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John T. Rettaliata enrollment slides, 1947-1959

Identifier: 024.05.04

Five lantern slides. Four show graphs of undergraduate, graduate and total enrollments at Illinois Institute of technology (Chicago) for day, evening, and combined programs, 1947 - 1959. Slide 1 Day enrollment Slide 2 Evening enrollment Slide 3 Total enrollment Slide 4 Combined graphs Slide 5 is a campus site plan being an aerial view of campus and surrounding area. The campus area has been highlighted and colored indicating "Old buildings in use" and "New construction completed". Image dates after Gunsaulus Hall (1949-1950) and before Crown Hall (started 1950).


  • Creation: 1947-1959


Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

5 Item

Biographical Note

John T. Rettaliata (1911-2009) served as Illinois Institute of Technology's second president from 1952-June 30, 1973. His tenure at IIT began in 1945 as a professor of mechanical engineering. He held various campus positions prior to become president including director of the mechanical engineering department, dean of engineering, and vice-president for academic affairs. As president of IIT, he also served as president of Armour Research Foundation where he had previously been a consultant in the ARF mechanical engineering division. Rettaliata's presidency marked a time of continued expansion of the physical campus and IIT's building program. In addition, it was under Rettaliata that the school developed into a university as a result of administrative reorganization and expansion of the school's academic programs. These slides were used for a presentation to trustees.


Three boxes of slides were found. Two box tops read: "Slides Dr. Rettaliata used for World Book meeting 10/22/59"; third one read "Slides used by Dr. Rettaliata at Faculty - Trustee dinner 4/13/60." However, this had been crossed off with pencil on all three boxes. The slides in the boxes (other than the 5 catalogued below) were images of manned and un-manned space flight, U2 planes, satellites, rockets and missiles, etc. They were discarded. was formerly 1998.019

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly 1993.026

Related Material

1993.026 JTR Office Files, 1998.012 JTR Speeches, 1998.184 JTR Office Files, 2004.036 Position Papers, 2004.057 Academic Calendar Revision Materials, 2004.061 Pullman Board of Directors Materials, 2007.018 Campus Sit-in Photos, 2010.037 S. Guralnick's Remarks on JTR, 2011.001 S. Guralnick's Remarks on JTR


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist

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