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War training and preparedness collection, 1940-1952

Identifier: 011.01.01

Materials related to IIT's participation in the Engineering, Science and Management War Training (ESMWT) program and IIT's own war training courses. Also represented are the University of Chicago's war training program materials. The collection also includes a Report of Technology Center Civil Defense Committee, a disaster plan created by IIT circa 1951.


  • Creation: 1940-1951
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1940-1944


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

8 Folders

Biographical Note

Under the leadership of President Henry Heald, IIT offered both civilian and military training before and during WWII. Civilian courses mainly operated under the provisions of the federal Engineering, Science and Management War Training (ESMWT) Program, which offered no cost, college-level training for technical and scientific civilian positions. Signal Corps and Radar courses were also offered. Military training was offered through the Navy's V-12 program, which sent military personnel to private institutions to earn relevant bachelor's degrees. Some elements of the V-12 program later formed the basis for ROTC programs at IIT.


Was separated from 1998.130 and assigned same number (1998.130). The collection number was changed on 7/14/2017 to 011.01.01.


Mindy Pugh

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