RIT maintains archival collections of 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 Ed Benguiat Collection contains original sketches, phototypesetting materials such as photographic prints and negatives, and printed materials relating to the design, production, and promotion of typefaces generated or accumulated during the life and career of type designer, Ed Benguiat. The collection contains objects dating from 1953 to 2001. The collection is organized into two series: I. Graphic Work, and II. Typefaces. The first series contains printed and design work for logos and newspapers, promotional materials such as posters and booklets, or in-progress work such as sketches and paste-ups. The second series contains materials related to the designing and production of specific typefaces, predominately photographic negatives and transparencies, paste-ups, and type specimens.
The Jeannette Klute collection contains photographs, matrices and papers, including correspondence and published articles that document her work photographing and making dye transfer photographs. During a long career in the research labs at Eastman Kodak Company she tested and refined the difficult process and applied it to her own artistic work. Inspired by nature, Klute photographed plants in the Bristol, New York area as well as New England. Her series of dye transfer prints entitled Woodland Portraits received national attention in the 1950s and 60s.
The William N. Weeden Color Printing Manuscript is an inventor's hand-written account in 1886 of his discovery of a printing method that produced multi-color printing with one impression. The collection includes color prints generated by the process.