9. Taxidermy Letter by David Page

Title
9. Taxidermy Letter by David Page
Subject

SpiRIT the Tiger

Description

This 8.5x11 inch business letter was written in June of 1967 by David Page, one of SpiRIT’s handlers who previously served as the school’s human mascot, and addressed to Dr. James B. Campbell, Vice President of Student Personnel Services at RIT. In the letter, Page discusses the plans to have the deceased SpiRIT’s pelt cured by a taxidermist, and turned into “a small tiger skin rug… for a trophy case on the new campus.” Contrasting this endeavor to the taxidermy often utilized by trophy hunters who actively seek out animals to kill, Page states: “the spirit of the tiger has done much in the past to enrich the tradition of RIT and it can do much more in the future. It is a small but integral part of RIT as an institution and should never be allowed to fade as the school grows.”

Creator
David A. Page
Source
Collection on Spirit (Tiger)
Date
1967
Rights
RIT Archive Collections
Format
Letter
Collection
Collection on Spirit (Tiger)
Citation

Collection on Spirit (Tiger), RITArc.0035, RIT Archive Collections