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Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower videotapes and films

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITSpec-0007

Scope and Contents

Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower 10 videotapes and films contains interviews, documentaries, profiles, and news reports regarding the Eisenhowers, as well as film related to Eisenhower College. Subjects include Eisenhower's first term as President, Dwight and Mamie's golden wedding anniversary, a 1970 Barbara Walters interview with Mamie, and promotional films on Eisenhower College.


  • Creation: circa 1956-1970

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Historical Information: RIT's affiliation with Eisenhower College

RIT’s affiliation with Dwight D. Eisenhower began with Eisenhower College. This small, liberal arts college was located on Cayuga Lake in Seneca Falls, New York. Founded in 1965, the first classes were held in 1968. The curriculum stressed "world studies" with mandatory courses on history, art, philosophy, music, and literature. The College also collected artifacts, documents, and materials related to Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower.

Although funded by private monies, federal grants, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Eisenhower dollar coins, by 1979 the college was in financial difficulties and was acquired by RIT. Financial problems persisted, and three years later, on July 22, 1982, RIT announced the closing of Eisenhower College. At that time, materials from the Eisenhower College relating to both the college and Dwight D. Eisenhower were transferred to the RIT Archives, including this collection of videotapes and films.

In December 2005, Archivist Becky Simmons made the decision to separate the materials into two collections; one being about Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower and the other being Eisenhower College records. Linda Coppola, the Liberal Arts Librarian was asked to weed out books that she felt could be in the general collection or be discarded. The container list below is materials determined appropriate for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Collection, housed in RIT Archives. However, this collection was left intact; at this time, films are not viewable, and description is reliant solely on somewhat vague film labels.


11.68 Linear Feet (1 File box, 43 films)




Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower videotapes and films contains interviews, documentaries, and news reports regarding the Eisenhowers, as well as film related to Eisenhower College.


Videotapes and films are arranged by size.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelves 74-76, 84, 112

Other Finding Aids

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

Dwight D Eisenhower Videotapes And Films

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These materials originally came to the RIT Archives in July 1982 when the Eisenhower College in Seneca Falls, New York closed.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in September 2011.

Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower videotapes and films
RIT Special Collections
Amy Vilz
21 September 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA