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RIT Research Corporation records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0085

Scope and Contents

The RIT Research Corporation records consist of materials related to the organization and its activities. The collection contains a series of administrative documents including a copy of the company's certificate of incorporation, mission statement and by-laws. There are also board meeting minutes from various years from 1980-1999 and some financial records.

Additionally, the collection contains promotional materials for the organization, such as brochures. In September 2000, the RIT Research Corporation celebrated its 20th anniversary. The collection includes documents from the planning committee for this celebration. The collection also contains copies of the RIT Research Corporation's newsletter, "Future Funding Resources News," several published reports, and a clippings file.

Finally, the corporate seal embossing stamp for the organization is located at the end of the collection.


  • Creation: 1980-2001


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The RIT Research Corporation (RITRC) was founded in 1980 as a for-profit subsidiary of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Developed as the main research arm of the Institute, RITRC provided applied research and consulting services to businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. When RITRC was approached with a request, project managers would organize a multidisciplinary team made up of faculty, staff, and students from different colleges within the Institute. Thus, although RITRC was not officially part of the university, it was staffed entirely by members of the RIT community.

Prior to RITRC's founding, research requests had to be arranged with individual departments and faculty members. According to RIT's president at the time, Dr. M. Richard Rose, the intent of RITRC was to "combine all research effort into a single organizational component." Now interested parties could have a single point of contact with the university. The hope was that RITRC would help enhance RIT's reputation in the field of applied research and higher education. Plus, increased research levels meant an increase in the use of RIT's facilities and lab equipment.

RITRC's focus was on applied research with specialization in the fields of energy, graphic arts, productivity, and communications. The goal was never for RITRC to venture into the realm of theoretical research as was popular at the nearby University of Rochester. Rather, RITRC was focused on providing solutions to technical problems and challenges of the day. According to one brochure, RITRC offered services such as:

  • Developing test systems
  • Annual reports
  • Manufacturing and assembly planning
  • Product delivery studies
  • Helping set priorities
  • Profitability studies for new products
  • Graphic arts and imaging
  • Energy test equipment
  • Increase productivity
  • Professional consulting
  • Extent

    2.5 Linear Feet (4 document boxes, 1 lid box- contains corporate seal)




    Records of the RIT Research Corporation, a for-profit subsidiary of the Rochester Institute of Technology during the 1980s and 1990s. The RIT Research Corporation was responsible for applied research and consultation services at the university during this period. The collection includes governance documents, meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, promotional materials, publications, and clippings.


    This collection is currently unprocessed.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession numbers: 09:08; 09:19; 09:32

    Most materials in the collection were given to the RIT Archive Collection by the Vice President for Research in 2009 as three separate accessions.

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    Processing Information

    Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in February 2011.

    RIT Research Corporation records
    RIT Archives
    Lara Nicosia
    15 February 2011
    Description rules
    Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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    Repository Details

    Part of the RIT Archives Repository

    Rochester NY 14623 USA