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IIT Campus Aerial photographs, 1940-2002

Identifier: 037.02.25

Aerial photographs of IIT's main campus on South State Street and surrounding neighborhoods. Some photos include the Chicago Loop skyline or Lake Michigan horizon. Photos are in print (generally 8" x 10") format for earlier years and 35mm contact sheets (ca. 24 to 36 images per 8" x 10" sheet), slides, and some photocopies for later years. With few exceptions, these aerial survey photos were taken annually from 1940 until ca. 1968 (which represents the final build-out of the IIT campus) by professional aerial photography companies which shot the images from airplane or helicopter. Images dated 1970 or later are sporadic and in some cases were taken from the top of the IIT Tower. Images are black and white except for a minimal number in color from most recent dates.


  • Creation: 1940-2002

Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

14 Binders

Arrangement of the Collection

Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location



These photos were removed from various boxes in Acc. No. 1998.199 and gathered together in this collection for convenience of access and cataloguing.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Was formerly 1998.277

Related Material

1998.287 South Side Redevelopment Collection, 1998.286 IIT Campus Plans Collection


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist 11/4/2008

Part of the Paul V. Galvin Library. University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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