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James P. King Collection

Identifier: Ms-1970-005

Scope and Content

This collection contains college memorabilia collected by James P. King, a 1926 graduate of Virginia Tech. The collection includes such memorabilia as programs, tickets, and associated ephemera from college events; a scrapbook; photographs and artwork used in the 1926 Bugle; and a folder of personal memorabilia from King's college years.

Among the programs in the collection are several for sporting events, including several football games against the Virginia Military Institute. Also included is a program from a 1922 minstrel show, which contains racist stereotypes that may be offensive to researchers. Other ephemeral items include Cotillion Club dance cards, menus for banquets sponsored by the Cotillion Club and others; tickets to sports games, dances, and other events; invitations; sports team schedules; a YMCA membership card; an alcoholic abstinence pledge card; and a pair of advertisements for Glen-Minnich Clothing, of Roanoke, Virginia.

A folder of class records in the collection contains various rosters of the class of 1926 and minutes from class meetings. Also included in the collection are several illustrations from the V.P.I. Psalm Book; several newspaper clippings about Virginia Tech; and a folder of King's personal college memorabilia, including a notice about a college beauty contest, a Virginia Tech Alumni Association bond, text of a speech delivered by King before the Richmond alumni chapter, various telegrams, themes by King on Bald Knob and the Virginia Tech freshman snowball fight, leave of absence requests, and an account of the 1924 barrack fire.

A scrapbook in the collection contains materials similar to those found elsewhere in the collection: newspaper clippings, photographs (of football players, teams and games), dance cards, and invitations. Also in the collection are a number of loose photographs of various Virginia Tech sports teams and individual athletes, activities of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, and campus scenery.


  • 1922 - 1926


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials.

Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form:

Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: Please contact Special Collections and University Archives ( or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

James Peter King, the son of Dr. John C. and Fannie Price King, was born in Virginia on December 12, 1902. In the early 20th century, the younger King moved with his family from Marion, Virginia to Radford, where his father established St. Albans Psychiatric Hospital. As a student at Virginia Tech, James "Jimmy" King was a member of the Cotillion Club and worked as circulation manager and associate manager of the school newspaper, then known as the Virginia Tech. He also served as a football manager, class secretary, and on the Ring Committee. In his senior year, King served as business manager of the 1926 Bugle. After graduating from Virginia Tech in 1926 and the University of Virginia Medical School in 1930, King returned to Radford and worked at St. Albans, eventually becoming the hospital's medical director. He retired in 1976. Dr. King was twice married (to Rose Mary Rasmussen and Anna Taylor Whitman) and was the father of four children. He died on January 18, 2004.


0.5 Cubic Feet (1 box)


The collection contains college memorabilia of James Peter King, a 1926 graduate of Virginia Tech.


The collection is arranged by item type.

Source of Acquisition

The James P. King Collection was donated to Special Collections in 1970 and 1971.

Related Archival Materials

Copies of the V.P.I. Psalm Book (call number LD5655. A4 1924 Spec VT) may be found in the Rare Book Collection.

Separated Materials

The following items were removed from the collection to be cataloged for the Rare Book Collection:

  • World War Memorial Hall Fund, [Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1923].
  • Students' Hand-book of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, v. 27 [Blacksburg, VA: Young Men's Christian Association, 1922].

A photograph of the 1925 football team had been removed from the collection and added to the Historical Photograph Collection some time after the collection was accessioned. Because it is an oversized photograph and would have required separate housing anyhow, the photograph has been kept in the Historical Photograph Collection.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the James P. King Collection by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the James P. King Collection commenced and was completed in June 2011.

James P. King Collection, 1922-1926
John M. Jackson, Archivist
2011 (CC0 1.0)
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US