Archives Exhibit Featured in Chicago Tribune

October 7, 2007 at 1:57 am | Posted in archives, news | Comments Off on Archives Exhibit Featured in Chicago Tribune

Charles Warner PierceThe October 5th Chicago Tribune featured an article on IIT alumnus Charles Warner Pierce, who in 1901 became the first African-American to receive a degree in chemical engineering. Pierce received his degree from the Armour Institute of Technology, a predecessor school of Illinois Institute of Technology.

As a technological college, Armour offered courses primarily in engineering, opening in 1896 with degree programs in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Civil Engineering was added in 1899, and Chemical Engineering in 1901, making Pierce a member of the first class to be offered this program. In fact, Pierce was the only member of the Class of 1901 (a total of 13 graduating students) to receive the Chemical Engineering degree.

Learn more about Pierce’s accomplishments through exhibits researched and organized by University Archivist Catherine Bruck. Visit the online collection and check out the materials on display inside and outside of the Archives, located on the lower level of Galvin Library.

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