Illinois Tech History

Illinois Tech was created in 1940 by the merger of Armour Institute and Lewis Institute. Located on the west side of Chicago, Lewis Institute, established in 1895 by the estate of hardware merchant and investor Allen C. Lewis, offered liberal arts as well as science and engineering courses for both men and women. At separate meetings held by their respective boards on Oct. 26, 1939, the trustees of Armour and Lewis voted to merge the two colleges. A Cook County circuit court decision on April 23, 1940 solidified the merger.

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Librarian Marilynn Collins and Frank Holloway in the Armour Research Foundation library, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1947-1949
Illinois Institute of Technology Alumni golf event, 1974
Illinois Institute of Technology Alumni golf event, 1974
Military radio training, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1942
Military radio training, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1942
Snow-covered tree, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1980s
Father-Son smoker, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, 1952
Woman with Univac computer, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1970s
IIT film, ca. 1975
Henry Heald, Clarence Clarke, Fred Rogers, Dr. Linton Grinter, James Cunningham, and Alex Bailey after signing the merger agreement between Armour Institute and Lewis Institute, Chicago, Illinois, October, 1939
Henry Linden, ca. 1980s
Benjamin de Brie Taylor painting the Hawk mural in Ecko Pool, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1980
James Cunningham, Henry  Heald, and Alex Bailey after signing the merger agreement between Armour Institute and Lewis Institute, Chicago, Illinois, October, 1939
Unknown professor and students, Illinois Institute of Technology, ca. early 1970s
Illinois Institute of Technology Alumni golf event, 1974
Library interior, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, 1949
Library interior, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, 1949
Mollie Cohen, ca 1960s
Brunn Roysden on a steam-powered bicycle, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, 1974
Mobile Environmental Laboratory, 1972

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