William Gitt Journal
Scope and Content
This collection contains the journal kept from September through November 1912 by William
Uncle Bill Gitt. Gitt was living on the campus of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and describes interactions with the cadets as well as odd jobs he performed while living on campus. Gitt also mentions sporting events, the Rat Parade, and other events that took place on campus while he lived there.
There is also an advertisement card from
Old Socks saying that Uncle Bill will take shoes to the hand cobbler on behalf of the cadets.
Language of Materials
The materials of the collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open to research.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
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Uncle Bill Gitt was born c. 1860 in Newport, Virginia. He attended the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College from 1877 to 1878. Gitt later lived in the Number 1 Barracks on campus and worked at the college doing various tasks for the cadets. In his journal, Gitt describes getting paid $7.50 a month and doing work like laundry, banking, and post office visits on behalf of the cadets attending the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. In the 1930s, Gitt lived at the City Alms House in Roanoke, Virginia.
0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)
This collection contains a journal kept from September through November 1912 by William
Uncle Bill Gitt. Gitt was born in Newport, Virginia, and attended the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College from 1877 to 1878. Gitt later lived in the Number 1 Barracks on campus and worked at the college doing various tasks for the cadets.
Source of Acquisition
The William Gitt Journal was donated to Special Collections in 1964.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the William Gitt Journal by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing, arrangement and description of the William Gitt Journal was completed in July 2009.
- William Gitt Journal, 1912
- Jennifer Mitchell, Archivist
- 2009 (CC0 1.0)
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
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