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About RIT Archive Collections

RIT Archive Collections consists of four primary collections

RIT Archive Collections serves as the official repository for historically valuable records of the university. A broad range of materials, from presidential papers and departmental records to photographs and art works document RIT's history since 1829. The collections provide a view into the university's unique role as an educational institution and reveal RIT's significant part in the story of Rochester's growth.

The mission of the RIT Archive Collections is to acquire, preserve and make accessible a wide range of materials related to the administration, academic programs, people and the social and cultural life of the university. Archives staff work with every department on campus to identify materials of enduring historical value and transfer them to the Archives.

The department supports the administration, research, and teaching of the university and provides information that promotes RIT's mission both internally and to the wider community.


Archives staff are pleased to answer research inquiries from any individual, no matter their affiliation with the university. Questions can be submitted by e-mail or phone to the contacts below. Researchers may also visit the archives to view materials on-site. Hours are Monday through Friday 9 to 12 and 1 to 4:30. Other times are by appointment.

Email: ritarchive@rit.edu

Ph: 585-475-2557