The following selected resources will help identify materials in the Institute Archives and Special Collections Department which contain information on ethnic minorities who have been members of the Rensselaer community. Please contact us to discuss your research needs or if you have questions regarding the resources listed below.
See also, the online exhibit Engineering Exports: RPI Alumni in Latin America, 1850-1890.
The biography of Aniceto Garcia Menocal (shown to the left), can be found by following the link to Henry B. Nason’s Biographical Record of the Officers and Graduates of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1824-1886, (1887).
Faculty/Alumni Files | Information about individuals associated with Rensselaer (students, faculty, staff, trustees, etc.), including articles, publications, clippings, vitae, and other materials. Examples include Rensselaer’s first Black graduate, Garnet Baltimore (Class of 1881), and RPI President Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson (1999 – present).
Student Life Collection, 1866 – present, (MC 50) | Documentation of social, religious, political, cultural and scientific student organizations and activities, including:
- Arab Student Association.
- Black Cultural Center.
- Black Students Alliance.
- Chinese American Student Association.
- Chinese Students’ Alliance.
- India Club.
- International Students Association.
- Latin Students Association.
- MOBY (Motivation of Black Youth).
- Rensselaer Society of Black Engineers.
- Rensselaer Ukrainian-American Student Society.
Subject File | Articles, clippings, reports, illustrations, and miscellaneous documents concerning a wide range of topics and events.
- Blacks at RPI.
- Chinese Students.
- Japanese Students.
- Minorities at RPI.
Photograph Collection – Individuals (AC 18, AC 16) | Alphabetically arranged prints and negatives of people affiliated with Rensselaer.
Photograph Collection – Subjects (AC 19, AC 17) | Prints and negatives of activities, events, and places at RPI and Troy, New York.
Class Collection, 1852 – present (AC 26) | Documents related to Rensselaer graduating classes, including class histories and information concerning reunions and other alumni events. Also, The Years of “86”: A History of a Class of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which contains biographical information on members of the Class of 1886, including students from Panama, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, and Columbia.
Women’s Club of RPI. Records, 1935 – present, (AC 5) | Documents the club’s work in minority activities and issues, such as the Mobilization of Black Youth (MOBY) program.
Student Protest Movement. Records, 1968 – 1972 (MC 52) | Broadsides, correspondence, newsletters, pamphlets and other student publications relating to Rensselaer’s student Left.
- Review (1964 – 2000).
- Early Catalogs (1826 – 1901).
- Bound Catalogs (1852 – present).
- Register of Students (1930, 1949). Earlier registers can be found in the Catalogs.
- Alumni Directory (1960, 1966, 1972, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 1999).
- Directory of Faculty, Staff, and Students (1947-48 – 1965-66).
- Directory of Faculty and Staff (1966-67 – present).
- Student Directories (1966-67 – 1999-2000).
- The Transit (1865 – present). Yearbook.
- The Polytechnic (1869, 1885 – present). Student newspaper.
- The Pup (1924 – 1951). Humor magazine.
- The Bachelor (1953 – 1971). Humor magazine.
- The Unicorn (1972 – 1983). Humor magazine.
- Polemic (1980 – 1986). Humor magazine.
- Rensselaer Engineer (1947 – present). Scientific and engineering magazine.
- Gorgon (1961 – present). Literary magazine.
- Handbook for International Students (1977-78).
- Student Handbook (1896 – 1915).
- The Rensselaer Hand Book (1915 – 1968).
- Various titles from the Dean of Students Office (1966 – 1978).
- Rensselaer Handbook (1978 – present).
Online Institute Histories
- Phelan, Ross, & Westerdahl, Rensselaer: Where Imagination Achieves the Impossible, (1995).
- Resneck, Samual, Education for a Technological Society, (1968).
- Ricketts, Palmer C., History of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1824-1934, (1934) .
- Nason, Henry B., Biographical Record of the Officers and Graduates of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1824-1886, (1887).