Library Under Construction

RIT Archives will be closed until at least October 4th, 2021 as our library moves to a temporary location to accommodate the construction of the Student Hall for Exploration and Development. During this time, we are suspending research visits, in-person classes, reproduction requests, exhibition loans, and in-person tours.

Archives staff will do their best to answer reference questions and other queries received via email within three business days.
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What we do

RIT Archives collects and makes accessible physical and digital materials relating to the rich history of RIT, Deaf culture and history, artwork by RIT alumni, faculty, and students, and other special collections.  Through digital and physical exhibits, teaching, digitizing, and public programming, RIT Archives seeks to creatively and innovatively engage the RIT community and beyond with the collections under its care.

Searching the Collections

RIT Archives is home to many kinds of primary source materials, mostly arranged in archival collections. Descriptions of our archival collections and many of our art holdings can be found by browsing our finding aids. Our growing collection of digitized materials can be browsed in our Digitized Collections. The Archives also holds several book collections which can be identified using the library catalog.

News

  • September 24, 2021

    historic photo of women in a cooking lab.

    Registration open for worldwide Mechanics Institute virtual conference

    Registration is open for Mechanics’ Institutes Worldwide 2021, a free virtual conference on Oct. 15 honoring the 200th anniversary of the founding of the first Mechanics Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland. RIT's Corinna Schlombs and Liz Call will virtually join experts from around the world as they share knowledge on the start of the Mechanics’ Institute movement in the 19th century and what the movement represents today.

  • June 17, 2021

    Tiree Walker shows sketches of his The New Statue design to archivist Ella von Holtum.

    Student design added to RIT Archives

    Tiree Walker '21 (Industrial Design) created a pedestal that collects suggestions from the community that drive informed discussion and decisions on monument construction. His process work will be preserved and studied by future generations.

  • April 30, 2021

    rendering of library circulation desk and several small tables and chairs.

    RIT Libraries moves to temporary home in Ritter Arena

    RIT Libraries will move to the Frank Ritter Ice Arena for the duration of construction on the Student Hall for Exploration and Development, or “the SHED.” The multi-use space is expected to open in 2023 and will include extensive renovations to Wallace Library.