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University Archives and Special Collections: Personal Information and Group Representations

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Located in culturally diverse areas of Chicago, Armour and Lewis institutes (followed by IIT in 1940) attracted students from a wide array of racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.   This dynamism and fluidity extended to faculty and staff, many of who were also recent migrants and immigrants to Chicago, some remaining for many years while others were largely just passing through.   University-generated quantitative information on the various groups present at any given time was unevenly assembled, but some of it can be discovered by researching institutional records.