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IITRI printed materials, 1986-1997

Identifier: 031.03.02

Printed materials from Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute (IITRI) intended for public and promotional purposes. "IITRI: A Fifty Year Portrait, 1936-1986" being a 78-page 50th anniversary retrospective history, 1986. Includes a narrative and timeline account of projects and people during the tenure of directors: Thomas C. Poulter, Harold A. Vagtborg, Jesse E. Hobson, Haldon A. Leedy, Elmer H. Schultz, David L. Morrison. Brief profiles of scientists are included, notably Irv (Irwin) Fieldhouse, Peggy Fieldhouse, Max Jakob, and Paul Sabine. Early projects discussed include: coal washability, Snow Cruiser, magnetic wire recording, National Registry of Rare Chemicals, noise abatement, radio frequency interference, Flame Ceramics, fire experiments, acoustics, and various others. 60th Anniversary Report (2 copies); a 16-page brochure featuring recent research projects and activities, 1996. Annual Report, 1997; 20 page published brochure, Copyright 1998. Life Sciences Department (3 copies) being a 16-page color brochure; undated. Treasurer's Report, May 31, 1988; 5 pages.


  • Creation: 1986-1997


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

4 Item

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 2000.051


Important addition to the small collection of materials in the Archives at present concerning IITRI.

Related Material

Various other collections related to ARF and IITRI, some unprocessed as of June 2012, will be found in IIT Archives.


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist 11/28/2000

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