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Collection of RIT Alumni ephemera

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0567

Scope and Contents

The Collection of RIT Alumni ephemera contains RIT related materials donated to the RIT Archives by RIT Alumni. The materials include a brick paver from 1982 that was once in front of the Wallace Library, a necktie from circa 1980 bearing the square graphic mark from that time, a GARC necktie featuring printed using sublimation printing, metal ashtrays given away at the 1953 RIT Alumni Banquet, a dodgeball gummy bracelet from 2015, a deck of Alumni Association playing cards from 1987, a ceramic mug, a RIT laundry bag from 1968, a suitcase with a Mechanics Institute Decal (first owned by an MI westler known as "Iron Leg Roberts"), and a class ring from 1967.


  • Creation: 1953-2015

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The Rochester Institute of Technology Alumni Association was formed in 1912. Osbourne F. Gurney, a 1903 Mechanical Engineering graduate, was elected as the first president. During the 1920's alumni began to return to watch sporting events and attend parties hosted by sororities and fraternities. The first official class reunion took place in 1958, commemorating the 50th year since the Class of 1908 had graduated. Reunions continued and were very successful.

Today, the Alumni Association continues to engage and celebrate the over 100,000 RIT alumni. Much of this acknowledgement is now done during Brick City Homecoming held each year in October. Alumni are encouraged to interact and reunion activities were started for classes, athletics, Greeks, student clubs, and more.


2.5 Linear Feet (1 Lid box, 1 half document box, 1 item)




Materials donated to RIT from alumni. The collection includes various RIT related objects donated to the RIT Archives from RIT Alumni.


The collection is arranged by material type.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 98, 219, 220

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was deposited in RIT Archive Collections by James Macchiano from Alumni Relations in February 2015. Various alumni had dropped off the materials without leaving a name. Other materials have been added over time. Accession number(s): 2015:029; 2017;045; 2018:052; 2019:003; 2019:009

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jennifer Roeszies in March 2015.

RIT Alumni ephemera
RIT Archives
Jennifer Roeszies
3 Mar 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA