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Samuel Davis Preston Papers

Identifier: Ms-1972-003

Scope and Content

This collection contains personal papers and memorabilia of Samuel D. Preston, a 1923 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and member of the university's Board of Visitors from 1952 to 1960. The collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, awards, and photographs.

The correspondence in the collection is largely congratulatory in nature and includes a 1956 letter from Virginia Governor Thomas B. Stanley reappointing Preston to the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The folder also includes a copy of a 1917 telegram appointing Preston a second lieutenant in the Infantry Section Officers Reserve Corps. A small set of newspaper clippings in the collection relates largely to various awards and honors bestowed on Preston in his later years. Many of these awards and honors are also in the collection, in the form of certificates, resolutions, and plaques. The collection is completed by a small group of photographs of Preston, many of which were apparently taken while he was on a business trip to Buenos Aires in 1955.


  • 1917 - 1972


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Samuel Davis Preston was born on May 8, 1892, in Bedford County, Virginia. He attended the University of South Carolina for two years before before serving as a lieutenant in World War I. Following the war, Davis attended Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech), graduating with a degree in animal science in 1923. Among his other activities while at Virginia Tech, Preston served as president of the Hoof and Horn Club and vice-president of the Maury Literary Society. Following graduation, Preston was employed by the university's Extension Division and moved to the Winchester, Virginia area. Later, he worked for American Cyanamide, as the company's international sales manager. From 1952 to 1960, he served on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors and remained active in community organizations throughout his life. Samuel Preston died in Winchester on March 13, 1975.


0.5 Cubic Feet (1 box)


The collection contains personal memorabilia, consisting largely of honors and awards, of Samuel Davis Preston, a graduate of Virginia Tech (class of 1923) and member of the university's board of visitors (1952-1960).

Source of Acquisition

The Samuel Davis Preston Papers were donated to Special Collections in 1972.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Samuel Davis Preston Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Samuel Davis Preston Papers commenced and was completed in June, 2011.

Samuel Davis Preston Papers, 1917-1972
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