RIT Archive Collections

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

'Twas the day before break, when all through RIT Libraries not a creature was stirring; not students, not staff...Thanks...
12/24/2019

'Twas the day before break, when all through RIT Libraries
not a creature was stirring; not students, not staff...
Thanks to everyone for making 2019 so memorable.
We will be closing today at 2:00 pm, reopening 1/2/20 at 9:00 am.
From all of us, have a wonderful holiday season!

12/23/2019
Twas The Night Before Christmas ASL Version by Patrick A Graybill

Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate. Please enjoy 'Twas The Night Before Christmas by Professor Patrick Graybill. He taught in the performing arts department of NTID and has been honored for his contributions to the Deaf community by RSD. http://ow.ly/dIWQ50xGEhA

American Sign Language master and acclaimed Deaf actor Mr. Patrick A. Graybill signing Twas The Night Before Christmas, December 19, 2014, in the Early Child...

Museum teamwork! Cultural Informatics students did the hard work of designing an exhibit on library equipment over the l...
12/18/2019

Museum teamwork! Cultural Informatics students did the hard work of designing an exhibit on library equipment over the last 50 years, all I had to do was loan them one of my typewriters for emphasis. I do think it looks rather fetching, though. –Ella, Archivist
#MuseumHighlight

#OTD in 1903, the Wright brothers made the first successful self-propelled, heavier-than-air flight in history. Todd Pri...
12/17/2019

#OTD in 1903, the Wright brothers made the first successful self-propelled, heavier-than-air flight in history. Todd Pritchett's untitled photo from our Purchase Prize Collection (2001) shows how far the industry has come.
#wrightbrothersday
#wrightbrothers
#photo

Good luck on finals, Tigers! You've  got this!!📸: RIT Deaf Studies Archive collection#RIT#archives#FinalsWeek
12/11/2019

Good luck on finals, Tigers!
You've got this!!
📸: RIT Deaf Studies Archive collection
#RIT
#archives
#FinalsWeek

Looking for a break from studying for finals? Stop by the 1st floor of @ritlibraries and destress with our collections! ...
12/10/2019

Looking for a break from studying for finals? Stop by the 1st floor of @ritlibraries and destress with our collections! We have everything you need to color the stress away!
#ColorOurCollections #DestressFest

It's with mixed emotions we say good bye to our student, Lizzy Carr today. (Center, with Landyn (L) and Zoe (R) ) Lizzy ...
12/09/2019

It's with mixed emotions we say good bye to our student, Lizzy Carr today. (Center, with Landyn (L) and Zoe (R) ) Lizzy is graduating with a degree in Museum Studies. We wish you all of the best!! Congratulations on your graduation!!

Thanks to everyone who answered our Trivia Tuesday question yesterday about the RIT connection to the US dental society....
12/04/2019

Thanks to everyone who answered our Trivia Tuesday question yesterday about the RIT connection to the US dental society.
Frank Ritter, the founder of Ritter Dental is the RIT connection!
Ritter donated money to RIT so the university could add an ice rink named the Ritter-Clark Building to the downtown campus. When RIT relocated to the Henrietta campus, the ice arena was named the Frank Ritter Ice Arena.
Ritter pioneered one of the world's first treatment chairs for dentists in 1887 and established a legacy of developing products that would change the face of dentistry.

12/03/2019

#OTD in 1834 the first US dental society is organized. What connection does that have to RIT?
#triviatuesday #RIT

Throwback Thanksgiving in the Archives...all the essential foods for a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving were served up - butte...
11/27/2019

Throwback Thanksgiving in the Archives...all the essential foods for a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving were served up - buttered toast, pretzel sticks, popcorn, jelly beans, and an ice cream sundae and enjoyed by Amy Vilz, Kari Horowicz and Katie Ryan. Whatever you serve at your table - ENJOY!
We are thankful for the many, many former students who have worked for us in the RIT Archives and wish them success and happiness!!

We need some time to try this recipe from the RAMI recipe cards collection. What do you think? Due to the holiday, the a...
11/25/2019

We need some time to try this recipe from the RAMI recipe cards collection. What do you think?
Due to the holiday, the archives will be open until 2pm Wednesday (11/27), then closed until Monday, December 2nd at 9:00am when we resume regular hours. Enjoy the raisin pie!!

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11/22/2019

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Fresh From Wallace: Hockey, basketball, and beauty pageants were all events hosted by the RIT/NTID Student Congress in the 1970s. These engaging flyers and ticket stubs were created to promote Deaf student events. Donated by RIT alumnus and president of the Empire State Association of the Deaf (ESAD), David Stahle, this collection can be found at the RIT Archive Collections. What event would you like to participate in?

If you haven't been up to the archives lately, stop in and see our new look! We now have 4 tables for classes and resear...
11/21/2019

If you haven't been up to the archives lately, stop in and see our new look! We now have 4 tables for classes and researchers to use, and a dedicated researcher station including a laptop for searching the collections.

RIT lost a member of its community this week with the passing of Dr. Paul Bernstein (1927-2019). Mr. Bernstein served RI...
11/08/2019

RIT lost a member of its community this week with the passing of Dr. Paul Bernstein (1927-2019). Mr. Bernstein served RIT for close to 40 years in multiple leadership roles. He is seen in this photograph along with his wife as they escort Dr. Margaret Mead who he brought to speak at RIT in 1969. Our sincere condolences to the family.

We had an awesome exhibit opening for Stories They Tell yesterday afternoon.  Stories they Tell is a student-curated exh...
11/07/2019

We had an awesome exhibit opening for Stories They Tell yesterday afternoon. Stories they Tell is a student-curated exhibition series that shares stories of the RIT community through documents, photographs, yearbooks, memorabilia, and other materials from the RIT Archives. This year for the opening we featured several lightning talks where guest speakers shared personal stories connected to the stories in the exhibition! Also featured were several cookies made from historic recipes from the Rochester Athenaeum & Mechanics Institute's Home Economics program.

Today is the day! Come join us for the exhibition opening reception for The Stories They Tell 6! RIT College of Liberal ...
11/06/2019

Today is the day! Come join us for the exhibition opening reception for The Stories They Tell 6! RIT College of Liberal Arts Museum Studies students curated the exhibit as part of Dr. Juilee Decker's Cultural Informatics class in collaboration with RIT Archives.

We love that Lizzy was so taken by this photo from our collections that dates back to the 80's (notice the hairstyle?) t...
10/31/2019

We love that Lizzy was so taken by this photo from our collections that dates back to the 80's (notice the hairstyle?) that she decided to dress up as her favorite "Mullet Man" for Halloween!! Rock on, Lizzy!! #museumhalloween

What movie will you be watching tonight?We'll be watching The Haunting of the Zombie Microspatulas. Absolutely terrifyin...
10/31/2019

What movie will you be watching tonight?
We'll be watching The Haunting of the Zombie Microspatulas.
Absolutely terrifying!!

Happy Halloween! Use this handy chart to discover what terrifying movie you should watch tonight.

We'll be popping popcorn and settling in to watch "Invasion of the Howling Rubber Bands."

Trick or Treat!!!Today only.... stop in to the Archives and get a treat of either of these limited edition pins!Choose f...
10/31/2019

Trick or Treat!!!
Today only.... stop in to the Archives and get a treat of either of these limited edition pins!
Choose from either Whisker Cat or Peter Pumpkin Eater.
After today, they go back into the Archives.
The archives is open 9 am-12 pm and 1 pm-4 pm.🎃
#Halloween2019

Look who made the RRLC page!!!We hope all who made it out to the Archives Fair last night had a great evening.
10/30/2019

Look who made the RRLC page!!!
We hope all who made it out to the Archives Fair last night had a great evening.

Don't miss the fun! We are here until 7:00 PM tonight...

Save the date! November 6th, 3-5pm. Please join us for the opening reception of The Stories They Tell 6. This collaborat...
10/30/2019

Save the date!
November 6th, 3-5pm.
Please join us for the opening reception of The Stories They Tell 6. This collaboration with Dr. Juilee Decker's Cultural Informatics class allows students in the College of Liberal Arts- Museum Studies program to curate and install their own exhibit, each telling a story about a person, department, event, or some other facet of RIT.
This year, we are excited to be able to host guest speakers who have direct connections to the exhibits! The list of scheduled speakers includes: Reno Antonietti, former Vice President of Academic Sercives and Computing-RIT Libraries; Joel Swartz, husband of Dr. Ellen Swartz; Jennifer Gravitz, student of Alice Beardsley; and Parth Sane, RIT student- RIT Amateur Radio Club.
Also this year, we will have cookies made from the recipes found in the Mechanics Institute Food Science collection.
More information to follow.

If you haven't been able to tell... we're over the moon about archives!! Join us tomorrow, 10/29 from 4-7pm at the Visua...
10/28/2019
Rochester Archives Fair

If you haven't been able to tell... we're over the moon about archives!! Join us tomorrow, 10/29 from 4-7pm at the Visual Studies Workshand find out why. RIT Archive Collections will be at the 4th Annual Rochester Archives Fair. Come and see us! https://rochesterarchivesfair.wordpress.com/

Discover the remarkable archival resources available in the Rochester region!

Thank you Richard Margolis for sharing the image of Frans Wildenhain with Shop One, and thanks to Shop One for sharing i...
10/23/2019

Thank you Richard Margolis for sharing the image of Frans Wildenhain with Shop One, and thanks to Shop One for sharing it with us! If you'd like to see some of Wildenhain's finished pieces, be sure to stop by the archives. We have over 330 pieces! https://twcarchivesspace.rit.edu/repositories/2/resources/689

Look what popped into our in-box! Thank you to RIT alum, Richard Margolis for this amazing image of Frans Wildenhain taken in 1979. Richard is combing through his negatives from past decades and is 'discovering' some beauties! Frans Wildenhain (or Franz Rudolf Wildenhain) (June 5, 1905 – January 25, 1980) was a Bauhaus-trained German potter and sculptor, who taught for many years at the School for American Craftsmen (now School for American Crafts) at the Colleg of Art and Design, Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.

Richard Margolis Art + Architectural Photography Rochester Institute of Technology RIT College of Art and Design School for American Crafts -RIT RIT School of Photographic Arts and SciencesRIT Alumni Association Frans Wildenhain: Creative & Commercial American Ceramics at Mid-century RIT Archive Collections

RIT Archives hung out with the Class of 1969 Saturday during Brick City Homecoming weekend! What fun we had interviewing...
10/21/2019

RIT Archives hung out with the Class of 1969 Saturday during Brick City Homecoming weekend! What fun we had interviewing these alums about their RIT experiences! Thank you all for sharing with us and helping us capture this unique time in RITs history.

Being serenaded by 8 Beat Measure, photos with RITchie, and a beautiful view. Just some of the perks of being at the Gol...
10/18/2019

Being serenaded by 8 Beat Measure, photos with RITchie, and a beautiful view. Just some of the perks of being at the Golden Circle Luncheon, welcoming the class of 1969 as part of Brick City Weekend.

Are you artistic and looking to make your mark on RIT Libraries? Here's your chance!
10/17/2019
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Are you artistic and looking to make your mark on RIT Libraries? Here's your chance!

Calling all student artists! Want to leave your mark on campus? We're looking for your designs for new art murals in study rooms here in Wallace Library. Submissions due by October 27, 2019.

Full competition details are on the library website:
https://bit.ly/library-murals

In case you haven't heard, this weekend is RIT Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend ! The archives staff will be at va...
10/16/2019
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In case you haven't heard, this weekend is RIT Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend ! The archives staff will be at various events throughout the weekend. Be on the lookout for us, stop by and say hello! https://www.rit.edu/gcr/brickcity/

Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend is RIT’s tradition of celebrating alumni, students, parents & families, faculty, staff and friends of the University with one large event.

RIT College of Liberal Arts #MuseumStudies students, and Archives student workers Lizzy Carr and Brie Johnson-Morris tak...
10/08/2019

RIT College of Liberal Arts #MuseumStudies students, and Archives student workers Lizzy Carr and Brie Johnson-Morris take in the fun of Genesee Country Village & Museum 's Fall Festival & Agricultural Fair over the weekend. 📸Elizabeth Lamark

10/08/2019

Please join us today for the 2019 Presidential Awards for Outstanding Staff. 10:00 am in Ingle Auditorium. Jody has been nominated for the Simone Legacy Award, and the archives staff has been nominated for an Outstanding Staff award! Congratulations to all of the nominees.

Installation continues on the latest edition of The Stories They Tell, a project for RIT College of Liberal Arts student...
10/04/2019

Installation continues on the latest edition of The Stories They Tell, a project for RIT College of Liberal Arts students in Dr. Decker's Cultural Informatics class- part of the Museum Studies program. Visit the 3rd floor of RIT Libraries and check it out

What better way to celebrate #TigersROAR than a #ThrowbackThursday to when we threw a party for our favorite tiger of al...
10/03/2019

What better way to celebrate #TigersROAR than a #ThrowbackThursday to when we threw a party for our favorite tiger of all, SpiRIT, when he turned 50!! 📷RIT Archive Collections 11/7/2013

10/03/2019

#TigersROAR! #ROARDay....starts NOW! Round up your fellow Tigers and support RIT Archive Collections today! http://bit.ly/2nNNedO

The latest edition of The Stories They Tell is here!! Stop by the 1st floor of RIT Libraries to see the amazing job done...
10/02/2019

The latest edition of The Stories They Tell is here!! Stop by the 1st floor of RIT Libraries to see the amazing job done by RIT College of Liberal Arts Museum Studies students in Cultural Informatics class. But wait!! Stop back Thursday on the 3rd floor for more!! #muse

Coming soon!! RIT College of Liberal Arts, Museum Studies students in Dr. Juilee Decker’s Cultural Informatics class are...
09/26/2019

Coming soon!! RIT College of Liberal Arts, Museum Studies students in Dr. Juilee Decker’s Cultural Informatics class are busy curating our latest exhibit, The Stories They Tell 6. Installation is next week. Come see what stories they are telling.

Thank you to all who voted for your favorite Hidden Treasure last week. The votes have been tabulated and we had a tie! ...
09/23/2019

Thank you to all who voted for your favorite Hidden Treasure last week. The votes have been tabulated and we had a tie! Congratulations to Lizzy's pick- the McClure Scholar Babies and Brian's pick- the Eisenhower frog!

Were you able to make it to see some of the hidden treasures of RIT on Wednesday? If so, what was your favorite? If not,...
09/20/2019
RIT Archives display | Rochester Institute of Technology

Were you able to make it to see some of the hidden treasures of RIT on Wednesday? If so, what was your favorite? If not, check us out in the Campus Spotlight! 📸: A. Sue Weisler https://www.rit.edu/node/1175036

Campus Spotlight September 19, 2019 Photo by A. Sue Weisler Lizzy Carr, a fourth-year museum studies student from Northport, NY, describes some of the items from the RIT Archives to students. The event, part of New Student Orientation, showcased interesting artifacts and treasures from RIT's past. ...

What treasures will our students uncover? Tomorrow is the day to find out! Don't forget to stop by the 1st floor of @rit...
09/17/2019

What treasures will our students uncover? Tomorrow is the day to find out! Don't forget to stop by the 1st floor of @ritlibraries Wednesday, 9/19 from 1:30-3:30 pm to learn about the hidden treasures of RIT! Vote for your favorite and take home some swag!

Some very exciting news to share today! @RIT_LiberalArts #muse #museumstudieshttps://www.rit.edu/news/rit-and-genesee-co...
09/16/2019
RIT and Genesee Country Village & Museum seal partnership with $1.3 million gift

Some very exciting news to share today! @RIT_LiberalArts #muse #museumstudies
https://www.rit.edu/news/rit-and-genesee-country-village-museum-seal-partnership-13-million-gift?source=enewsletter

RIT has received a $1.3 million gift to endow its partnership between the university and Genesee Country Village & Museum. The gift comes from RIT alumnus Philip Wehrheim and his wife, Anne. Wehrheim received a degree in business from RIT in 1966.

Want the insider's view into the archives? What are our student workers' favorite pieces in the archives? September 18th...
09/10/2019

Want the insider's view into the archives? What are our student workers' favorite pieces in the archives? September 18th is your day to find out! Come find the Hidden Treasures of RIT -1st floor of @ritlibraries 1:30-3:30 pm. Vote for your favorite and get some swag!!

Summer is coming to an end and the cooler weather is on the way. Don't be caught without a jacket this season! We just r...
09/05/2019

Summer is coming to an end and the cooler weather is on the way. Don't be caught without a jacket this season! We just received two jackets worn by former President Destler during @Imagine_RIT Stay warm, Tigers!!

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