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SpiRIT the Tiger

RIT Archives is celebrating the year of our Tiger - 1963/64 when the live tiger mascot came to RIT 50 years ago.

This exhibit features one of RIT's most unique stories, that of SpiRIT the Bengal tiger. Students wanted a live tiger to represent their tiger pride.  Unfortunately, a live Bengal cub grows very rapidly so in no time SpiRIT was more than they bargained for. SpiRIT was loved dearly by the students and is still talked about by alumni when they return to the RIT campus today. Here is a glimpse at RIT's beloved "house cat."

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Skating through the decades of men's hockey at RIT

RIT’s hockey program began as a club team in the fall of 1959.  In 1962, the team became part of the Finger Lakes Collegiate Hockey League. Three years later in 1965, men’s ice hockey became an official varsity sport.  Since then, the team has played in Division III and Division II and most recently in 2005, the Tigers moved up to the elite Division I level and joined the Atlantic Hockey Association.

This website is the digital version of the exhibit that ran from October 2011 through March 2012 in the RIT Museum featuring five decades of photographs and memorabilia found in the RIT Archive Collections. The exhibit was greatly enhanced by donations from hockey alumni who generously loaned their jerseys, equipment, scrapbooks, and the memories they still hold of playing hockey at RIT. Included is a history of the famous RIT Corner Crew established in the 1980’s as ardent hockey supporters making their presence known at every game.

Use the Contact Us button above to let us know what you think of the exhibit. Thanks!

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The Heyday of RIT Women's Fencing 1953-1957

The RIT women’s fencing team is still remembered for their stellar performances and four season winning streak. They  managed to win every match they competed in from 1953 until 1957.  A record of that kind was previously unheard of for the RIT fencing team. This success resulted in many national championships and one member, Barbi Brill, actually qualified to try out for the Olympics.

Recently, the RIT Archives received a collection from Jackie Carson, the daughter of Art Plouffe. Art Plouffe was the fencing coach during the 1950's and 1960's. This exhibit contains images and news articles from this collection that documents the successes of this team, and highlights a spectacular time in RIT women's sports.

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Spirited: Cheers to RIT School Spirit

School spirit is the enthusiastic expression of support for an academic institution, commonly expressed through school colors, mascots, sports teams, and songs. This exhibit traces the fascinating history of how school spirit was expressed, from the earliest days of the Mechanics Institute to today by RIT students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Through vintage photographs, archival documents, and memorabilia from the RIT Archive Collections as well as personal collections, it examines the ways in which school spirit was initiated by students, faculty, and staff of RIT eager to demonstrate their pride.

This exhibition has been a long time in the making. The idea first emerged as a hypothetical display proposed by Jennifer Roeszies and Lisa Witt, museum studies majors, and employees of The Wallace Center, as a project for a museum studies course taught by Professor Rebecca DeRoo during the 2015-16 school year. Two years later, in the fall 2017, the idea was brought to fruition as part of another course, Cultural Informatics (MUSE 359) taught by Professor Juilee Decker, which fosters an annual collaboration between the Museum Studies Program and the RIT Archives to curate from the collections.

Under the direction of Decker and Associate Archivist, Jody Sidlauskas, the following students created the display on view here: Lizzy Carr, Mitchell Cartner, Dante Edgar, Kaye Knoll, Daniel Krull, Elisha Muir, Seth Newburgh, Jen Roeszies, and Anna Vernacchio. Each student researched, selected, and designed one of the nine exhibit cases you see here. In the process of bringing the hypothetical into the actual, the exhibition plan was constrained in some areas and expanded in others—a process that speaks to the iterative work of curation.

For more information on the process of creating this exhibition, see https://ritmuse.wordpress.com/.

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