Monthly Archives: July 2009

a walking status symbol

The cane, a fashion accessory popular in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was also a college status symbol.  Canes or walking sticks were once commonly “worn” by men during this time period.  At many colleges, freshmen had to earn … Continue reading

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Mystery Image #17

The mystery of this image is not what is it or who is it, but when is it?    The photograph pictures a parking lot east of Blaw-Knox and north of the academic campus.  The location looks more like a military … Continue reading

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Ask AmytheArchivist

One of my primary duties is answering people’s questions — we call this reference.  They may be quick questions — when did my great-grandfather attend RPI? — or they may be in-depth research questions — what were the origins of … Continue reading

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