School of Photographic Arts and Sciences photographs

RIT Archives

Table of Contents

Collection Overview
Historical Information for School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Additional Finding Aids
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
Other Descriptive Data
Bibliography

Collection Overview (Collapse)

Title
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS) photographs
Inclusive Date(s)
1958-1989
Abstract
Photographs related to the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). This collection of 71 photographs includes students and faculty in photographic labs and classrooms in the early 1970's, and portraits of Navy personnel enrolled in summer "United States Navy Quality Control of Photographic Processing" program from 1958 through the late 1980s.
Extent
0.25 Linear feet (1 small document box)
Dimensions note
All photographs are 8 x 10 inches.
Location
East wall, Shelf 47
Repository
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557
raswml@rit.edu
Language
English

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Historical Information for School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (Collapse)

Educating military personnel was not uncommon for the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS). Canadian and United States Armed Forces had enrolled in existing school programs during and since World War II. In 1958, the "United States Navy Quality Control of Photographic Processing" program began and continued well into the 1980's.

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Scope and Content (Collapse)

The School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS) photographs contain 71- 8 x 10 inch photographs. Photos #1-6 are of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) campus buildings in the early 1970's when the campus was fairly new, as well as the Tojo Garden, a Japanese garden on campus dedicated to the memory of an RIT student from Japan. Photos #7-12 depict photography labs with stations and equipment used for testing and developing film. Photos #13-31 show students and faculty working in the labs and in a classroom setting with Professor Albert D. Rickmers. One student identified in three images is Jean Guy-Naud, who later taught at RIT.

Photos #32-60 are portraits of Navy personnel beginning in 1958 who were enrolled in the summer "United States Navy Quality Control of Photographic Processing" program, along with RIT faculty members. Photographs from 1958-1968 were taken at RIT's downtown campus located in Rochester, NY. Photographs from 1969 through the late 1980's were taken at the Henrietta campus. Many of the portraits have two copies, both black-and-white and color.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Photographs are numbered in order by subject and then chronologically.

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Additional Finding Aids (Collapse)

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences photographs

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Rickmers, Albert D.

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology. School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.
  • United States. Navy.

Subject(s)

  • Alternative education -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Classrooms -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • College students -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Continuing education -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Military education -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Photography -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- Rochester

Genre(s)

  • Photographs

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Information for Researchers (Collapse)

Preferred Citation

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS) photographs, RIT Archive Collections

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

Collection ID

RITArc.0238

Source of Acquisition

Photographs were given to the RIT Archive collections by the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences in 2011.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in August 2011.

Revision Description

  10 February 2015

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Other Descriptive Data (Collapse)

Twenty-five of the photographs are of Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) Henrietta campus Frank E. Gannett building, photography faculty and students in classrooms and working in laboratories. The remainder of the photographs are group portraits of the annual summer "United States Navy Quality Control of Photographic Processing" program for Navy personnel. Many years have a black-and-white copy and a color copy.

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Bibliography (Collapse)

"History of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences", prepared in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the school (1930-1980) by Professor William Soule Shoemaker.

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