RPI History Revealed
Posted by T. A. Gobert on June 11, 2020
Earlier this week my colleague Jenifer posted about emerging technologies in archives. In keeping with the themes promoted for International Archives Week, this post will focus on our efforts to preserve digital content in the Institute Archives and why it’s so important.
Posted by Jenifer Monger on June 9, 2020
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.
Posted by T. A. Gobert on April 27, 2020
With all that’s going on during the worldwide corona virus era, it can be challenging to think long term. But that’s what archivists do, and this pandemic is no different. So I’d like to take this opportunity to share information about an annual national event called Preservation Week. Why am I writing about this to our blog readers? Because YOU can get involved!
Posted by John Dojka on March 27, 2020
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 established to investigate the feasibility of developing a department of physical culture at the Institute. The committee concluded that a completely equipped modern gymnasium was necessary if such a department was to be established.
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.
Augmenting the Archives: Accessing 19th Century Documents through the Lens of 21st Century Technology
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.
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.