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Harold Kentner collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0665

Scope and Contents

Harold Kentner collection consists of documentation of the Extended Services Division of RIT's Evening School from 1959-1988; personal and biographical information about Mr. Kentner which includes photographs and newsclippings; his work at RIT; committees and organizations he served on in the Rochester area; and his involvement in the National University Extension Association from 1968-1980, as well as some NTID related materials.


  • Creation: 1940-1990


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Harold M. Kentner began working at RIT in 1941, teaching classes in Human Relations, Industrial Management, Leadership and Personnel Administration, among others. As Director and Assistant Dean of the Extended Services Division of the Evening College and in the College of Continuing Education, he helped develop many programs specifically in the Evening Services Division. He served as Chairman of Region II for the National University Extension Association (NUEA). He volunteered as the president or vice president for many associations, corporations, and societies in his field. His community outreach included serving as Chairman of the Rochester Mental Health Chapter of the New York State Association of Mental Health, conducting seminars, presentations, and classes for the urban population.

Harold Kentner was married to Katherine Nowack Kentner and they had three daughters, Jeanne K. Clarke, Louise K. Smith, and Maryann K. Newman. Before coming to RIT, Mr. Kentner held positions in personnel administration with the State Labor Department, General Motors, Ritter Company, annd Hickok Manufacturing Co. Mr. Kentner was asked by President Mark Ellingson to write the proposal to bring the National Technical Institute for the Deaf to RIT.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 document boxes)




This collection contains materials related to Harold Kentner’s career with the College of Continuing Education (CCE) and RIT's Evening School; the introduction and development of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf; and the community outreach of Assistant Dean of the Extended Services Division of CCE at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Included are annual reports, correspondence, photographs, RIT publications and clippings relating to these subjects.


Materials are arranged by series, then chronologically.

Other Finding Aids

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

Harold Kentner collection

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was donated to the RIT Archive Collections in October 2016 by Jeanne Kentner Clarke.

Accession number(s): 2016:064

Harold Kentner collection
RIT Archives
Jody Sidlauksas
13 Feb 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA