Guide to the Administrative Records of The Technological Institute

Collection Title: Administrative Records of The Technological Institute
Dates: 1910-1955
Identification: 22/3/6
Creator: Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Technological Institute
Extent: 2 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Administrative Records of the Technological Institute, 1910-1955, fill two boxes. The bulk of the records date from the 1940s and consist of student enrollment and registration statistics and lists. These lists were compiled in several different formats, and are variously categorized as “Bulletin Lists” (prepared for publication in the University Bulletin), “Classified Student Lists,” “Scholastic Records,” and “Statistics.”
Acquisition Information: The Administrative Records of the Technological Institute were transferred to the Northwestern University Archives on September 5, 1997 as Accession #97-151 by Stephen Carr, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Engineering, Technological Institute.
Processing Information: Michael A. Geeraedts, April 1998.
Separated Materials: Six linear inches of duplicate materials were discarded. For earlier separations, see the accession card.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

On March 20, 1939, the Northwestern University School of Engineering, formed in 1908, became the Technological Institute through an agreement signed between Northwestern University and the Murphy Foundation. This event formalized Northwestern's receipt of the significant bequest of Walter Patten Murphy. The Technological Institute opened in 1942 and consisted of Schools of Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The Technological Institute also integrated a science component to the curriculum in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences, thereby expanding the School of Engineering's previous focus on non-science based engineering.

From the start, the Technological Institute combined traditional classroom instruction with a work-study program (The Cooperative Program) that enabled undergraduate and graduate students to gain valuable hands-on engineering work experience with participating firms. During World War II, the Technological Institute participated with the United States Navy in several important training programs, including the Naval V-12 Unit (Navy College Training Program). The Technological Institute was also involved with other military training and non-engineering activities, such as the Army Signal Corps Officers Training School. After the war, the Technological Institute enrollment was swollen with returning veterans under the G.I. Bill, and in 1946, a limit of 1,000 students was imposed to guarantee quality and manageable instruction.

Scope and Content

The Administrative Records of the Technological Institute, 1910-1955, fill two boxes. The bulk of the records date from the 1940s and consist of student enrollment and registration statistics and lists. These lists were compiled in several different formats, and are variously categorized as “Bulletin Lists” (preapred for publication in the University Bulletin), “Classified Student Lists,” “Scholastic Records,” and “Statistics.” Records typically include such basic information as department/school, class level, student names (arranged alphabetically), and student addresses. Statistical summaries deal with student demographics and academic progress. The number of veterans and the number of “girls” enrolled each Quarter are statistics of particular interest.

Arrangement of Materials

Records are arranged chronologically according to term and quarter.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Technological Institute--Students

Subjects

Engineering students--Illinois--Evanston

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). College of Engineering--Students

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). School of Engineering--Students


Container List / Contents

  • "Bulletin" lists, 1941-1945Box 1, Folder 1
  • Classified student lists, 1910, 1925-1935Box 1, Folder 2
  • Classified student lists, 1936-1942Box 1, Folder 3
  • Classified student lists, 1943-1946Box 1, Folder 4
  • Classified student lists, 1947-1949Box 1, Folder 5
  • Classified student lists, 1950-1952Box 1, Folder 6
  • Classified student lists: graduate students, 1945-1946, 1949-1952Box 1, Folder 7
  • Honors and honors convocations, 1941-1955Box 1, Folder 8
  • Record cards samples (by school) and related information, n.dBox 2, Folder 1
  • Scholastic records - class averages, 1939-1953Box 2, Folder 2
  • Scholastic records - honor roll, 1910-1924Box 2, Folder 3
  • Scholastic records - honor roll, 1925-1950Box 2, Folder 4
  • Class rank of graduates, 1940-1950Box 2, Folder 5
  • Statistics - ASEE and SPEE, 1943-1948Box 2, Folder 6
  • Statistics - exclusions, probation, actions, withdrawals, 1940-1945Box 2, Folder 7
  • Statistics - exclusions, probation, actions, withdrawals, 1946-1950Box 2, Folder 8
  • Statistics - geographic distribution, 1942-1950Box 2, Folder 9
  • Statistics - high schools from which freshman entered, 1942-1950Box 2, Folder 10
  • Statistics - President's report, 1941-1950Box 2, Folder 11
  • Statistics - registration, 1934, 1940-1950Box 2, Folder 12