RIT Archive Collections

RIT Archive Collections RIT Archive Collections serves as the official repository for historically valuable records of the university.

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Today is #InternationalTigerDay! We have alumni from all over the world. Where are you currently? @RIT_Alumni
07/29/2020

Today is #InternationalTigerDay! We have alumni from all over the world. Where are you currently? @RIT_Alumni

We're working hard to be able to continue to provide you access to our collections. Classes will resume August 19th, and...
07/21/2020

We're working hard to be able to continue to provide you access to our collections. Classes will resume August 19th, and our staff will be able to help with your research needs. At this time, The RIT Archives will be open by appointment only. Classes will be accommodated virtually. To make an appointment to view materials in RIT Archives, email [email protected]. All research materials will be quarantined for 3 days after use to reduce risk for patrons and staff.

Virtual research consultations will be available beginning this Fall. (Online appointment booking is coming soon.) Staff will also be available to answer reference questions via chat on their websites during normal business hours this Fall.

To protect the health and safety of our community, we are reconfiguring library spaces, modifying access to collections, and adding more virtual services for the Fall semester. We will continue to update this webpage as plans evolve: https://library.rit.edu/coronavirus

While we may be physically closed during this time, rest assured we're still working hard to bring you access to all of ...
07/09/2020
RIT Libraries

While we may be physically closed during this time, rest assured we're still working hard to bring you access to all of our collections. Please contact us via social media-either here on Facebook or Twitter (@ritarchives), email at [email protected], or via our new chat function found on our website at archives.rit.edu.

When our physical location closed last semester amid the Coronavirus pandemic, many library services and resources remained available and in high demand. Here's how we responded.

Congratulations to Josh Owen on being named Director of RIT's Vignelli Center for Design Studies! We've enjoyed working ...
07/09/2020
Josh Owen named director of RIT’s Vignelli Center for Design Studies

Congratulations to Josh Owen on being named Director of RIT's Vignelli Center for Design Studies! We've enjoyed working with you on numerous projects through the years and look forward to many more!
https://www.rit.edu/news/josh-owen-named-director-rits-vignelli-center-design-studies?utm_campaign=mc-nedaily&utm_source=message-center&utm_medium=email&utm_content=top-story

Josh Owen, an internationally renowned designer, author and faculty-researcher who has led RIT’s industrial design program to national prominence since coming to the university a decade ago, has been named the new director of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies and the Massimo and Lella Vignell...

"Note to Self"- an excerpt from a journal entry by Jessica Hurd. Are you a member of the RIT community? Would you like t...
06/09/2020

"Note to Self"- an excerpt from a journal entry by Jessica Hurd. Are you a member of the RIT community? Would you like to share your thoughts, feelings, artistic expression during the current times? Please visit: https://pandemicjournals.rit.edu/

RIT Libraries
06/04/2020

RIT Libraries

In this moment, many people are asking, what can I do? We can all educate ourselves on antiracism work, the history of systemic racism, the lived experiences of people of color, and white privilege.

Here’s a reading list to get you started. Links to these resources are in the photo captions.

Ever wonder what the campus looked like 50 years ago? Pick up the book edited by former RIT Archivist Becky Simmons. On ...
05/29/2020

Ever wonder what the campus looked like 50 years ago? Pick up the book edited by former RIT Archivist Becky Simmons. On sale through RIT Press today!!

Featured title from RIT Press: "Transforming the Landscape: Fifty Years on the New RIT Campus" edited by Becky Simmons. This book details the planning and construction of RIT's modern campus, coupled with an extensive photographic survey of its innovative architecture. More recent buildings to the campus are discussed in the context of the original 1968 plan. The profuse historical and contemporary photographs create a visual tour that documents the evolution and development of the modern campus into the 21st century. Use coupon code LANDSCAPE50 and receive 50% off! Offer valid Friday, May 29-Saturday, May 30. https://www.rit.edu/press/transforming-landscape-0

Don't forget, we're collecting your pandemic stories, artwork, poems, photographs, memories.... whatever you would like ...
05/14/2020
Home · RIT Pandemic Journals

Don't forget, we're collecting your pandemic stories, artwork, poems, photographs, memories.... whatever you would like to share. https://pandemicjournals.rit.edu/

About RIT Pandemic Journals During these unprecedented times, RIT Archives is documenting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in our lives. This new collection captures the personal experiences of RIT community members in their own words, images, and videos. RIT Pandemic Journals will become part of...

Congratulations, Brie, on being selected as the undergraduate @RIT_LiberalArts delegate for the Class of 2020! #RITCOLAG...
05/07/2020
College Delegates 2019-2020 | Celebrating the Class of 2020

Congratulations, Brie, on being selected as the undergraduate @RIT_LiberalArts delegate for the Class of 2020! #RITCOLAGRAD2020
https://www.rit.edu/classof2020/delegates?fbclid=IwAR16ZeF3XvpB9McNwQnyWkh-d2AOwJGAUSRgZyUA-NI6hsWnGiBn-B9PBxY#college-of-liberal-arts

Each college selects one undergraduate student and may also select one graduate student to represent degree candidates from the college—students whose overall personal achievement demonstrates the ideals of RIT including, but not limited to, academic achievement.

05/06/2020
RIT/NTID

Thank you, and Happy Interpreter Appreciation Day to all of the wonderful interpreters that we've had the privilege to have worked with over the years.

Happy Interpreter Appreciation Day! Here's a message from RIT/NTID community sincerely thanking those who work hard to make sure communication isn't a barrier. #InterpreterAppreciationDay

We would like to congratulate our graduating seniors, Brienna Johnson-Morris and Landyn Hatch and wish them all the best...
05/04/2020

We would like to congratulate our graduating seniors, Brienna Johnson-Morris and Landyn Hatch and wish them all the best in the future. Congratulations, and welcome to the Goddess Club!!!

Not only is April National Poetry Month it also has a piece of Preservation Week 2020 (April 26-May 2)!  In honor of bot...
04/28/2020

Not only is April National Poetry Month it also has a piece of Preservation Week 2020 (April 26-May 2)! In honor of both we wanted to post about a recently completed digitization project, “Sculptures in the Air.” This major project funded by CLIR, digitized over 50 videos that serve to document the American Sign Language poetry movement that started on RIT’s campus. All of the digitized and captioned videos are available on RIT Libraries’ publically accessible, digital asset management system, LUNA.
#NationalPoetryMonth
#preswk
#ASLpoetry

Image of flyer advertising ASL poetry event in Buffalo, NY, ca. 1980, Deaf Studies Archive, RIT Archives.

If you haven't heard, we're archiving your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to contribute and...
04/27/2020
RIT Archives launches ‘Pandemic Journals’

If you haven't heard, we're archiving your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to contribute and are part of the RIT community, please check it out. Don't want to contribute? Chek out others experiences. http://ow.ly/XWeD50zpqCQ

RIT Archives is documenting the COVID-19 moment and its impact on the RIT community by collecting personal reflections of the pandemic. The “RIT Pandemic Journals” is meant to be a repository for RIT students, faculty, staff and alumni who are processing their response to the crisis in creative ...

In celebration of National Poetry Month, today, we feature Sam Abrams.Sam Abrams is a poet who taught at RIT from 1978 t...
04/22/2020
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In celebration of National Poetry Month, today, we feature Sam Abrams.
Sam Abrams is a poet who taught at RIT from 1978 to 2005. Abrams, involved in the underground poetry scene in New York City in the 1960s, produced & collected many “little magazines.” Issues of his publication Noose (mentioned here: https://fromasecretlocation.com/magazine/) can be found in his collection in the Archives (https://twcarchivesspace.rit.edu/repositories/2/resources/1075), along with many other mags (https://fromasecretlocation.com/matter/, https://fromasecretlocation.com/duende/, etc.). At RIT, Abrams was instrumental in bringing Allen Ginsberg to campus in 1984 for what became known as the Deaf Beat Summit (https://digitalcollections.rit.edu/luna/servlet/s/7p4y83).

GINSBERG: THEY CENSORED IT. HA HA HA! SIGN LANGUAGE CENSORSHIP. WE'LL ADD--I WOULD LIKE TO TEST OUT THE HARDNESS, OR CLARITY, OF THE FIRST LINES OF MY MOST FAMOUS POEM, WHICH ARE PROBABLY BULLSH*T, IN TERMS OF BEING VAGUE AND ABSTRACT, BECAUSE I WAS A YOUNGER POET WHEN I WROTE IT AND I HADN'T QUITE....

Happy National Library Workers Day to our colleagues at @ritlibraries !! You've been helping #RIT students, faculty, and...
04/21/2020

Happy National Library Workers Day to our colleagues at @ritlibraries !! You've been helping #RIT students, faculty, and staff "find it fast" for over 50 years. Here's to many more.
📸 from our Digital Image Collection

In recognition of National Poetry Month, we highlight one of our own - Dane R. Gordon, professor emeritus, who retired f...
04/20/2020

In recognition of National Poetry Month, we highlight one of our own - Dane R. Gordon, professor emeritus, who retired from RIT in 2000. He taught philosophy for 38 years. He became interested in poetry at an early age and continued his passion for writing poetry throughout his lifetime. In retirement he wrote five books of poetry; his final book included poems all written after the age of 90. Dane was a member of Rochester Poets, the oldest ongoing literary organization in the upstate New York region.
His poem All That is Left, concludes with:
“How we should value our
family, our friends, one another.
We know them for just
a moment, and they are gone,
and we are gone, and all that is left are
memories of kindness
or not.”
Video of Dane reciting a poem on aging.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUyN7bexAfs
Books written by Dane Gordon in RIT Libraries collection:
https://albert.rit.edu/search~S3?/agordon+danne/agordon+danne/-3%2C0%2C0%2CB/exact&FF=agordon+dane+r&1%2C23%2C/indexsort=-

RIT Archives has created a site that invites everyone from the RIT community to upload images, writings, video, audio, o...
04/17/2020

RIT Archives has created a site that invites everyone from the RIT community to upload images, writings, video, audio, or website links that serve as documenting personal experiences of this time. Documenting this moment is important because, as hard as it is to believe from where we are today, it will be very much in the past before we know it. As we move away from the moment our memories will morph and change. We hope that by providing this platform that we will be able to collect and preserve RIT’s experiences of this historical moment as they occur or are still close to us. If you would like to contribute, please visit http://pandemicjournals.rit.edu

Happy National Librarian Day to all of our colleagues at RIT Libraries !!
04/16/2020

Happy National Librarian Day to all of our colleagues at RIT Libraries !!

We celebrate National Deaf History Month with the signing of the bill to create NTID.RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive holds...
04/15/2020

We celebrate National Deaf History Month with the signing of the bill to create NTID.
RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive holds this photograph documenting the historic event, as well as the transcript of Johnson’s speech and the pen he signed the document with.
June 8, 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson at the signing ceremony for the establishment of the NTID.

PRESIDENT JOHNSON closed with these words:
“This is a country of both courage and compassion.
We have no purpose other than peace for mankind,
peace that assures freedom to all who choose it,
peace that assures honor to all who keep it.
So then in this spirit, I am proud today to sign
this legislation which in my opinion embodies the
compassion and understanding of the American people.
And I am glad you could be here to join with us on this occasion.”

Today, for National Student Employment Week, we feature Olivia Brotherton. Olivia is from Oregon, and loves everything a...
04/15/2020

Today, for National Student Employment Week, we feature Olivia Brotherton. Olivia is from Oregon, and loves everything about botanicals, growing them, drawing them, even the backstory of them. "But I am extremely allergic to pollen, so I can't be around them for too long."

This week is National Student Employment Week! In the next few days, we'll be featuring some of our student employees wh...
04/14/2020

This week is National Student Employment Week! In the next few days, we'll be featuring some of our student employees who work tirelessly behind the scenes here at the archives.
Thank you to all of our student workers, past and present. We couldn't do it without you.

Reporter Magazine recently published an article about the people behind the names at RIT. http://ow.ly/YgAi50zcyDxIf you...
04/13/2020
Etched in Stone: The Names Behind RIT

Reporter Magazine recently published an article about the people behind the names at RIT. http://ow.ly/YgAi50zcyDx
If you want to know even more, be sure to check out https://whatsinaname.rit.edu

Etched in Stone: The Names Behind RIT by Kasey Mathews | published Apr. 11th, 2020 Mark Ellingson circa 1950-1960. Ellingson served as RIT's president from 1936-1969. Image courtesy RIT Archive Collections Grace Watson circa 1959. Watson's donation made it possible for the Institute to purchase land...

While everyone is learning to adjust to the current situation, please remember that the RIT Archive Collections staff is...
04/10/2020

While everyone is learning to adjust to the current situation, please remember that the RIT Archive Collections staff is still here (remotely, of course) to help with your research needs. Please contact us via email at [email protected].

04/03/2020
RIT Libraries

RIT Libraries

Did you know coloring can reduce stress, improve mood, and enhance mindfulness? 🖍️ Download free coloring sheets from our website featuring unique objects from RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection and RIT Archive Collections:

http://library.rit.edu/color-our-collections

We want to see your creations! Tag us, and we'll share some of our favorites!

03/22/2020
Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology

An important message from Rochester Institute of Technology President David Munson and Provost Ellen Granberg concerning RIT’s decisive steps to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, to mitigate its effects on RIT’s community worldwide, and ensure the academic success of all students going forward. Together we can turn this unsettling situation into one guided by innovation, problem-solving, and collaboration

Unfortunately, it may be a while before we see biology labs filled with students again. What were some of your favorite ...
03/19/2020

Unfortunately, it may be a while before we see biology labs filled with students again. What were some of your favorite science classes while you were at RIT?

As of March 18, 2020, Wallace Library will be closed with access restricted to library staff. This includes RIT Archives...
03/17/2020

As of March 18, 2020, Wallace Library will be closed with access restricted to library staff. This includes RIT Archives and the Cary Graphic Arts Collection. However, staff will be available via email. For any questions relating to RIT Archives, email [email protected].

To limit the spread of the coronavirus and protect our community, Wallace Library will be closed beginning at 5:00pm today until further notice. Details about temporary changes to library services, resources, and events are available on our website: library.rit.edu/coronavirus

We're sorry to pass along that Imagine RIT has been canceled...
03/16/2020

We're sorry to pass along that Imagine RIT has been canceled...

While it is indeed disappointing to have to cancel Imagine RIT, it is clearly in the community’s best interest, as this festival requires hours of student collaboration to create exhibits and draws tens of thousands of visitors to campus, something we simply cannot risk undertaking.

Even though the ceremony is being canceled, we would be remiss if we didn't congratulate our very own Brienna Johnson-Mo...
03/13/2020

Even though the ceremony is being canceled, we would be remiss if we didn't congratulate our very own Brienna Johnson-Morris for being named a recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award. Congratulations, Brie!!!

#TBT to when the RIT Archive Collections were housed in the A-level of the Wallace Library. The archives were formed in ...
03/12/2020

#TBT to when the RIT Archive Collections were housed in the A-level of the Wallace Library. The archives were formed in 1968 with the opening of the Wallace Library, and moved to its current location after the addition to the library in 1990.

As you may have heard, RIT is extending spring break for an additional week and then resuming classes by alternate modes...
03/12/2020
Coronavirus Information | Rochester Institute of Technology

As you may have heard, RIT is extending spring break for an additional week and then resuming classes by alternate modes as of 3/23.
The campus will still be open and staff is expected to report. As such, RIT Archive Collections staff will still be available to assist you with your research needs.

https://www.rit.edu/coronavirus

RIT is closely monitoring the outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first detected in China and now affecting multiple countries.

#OTD in 1876 Alexander Graham Bell makes the first telephone call to Thomas Watson saying "Watson, come here. I need you...
03/10/2020

#OTD in 1876 Alexander Graham Bell makes the first telephone call to Thomas Watson saying "Watson, come here. I need you." Throughout the years, telephone technology has evolved. So has the technology allowing deaf and hard of hearing persons to use the telephone. Stop by the archives and see the evolution of this technology found in many of our collections.
RITDSA0155- John Ratcliffe collection of communication devices for the deaf
RITDSA0196- Cap Tel captioned telephone

Spring break is coming up soon!If you're missing campus while on break, or at any time, check out our collection of imag...
03/06/2020

Spring break is coming up soon!
If you're missing campus while on break, or at any time, check out our collection of images from Spring Weekend in our digital collections.

Fresh From Wallace: Step into Spring Break with this blast from the past in our growing digital collections. "Songs of Spring" was the theme of the 1960 RIT Spring Weekend Parade where students decorated floats and walked down city streets.

Want more freshly digitized material from RIT Archive Collections? Explore RIT Digital Collections: https://digitalcollections.rit.edu/

Community partnerships are instrumental to experiential learning at #RIT. We're proud to have been partnering with assoc...
03/05/2020
Intersections: The RIT Podcast Ep. 33: Living History at the Genesee Country Village & Museum

Community partnerships are instrumental to experiential learning at #RIT. We're proud to have been partnering with associate professor, Juilee Decker, for our The Stories They Tell series. Learn about other partnerships RIT and the College of Liberal Arts has with the Rochester community. http://ow.ly/uYsc50yDTUu

Community partnerships are one way RIT provides its students with experiential learning opportunities. In this episode of Intersections: The RIT Podcast, James Winebrake, dean of the College of Libera

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Stopped by my favorite museum on #MuseumSelfieDay. And I may or may not be a little partial to this particular case. 😜 Stop in to RIT Libraries and check it out!