RIT fundraising collection

RIT Archives

Table of Contents

Collection Overview
Historical Information for RIT
Scope and Content
Additional Finding Aids
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
Related Materials

Collection Overview (Collapse)

RIT fundraising collection
Inclusive Date(s)
1944-207, 2015
Reports, clippings, gifts, and donations related to RIT fundraising activities.
2.09 Linear feet (5 Document boxes)
C.S. North, Shelves 323
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 RIT (Collapse)

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) can trace its origins to the founding of the Rochester Athenaeum in 1829. After joining with several different Rochester institutions during the 19th century, the Athenaeum finally merged with the Mechanics Institute (founded in 1885) in 1891 to form the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (RAMI). RAMI changed its name to the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1944 to better reflect the Institute's role in the field of technical education.

RIT was originally located in the city of Rochester, NY. Due to the rapid growth in enrollment and programs following World War II, it became increasingly clear that the school would have to expand. Emil Muller, an RIT graduate, helped the university obtain 1300 acres of farmland in the suburb of Henrietta. Ground was broken on November 2, 1964 and by September 1968 the first classes were held. The Henrietta campus now contains well over 70 buildings and 9 colleges, including the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

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Scope and Content (Collapse)

The RIT fundraising collection includes reports, clippings, gifts, and donations related to RIT fundraising activities. Most notable are records pertaining to the "New Campus Fund." These include clippings, pledge lists, and events regarding the campus move from downtown Rochester to Henrietta in 1968.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Collection materials are in rough chronological order.

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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.

RIT fundraising collection

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Benefactors.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Endowments.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology. New Campus Fund.


  • Educational fund raising -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Fund raising -- New York (State) -- Rochester


  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Plans (reports)
  • Reports

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Information for Researchers (Collapse)

Preferred Citation

RIT fundraising 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 Amy Vilz in November 2011.

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Related Materials (Collapse)

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