RPI’s Institute Archives documents the history of the Institute from its founding as the Rensselaer School in 1824 through to the present day, including permanent records of academic and administrative offices, documents pertaining to student clubs and organizations, and Institute publications. Special Collections are comprised of manuscript collections, rare books, pamphlets, and artifacts related to the history of science and technology. Among the department's holdings are the Roebling Collection documenting the design and construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, George M. Low's NASA papers, a substantial photograph collection, photo albums and scrapbooks highlighting student life, and biographical materials on RPI students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
The Langford Taylor Alden papers contain biographical material, personal photographs (including images of the 1904 RPI Cane Rush), photographs of several of Alden's civil engineering projects, drawings and planning documents for civil engineering projects, and two sets of drafting instruments.
Materials include photographs of RPI flag and pushball rushes and the school's '86 Field; two tickets for the Hudson River Day Line with artwork by Hayner, who worked for the Troy Times; and loose notebook pages documenting early WHAZ programming from 1922 to circa 1924.
This item is a student notebook of John A. Ubsdell, RPI Class of 1889. The notebook was titled, "Notes on Adjustment and Use of Instruments," after a course given by David M. Greene, who was a Director and Academic Head of Rensselaer. Topics in the notebook include scientific instrument use, mathematic formulas and equations, level measurements, and figure drawings of how to use certain instruments, such as transits.
This RPI field notebook, kept by William Schneider, Class of 1912, was used for a hydrographical survey on the Hudson River in New York, and for a topographical survey in Bennington, Vermont. Included in this notebook are survey readings, small drawn maps, tide gages, and flow readings of the Hudson River, motor ratings, and more.
This collection contains three copies of drawings of Rensselaer buildings, done by Ralph G. Gulley. Included are two elevations of the '87 Gymnasium and the campus entrance (Tillinghast Gate), dated 1937.
This collection contains biographical material related to Major General Thomas F. Farrell, including letters, memos, and invitations from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, letters from Bernard Baruch and Herbert Hoover, articles and published volumes regarding his involvement in the Atomic Bomb development, New York City Housing development, and military career. Also included is information on the New York World's Fair, and photographs of Farrell.