RIT Library promotional materials

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Collection Overview
Historical Information for RIT Library
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
Related Materials

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Title
RIT Library promotional materials
Inclusive Date(s)
1959-2006
Abstract
RIT Library promotional materials includes t-shirts, hats, and sign regarding the library and library events.
Extent
1.0 Linear feet (1 File box)
Location
C.S. South, East wall, Shelf E73
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 RIT Library (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 university's role in the field of technical education.

From its beginnings, the library has been an important part of the Rochester Institute of Technology. One of the primary benefits of being a member of the Rochester Athenaeum was having access to the organization's collection of books and journals. These materials were not limited to the field of science, but spanned a variety of subject areas. The Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics' Association (RAMA) had an extensive library collection, which was open to its 2,000 members. Unfortunately for the Institute, RAMA fell on hard times during the 1870s and by 1877 the situation was so dire that creditors were forced to sell the organization's library collection. When the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (RAMI) was formed in 1891, the school only had a small collection of books available to its students.

RAMI's library started as a single room in the Eastman building with a small number of books. In 1910, the Institute hired its first librarian, Eleanor Gleason. The library grew gradually over the years so that by 1944 the university had a collection of 12,000 books and 300 periodicals available for its students. Yet, when the Middle States Association's accreditation team visited the university in 1958, they were not satisfied with the size of the library, finding it too small and understaffed. In 1958, the newly named RIT converted the Hathaway Bakery to house the library's collection. This was the first attempt by the Institute to create a true academic library that fully supported the university's programs.

When the Institute relocated from the city of Rochester to the suburbs of Henrietta in 1968 the Wallace Memorial Library was built. Named for Charles F. and Florence M. Wallace, benefactors of the college, the library was built to accommodate the 6,500 students enrolled at the university. As enrollment continued to increase during the twentieth century, an expansion was added. The expansion - dedicated in 1991 - enabled the Institute to integrate Eisenhower College's Ellis D. Slater Library's collection into its holdings. Eisenhower College had been acquired by RIT in 1979, but was forced to close its doors shortly after.

As of 2003, the Wallace Memorial Library had over 400,000 titles in its collection. The library, now part of The Wallace Center, continues to serve the needs of the RIT community.

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RIT Library promotional materials includes:

  • "Library Audio Room" sign, 1959
  • 2 Wallace Memorial Library hardhats (commemorating the 1991 building addition), 1991
  • Library t-shirt, undated
  • "Fiche fry, all you can read" t-shirt, undated
  • "Bibliobuild" t-shirt, 2005. Bibliobuild was a Habitat for Humanity project involving Rochester Regional Library Council member libraries.
  • Roger Knowlton Fawcett bookplate encased in plexiglass
  • 2 Wally Wallbanger t-shirts, 1990

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Materials are arranged by format.

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology. Academic Affairs. Wallace Memorial Library.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology. Library.

Subject(s)

  • Academic libraries -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Libraries -- New York (State) -- Rochester

Genre(s)

  • Hats
  • Promotional materials
  • T-shirts

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Preferred Citation

RIT Library promotional materials, RIT Archive Collections

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

Collection ID

RITArc.0334

Accession Information

Accession number(s): 06:31

Source of Acquisition

The Bibliobuild t-shirt was donated by Margaret Bartlett, Wallace Library Senior Manager for Instruction and Education Services and Head Coordinator of Bibliobuild.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in November 2011.

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