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Midwest College of Engineering collection, 1985-1986

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 012.01.05

Materials related to Illinois Institute of Technology's acquisition of Midwest College of Engineering: Undated Site Feasibility Study by Solomon, Cordwell, Buenze & Associates, Inc.; 28 pages, spiral bound. Memo on Acquisition from Mary Ann Smith (IIT general counsel); 1986/04/30; 19 pages. Memo, Architect's Report, from Arch McClure; 1986/03/21; 2 pages. Four draft versions of press release announcing the opening of "a satellite campus in DuPage County" (IIT WEST) and the merger of Midwest College of Engineering.


  • Creation: 1985-1986


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

1 Folders


In 1967 Dr. Alva C. Todd, a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology, founded the Midwest College of Engineering (MCE) in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. In 1986, the Midwest College of Engineering merged with Illinois Institute of Technology, which led to the formation of IIT's west-suburban Rice Campus in Wheaton, Illinois. The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Campus of Illinois Institute of Technology in Wheaton opened for classes in 1991.

Biographical Note

Midwest College of Engineering, founded by Dr. Alva C. Todd (d. 1981), opened in 1967 in Lombard, Illinois. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, it offered graduate and undergraduate degrees. The College merged with IIT on June 3, 1986 in anticipation of the establishment of "IIT WEST" (IIT's presence in the western suburbs) which eventually became the university's Rice Campus. Todd earned a Ph. D. from Purdue University and was on faculty at IIT prior to founding Midwest College and serving as its first president.


One of only two known collections in the IIT Archives relating to Midwest College of Engineering.

Related Material

1998.052 Midwest College of Engineering Collection, 1998.056 Collection, 2003.021 Collection


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist 11/21/2000

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