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ARF News collection, 1949-1960

Identifier: 031.04.01

ARF News, a serial publication containing articles about activities, people, programs and events related to Armour Research Foundation. Illustrated with numerous photographs. Upon name change from Armour Research Foundation to IIT Research Institute, ARF News was continued with the same staff as Spectra Register of issues as follows: 1949, Vol. 1 (Bound volume); 1950, Vol. 2 (Bound volume); 1951, Vol. 3 (Bound volume); 1952, Vol. 4: No. 3, No. 4, No. 6, No. 7, No. 9, No. 10; 1953, Vol. 5: No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6, No. 8, No. 9, No. 11, No. 12; 1954, Vol. 6: No. 1, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5; 1955, Vol. 7 (Bound volume); 1956, Vol. 8: No.4; 1959, Vol. 11; No. 6, No. 12; 1960, Vol. 12, No. 1; 1961, Vol. 13: No. 10, No. 12; 1962, Vol. 14: No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 5, No. 8, No. 10, No. 11, No. 12


  • Creation: 1949-1960


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

1 Boxes


Per volume 1, no. 1 (January, 1939) ARF News was "A publication for members of Armour Research Foundation....Published monthly under the direction of the Public Relations department for the information and interest of the members of Armour Research Foundation, 35 West 33rd Street, Chicago, 16, Ill."

Biographical Note

Armour Research Foundation (ARF) was one of the first private, not-for-profit contract research laboratories in the United States. Begun in Chicago in 1936 by Armour Institute of Technology (AIT), ARF was acquired by Illinois Institute of Technology in 1940 when IIT was created by the merger of AIT and Lewis Institute. Re-named Armour Research Foundation of Illinois Institute of Technology, it was later reorganized as the IIT Research Institute (IITRI). Under all its iterations, the laboratory conducted research for commercial and government sources, expanding to an international operation. Per IIT President John L. Anderson's April e-newsletter to the campus community, "In 2002, Alion purchased the non-life-science assets of IIT Research Institute.... IITRI remains an IIT-controlled company and is led by David McCormick, who is also professor of biology at the university.... [In March 2010] the university received a cash exchange for our final holdings of bonds and warrants in Alion...." Source: IIT Archives (Chicago). Please cite source when quoting this information. Please send corrections or additional information about this topic to


Formerly 1998.141, issues added from 1998.130


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist

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