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The University Archives and Special Collections reading room will be closed on Wednesday, July 18 for a staff event. Open hours will resume on Thursday, July 19 at 1:00.
University Archives and Special Collections is proud to announce the launch of a new archival finding aid portal! The new portal, which is located at findingaids.archives.iit.edu, contains finding aids that describe our archival collections. Finding aids should now be easier to find and understand, and users can now print a finding aid or request an in-person consultation of archival materials straight from the record in our database.
Lewis Institute came into existence though the will of a citizen of Chicago, Allen Cleveland Lewis, who left his estate in trust for that purpose. Allen was born in Sterling, Connecticut in 1821 and died in Chicago in 1877. As a young man he resided in Elgin, Illinois, where he was engaged in the drug business. He married and had one son who died at the age of twenty months. His wife did not long survive, and Mr. Lewis moved to Chicago.
The story of the founding of Armour Institute of Technology does not begin with the opening of its doors in September, 1893. It goes back to a mission Sunday school in which Joseph F. Armour, a merchant of considerable means, was interested and to which he contributed liberally for its support. This mission, started in 1874, three years after the Chicago Fire, at Thirty-first and State streets, was called Plymouth Mission because it was an extension of the activities of Plymouth Church, of which Joseph F. Armour was a member.