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Blazing New Trails drawings and other material

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArt-0004

Scope and Contents

The Blazing New Trails drawings and other material consists mostly of sketches used as in illustrations in Hoke's book. The 78 sketches in the collection were done by students at the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (RAMI) and complement the scenes described in Hoke's text.

The collection also contains several clippings including an article on Hoke and two book reviews for Blazing New Trails. There is also a folder of miscellaneous documents that contains three reproductions of the original sketches.

Dates

  • 1937-1939

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical Information: George Wilson Hoke

George Wilson Hoke was an American academic and author during the early 20th century. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1901, before becoming chair of Miami University's new Department of Geography in 1906. His paper, "The Study of Social Geography" (1907) was one of the first instances of the phrase "social geography" being used in a Western culture. During World War I, Hoke served on the U.S. Committee on Education and Special Training. While working with the army, he met John Randall, who became president of the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (RAMI) in 1922. Following the war, Hoke moved to Rochester for a position as the head of educational films for the Eastman Kodak Company.

In 1937, Hoke published an institutional history of RAMI, now the Rochester Institute of Technology. Blazing New Trails: The Biography of a Pioneer in Education, traced the history of the university, linking its origins to the Rochester Literary Company (1822). The book also includes biographical information for several prominent individuals that helped shape RAMI's values and identity. When the book was published in 1937, it became the primary source for the institutional history of the university for many decades.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)

Language

English

Overview

Original drawings for the book Blazing New Trails: The Biography of a Pioneer in Education (1937) by George Wilson Hoke. The collection includes 78 of the drawings used in Hoke's book, which traced the institutional history of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Also included are several book reviews and a brief biographical sketch of Hoke.

Arrangement

The clippings and miscellaneous documents are contained at the start of the collection followed by 78 sketches. These sketches are arranged according to original order.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 336

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Blazing New Trails drawings and other materials

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in December 2010.
Title
Blazing New Trails drawings and other material
Subtitle
RIT Art Collection
Status
Published
Author
Lara Nicosia
Date
20 December 2010
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Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archive Collections Repository

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