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Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Department of Graphics


Historical Note

Mechanical drawing was offered as part of the "Mechanical" course of study in the Department of Technical Mechanics, in 1872. In 1875, this became the Department of Mechanics and Drawing. From 1878, courses in drawing were offered under various department names, until 1902 when a Department of Drawing was formed. In 1904, the name became the Department of Graphics. From 1914-20, it was called the Department of Mechanism, Descriptive Geometry, and Graphics, and then from 1920- 47, it was called the Department of Graphics and Mechanism. In 1948, it became the Department of Graphics again. In 1963, the department was reorganized as a division under the Department of Industrial Engineering.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Records of the Department of Graphics

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-18-12
Abstract This collection contains records from the Department of Graphics in the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, primarily from former heads William Henry Rasche and John Rolfe Castleman. Most of the records in this collection are correspondence between people in the department and others within the university. The Department of Graphics was created in 1872 under the name, Department of Technical Mechanics. The Department of Graphics merged into the Department of Industial Engineering in...
Dates: 1913 - 1959