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FIT: History and Influential People

In the Beginning

History & mission of FIT

How it it all begin and why FIT Feldman building under construction

  • Brief FIT history on the FIT website
  • The current FIT course catalog also has some background information of the college
  • In the FIT Library:
    • Studies/histories/reports/plans discussing the mission and history of FIT are in the Main Stacks around call number LD1771.F465
    • Use OneSearch to see exactly which items the library has; search "Fashion Institute of Technology". To exclude FIT theses from the list, enter "Fashion Institute of Technology" NOT thesis
    • Note that these are not online books; you must come into the library to see these specific items, though some of these reports may be available online through the FIT website, SUNY, or other institutions or organizations.

Do you want to dig even deeper? Consider researching primary materials that are in the College Archives . 

Use books for more background information

  • Some basic FIT history may also be found in books about NYC and its history and institutions.
  • Books on the history of the garment industry in New York may be useful for researching and understanding how and why FIT was founded.

For example:

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