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Rochester Institute of Technology student handbooks

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0056

Scope and Contents

The Rochester Institute of Technology student handbooks consist of publications distributed to students of the college. Although the title of the handbook changed several times (e.g. Facts, Source), each handbook contains essentially the same information. The publications cover college activities, available services, rules and regulations, campus resources, and other features. Handbooks are available from 1917 to present, with new ones being added to the collection each year that they are published.

The collection also includes a few miscellaneous items such as a 1925 handbook for the school's Girls' Organization, a courtesy book from 1932, and an "Unofficial Student Guide" from 1990. The courtesy book includes tips on how to be a courteous individual in various situations including at social gatherings, in church, and on the street. The "Unofficial Student Guide" provides information on things to do in the Rochester area.


  • Creation: 1917-2011


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Historical Information: RIT student handbooks

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) can trace its origins to the founding of the Rochester Athenaeum in 1829. After joining with several different Rochester institutions during the 19th century, the Athenaeum finally merged with the Mechanics Institute (founded in 1885) in 1891 to form the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (RAMI). RAMI changed its name to the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1944 to better reflect the university's role in the field of technical education.

The oldest student handbook in the RIT Archive Collections is from 1917. The book contained information on various aspects of school life including registration policies, campus rules and regulations, student resources (e.g. library, medical services), student activities and organizations, and information on housing. An academic calendar was also included. Although the official student handbook of the college changed its look, publishing office, and title over the years, the general content remained the same.

RIT's student handbook had many different looks during the 20th century, changing in size, design, and layout. In 1971 and 1972, the handbook was published in conjunction with a student directory and in 1987 the entire handbook was formatted as a calendar. Additionally, the title changed several times. In 1976, the book was titled FACTS and in 1987 it was renamed the Source, a title it retained into the 21st century.


2.5 Linear Feet (5 document boxes)




Collection of Rochester Institute of Technology student handbooks from 1917-present. Each handbook contains information on campus activities, services, resources, and various other features.


Materials in the collection are arranged chronologically with a few miscellaneous items being located at the front of the collection.

Other Finding Aids

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

Rochester Institute of Technology student handbooks


The repository continues to add materials to this collection as new handbooks are published.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in January 2011.

Rochester Institute of Technology student handbooks
RIT Archives
Lara Nicosia
13 January 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA