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Rochester Area Colleges collection

 Collection — Folder: 1-6
Identifier: RITArc-0084

Scope and Contents

The Rochester Area Colleges collection consists of materials related to the Rochester-based education consortium. Some of the materials in the collection predate the consortium's founding in 1970. However, these items represent collaborations between the area colleges prior to the Rochester Area Colleges's formation.

The collection also includes organization newsletters and a clippings file. This clippings file has articles on the consortium and its activities, as well as event calendars. Additionally, there are program brochures, correspondence, event fliers and invitations, and a few other pieces of ephemera. There is a report on the possible uses of television in academic collaboration, published in 1964.


  • Creation: 1964-1987


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Rochester Area Colleges (RAC) is a consortium of higher education institutions in the Rochester, NY area. The group was formally incorporated in 1970, though similar partnerships did exist prior to the organization's founding. For over a decade, area colleges had worked to "strengthen and upgrade the quality of higher education" through planned activities and shared resources.

RAC was created to facilitate the sharing of resources between area colleges and universities. A student at one member institution could take a course at another member institution without an increase to his or her tuition fees. Additionally, various social events and mixers were planned by the organization so that students could meet other students in the Rochester region.

Other resources were shared between the area colleges as well. For instance, there was collaboration on career development opportunities and job placement services. Membership numbers for the consortium have fluctuated since its founding. Some of the organizations that have belonged to RAC at some point in time include: Alfred University, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Empire State College, Finger Lakes Community College, Genesee Community College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Keuka College, Monroe Community College, Nazareth College, Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. John Fisher College, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Brockport, and University of Rochester.


0.25 Linear Feet (6 folders)




Materials related to the Rochester Area Colleges, a consortium of educational institutions in the Genesee Valley Area that was founded in 1970. The collection includes program brochures, correspondence, reports, fliers, and clippings.


Materials in the collection are contained in six folders.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 785, Box 10

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in February 2011.

Rochester Area Colleges collection
RIT Archives
Lara Nicosia
14 February 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA