Stanley H. Witmeyer scrapbooks

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Collection Overview
Biographical Information for Stanley H. Witmeyer
Scope and Content
Additional Finding Aids
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
Related Materials
Collection Inventory

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Stanley H. Witmeyer scrapbooks
Witmeyer, Stanley Herbert, 1913-
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Four scrapbooks containing materials related to Stanley H. Witmeyer and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Witmeyer was a former Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at RIT. The scrapbook contains information on Witmeyer and the Institute's history
8.0 Linear feet (4 volumes)
C.S. South, 576-577
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Biographical Information for Stanley H. Witmeyer (Collapse)

Stanley Herbert Witmeyer (1913-2011 ) was born in Palmyra, PA in 1913. One of eight children, Witmeyer started playing basketball at a nearby church in the afternoons. After graduating from a technical high school, he attended the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), then known as the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (RAMI), where he earned his art degree. While at RAMI, Witmeyer played on the school's basketball team and served as the team's captain during his senior year. An all-star player, he was recruited to play basketball for the Eastman Kodak Company shortly after graduating in 1936.

Witmeyer played on the Eastman Kodak Company's basketball team for half a season. He then left and began working toward his bachelor's degree at the New York State College for Teachers at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. In 1940, he played professional basketball for the Rochester Seagrams, a predecessor of the Rochester Royals, a former NBA team. Witmeyer finished his degree and began working as the Art Director for the Cuba School District in Cuba, NY. When World War II broke out, Witmeyer was drafted into the U.S. Army. Initially he was assigned to an army basketball team that played for recruits, but as the war went on, he was transferred to a field mapping unit in Hawaii. When he was discharged from the army, Witmeyer attended Syracuse University where he earned his M.F.A. degree in 1947.

Witmeyer returned to the Institute, now called the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), in 1946 as an instructor in the Applied Art Department. He was selected to serve as director of the program in 1952 and served in this position until he was named Associate Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts in 1968. Witmeyer retired from the Institute in 1973.

On May 4, 2010, Stanley and his friend Beatrice Anderson recorded a segment about his life for National Public Radio's oral history program, StoryCorps. Witmeyer died on October 10, 2011 at the age of 98.

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The Stanley H. Witmeyer scrapbooks consist of four volumes of materials related to Witmeyer and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The books are arranged chronologically, with volumes covering each of the following date ranges: 1906-1954, 1954-1969, 1959-1970, and 1968-1973. Within each volume are various kinds of documents including clippings, correspondence, programs, invitations, promotional materials, and other forms of ephemera. Some of the items, particularly the older documents, do not relate to Witmeyer, but to the university and its history.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Materials are arranged chronologically and are contained in four volumes.

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Additional Finding Aids (Collapse)

In addition to this finding aid, there is an index for this collection. The index lists the names of individuals mentioned in the various articles, as well as "articles of interest." For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Witmeyer, Stanley Herbert, 1913-

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Administration.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Faculty.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology. College of Fine and Applied Arts.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology. School of Art and Design.


  • Art -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • College administrators -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Universities and colleges -- New York (State) -- Rochester


  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Ephemera
  • Scrapbooks

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Information for Researchers (Collapse)

Preferred Citation

Stanley H. Witmeyer scrapbooks, RIT Archive Collections

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

Collection ID


Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in March 2011.

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Collection Inventory


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