Category Archives: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute History

Behind the Scenes in the Archives: Emerging Technologies

This week is International Archives Week. Around the globe archivists are celebrating how they Empower Knowledge Societies! In keeping with the celebration, I’d like to first share what we do, who we serve, and how. Then I’ll introduce our audiences … Continue reading

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Continuing Up the Hill: the ’87 Gymnasium

Rendering of the proposed gymnasium as it appeared in the 1912 Transit. The ’87 Gymnasium was dedicated in June 1912. Planning for the new facility went back a couple of years earlier to 1910 when a Board of Trustees committee was … Continue reading

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One Giant Leap: Celebrating the 50 Year Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

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 … Continue reading

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The Gorgon: Students’ Words Set in Stone

“Words are the only things that last forever; they are more durable than the eternal hills.” – William Hazlitt, English essayist Within the many rows and shelves of the Institute Archives and Special Collections, there is a student publication collection … Continue reading

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The Big Red Freakout: An RPI Hockey Tradition

What’s big, red, and is celebrated like a hockey version of Mardi Gras? That would be Rensselaer’s Big Red Freakout, of course! Started in 1978 as a way to make college hockey unique, the Big Red Freakout was an instant … Continue reading

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