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John T. Rettaliata records, 1948-1972

Identifier: 024.05.02

Materials related to John T. Rettaliata during his tenure as the second president of Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago), 1948 - 1973. Includes a large number of press clippings, and information for several events including the the 75th convocation and alumni events, and one folder of correspondence.


  • Creation: 1948-1972


Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

2 Box

Biographical Note

John T. Rettaliata (1911-2009) served as Illinois Institute of Technology's second president from 1952 - June 30, 1973. His tenure at IIT began in 1945 as a professor of mechanical engineering. He held various campus positions prior to become president including director of the mechanical engineering department, dean of engineering, and vice-president for academic affairs. As president of IIT, he also served as president of Armour Research Foundation where he had previously been a consultant in the ARF mechanical engineering division. Rettaliata's presidency marked a time of continued expansion of the physical campus and IIT's building program. In addition, it was under Rettaliata that the school developed into a university as a result of administrative reorganization and expansion of the school's academic programs.


Collection is believed to have been assembled by IIT Office of Public Information staff member Dan Ryan rather than by President Rettaliata's office. Dan Ryan was an IIT staff member and the campus photographer 1965-May 1990. Was formerly 1993.026

Related Material

1998.012 JTR Speeches, 1998.019 Enrollment Statistics, 1998.184 JTR Office Files, 2004.036 Position Papers, 2004.057 Academic Calendar Revision, 2004.061 Pullman Board of Directors Materials, 2007.018 Campus Sit-in Photos, 2010.037 Guralnick's Remarks on JTR, 2011.001 Guralnick's Remarks on JTR


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist

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