Posted by Jenifer Monger on May 18, 2015
In our efforts to bridge the gap between the past and present, we share with the Class of 2015 a look back 100 years to Wednesday, June 16, 1915, when Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduated 87 men, one of the largest classes on record at that time for the Institute.
Posted by Jenifer Monger on February 12, 2015
This Friday is RPI's 4th annual Spirit Day, in which member's of the Rensselaer community are encouraged to show their pride by wearing or displaying RPI gear. We consider spirit everyday here in the Archives where it pervades the memorabilia collections that we house. We have certain items because they say Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute but we don't know who owned them, wore them, or touched them. We simply know that at some point in history certain items had particular significance to someone!
Posted by Jenifer Monger on September 18, 2012
In 1947, Samuel Rezneck (Professor of History at the Institute) replied to a researcher who asked why the Institute had adopted cherry and white as its school colors. We have Rezneck's response to the query which reveals some colorful articles he found in The Rensselaer Polytechnic that I sought out for myself and couldn't resist sharing with our readers.
Posted by Amy the Archivist on March 16, 2011
I often browse through old issues of The Polytechnic looking for answers to burning questions. Today's question brought me to the 1925 issues. Sometimes I happen to read headlines, articles or ads that make me smile. Allow me to share my latest find. :)
Posted by Amy the Archivist on September 8, 2009
The Hockey Line is a long-standing (no pun intended) tradition at RPI. When and why did it start? Before 1972, student tickets rotated through sections on the North and West sides during the season so that everyone had a chance to sit in the best seats on the North side. Brace poles, in place until 1983, obstructed the view from some sections. In 1972, about 900 seats in sections H and K were sold on a first come, first served basis. The remaining sections continued to rotate. Students lined up in the Rathskellar about 12 hours in advance to purchase these tickets. I suppose you coul