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

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Congratulations to our two graduating student employees, Zoe Miller and Gigi Ye!We greatly appreciate all of your hard w...
05/14/2021

Congratulations to our two graduating student employees, Zoe Miller and Gigi Ye!
We greatly appreciate all of your hard work, and wish you nothing but success in your future.
We'll miss you!!
#RITGrad

Congratulations to our two graduating student employees, Zoe Miller and Gigi Ye!
We greatly appreciate all of your hard work, and wish you nothing but success in your future.
We'll miss you!!
#RITGrad

We love being able to work with students in a hands-on environment, especially when it helps further their interest in t...
05/06/2021
Museum studies graduate will attend top-ranked master’s program for archives and preservation

We love being able to work with students in a hands-on environment, especially when it helps further their interest in their chosen field. Congratulations, Katie, on your graduation and furthering your education at Simmons!
https://www.rit.edu/news/museum-studies-graduate-will-attend-top-ranked-masters-program-archives-and-preservation

#ritmuse
#ritlibraries
#muse

Katie Keegan has always been a fan of history. As a child growing up in Ithaca, N.Y., Keegan would ask her parents to plan family vacations to museums or historical sites, not Disneyworld or the beach. So when it was time for Keegan to decide on a college major, her parents suggested museum studies.

You may have heard the news about the SHED this morning. What does that mean for the Archives? We will be relocating tem...
04/30/2021
RIT Libraries moves to temporary home in Ritter Arena

You may have heard the news about the SHED this morning. What does that mean for the Archives? We will be relocating temporarily to the second floor while the construction of the SHED and renovation of Wallace takes place.
Once the renovations of the third floor of Wallace is complete, we'll be relocating to the all new archives location!
https://www.rit.edu/news/rit-libraries-moves-temporary-home-ritter-arena?utm_campaign=mc-nedaily&utm_source=message-center&utm_medium=email&utm_content=additional-story&fbclid=IwAR0UQOM0DrL6G82LqkV333EVERJrUrBtS0B3wkpwOIgnzluy0nORay_MUU0

RIT Libraries will move to the Frank Ritter Ice Arena for the duration of construction on the Student Hall for Exploration and Development, or “the SHED.” The multi-use space is expected to open in 2023 and will include extensive renovations to Wallace Library.

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Dr. D. Robert Frisina. The founding director of NTID wh...
03/31/2021

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Dr. D. Robert Frisina. The founding director of NTID who forever changed deaf education, Frisina has died at age 96.
An international author and lecturer, Frisina was a visionary and a pioneer in the field of deaf education. He was selected by the RIT Board of Trustees as the first director of NTID in January 1967, and he went on to quite literally build NTID from the ground up. Arthur L. Stern, who chaired RIT’s Board of Trustees from 1961 to 1976, said of Frisina, “Few leaders anywhere in the nation could have matched his dynamic leadership in charting the course for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.”
At the time he was appointed NTID director, less than one percent of all college-age deaf individuals were enrolled in postsecondary education. Of those employed, most held unskilled or semi-skilled positions, and there were virtually no deaf people in technical or managerial positions. Frisina’s goal from the start was to improve education opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing students to open to them successful career paths on par with those of their hearing peers.

Pictured here with Lady Bird Johnson, his foresight, wisdom, and perseverance helped make NTID what it is today.

For more images of Dr. Frisina, please visit our digital collections: https://digitalcollections.rit.edu

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Dr. D. Robert Frisina. The founding director of NTID who forever changed deaf education, Frisina has died at age 96.
An international author and lecturer, Frisina was a visionary and a pioneer in the field of deaf education. He was selected by the RIT Board of Trustees as the first director of NTID in January 1967, and he went on to quite literally build NTID from the ground up. Arthur L. Stern, who chaired RIT’s Board of Trustees from 1961 to 1976, said of Frisina, “Few leaders anywhere in the nation could have matched his dynamic leadership in charting the course for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.”
At the time he was appointed NTID director, less than one percent of all college-age deaf individuals were enrolled in postsecondary education. Of those employed, most held unskilled or semi-skilled positions, and there were virtually no deaf people in technical or managerial positions. Frisina’s goal from the start was to improve education opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing students to open to them successful career paths on par with those of their hearing peers.

Pictured here with Lady Bird Johnson, his foresight, wisdom, and perseverance helped make NTID what it is today.

For more images of Dr. Frisina, please visit our digital collections: https://digitalcollections.rit.edu

Deaf women fought for the right to vote
03/11/2021
Deaf women fought for the right to vote

Deaf women fought for the right to vote

Despite harsh, discriminatory conditions, low pay and lack of appreciation, deaf women have fought with brilliance and dedication for personal and professional recognition, including the right to vote.

02/24/2021

REMINDER!!!
We hope to see you at 6:30 tonight for our online event!

What happens at the intersection of art and public health? How can historical cartoons inspire new artistic interpretations and creations today?

Join NYC-based artist and educator, Kriota Willberg, as she provides an overview of graphic medicine and the RIT workshop she led during Fall 2020, “Graphic Medicine in a Pandemic.” Highlighting the collaboration with RIT Archives and the use of historic cartoons from the digital exhibit, “Epidemics, Economics, and Elections: The editorial cartoons of John Scott Clubb and Elmer Messner,” Willberg will showcase RIT students’ work from this unique course that will be offered again in Fall 2021. Her presentation will be followed by a lively Q&A and discussion.

There's still time to join us for The Timeless Cultural Iconography of Graphic Medicine! This online event takes place t...
02/23/2021
Event Calendar

There's still time to join us for The Timeless Cultural Iconography of Graphic Medicine!
This online event takes place tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24th from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Event details:
What happens at the intersection of art and public health? How can historical cartoons inspire new artistic interpretations and creations today?
Join NYC-based artist and educator, Kriota Willberg, as she provides an overview of graphic medicine and the RIT workshop she led during Fall 2020, "Graphic Medicine in a Pandemic." Highlighting the collaboration with RIT Archives and the use of historic cartoons from the digital exhibit, "Epidemics, Economics, and Elections: The editorial cartoons of John Scott Clubb and Elmer Messner," Willberg will showcase RIT students' work from this unique course that will be offered again in Fall 2021. Her presentation will be followed by a lively Q&A and discussion.

Register at: https://wallacecenter.rit.edu/events/register/index.cfm?eid=9142

What happens at the intersection of art and public health? How can historical cartoons inspire new artistic interpretations and creations today?

Please join us for a virtual workshop taught by cartoonist Kriota Willberg, The Timeless Iconography of Graphic Medicine...
02/18/2021

Please join us for a virtual workshop taught by cartoonist Kriota Willberg, The Timeless Iconography of Graphic Medicine, happening next Wednesday, Feb. 24th from 6:30-7:30pm. Read full details and register for the event https://wallacecenter.rit.edu/events/register/index.cfm?eid=9142

Please join us for a virtual workshop taught by cartoonist Kriota Willberg, The Timeless Iconography of Graphic Medicine, happening next Wednesday, Feb. 24th from 6:30-7:30pm. Read full details and register for the event https://wallacecenter.rit.edu/events/register/index.cfm?eid=9142

Congratulations to our colleague, Amelia HF on being nominated for an outstanding staff award! An honor well deserved.
02/12/2021

Congratulations to our colleague, Amelia HF on being nominated for an outstanding staff award! An honor well deserved.

Congratulations to Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, associate curator of the RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection for her nomination for the RIT Presidential Awards for Outstanding Staff! 🎉

Kudos to all of this year's nominees:
https://www.rit.edu/staffcouncil/awards/2020-nominees

ICYMI- RIT Archive Collections will be temporarily relocated for the duration of construction of the IMLC. Beginning Feb...
02/01/2021

ICYMI-
RIT Archive Collections will be temporarily relocated for the duration of construction of the IMLC. Beginning February 1, 2021, the Archives’ location on the third floor of Wallace Library will be closed and some services will be paused until further notice.

The Archives Reading Room will be closed. No appointments will be available to access the physical collections as they are being carefully packed and relocated. Archivists will evaluate teaching requests that can be accommodated virtually on a case-by-case basis.

Reference service will remain available via email, phone, or chat, but may be limited by what materials are available digitally. Archivists have been making more digital materials accessible publicly on RIT Digital Collections. If you do not find what you are looking for there, contact RIT Archives to ask if it is available digitally in internal files. No new digitization requests will be processed.

For updates, please visit https://library.rit.edu/construction

ICYMI-
RIT Archive Collections will be temporarily relocated for the duration of construction of the IMLC. Beginning February 1, 2021, the Archives’ location on the third floor of Wallace Library will be closed and some services will be paused until further notice.

The Archives Reading Room will be closed. No appointments will be available to access the physical collections as they are being carefully packed and relocated. Archivists will evaluate teaching requests that can be accommodated virtually on a case-by-case basis.

Reference service will remain available via email, phone, or chat, but may be limited by what materials are available digitally. Archivists have been making more digital materials accessible publicly on RIT Digital Collections. If you do not find what you are looking for there, contact RIT Archives to ask if it is available digitally in internal files. No new digitization requests will be processed.

For updates, please visit https://library.rit.edu/construction

RIT Archives is being temporarily relocated to prepare for the construction of the Innovative Maker and Learning Complex...
01/29/2021

RIT Archives is being temporarily relocated to prepare for the construction of the Innovative Maker and Learning Complex. Beginning Monday, February 1, our location will be closed and some services will be paused until further notice. #RIT

Details: http://library.rit.edu/construction

RIT Archives is being temporarily relocated to prepare for the construction of the Innovative Maker and Learning Complex. Beginning Monday, February 1, our location will be closed and some services will be paused until further notice. #RIT

Details: http://library.rit.edu/construction

Our hearts are heavy to report Paul L. Taylor, III, retired NTID faculty member, forever changed communication for the D...
01/18/2021

Our hearts are heavy to report Paul L. Taylor, III, retired NTID faculty member, forever changed communication for the Deaf community, died Jan. 11, 2021.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Taylor was born deaf to hearing parents, who were unaware of his deafness until he was nine months old. At the age of three, they sent him by himself by train to the Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, Missouri, for his schooling. After graduating from high school, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and master’s degree in Operational Research from Washington University in St. Louis.
In 1975, after working for more than 10 years at Monsanto Chemical, Taylor joined the faculty at RIT/NTID. He became the Applied Computer Technology department chair and was a member of the instructional support faculty until he retired in 2005.
Paul was instrumental in setting up the first network of text telephones (TTYs) in St. Louis in the late 1960s (along former NTID President T. Alan Hurwitz and others). While at RIT/NTID in the late 1970s, he created a device called C-Phone that married a computer monitor and keyboard to a telephone coupler. In 1989 he took a two-year leave of absence from NTID to spread the technology across the country and helped establish laws on how this technology could be used. In 2013, he was inducted into the RIT Innovation Hall of Fame for his work.
He met his wife, Sally, at the Central Institute for the Deaf when they were children. However, it wasn’t until they were older that they became a couple. Sally also worked at NTID. They were involved in NPR’s StoryCorps, an oral history project that aims to archive American life in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
The couple has three hearing children, including their daughter Irene Taylor Brodsky, an award winning filmmaker and former member of the RIT Board of Trustees, who based two of her documentaries, Hear and Nowand Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements, on the lives of her parents.

Our hearts are heavy to report Paul L. Taylor, III, retired NTID faculty member, forever changed communication for the Deaf community, died Jan. 11, 2021.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Taylor was born deaf to hearing parents, who were unaware of his deafness until he was nine months old. At the age of three, they sent him by himself by train to the Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, Missouri, for his schooling. After graduating from high school, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and master’s degree in Operational Research from Washington University in St. Louis.
In 1975, after working for more than 10 years at Monsanto Chemical, Taylor joined the faculty at RIT/NTID. He became the Applied Computer Technology department chair and was a member of the instructional support faculty until he retired in 2005.
Paul was instrumental in setting up the first network of text telephones (TTYs) in St. Louis in the late 1960s (along former NTID President T. Alan Hurwitz and others). While at RIT/NTID in the late 1970s, he created a device called C-Phone that married a computer monitor and keyboard to a telephone coupler. In 1989 he took a two-year leave of absence from NTID to spread the technology across the country and helped establish laws on how this technology could be used. In 2013, he was inducted into the RIT Innovation Hall of Fame for his work.
He met his wife, Sally, at the Central Institute for the Deaf when they were children. However, it wasn’t until they were older that they became a couple. Sally also worked at NTID. They were involved in NPR’s StoryCorps, an oral history project that aims to archive American life in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
The couple has three hearing children, including their daughter Irene Taylor Brodsky, an award winning filmmaker and former member of the RIT Board of Trustees, who based two of her documentaries, Hear and Nowand Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements, on the lives of her parents.

We look forward to seeing you all next year.Have a wonderful and safe holiday season.
12/24/2020

We look forward to seeing you all next year.
Have a wonderful and safe holiday season.

Campus will be closing at 2:00pm today for the holiday break. Wallace Library will re-open on Monday, January 4, 2021 at 8:00am. We wish you all a safe and restful holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.

RIT Archives wishes you all a safe and restful holiday, whatever that may look like! We are thankful for our RIT communi...
11/25/2020

RIT Archives wishes you all a safe and restful holiday, whatever that may look like! We are thankful for our RIT community - administration, faculty, staff and especially our students who maintained a safe environment for all this semester. Be safe everyone!

Happy Veteran's Day to all who have served our country. We thank you for your service and sacrifice.
11/11/2020

Happy Veteran's Day to all who have served our country. We thank you for your service and sacrifice.

As RIT has moved to COVID Alert Level- Orange, we must restrict all in-person researcher visits to RIT community members...
11/09/2020
COVID Update: Alert Level Moves to Orange

As RIT has moved to COVID Alert Level- Orange, we must restrict all in-person researcher visits to RIT community members only. At this time we are still able to provide scanning requests digitally. Archives staff is available via email at [email protected] or by chat at http://library.rit.edu/archives/chat.

November 9, 2020 COVID Update: Alert Level Moves to Orange Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit Share via Email ‌ Dear RIT community, This past weekend we continued to experience a rise of COVID-19. Rates of infection have increased to the point where we must elevat...

On  this election day, we encourage you to visit our current online exhibit- Epidemics, Economics, and Elections. The ed...
11/03/2020

On this election day, we encourage you to visit our current online exhibit- Epidemics, Economics, and Elections. The editorial cartoons of John Scott Clubb and Elmer Messner span a century of change.
(image: More Get Rich Quicker Schemers- Clubb. 1920)
http://ow.ly/97So50CamOZ

Today is the day!!Join RIT Archives and RIT faculty member Hinda Mandell at noon for Analyze This! Live Textual Analysis...
10/29/2020

Today is the day!!
Join RIT Archives and RIT faculty member Hinda Mandell at noon for Analyze This! Live Textual Analysis of Editorial Cartoons on Women Voters and the 19th Amendment.
#crochetactivism

Join us this Thursday 10/29 from 12-1PM for Analyze This! RIT faculty Hinda Mandell leads attendees on how to decode edi...
10/27/2020

Join us this Thursday 10/29 from 12-1PM for Analyze This! RIT faculty Hinda Mandell leads attendees on how to decode editorial cartoons relating to women voters and the 19th Amendment of J.S. Clubb. To register: https://bit.ly/3dlrco8
#crochetactivism

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