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



  • 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:

Harry Downing Temple Jr., Papers

Identifier: Ms-1988-039

The Harry Downing Temple, Jr., Papers contains materials related to Temple's personal life, interest in heraldry and insignia, and his research and publications on the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. Materials date from about 1872 to 2004.

Dates: 1872 - 2004; Majority of material found within 1930 - 2001

VPI Cape,

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: Textile-1993-014
Scope and Content Item: cape (VPI) Date: 10-23-14 Color: navy blue with red lining Material: wool felt (?) lining - wool Manufacturer: Blacksburg: Virginia Polytechnic Institute, J.H. Kelsey, Supt., Uniform Department Donor: Condition: fair, stains and holes in lining as well as exterior, [frog] on right side is missing Special Markings: label reads: Mr. Byrne Capt. (?), measure 49-38-15, date 10-23-14 (William Hale Byrne, class of 1915, East Falls Church, Fairfax), inside piece of cloth that buttons...
Dates: 1914 - 1914

VPI Cape,

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: Textile-1993-017
Scope and Content Item: cape (VPI) Date: ? first capes in 1897 Color: navy blue with raspberry liner Material: [wool felt] lining [wool] Manufacturer: Condition: a few small holes and stains appear in the liner Special Markings: black cord [frog] on exterior connecting sides, two metal hooks at collar. Each side has what appears to be a pocket, only after looking closer do you realize the “pockets” are holes to the inside of the cape. Inside on the bottom right-hand corner of the liner was what appears...
Dates: n.d. (not before 1897)