Imaging Science records are divided into four series: promotional materials, academic reports, Industrial Associates program meetings, and clippings. The promotional materials include invitations, flyers, brochures, course catalogs, and building plans. The academic reports contain yearly formal academic reports from 1998-1992, correspondence related to the establishment of the Ph.D. program in imaging science, as well as a 1994 announcement concerning the CIS operational move to report directly to the Office of the Provost instead of through the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. The Industrial Associates program meetings include meeting/presentation schedules, presentation summaries from 1996-1999, and student resumes from 1997. The clippings are of various publications such as the Democrat & Chronicle and the British Journal of Photography, dating from 1970-1991.

In 2017, a group of slides were added to the collection which appear to be a promotional presentation about the Imaging Science program, including buildings, faculty and students. Also added were two videotapes; one titled "Development of a True, Solid State, 3-Dimensional Display" by Dr. Elizabeth Downing, and the second titled "Discover Imaging Science" length 27mins.


  • Creation: 1970-1999


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Imaging Science (CIS) was founded in 1985 and dedicated to Chester F. Carlson in 1989. He was an excellent candidate for the dedication, being the inventor of xerography – the technology that made office copiers possible. Although he created the first successful design in 1938, he was unable to convince any corporations to produce his invention until it was done by the Haloid Corporation in 1950. It was so successful that they renamed their company after the invention, being the now internationally famous Xerox Corporation.

CIS awards academic degrees in Imaging Science, including the nation’s first doctorate program in the field. Imaging Science is a challenging, but highly productive, interdisciplinary major. The program mainly consists of a combination of physics, math, and computer science with a focus on imaging technology. Imaging science is an essential aspect of fields such as computer graphics, robotic vision, photographic science, medical diagnostic images, satellite imaging, and remote sensing. Graduates of CIS typically benefit from a high job placement rate after graduation, being sought after by companies in this highly specialized industry.


0.5 Linear Feet (These records are contained within 4 folders in a document box. )




Records of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. The Center for Imaging Science (CIS) was founded in 1985 as a college that could provide students with the option of enrolling in imaging science. This highly interdisciplinary major consists of mostly physics, math, and computer science. These records include promotional materials, clippings, memos, and academic reports.


These records are arranged subject and then by date.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 778

Other Finding Aids

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

RIT Center for Imaging Science records

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Allison Thompson in February 2014.

RIT Center for Imaging Science records
RIT Archives
Allison Thompson
26 February 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA