2019

Student scrapbook from 1910
Posted by T. A. Gobert on December 20, 2019
As 2019 is winding down and we’re preparing for the Institute’s annual holiday break, a surprise arrived in the Institute Archives.  A FedEx box was delivered containing a heavily wrapped parcel.  An RPI yearbook perhaps?  Or maybe an old photo album?  It was neither.  Rather, John, Jen and I opened the package to discover a student scrapbook dating from the 1910s.
Posted by John Dojka on October 30, 2019
From 1893 to 1912 Rensselaer’s administrative offices were located in the Alumni Building on Troy’s Second Street. The building also housed the Institute’s library and teaching collections for geology and mineralogy. Located a half-mile from the main campus, the building was inconvenient for both students and administrators. In 1909, at the mid-winter alumni dinner in Pittsburgh, the Alumni Association of Pittsburgh pledged $125,000 to build a new administration building closer to campus on the former site of the Ranken House.
Posted by Jenifer Monger on August 22, 2019
At this year’s national Society of American Archivists (SAA) conference in Austin, Texas, I had the honor of presenting to a crowd of over 100 archivists for a session titled Unboxing the Archives: Transforming Collections with Augmented Reality and Collaborative Design. This session included five speakers from academic, museum, archives, and public library settings.
Photo of the George M. Low gallery with a banner that reads "George M. Low Gallery - Where Imagination Can Achieve the Impossible"
Posted by Kelsey O'Brien on July 3, 2019
The Jetsons, model rockets, words like “liftoff” and “launch,” Star Trek, the Houston Astros…they all have something in common: after 1961, they helped mold pop culture. America had entered the space age, and entertainment, language, fashion, and architecture would never be the same. Nothing, however, ignited America’s fascination with space more than the summer afternoon of July 20th, 1969.
Posted by John Dojka on June 26, 2019
In 1907, Mrs. Russell Sage gave Rensselaer $1,000,000 as a memorial to her husband, Russell Sage, a New York financier, who, for ten years prior to his death, was a trustee of the Institute. Of this amount, $300,000 was contributed toward erecting and equipping a laboratory for the use of newly established courses in mechanical and electrical engineering.
Posted by Jenifer Monger on May 13, 2019
I've had many wonderful opportunities as an archivist to work with exceptional students here at RPI. One such student, Noah Zucker, is graduating with the Class of 2019 this year with a degree in Computer Science. Noah recently told me that as of July, he'll be working for Facebook as a Designer for Social Virtual Reality. I couldn't be happier for him, and I'm so thankful to have worked with him on a large augmented reality project for the Archives, during the summer of 2017.
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