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B. Thomas Golisano Archives at Rochester Institute of Technology

The B. Thomas Golisano Archives is housed with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Archives Collection in The Wallace Center, and include photos, media clips, records, and memorabilia preserving records of Golisano's professional and public service. The collection celebrates Golisano’s entrepreneurial impact, political campaigns and reform efforts, and philanthropy.

A public multimedia display is on view for the public to see in the atrium of Golisano Hall, the home of the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. It features rotating exhibits focusing on the many contributions Mr. Golisano has made to business and the community. The display features a replica of Mr. Golisano's office, his first briefcase and videos.

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B. Thomas Golisano Archives Collection

RIT Archives Collection

Public Multimedia Display

The public multimedia display is on view for the public to see in the atrium of Golisano Hall, the home of the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. The building is open M-F from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sundays noon – 6 p.m. 

Parking is in J Lot, in front of the Golisano Sustainability Institute. To park in a visitor spot in J Lot, guests must stop at the Welcome Booth in the Simone Center (south of the flag poles) to get a parking pass. If visiting after 5:00 p.m., park in any available spot. There are also ParkMobile spaces in every lot clearly marked with a sign. ParkMobile is an online application that allows you to park in a space and charge the fee to your ParkMobile account. ParkMobile rates are $1 per hour, and 50 cents for each additional 15 minutes.

Archives Research & Contributions

Scholars, RIT students and community members from across the region can use the collection to learn about Tom Golisano’s entrepreneurial success, civic and philanthropic history and his contributions to the community. Unique items related to Golisano’s entrepreneurial impact, community commitment or philanthropy are also accepted. To make a contribution or inquire about research contact:

Liz Call, University Archivist 
585-475-2557
RIT Libraries
Wallace Library 1520
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623

New Golisano Archives Exhibit Featuring Tom Golisano's Business and Entrepreneurial Contributions Opens at RIT in February

January 29, 2020 -- In celebration of the launch of Tom Golisano's first book, Built, Not Born, updates to the Tom Golisano Archives multimedia display will be unveiled February 4. The exhibit, which focuses on Tom's business and entrepreneurial contributions, is located in the atrium of Golisano Hall, in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. This replaces the previous exhibit that opened in October 2017 focusing on Mr. Golisano's global contributions to inclusive health.



Chuck and Donna Graham, Marie Graham, Hannah Atkinson, Tom Golisano, Monica Seles, Ramona Graham and Lionel Rodriguez (Oct 20, 2017)

Photo: (l to r ) Chuck and Donna Graham, Marie Graham, Hannah Atkinson, Tom Golisano, Monica Seles, Ramona Graham and Lionel Rodriguez at the unveiling of the exhibit at RIT honoring Tom Golisano, for his work championing inclusive global health -- Oct 20, 2017

2017

RIT Honors Tom Golisano’s Contributions as Champion for Global Health in New Archives Exhibit

Rochester, NY--October 20, 2017 -- Tom Golisano was honored at RIT on Friday October 20 for his contributions to global health, specifically through Special Olympics, in a new Golisano Archives exhibit. Golisano spoke at the celebration about how Special Olympics’ Healthy Communities initiative — made possible by significant gifts from Golisano — is opening doors for people with intellectual disabilities around the world.  The invitation-only event was held from 3–6:30 p.m. Golisano Hall auditorium and atrium in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences on the RIT campus. Speakers included Tom Golisano, founder of Paychex and philanthropist; RIT President David Munson; Ann Costello, Golisano Foundation Executive Director and representatives from Special Olympics including Health Messenger Hanna Atkinson. The Golisano Archives exhibit opened for public viewing Oct. 21.

See Photo Gallery from Event


2015

RIT Selected as the Home for Tom Golisano's Archives

The family of entrepreneur and philanthropist B. Thomas Golisano announced in October, 2015 that they had selected Rochester Institute of Technology as the home for Tom Golisano's personal and professional archives. Tom Golisano's support of $26 million to RIT makes the university an ideal site for his archives. Along with the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences Mr. Golisano’s support created the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. He also provided $2 million to build the Eugene Polisseni Hockey Center at RIT.

“We are thrilled to have the collection at RIT,” said RIT Archivist Becky Simmons. “He is such an important man to the local community. Scholars, RIT students and community members from across the region can use the collection to learn about Tom Golisano’s entrepreneurial success, civic and philanthropic history and his contributions to the community.”



Related News & Resources

Video: Time Warner Cable News talks to RIT Archivist Becky Simmons about the recent acquisition of the Tom Golisano archives.

Press Releases

Press Release: RIT to Honor Tom Golisano's Contributions as Champion of Global Health at  Celebration on October 20 - Oct 13, 2017

Press Release: Announcing Selection of RIT as Home for Golisano Archives - October 14, 2015

Archives Links

B Thomas Collection Archive Collection Overview

B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences Records Collection Overview

RIT University Special Collections

In the News

Bill Clinton once wrote a handwritten letter to Tom Golisano - D&C - Jan 24, 2016

Golisano to be honored at RIT - RBJ - Oct 16, 2017

Golisano honored for work with Special Olympics - 13WHAM - Oct 20, 2017

Tom Golisano: A Champion for Global Health - Special Olympics - Oct 2017

Golisano exhibit at RIT looks at the expansion of health services for people with disabilities - WXXI - Oct 20, 2017

Golisano honored for Special Olympics philanthropy - Rochester Business Journal - Oct 21, 2017

Golisano honored for work with Special Olympics - 13WHAM - Oct 20, 2017

RIT honors Tom Golisano’s contributions to global health - RIT News - Oct 24, 2017

Tom Golisano honored for global health contributions - The Post - Oct 25, 2017