Harry Lang Collection on Robert Panara

This collection consists of the research files compiled and used by Harry Lang when writing his book, Teaching From the Heart and Soul: The Life and Work of Robert F. Panara. Born and raised in the Bronx, Robert Panara lost his hearing to spinal meningitis in 1931, at the age of ten. In 1967, he was hired by NTID where, for the next twenty years, Panara educated not only his students, but also the world about literature, poetry, and communication.

 

Wiltsie and Field Families Collection

The collection materials span more than 100 years of history (1852-1967) associated with the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute and the Rochester Institute of Technology from these two families who have held long ties to the university and its predecessors. Of interest is the material pertaining to the Wiltsie Watercolor Prize, established by Charles H. Wiltsie, who served as a trustee for RAMI from 1892 until 1914. The award was given annually from 1892-1943.

Henrietta Campus Construction

In April 1959, New York State Department of Public Works informed RIT it was ninety-nine percent sure that it would need to construct an inner loop to connect to the New York State Thruway which would cut right through the middle of the downtown campus. This would lead to the destruction of the Eastman Building, one of the main academic buildings on campus.

National Technical Institute for the Deaf

RIT was selected to be the sight of the newly established National Technical Institute for the Deaf...

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."

Barbi Brill Photographic Printing Lab Book
Barbara "Barbi" Brill graduated as the only female photography major of her class in 1957. On exhibit is her first year photography assignment booklet which offers a glimpse into her life and her photography education at RIT. The techniques, assignments, and results create interesting comparisons to today’s photography education. The rigorous grading and assignments tested the first year students, much like classes do today. Having a look into Brill’s educational experience is gratifying and also informative to current RIT photography students.

The Stories They Tell 4

This exhibit, cultivated from the RIT Archive Collections and the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive, seeks to share stories of the RIT community through documents, photographs, yearbooks, memorabilia, and other items. The exhibition is the product of a museum studies course Cultural Informatics (MUSE 359), which fosters an annual collaboration between the Museum Studies Program and the RIT Archives to curate from the collections. Under the direction of Associate Professor Juilee Decker and Associate Archivist, Jody Sidlauskas, the following students created the display on view on the first floor of The Wallace Center: Taylor Carpenter, Amber DeStevens, Cameron Forbes, Linzie Fuechtmann, Kate MacLaren, and Patrick Toy. Each student researched, selected, and designed one of the exhibit cases you see here as part of the third such collaboration between Museum Studies and the Archives. For more information on the process of creating this exhibition, see https://ritmuse.wordpress.com/. We hope you enjoy learning about the items on view and the stories they tell.

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/.

Liz Dopp Collection on RIT Women's Hockey

Born in Manlius, NY, Liz Dopp came to RIT in 1979 to study business administration and to play hockey. During her four years of play, she served as assistant captain during the 1982-1983 season. However, during her junior year, Liz and her fellow teammates (and their parents) took RIT to task regarding the marginalization of female athletes and teams, specifically the women’s hockey team.

 

The Stories They Tell 2

During the Fall 2015, Museum Studies students from the College of Liberal Arts worked with RIT’s Archivist, Becky Simmons, and Associate Archivist, Jody Sidlauskas, to curate a second exhibition on the theme "The Stories They Tell." Over five weeks, students in Dr. Juilee Decker's Cultural Informatics course examined the collections, selected items, wrote exhibit labels, installed the works, and prepared an online exhibition. We hope you enjoy The Stories They Tell 2.