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Willard Hotchkiss papers, 1924-1937

Identifier: 002.05.15

The papers of Willard Hotchkiss in his role as President of Armour Institute of Technology, Chicago, 1932-1937.


  • Creation: 1924-1937


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

12 Box

Biographical Note

Willard E. Hotchkiss became Armour Institute's third president at a time when the school was still feeling the effects of the Depression. A political scientist and economist, he had been serving as dean of the graduate school of business at Stanford University. With considerable experience in dealing with business economic problems, he was considered the right choice at an important time in Armour Institute's history. Under his leadership, a department of social sciences, fifth-year courses in architecture and in chemical and civil engineering were established. While graduate-level courses had long been offered, few advanced degrees had been awarded. Hotchkiss led the expansion of study programs leading to Master of Science degrees.

In his last year as president, the Research Foundation of Armour Institute of Technology was established to develop technological innovation for industry. Two years later, the famous Snow Cruiser vehicle was engineered for use in Admiral Richard Byrd's South Pole expedition.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly 1998.062


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist

Part of the Paul V. Galvin Library. University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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