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Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Corps of Cadets (1944-1970)

 Organization

Dates

  • Usage: 1944 - 1970

Administrative History

Two cadet companies were organized in 1872-73, but the Corps of Cadets was not officially established until 1891-92. The first Commandant of Cadets was General J.H. Lane, appointed in 1872. Commandants have been appointed by the Board of Visitors since that time, except for 1880-81 when the Board failed to appoint either a Commandant or a president, so the acting president appointed a senior cadet as acting Commandant. In 1966, this post was put under the Dean of Students (now Vice- President of Student Affairs). From 1908 to 1964, a president of the Corps was elected each year. This individual's primary responsibility was to serve as chairman of the Cadet Senate. The first constitution of the Corps was adopted in 1908. Both civilian and cadet units served under this single constitution until 1916 when a Unified Student Body was formed (now the Student Government Association).

For a chronological list of Corps units, under their original names, as well as lists of Commanders, Commandants, and Presidents of the Corps, see Historical Data Book 1872-1972.

Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

Blue Blouse and Trousers,

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Textile-1993-018
Scope and Content Item: blue blouse and trousers Date: 1960’s Uniform left in the military department. Received 25 September 1975, note attached says Trapp 1960.BLUE BLOUSE Color: navy blue/black lining Material: [wool blend] [satin] lining Manufacturer: Blacksburg VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute Uniform Department Condition: Holes in collar where gold pins had been, stitching left in the inside back of the collar where button had been. Holes in the back of lower sleeve underneath black...
Dates: 1960s

Blue Blouse and Trousers,

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Textile-1993-019
Scope and Content Item: blue blouse/trousers Date: 1960’s Uniform left in military department, received in spec 25 September 1975BLOUSE Color: navy blue/ black lining Material: [wool blend] [satin] black lining Manufacturer: Blacksburg VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute Uniform Department Condition: Snags on the collar where pins had been. Seams and stitching slightly unraveling around collar. Holes under the black strip on both sleeves where [bottom] [chord holder] had been. Special...
Dates: 1960s

Blue Blouse and Trousers (2 pair),

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Textile-1993-015
Scope and Content Item: blue blouse, trousers (2 pair) Date: 1920BLUE BLOUSE Color: navy blue with black lining Material: wool blend, satin lining (?) Manufacturer: Blacksburg: Virginia Polytechnic Institute Uniform Department Condition: stitching and lining worn in collar, worn patch on the front right side as well as a small spot on right sleeve (could be a moth hole) Special Markings: black outline down the center, around the collar, along the bottom, around the sleeve at the bottom and...
Dates: 1920 - 1920

Cadet Hats,

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Textile-2000-003

Cadet Uniform,

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Textile-1993-010
Scope and Content Item: cadet uniform Desc: cadet blouse and trousers Date: ? Color: navy blue blouse and blue gray trousers Material: blouse: wool blend with black satin (?), trousers: white cotton waist band and pockets Manufacturer: Blacksburg: Virginia Polytechnic Uniform Department Donor: Condition: good, three buttons missing from inside of collar, small mend on back of blouse; back left pocket stained inside and worn Special Markings: Black stripe trim. Two stripes up back. Black plastic...
Dates: n.d.

Cadet Uniform Blouse,

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Textile-1993-009
Scope and Content Item: cadet uniform blouse Desc: original uniform blouse Date: post 1918 (1920’s) Color: navy blue with black lining; sleeves lined with off white Material: wool; (?) lining; sleeve lining: cotton (?) Manufacturer: Virginia Polytechnic Institute Uniform Dept. V.E. Kelsey, Supt. Donor: Condition: top hook torn off; some stains; worn on back Special Markings: label: Mr. John E. McDonald {John Early McDonald, class of 1927, Private Company E?}, Date 34-{31?}-{39}. Numbers 27 1/2...
Dates: c.1920s

Historical Photograph Collection (List of Subjects)

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Photographs-001
Abstract

The photograph collection at Special Collections and University Archives consists primarily of historical photographs of Virginia Tech, dating back to the 1890s. The collection is also home to historic images of Blacksburg, Montgomery County, the New River Valley, and Southwest Virginia in general. A photograph collection of faculty and staff from the university is maintained separately.

Dates: c. 1890s-present

Maroon Corps of Cadet sashes,

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Textile-2015-002
Scope and Content

Notes attached to box items were found in read: "Corps Maroon Sashes" and "Maroon sashes from the Tailor Shop."

Dates: n.d.

Named/Individual Photograph Collections

 Collection — Box: 1-2
Identifier: Photographs-002
Abstract

The Named/Individual Photograph Collections include images from alumni and former faculty and staff, or individuals with ties to campus and the New River Valley. Collections (c.1890-present) depict campus life and events, railroad history, agricultural extension research, Blacksburg and surrounding areas, and some local families.

Dates: 1890s-present

Overcoat with Attached Cape,

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Textile-1993-016
Scope and Content Item: overcoat with attached cape Date: [1920] Color: navy [cadet] blue, red on underside of cape, darker blue lining except in sleeves (black) Material: [wool blend], [cotton] lining in coat, [satin] lining in sleeves Manufacturer: Condition: white strings coming through the lining, a few very small worn spots and stains, gold strip coming off right sleeve, small holes near inner pocket Special Markings: silver colored metal chain sewn into the interior back of the collar, 8 gold...
Dates: 1920 - 1920