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Research: Key to Progress film, 1956

Identifier: 031.10.03

Film titled Research: Key to Progress: The Story of Armour Research Foundation of Illinois Institute of Technology. Sound and color with narration, music, and cartoon-type graphics. Produced by ARF, filmed by Lewis and Martin Films, Inc. Ca. 10 minutes.

Probably made as a promotion to attract potential clients who would hire ARF to conduct research. Haldon A. Leedy, director of ARF 1948-1963, speaks about research; views of ARF buildings (designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe). Scenes of laboratories and equipment including the lab's nuclear reactor. Scientists and engineers work as a team, called "The Armour Plan," to develop products and services for clients. ARF product development include: light weight aggregate brick; quick drying ink; magnetic recording; powdered ceramic "paint, aircraft cannon, titanium alloy ingots, and tortilla flour.

Original format is 16 mm film; surrogates available in BetaCamSP and VHS cassettes.

List of reels

  1. Research - Key to Progress; the final production
  2. Research- Key to Progress; apparently a second copy of the above item. Rolls not on reel or cores; misshapen: out takes (silent) and audio tape
  3. Armour Outs & Trims KCD Tails
  4. Unmarked reel
  5. Outtakes
  6. Reel of magnetic audio tape; reads on back of box "Armour Research Film Track"


  • Creation: 1956


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted Collection

Collection Size

6 Items

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly 1998.089


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist

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