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Rensselaer Society of Engineers records

Identifier: AC 36

Scope and Contents

The contents of the records convey the foundation of the Rensselaer Society of Engineers (RSE) whose roots derive from the Pi Eta Scientific Society, founded in 1866. This collection contains a copy of the 1867 minute book (obtained by Samuel Rezneck in 1968). Membership directories, the 75th Anniversary Register, and invitation memorabilia highlight the society's social life. The substantial portion of scientific papers make up the bulk of this collection.


  • Created: 1867-1980

Biographical or Historical Information

Pi Eta Scientific Society, RSE's predecessor, was founded in 1866 as an engineering honorary and evolved into the first independent fraternity at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1883. At Pi Eta's inception, every member was required to conduct scientific research and present papers to the members. RSE is still a thriving fraternity at RPI.

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Arranged  in three series: administrative records, general, and scientific papers. Within each series the folders are oganized chronologically.

J. Kuba
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute Archives and Special Collections Repository

110 8th Street
Institute Archives and Special Collections
Rensselaer Libraries, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy NY 12180-3590 US
518 276 8340