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RIT Archive Collections records and photographs

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0596

Scope and Contents

RIT Archive Collections records and photographs contains records, correspondence, news clippings, and photographs about the formation, history, and operation of the RIT Archives since 1958 - 2013. Included within this collection are memorandums discussing the creation and upkeep of the RIT Archives, as well as records about the history of the RIT Archives written by Gladys Taylor. News clippings discuss Gladys Taylor's tenure as archivist until the time of her retirement. There are news clippings about various staff members, student workers, and milestones reached by RIT Archives.

The collection also includes photographs of and cards and letters from staff members and former student workers.


  • Creation: 1958-2013
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1958 - 2013


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

In 1959 the RIT Policy Committee put forward a proposal to create a room where old RIT records and publications could be kept. The proposal passed, and the RIT Archives was officially instituted in 1960 by Alfred Johns, the RIT Registrar, and administered by the Wallace Library. In 1976, reference librarian Gladys Taylor, who had been managing the archives since their founding, became RIT's first full-time archivist.

Since that time, the Archives has acquired RIT records, documents, photographs, ephemera, videos, motion pictures, artworks and more, preserving collections for research and exhibition. Gladys Taylor managed the Archives until 1989 when she retired. In 1989, a new room for the RIT Archives was built as part of the addition on the Wallace Library building. The archives — now complete with stacks, a reading room, and a work room— was managed by various librarians part-time until 2003, when Becky Simmons was hired full-time as RIT Archivist. The archive collections have continued to expand, particularly with the addition of the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive in 2006. RIT Archive Collections also includes the University Art Collection. RIT Archive Collections is currently staffed by RIT Archivist Becky Simmons, Associate Archivist Jody Sidlauskas, two part-time staff, and part-time student employees.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 Half-Hollinger box with 4 folders)




RIT Archive Collections records and photographs contains records, correspondence, news clippings, and photographs about the creation and history of the archives at RIT. The RIT Archives Collection was founded as RIT Archives in 1960.


Materials are arranged chronologically and by series.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 735

Other Finding Aids

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

RIT Archive Collections records and photographs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials in this collection have been deposited in the Archives over many years.

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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA