Posted by Amy the Archivist on December 16, 2010
Visitors to the Archives often remark that we have a lot of cool stuff.  I agree!  There are periods of time, however, when I have to deal with more mundane tasks and the 'cool stuff' is very much in my periphery.  I was having a rather blaisé day this week selecting photographs of individuals to scan and add to our image database.  The last folder in the
Posted by Amy the Archivist on December 14, 2010
Final exams begin tomorrow.  Here is an interesting post about exams that I wrote one year ago:  old methods of final examination.
Posted by Amy the Archivist on November 10, 2010
Does anyone know this guy?  Please leave a comment!  
Posted by Amy the Archivist on October 13, 2010
Aaron Olmstead earned a B.N.S. and a C.E. degree from RPI in 1837.  He taught at private high schools for a while and then attended Yale Law School.  He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1843.  Aaron practiced law alternately in New York City and Saratoga from then on. 
Posted by Amy the Archivist on September 30, 2010
The Class of 1838 included some rather notable alumni.  Two of them are in the Alumni Hall of Fame and several more are worthy candidates.  When I read over the accomplishments of these alums, I'm amazed at their ambition.  Ezra Carr, for instance, had an astounding resume.  Shortly after obtaining his
Posted by Amy the Archivist on September 22, 2010
The first civil engineering graduates pursued a variety of careers.  In addition to the obvious careers in railroad or bridge engineering, some were lawyers, some doctors, and a couple were even men of the cloth.  Fletcher Hawley was one of those men.  Fletcher was a career student for a while, a
Posted by John Dojka on September 14, 2010
The first civil engineers were travelers.  Many of them went far and wide to engage in their work.  This may not seem like a big deal in modern times, but when you think about the means of travel in the mid-nineteenth century; it's quite amazing.  These men were creating the next best mode of transportation -- railroads.  While much of this work was in progress in the United States, other countries were also investing in this transportation infrastructure.  Some of the first U.S.
Posted by John Dojka on September 1, 2010
This is the first installment in a series of profiles on the first civil engineering graduates at RPI.  The very first civil engineering degree was awarded by the Rensselaer Institute in 1835.  Among the first degree recipients, was a guy named Amos Westcott.  Westcott never practiced civil engineering; he taught chemistry for a few years and then entered medical school.  He obtained an M.D.
Posted by John Dojka on August 31, 2010
If the blackboard and keyboard are any indication, this guy had something to do with music.  Do you know who he is?
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