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John T. Rettaliata position papers, 1965

Identifier: 024.05.06

"IIT Position Papers" on approaches to education for a technological age by Dr. John T. Rettaliata. Printed as 4-page brochures, apparently for mass distribution. Appears to be the complete run.

  1. 01 - Jan. Education as our Foremost Resource
  2. 02 - Feb. The Education of an Engineer
  3. 03 - Mar. The Liberal Arts in our Day
  4. 04 - Apr. Where the Lines of Learning Cross
  5. 05 - May The Teacher and the Student
  6. 06 - June The University and the City
  7. 07 - July Combating Professional Obsolescence
  8. 08 - Aug. Technology and the Arts
  9. 09 - Sep. The Future of the Private University
  10. 10 - Oct. The Future of IIT as a Private University
  11. 11 - Nov. Education and the Computer
  12. 12 - Dec. Technology and Society


  • Creation: 1965


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

12 Issues

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.


Formerly 2004.036


Small, but important collection to help document the role of Pres. Rettaliata in steering the direction of the university in the 1960s.

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Catherine Bruck, University Archivist

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