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RIT Faculty Council records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0552

Scope and Contents

The Faculty Council Collection is made records documenting the actions of the Faculty Council from 1957-1996. The collection houses newsletters from 1944 – 1995. There are minutes from Faculty Council meetings dating from 1913-1919 and 1958-1995. Records from the Eisenhart Awards for Outstanding Teaching (1960-1999) can be found in the collection, as well as financial materials, policies including tenure, retirement, health benefits, sexual harassment, and drug and alcohol policy. There are also minutes from Student Government (1993-1994), the creation of CIMS (Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies, 1993-1994), and information on RIT’s relationship with the CIA in 1991.


  • Creation: 1913-1996
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1957 - 1996


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Historical Information: RIT Faculty Council

The Faculty Council was established in 1913 comprised of the university President, superintendents and faculty. The purpose of the Council was to “deal with administrative affairs of the Institute as far as they pertained to faculty” (Gordon, 92). After a short run President Farnum appointed a committee to assess the relevance and importance of the Faculty Council, the committee decided that there was, “no need for a Faculty Council” (Gordon, 118). It was disbanded in October of 1919. A hiatus almost 40 years ensued. The Faculty Council was revived in 1957 under President Ellingson. The new Faculty Council was comprised of representatives from all the colleges, library, and ROTC. Topics discussed by the Council and that can be found in this collection include; tenure promotion, academic advising, teaching evaluation, and racial and sexual discrimination. On January 18, 1996 under President Simone, the Faculty Council evolved into the Academic Senate following a 60-40 majority formal vote. The Academic Senate differs from the Faculty Council as the Senate is comprised of, “the President, the provost, representatives from the Dean’s Council, and the presidents of Student Government, and the Staff Council” (Gordon, 504).


4.5 Linear Feet (4 Cartons 1 Document Box )




Materials are records from the Faculty Council from 1957 to 1996. The collection includes meeting minutes, newsletters, correspondence, committee reports, financial materials, and other related items.


The Collection is 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.

RIT Faculty Council records

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials in the collection were given to the RIT Archive Collections by the Faculty Council over many years.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amanda Packard in January 2015.

RIT Faculty Council records
RIT Archives
Amanda Packard
21 January 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA