Project detail

Illinois Institute of Technology Archives; Robert Philip Gordon Papers, ca. 1963-2010

Archival processing and arrangement of 13.5 linear feet of architectural drawings, artwork, photographs, and published materials; folder-level re-housing and creation of a descriptive inventory.

The Collection

The Robert Philip Gordon Papers consist of the output of the professional career of architect, urban planner, artist, and Illinois Institute of Technology graduate Robert Philip Gordon. Materials include architectural sketches and plans, planning documents for urban and landscape projects, clippings and publications, and an extensive collection of original artwork. Acquired by IIT's University Archives, the collection supports the school's mission to document the work of those associated with the University's history.
Illinois Institute of Technology Archives Bird's Eye View of Dearborn Plaza. The Robert Gordon collection. Courtesy, IIT Archives.
Illinois Institute of Technology Archives Mindy Spitzer Johnston works on the Gordon collection in the confines of the Paul Galvin library.

The Work

Armstrong-Johnston, Chicago, IL, processed the Gordon collection under the supervision of IIT's University Archivist Catherine Bruck. Mr. Gordon, creator and donor, provided inventories that served as a starting point for arrangement and description. The Papers are divided into five series, some with multiple subseries, and maintain topical divisions identified by Mr. Gordon.

Highlights of the Collection include architectural plans and drawings for residential and commercial buildings, planning narratives in both draft and final forms, planning sketches and drawings, and artwork done in a variety of mediums.

The Result

The processing of the Gordon papers opens the collection to research by scholars and students studying architecture and city planning. Of particular importance to students, the materials demonstrate the diversity of skills and professional output that can result from an education in architecture and urban planning.

Archival services:

Arrangement and description

Folder level re-housing

Descriptive inventory

Data entry into IIT's CMS

Collaboration and coordination
with donor Robert Gordon

Armstrong-Johnston completely understood my work, giving it proper respect in the history of Architecture at IIT. I'm glad the collection will be accessible to future scholars.

Robert Gordon

Architect / Planner