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Mission & Collecting Scope


Mission Statement

The mission of the Archives of Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago) is to ensure that the University's life story is fully documented and accurately told. To that end, the IIT Archives:

  1. Assists IIT administrative offices, academic departments, and individuals to record and preserve evidence of their activities.
  2. Aids internal and external patrons in locating and interpreting those records.


IIT Archives Collecting Scope

The Archives of Illinois Institute of Technology, a division of the Paul V. Galvin Library, holds the records of Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago) and its predecessor institutions, Armour Institute of Technology and Lewis Institute, its professional schools, and affiliate institutions of IIT. The Archives collects documents (unpublished materials), photographs, and A-V materials by and about the university's administrative offices and academic departments. The Archives also collects printed materials and serials published by and about the university. The Archives collects students' theses and dissertations completed in connection with academic degrees awarded by IIT.

The IIT Archives also holds manuscripts collections from, by, or about people and topics related to the university. This may include: personal and professional papers of faculty, staff, trustees, friends, and alumni; publications by or about people associated with the university; historic photographs and documents of people, buildings, and locations in the Bronzeville neighborhood.

The IIT Archives does not generally collect three-dimensional artifacts or students' personal papers or academic work (except for theses and dissertations as noted above).

Donating Materials to the IIT Archives

Please do not send unsolicited materials to the IIT Archives. If you have materials you may be interested in donating to the Archives, please contact us by email at archives@iit.edu. IIT offices, please call ext. 7-6840 for approval before sending materials to the Archives.