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Nuclear Reactor Press release, 1956

Identifier: 031.02.02

Press release dated June 28, 1956 titled First Nuclear Reactor Built for Private industrial Research Begins Operation. This "television news release" contains the script to accompany a silent B&W film of the reactor built for Armour Research Foundation on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. See IIT Archives Acc. No. 1998.087 for the film that accompanies this script.


  • Creation: 1956


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

2 Pages


A nuclear reactor was built in 1956 by North American Aviation, Inc. for Armour Research Foundation on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. The reactor was located in ARF's Physics & Electrical Engineering Research Building (aka, PER Building). The reactor was the first one built in the United States to be used for non-military industrial research. Armour Research Foundation, a private research laboratory affiliated with Illinois Tech, did contact work for both private and public sector clients.


Formerly 1998.300

Related Material

1998.087 Nuclear Reactor film, 1998.199 Unprocessed Photos; see boxes B-1, B-4, F-2, I-3, L, and XX-3, 1998.192 ARF Photos; see boxes 1, 2, and 5, 1998.081 Film "Space!", 1998.089 Film titled "Research - Key to Progress: The Story of Armour Research Foundation of Illinois Institute of Technology.", 1998.099 Film "IIT 1 min. TV Spot - Altschul -" ... nuclear reactor with sign flashing "reactor on.", 1998.184 JT Rettaliata Papers; Box 16, 1998.266 Tech News slides; boxes 2 & 6, 1998.276 ARF photographs(see photo series A & B), 2010.012 IITRI Records (may contain information regarding the PER Building where the reactor was located)


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist

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