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Mark Ellingson digital audio recordings

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0613

Scope and Contents

The Mark Ellingson audio recordings contains three audio recordings from various times during Ellingson's presidency at RIT: the anniversary of his 30th year as president in 1966, when he received the Kiwanis Club of Rochester's Citizen of the Year, and his retirement from RIT in 1969. Original cassette recordings were digitized on 1/28/2013.


  • Creation: 1966-1969

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Mark Ellingson (d.1993) was the fifth president of the Rochester Institute of Technology (1936-1969), succeeding his father-in-law, John A. Randall. Ellingson began at RIT as a professor of economics in 1926. He organized and coached the first RIT Wrestling team. Under his leadership, enrollment went from 550 students to 5,000, with endowment increasing from $1.5 million to $22 million and school assets increasing from $2.4 million to $111 million.

Ellingson had a gift for getting along with everyone, from industry leaders to the school's maintenance staff. During Ellingson's presidency, RIT saw a major expansion, the merger with the Empire School of Printing; the renaming of the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute to the current Rochester Institute of Technology; the relocation of RIT from its downtown Rochester location to its current campus in Henrietta; and he was instrumental in the process of RIT being selected as the location for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

He retired in 1969 and died in 1993. In his final report to the Institute, he declared "I can think of no other life which would have given me the satisfaction that I have had from my association with the Institute...its students, faculty, alumni, and its board of directors."


3 Digital File(s) (Digital Audio Files)




The Mark Ellingson audio recordings contains three audio recordings documenting special occasions in the history of RIT's fifth president. The collection includes audio recordings from Ellingson's 30th anniversary celebration; when he was named Citizen of the Year by the Rochester Kiwanis Club; and his retirement in 1969.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by description title which is also chronologically.

Physical Location

For access, contact RIT Archive Collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to RIT Archive Collections by Marcia Ellingson in 1978.

Accession number(s): 1978:007

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jennifer Roeszies in September 2015.

Mark Ellingson audio recording collection
RIT Archives
Jennifer Roeszies
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA