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Leo Smith Oral History collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0612

Scope and Contents

The Leo Smith RIT Oral History audio recording contains audio interviews with prominent faculty, staff and students from RIT. Interviewees discuss their time at RIT, the Rochester community in general, memorable faculty and/or students, the history of the Institute and other topics related to RIT. Original cassette recordings were digitized on 1/9/2013.


  • Creation: 1972-1976

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Leo Smith (d. 1996) joined the Mechanics Institute in 1939, working closely with President Mark Ellingson. Smith was engaged in every aspect of the Institute's development during his thirty-three years here. He had a great deal of experience in education, but was also active in the Rochester Business Bureau, the Chamber of Commerce and the Central Presbyterian Church. Husband to Mary and father of Ken and Don, Smith was an example of the consistent character of the administration at RIT, efficient, fair and open to new ideas. He died on June 25, 1996.


24 Digital File(s) (Digital Audio Files)




Twenty-four digital audio recordings of interviews mostly conducted by Leo Smith in an attempt to capture the oral history of the Rochester Institute of Technology from some of its prominent faculty, staff, trustees, presidents and contributors.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by interviewee last name.

Physical Location

For access, contact RIT Archive Collections. File location: \\twcfileserver\Archives\Audiotape Files\Leo Smith RIT Oral History Project 1972 to 1976
DVD copy located on East Wall, Shelf 54.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the RIT Archive Collections by Leo Smith in 1976. Accession number(s): 1976:030

Existence and Location of Copies

Currently the RIT Archive Collections is maintaining a copy on DVD located on East Wall, Shelf 54.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jennifer Roeszies in September 2015.


Leo Smith Oral History collection
RIT Archives
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA