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Armour Research Foundation (U.S.)



Armour Research Foundation (ARF) was one of the first private, not-for-profit contract research laboratories in the United States. Begun in Chicago in 1936 by Armour Institute of Technology (AIT), ARF was acquired by Illinois Institute of Technology in 1940 when IIT was created by the merger of AIT and Lewis Institute. Re-named Armour Research Foundation of Illinois Institute of Technology, it was later reorganized as the IIT Research Institute (IITRI). Under all its iterations, the laboratory conducted research for commercial and government sources, expanding to an international operation. Per IIT President John L. Anderson's April e-newsletter to the campus community, "In 2002, Alion purchased the non-life-science assets of IIT Research Institute.... IITRI remains an IIT-controlled company and is led by David McCormick, who is also professor of biology at the university.... [In March 2010] the university received a cash exchange for our final holdings of bonds and warrants in Alion...." Source: IIT Archives (Chicago)

Found in 37 Collections and/or Records:

Action-Reaction films, ca. 1963

Identifier: 031.10.07
Description of the Collection

Two 16 mm reels, label on first reel reads "Action - Reaction, Acceleration - Deceleration," black and white, silent, 4½" diameter, ca. 8 min. The reel is rusted. Second reel's label reads "Orbit - ( Action - Reaction Demo ), ARF (?). IIT/Ralph Luoma" Film is 100 feet, color, 3½" diameter, ca. 5 min., on spool, perforated number: 725811336. Note: Ralph Luoma was IIT campus photographer circa 1963.

Dates: 1963

ARF dessert plate, 1940

Identifier: 031.09.02
Description of the Collection

One ceramic dessert plate, white with black letters "ARF" (for Armour Research Foundation) and black trim near edge. Marked on back: Liberty [illeg.] China/Albert Pick Co. Inc./ Chicago Illinois/McNicol China/Clarksburg/W. Va./U.S.A.

Dates: 1940

ARF News collection, 1949-1960

Identifier: 031.04.01

Per volume 1, no. 1 (January, 1939) ARF News was "A publication for members of Armour Research Foundation....Published monthly under the direction of the Public Relations department for the information and interest of the members of Armour Research Foundation, 35 West 33rd Street, Chicago, 16, Ill."

Dates: 1949-1960

ARF newsclippings collection, 1962

Identifier: 031.04.04
Description of the Collection

One booklet of photocopied national news articles about ARF, Jun.- Dec. 1962

Dates: 1962; Majority of material found in 1962

ARF photo prints and negatives, 1951-1964

Identifier: 031.08.02
Description of the Collection Negatives and contact prints of black and white images documenting scientists and research projects of Armour Research Foundation (later, IITRI). Negatives are 2¼" sq. and 4x5" and are housed in paper envelopes with numbers corresponding to the images in the index list below. Negatives also have an inventory number (3 or 4 digits) which is different from that on the envelope. This appears to be a earlier...
Dates: 1951-1964

ARF Publicity collection, 1932-1963

Identifier: 031.04.10
Description of the Collection Materials published by the Armour Research Foundation (ARF) sent to potential clients. Contains the following folders: 1) ARF Undated Publicity 2) Research Applied to Industry, 1932 3) International Division of ARF, 1940s 4) "To Our Sponsors" 1945 & 1950s 5) Industrial Laboratories, 1950 6) Armour Research Foundation advertising, 1953 7) Fact Sheet on Precision Gage Laboratory, 1954 8) ARF Technical Areas, 1956 9) New York Office opening announcement, 1962 10) ARF name-change...
Dates: 1932-1963; Majority of material found in 1932-1963

ARF tag

Identifier: 031.09.01
Description of the Collection

Metal tag previously used as an inventory tag on one of several file cabinets used by Marvin Camras at Armour Research Foundation. Reads: "Armour Research Foundation/A1879".

Dates: 1888

ARF/IIT Mexican-American Conference on Industrial Research collection, 1945

Identifier: 031.05.02
Description of the Collection Materials concerning the Mexican-American Conference on Industrial Research sponsored by Armour Research Foundation and Illinois Institute of Technology, October 1 - 6, 1945. Materials include daily itineraries, speaker, guest, sponsor, and hosts lists and a post-conference publication, Press Clippings, which reproduced extensive press coverage given to the conference. Also included is a formal printed personal invitation to Clinton E. Stryker and 2 copies of Proceedings of the...
Dates: 1945

ARF/IITRI newsletters collection, 1944-1982

Identifier: 031.04.05
Description of the Collection General newsletters published by ARF/IITRI under various headings. Incomplete run, contains the following issues. 1) ARF News Bulletin: No. 6, August, 1944; No. 7, October, 1944; No. 10, April, 1945; No. 11, May, 1945; No. 12, June, 1945. 2) ARF News: Vol. 1 No. 11, Dec. 1949; Vol. 2 No. 11, Nov. 1950; Vol. 2 No. 12, Dec. 1950; Vol. 3, No. 1, Jan. 1951; Vol. 3 No. 2, Feb. 1951; Vol. 3 No. 4, Apr. 1951; Vol. 3 No. 5, May 1951; Vol. 3, No.5, May 1951; Vol.3 No.8, Aug. 1951; Vol. 3 No. 8,...
Dates: 1944-1982; Majority of material found in 1951-1963

ARF/IITRI non-serial publications collection, 1961-1989

Identifier: 031.04.06
Description of the Collection Various non-serial publications from ARF/IITRI. Contains the following publications: 1) Automatically Programmed Tools Long Range Program, n.d. 2) Seminar in Research and Ntional Railroads proceedings, 1961 3) Space Payload Management Capabilities of ARF, 1962 4) Buildings Survey Committee and Sub-Committee on Monitering Medical Facilities, 1962. 5) The State of Energy: 1980, by David L. Morrison (President of IITRI) 6) Proceedings of the Second Annual National Noise Abattement...
Dates: 1961-1989; Majority of material found in 1961-1989

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Serial publications 8
Academic-industrial collaboration 6
Research, Industrial 6
College buildings 4
Bronzeville (Chicago, Ill.) 3
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Photographs 3
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Universities and colleges--Faculty 3
Architectural drawings (visual works) 2
Campus planning 2
College buildings -- Illinois -- Chicago 2
College buildings--Planning 2
Commencement ceremonies 2
Cultural artifacts 2
Illinois Institute of Technology -- Faculty 2
Laboratories 2
Motion pictures 2
Motor vehicles 2
Nuclear reactors 2
Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae 2
World War, 1939-1945 2
Airplanes 1
Anniversaries 1
Antarctica 1
Architecture 1
Architecture--Designs and plans 1
Armed Forces--Equipment 1
Audio-visual materials 1
Class reunions 1
Clippings (information artifacts) 1
College campuses -- Illinois -- Chicago 1
College facilities 1
College students--Recruiting 1
Combustion--Research 1
Community development, Urban 1
Computer science 1
Conference proceedings 1
Congresses and conventions 1
Disabled veterans--Rehabilitation 1
Dormitories 1
Education (Graduate) 1
Engineering 1
Financial statements 1
Fund raising 1
Greek letter societies 1
Handbooks and manuals 1
Illinois Institute of Technology -- Administration 1
Illinois Institute of Technology -- Alumni and alumnae 1
Illinois Institute of Technology -- Students 1
Landscape architecture 1
Materials 1
Mexico 1
Minorities--Education (Higher) 1
Minutes (Records) 1
Newsletters 1
Nonprofit organizations--Illinois--Chicago 1
Outer space--Exploration 1
Photography 1
Power resources 1
Promotional films 1
Real estate development 1
Real property--Maps 1
Student publications 1
Students--Social life and customs 1
Tax returns 1
Universities and colleges--Employees 1
Universities and colleges--Finance 1
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