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New Campus Fund Drive digital audio recording

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0633

Scope and Contents

The New Campus Fund Drive digital audio recording is a promotional piece for the new campus (Henrietta, NY location). The narrator discusses highlights of RIT, its promise for the future and asks the listener to contribute to the new campus fund drive.

Original cassette recordings were digitized on 2/20/2015.


  • Creation: 1965

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

In April 1959, New York State Department of Public Works informed RIT it was ninety-nine percent sure that it would need to construct an inner loop to connect to the New York State Thruway which would cut right through the middle of the downtown campus. This would lead to the destruction of the Eastman Building, one of the main academic buildings on campus. At the time, RIT had committed to expanding the downtown campus and had bought the Rochester Hotel and built the Ritter-Clark Memorial gym. It had not yet occupied 50 W. Main St., but to stay downtown with the loss of its principal academic building was another matter. The Institute owned eighteen acres south of Broad St., however, that was not enough property for a new campus. The school also owned 120 acres in Pittsford, between Fairport and Linden Road.

Their other option was to build outside of the city between Rochester and Buffalo. A combination of factors led the Institute to decide that it would leave downtown. The city had plans for improving the Third Ward, yet they had not progressed very far or fast enough to persuade the Institute that renewal was about to take place. What gave the Board confidence that it could make the move and raise the money it would need to buy enough land for "a hundred years expansion" as long-time trustee James Gleason advised, was an unexpected, substantial gift left by a woman named Grace Watson. Finally, in 1961 after a great deal of debate, the Board voted in favor of moving the campus to a 1,300 acre piece of land in Henrietta, NY owned by Emil Muller, an RIT alumni.

Basic grading of the site was completed by February 1964. The model of the new campus was on display and the New Campus Fund was rising. This project was said to be the largest amount ever raised by a fund drive in Rochester.


1 Digital File(s) (Digital Audio files)




One audio recording promoting RIT's move to a new location in the 1960's and contributing to the new campus fund drive. The new campus refers to the Henrietta campus which RIT moved to in 1968. Material contains an audio recording of a fund raising effort, the original being on an audio cassette tape which was digitized to a wav file.


The collection is one digital recording.

Physical Location

For access, please contact RIT Archive Collections.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jennifer Roeszies in November 2015.

New Campus Fund Drive audio recording
RIT Archives
Jennifer Roeszies
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA