Rochester Area Colleges collection

RIT Archives

Table of Contents

Collection Overview
Historical Information for Rochester Area Colleges
Scope and Content
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information

Collection Overview (Collapse)

Rochester Area Colleges collection
Rochester Area Colleges.
Inclusive Date(s)
Materials related to the Rochester Area Colleges, a consortium of educational institutions in the Genesee Valley Area that was founded in 1970. The collection includes program brochures, correspondence, reports, fliers, and clippings.
0.25 Linear feet (6 folders)
C.S. South, Shelf 785, Box 10
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Historical Information for Rochester Area Colleges (Collapse)

Rochester Area Colleges (RAC) is a consortium of higher education institutions in the Rochester, NY area. The group was formally incorporated in 1970, though similar partnerships did exist prior to the organization's founding. For over a decade, area colleges had worked to "strengthen and upgrade the quality of higher education" through planned activities and shared resources.

RAC was created to facilitate the sharing of resources between area colleges and universities. A student at one member institution could take a course at another member institution without an increase to his or her tuition fees. Additionally, various social events and mixers were planned by the organization so that students could meet other students in the Rochester region.

Other resources were shared between the area colleges as well. For instance, there was collaboration on career development opportunities and job placement services. Membership numbers for the consortium have fluctuated since its founding. Some of the organizations that have belonged to RAC at some point in time include: Alfred University, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Empire State College, Finger Lakes Community College, Genesee Community College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Keuka College, Monroe Community College, Nazareth College, Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. John Fisher College, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Brockport, and University of Rochester.

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Scope and Content (Collapse)

The Rochester Area Colleges collection consists of materials related to the Rochester-based education consortium. Some of the materials in the collection predate the consortium's founding in 1970. However, these items represent collaborations between the area colleges prior to the Rochester Area Colleges's formation.

The collection also includes organization newsletters and a clippings file. This clippings file has articles on the consortium and its activities, as well as event calendars. Additionally, there are program brochures, correspondence, event fliers and invitations, and a few other pieces of ephemera. There is a report on the possible uses of television in academic collaboration, published in 1964.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Materials in the collection are contained in six folders.

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Area Colleges.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Students.


  • College students -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Universities and colleges -- New York (State) -- Rochester


  • Brochures
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Fliers (printed matter)

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Information for Researchers (Collapse)

Preferred Citation

Rochester Area Colleges collection, 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 February 2011.

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