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Crerar Library records, 1957-1984

Identifier: 025.03.03

Bulks with copies of memos, correspondence and reports concerning IIT's decision to a joint library venture and eventual dissolution of agreement with The John Crerar Library. Minor amounts of statistical and financial information is included, as is one annual report for Crerar (1975/76). Name appearing most frequently is Sidney A. Guralnick, IIT Provost and V. P. Folder listing: Merger Proposals, 1957-1959/Folder 1: Includes correspondence to John T. Rettaliata. Merger Proposals, 1957-1959/Folder 2: IIT Board of Trustees proposal to Herbert P. Sedwick with first drawings by Skidmore Owings & Merrill. S. A. Guralnick Materials, 1975-1976/Folder 1: Report: "Planning the IIT Library System". S. A. Guralnick Materials, 1975-1976/ Folder 2: Includes NCA statement on IIT Library System, and a Cost/Benefit Analysis. IITRI Materials, 1975-1976: Concerns IITRI staff use levels of Crerar Library. Printed Materials, 1965-1980: Includes the 1975/76 annual report and a historical essay published in Commerce magazine. Photographs, ca. 1984: Six images of Crerar Library card catalogue being removed from building. The following found-in-collection materials were added to this accession July 22, 2005. Folder listing: A Proposal to the Board of Directors of the John Crerar Library for Combining the John Crerar Technical Reference Library with the Robert R. McCormick Library, May 26, 1958 Proposal for the John Crerar Library, Jan. 12, 1959: Proposal by IIT to move Crerar to the IIT campus on south State Street. Groundbreaking and Dedication Materials, 1961-1963 Staff Materials, 1966-1976 75th Anniversary Celebration, 1969 Building Materials (i.e., the building on IIT campus, later known as the Paul V. Galvin Library) Brochures & Publications: Re collections, facilities, and services of the Crerar Library at IIT. List of Current Serials, 1965 & 1967 Annual Reports, 1963-1975 A Report to the Community, 1981: Re the Crerar's merger with the University of Chicago, to occur in 1984 Crerar Associates/Memberships Pre-1963 Materials: Materials related to Crerar Library prior to its move to the IIT campus. Previous location was at 86 E. Randolph St., Chicago.


  • Creation: 1957-1984


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

19 Folders

Biographical Note

The John Crerar Library, a specialized science and mathematics library founded in the 1890s by the will of John Crerar was located in Chicago's loop at 86 E. Randolph. It re-located to the Illinois Institute of Technology's State Street campus in 1962 in a building erected to house the Crerar and IIT's Kemper Library. The libraries maintained separate collections. IIT terminated its agreement with Crerar (Dec. 31, 1984) and the Crerar moved to The University of Chicago.


Though small, the collection contains significant information about the merger and subsequent dissolution of IIT and Crerar library interests.

Related Material

Galvin Library collections, 1998.201, 1998.200, 2005.025, 1998.203, 2003.029, 2000.033, 1999.009, 1998.199, 1998.075, 1998.020


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist 1/5/2000 and 5/22/2005

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