The Rochester Athenaeum is first of the organizations from which RIT directly descends. Founded as a literary association, the Athenaeum hosted speakers of a wide variety of technical fields and held a considerable amount of classical literature in its library.

Origins (1824-1833)

Early years (1829-1847)

The Athenaeum was founded in 1829.[1]

Corinthian Hall period (1947-1871)

Decline (1871-1891)

Merger with the Mechanics Institute


  1. Gordon, D. R. Rochester Institute of Technology: Industrial Development and Educational Innovation in an American City. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1982. Print, pg. 3

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