RIT Aviation Club records

RIT Archives

Table of Contents

Collection Overview
Historical Information for Aviation Club
Scope and Content
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information

Collection Overview (Collapse)

RIT Aviation Club records
Rochester Institute of Technology. Aviation Club.
Inclusive Date(s)
Records of the Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) Aviation Club. The club was started by RIT students around 1965 for those with an interest in general aviation. The collection includes governance documents, correspondence, financial records, meeting notes, membership information, and promotional materials.
0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
C.S. North, Shelf 328
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 Aviation Club (Collapse)

The Rochester Institute of Technology Aviation Club was originally started as the General Aviation Ground School Association around 1965. The purpose of the group was to provide ground school instruction, as well as to organize social activities for those interested aviation. Robert Tompkins, an instructor in RIT's printing department, served as the ground school teacher. The course was designed to help members earn their private pilot certification. Some of the social events included aviation films and lectures by experts in aircraft and flight technology. The club also helped members stay informed of developments in both military and commercial aviation. In 1974, the group revised its constitution with its new stated purposes being:

  • To promote general aviation in accordance with the Federal Aviation Agency
  • To better acquaint the members with general aviation rules and regulations
  • To introduce new instructional materials to private and commercial pilots
  • To teach the student pilot pertinent information about flying

Another goal mentioned in the club's constitution was to "eventually have our own aircraft for the members to use." This suggestion had been made as early as 1969. It is unclear whether this goal ever came to fruition.

As of 2011, the Rochester Institute of Technology still had an Aviation and Pilot Club for "future pilots" and "aviation enthusiasts."

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Scope and Content (Collapse)

The RIT Aviation Club records consist of materials related to the organization and its activities. The collection contains copies of the club's constitutions, correspondence, financial documents, meeting minute and notes, membership information, letterhead, promotional materials, and a few other miscellaneous items. This includes multiple copies of the group's constitution; budget materials; handwritten meeting notes; membership forms and sign-in lists; and fliers and posters advertising the group's activities. Most of the miscellaneous materials are related to the club's purpose and activities such as a proposal for an RIT airport, an RIT event registration form, and an application for membership in the Penn Yan Flying Club.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

The collection is divided into seven series: Constitutions, Correspondence, Financial documents, Meeting minutes, Membership records, Promotional materials, and Miscellaneous.

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology. Aviation Club.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Societies and clubs.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Students.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology. Ground School Association.


  • College students -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Private flying -- Societies, etc. -- New York (State) -- Rochester


  • Administrative records
  • Constitutions
  • Financial records
  • Promotional materials

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Information for Researchers (Collapse)

Preferred Citation

RIT Aviation Club records, 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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