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Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute events and lectures records

 Collection — Box-Folder: Box 203
Identifier: RITArc-0535

Scope and Contents

The RAMI events and lectures records consist of promotional cards, brochures, program announcements, booklets, and two copies of the Marie Antoinette (school newspaper). Many of these promote Mrs. Emily M. Bishop’s popular Physical Culture, Voice Culture, and Reading lectures from the Domestic Science Department.

There are also multiple promotional materials for the Saturday Evening Lectures on Travel and Art, mostly by Reverend Clarence A. Barbour. This collection is missing records from the following years: 1898, 1900-1901, 1905, 1911, and 1915.


  • Creation: 1897-1920

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The Institute originated from the establishment of the Athenaeum in 1829, which merged with other organizations throughout the years until it evolved into the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (RAMI) in 1891. The name was changed again in 1944, becoming what is now the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

RAMI provided many lecture series taught by various individuals, including both visiting lecturers and faculty. Lectures from the Domestic Science Department became popular after the esteemed Miss Mary Bliss became the director in 1897. Of those, it appears that the Physical Culture, Voice Culture, and Reading lecture classes taught by Mrs. Emily M. Bishop were particularly successful. Other subjects included lectures on travel and art, English and poetry, anthropology, biology, and chemistry and physics. Students often had the option of paying either for a single lecture or the entire course.

RAMI also hosted various events such as concerts, plays, and pageants. Many of these events were held at the Lyceum Theatre that used to reside at 36 Clinton Avenue.


1 Folder(s) (One folder contained within a document box.)




The Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (RAMI) Lectures and Events records pertain to the various events offered from the late 1800s until 1920. Materials include programs, announcements, correspondence and other promotional brochures.


The Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute events and lectures are arranged by size and date.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 808, Box 203

Other Finding Aids

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

RAMI Lectures and Events records

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Allison Thompson in September 2014.

Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute lectures and events records
RIT Archives
Allison Thompson
1 December 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA