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Crispin Hales papers, 1963-1989

Identifier: 031.07.11

The collection contains material related to IIT Research Institute, including manuscripts collected and generated by Dr. Crispin Hales from his time of employment as a materials engineer at the IIT Research Institute. The collection also includes two reels of 8mm motion picture film: 1) “Phase IV high-pressure, high-temperature erosion-corrosion reactor, September 1978;” 2) “Refractory Test System for testing refractory bricks under simulated slagging coal gasifier conditions, 1979." The films primarily concerns the “13-ton crane” in the “High Bay Area” of IITRI’s Minerals and Metals Research Building in 1979.


  • Creation: 1963-1989
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1976-1989


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Conditions Governing Use

The original DVD, which bears a printed description on its front, cannot be read by all software programs. Galvin Library staff have created a DVD copy (bearing handwritten notations on its front) that is much more useable.

Collection Size

2 Series

Biographical / Historical

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.

Arrangement of the Collection

Organized by medium.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly 2009.021


Mindy Pugh 10/14/2009



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