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RIT Wallace Library photographs and videotapes

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0551

Scope and Contents

RIT Wallace Library photographs contain images of parties, events and orientations that took place in the library, many of which identify library staff members. Photos range from the early 1980s before the building addition was added, through the construction and opening in 1991, as well as students using the many areas of the library. There are also photographs of the dedication of the new RIT Archives space.

Also included in this collection are eleven videotapes and DVDs ranging from 1974-1995 that contain content related to the Wallace Library. There is an undated video which talks about electronic services and an introduction to the Internet. There are also library orientation videos, capital campaign funding, history of the library, and the a 1988 video of the groundbreaking ceremony for the building addition.

Also included are four carousels of slides of a library orientation program.


  • Creation: 1974-2004
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1980 - 1999

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Rochester Institute of Technology’s first official library opened in 1910, upon the hiring of its first librarian, Eleanor Gleason. After growing from a small collection into something larger, it was moved into its own building in 1958 when the Middle State’s Association found the collection of books to be too small and understaffed. Then, after relocating to the Henrietta campus in 1969, a true library building was built to house the collection and a full staff. Named after Charles F. and Florence M. Wallace, benefactors of the college, the newly constructed Wallace Memorial Library was built in 1968 along with the rest of the campus. Expanded in 1991, it added on space for a Graphics Arts collection (The Cary Library) and the Archives and Special Collections. During this time many photos were taken of the staff and construction.


5 Linear Feet (3 photo albums, 4 slide carousel boxes)




Collection of photographs and videotapes documenting library staff, events, construction of building addition, primarily from the 1980's-1990's until 2004. Staff photos are well identified. Also included in this collection are eleven videotapes and DVDs ranging from 1974-1995 containing content related to the Wallace Library, and four carousels of slides documenting a library orientation program.


Photographs are arranged loosely by event, then date.

Physical Location

C.S. East Wall, Shelf 42
C. S. South, Shelf 722 (videotapes)

Other Finding Aids

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

RIT Wallace Library photographs and videotapes

Related Materials

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in January 2015.

RIT Wallace Library photographs and videotapes
RIT Archives
Jean Pietrowski
20 January 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA