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Women's Council of RIT records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0091

Scope and Contents

The Women's Council of RIT records contains materials related to the organization and its activities. A large portion of the collection consists of administrative documents including meeting notes and minutes, correspondence, member rosters, and planning documents. Similarly, the collection includes financial records for the organization, including detailed treasurer reports for various years and banking records.

Additionally, the collection contains information on specific events such as a gala featuring a multimedia presentation titled "A Nation from Nations" and a Karl Haas concert. Both events were sponsored by the group.

The collection also includes various pieces of ephemera such as event invitations and programs, as well as photographs and clippings.

A box of Carol Mulford's Women's Council records from 1955-2006 were added in 2012.

A collection of records [2 boxes] by Women's Council President T. Jane Doctor from 1990-2012 were added in October 2013.


  • Creation: 1955-2010


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The Women's Council of RIT was founded in 1955. Inspired by Aileen Vanderbilt Webb's position as the first female trustee on RIT's Board of Trustees, Marcia Ellingson initiated the idea of forming a group for women who wished to play an active part in the RIT community.

Unlike the Women's Club, which was founded as a social club for women in 1937, the Women's Council was started to directly meet the university's needs. The purpose of the group was twofold:

  • To stimulate interest and promote understanding of the social, economic, educational and cultural programs of the Institute
  • To supplement, advance, and enrich the welfare of the Institute's students, alumni, faculty, staff and Board of Trustees.
  • Extent

    15 Linear Feet (15 documents boxes)




    Records of the Women's Council of RIT founded in 1955 for women who were interested in helping to serve the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) community by acting as "ambassadors" for the school. The collection includes meeting minutes, correspondence, member rosters, meeting notes, financial records, photographs, ephemera, clippings, and other administrative documents.


    This collection is arranged chronologically.

    Physical Location

    C.S. South, Shelves 232-234

    Other Finding Aids

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

    Women’s Council of RIT records

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession number: 2006:001


    The repository continues to add materials to this collection.

    Related Materials

    Processing Information

    Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in February 2011.



    Women's Council of RIT records
    RIT Archives
    Lara Nicosia
    21 February 2011
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    Repository Details

    Part of the RIT Archives Repository

    Rochester NY 14623 USA