RIT Graphic Arts Research Center photographs

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Collection Overview
Historical Information for RIT Graphic Arts Research Center
Scope and Content
Additional Finding Aids
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
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RIT Graphic Arts Research Center photographs
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Materials are photographs from The Graphic Research Center (GARC) from 1953-1987.
1.23 Linear feet (1 Flat Box )
C.S. South Shelf 372
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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In 1937, the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (now Rochester Institute of Technology) absorbed the Empire State School of Printing. Under the direction of Dr. Mark Ellingson, the Institute's president, the School of Printing was transferred to RAMI and its first class was held that autumn. The program was changed to a two year format and the Institute was given complete administrative control. Ellingson had become convinced that there was a strong need for research and development in printing and graphic arts education, and this was a need that RIT could and should fill.

In 1948, a “Proposal for a Newspaper, Printing, and Graphic Arts Research Center” was compiled. Within three years, the Graphic Arts Research Center (GARC) was established in January 1951. Originally part of the Department of Publishing and Printing, the newly independent center brought together scientific and technical personnel and helped RIT to attain reknown as a force in graphic arts education and innovation.

Over the next twenty-five years, GARC published works on graphic arts technology, held workshops and seminars, and served as the research arm of the School of Printing with its web offset press laboratory and testing facility for printing equipment, inks, and processes. When the RIT Research Corporation (RITRC) was founded in 1980, several GARC projects were brought under the umbrella of the corporation, and GARC itself was renamed the Technical and Education Center of the Graphic Arts (T&E).

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RIT Graphic Arts Research Center (GARC) photographs contain images of professionals performing demonstrations, meetings, contact sheets that depict people working on an array of machines, seminars and classes held by GARC, individuals including Director of Science and Technology, Sven Ahrenkilde, Professor Fred Gutfrucht, Director of Graphic Arts Research Divistion (GARD), Warren “Dusty” Rhodes, School of Print Media Science (SPMS) director, Byron Culver, and students. There are also images of printing and photography equipment as well as photographs of some of the processes used in printing and photo development.

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Materials are arranged by subject.

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

RIT Graphic Arts Research Center GARC photographs

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Ahrenkilde, Sven
  • Culver, Byron, d. 1971
  • Rhodes, Warren

Corporate Name(s)

  • Empire State School of Printing.
  • Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute. Department of Publishing and Printing.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology. Graphic Arts Research Center.


  • Graphic arts -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Lectures and lecturing -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Printing -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- Rochester


  • Black-and-white prints (photographs)
  • Seminar

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Preferred Citation

RIT Graphic Arts Research Center photographs, RIT Archive Collections

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amanda Packard in July 2015.

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