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Records of the Office of the President, Joseph Dupuy Eggleston

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-02-07

Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence (1913-1919) including letters to and from state and national political figures; correspondence signed by Eggleston as Acting Director of the Extension Division (1913-1916); correspondence between Eggleston and principals, board members and others of various agricultural high schools relating to financial requests, personnel, etc. (1916-1919); correspondence with county agents and state and national personnel connected with agricultural programs; correspondence with Carneal and Johnston, architects, concerning construction of Shop building, Gymnasium, Professor Vawter's residence, VPI Chapel, McBryde building, Athletic building, and Field House. Other material in the collection includes: Sophomore Court matters (1913-1914); reports of annual meetings of agents (1913-1916); Agricultural Experiment Station reports (1914); U.S.D.A. Weekly Demonstration Work Reports (1914); financial forecasts (1914-1915); annual reports (1915); Smith-Lever salary vouchers, 1915; reports of demonstration agents (1916); departmental needs (1917); telegrams (1917-1919); resolution creating Athletic Director position (1918); Houston property deeds and contracts; speeches and articles. Education for women and African American extension and Y. M. C. A. work are among the issues addressed in the correspondence.


  • 1900 - 1948
  • Majority of material found within ( 1913-1919)


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproductions and Use

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Biographical Note

Joseph D. Eggleston was born in Prince Edward County, Virginia, in 1867. He attended college at Hampden-Sydney College, completing his degree in 1886. He taught at schools in several southern states before becoming the superintendent in Asheville, North Carolina in 1891 and later superintendent of schools in Farmville, Virginia. During his tenure as state Superintendent of Public Instruction (1906-1912), he worked hard for improvements in rural schools. In January of 1913, he began work with the Field Service in Rural Education in the US Office of Education. The same year, he resigned to take the post of VPI President (1913-1919).

Eggleston became the seventh president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI) in 1913. His six-year administration was most notably marked by the development of the agricultural extension program at VPI. In 1914, the Agricultural Extension Division was established. The Virginia General Assembly transferred control of agricultural demonstration work to VPI, so the Home Demonstration program began in 1915. Much of Eggleston's presidential tenure was during the years of World War I. The college became a training school for both the army and navy during this time. A Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program was established at VPI in 1916. In January 1919, the college was designated by the War Department as one of twelve "Distinguished Colleges" in the nation for its contribution to the war effort. In the spring of 1919, Eggleston resigned to become president of Hampden-Sydney College, his alma mater. He served there from 1919 to 1939. Eggleston died in Farmville, Virginia, in 1953.


9.8 Cubic Feet (7 boxes)


This collection has been divided into three separate series. The collection has been kept in the original order in which it was received even though this order in not consistently alphabetical or chronological.

Physical Access

Please note: This collection is in off-site storage and requires 2-3 days notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives for more information.

Source of Acquisition

The Records of the Office of the President, Joseph Dupuy Egglestonl were transferred to Special Collections and University Archives in March-June 1973 and June 1978.


The headings on the original folders were retained in the inventory even though the language at times is archaic, such as the use of the word "colored."

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Records of the Office of the President, Joseph Dupuy Eggleston by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 ( work/public-domain/cc0/).

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of Records of the Office of the President, Joseph Dupuy Eggleston was completed prior to 1979. Additional processing, arrangement, and description was completed prior to 2000.

  • The following folders came to Special Collections with the papers of President Eggleston RG 2/7 in 1973. File folders: - Apartment Buildings and Residences: Possibility of construction 1920 - Appropriations for Dep'ts of Instruction 1919-1920 1 piece - Experiment Station: Financial Reports, 1910-1921 - Extension Division 1918-1923 Reports, budget material, lists of personnel... - Glassett: Sect'y to President - Jean, Frederick Professor of Agriculture (Mail order correspondence of Mrs. Glassett gives indication of what well dressed secretary wore) - Military Department: 1919-1921 - Invoices and Insurance Policies 1923/24
Records of the Office of the President, Joseph Dupuy Eggleston, 1900-1948 (bulk 1913-1919)
Special Collections and University Archives staff
2020 (CC0 1.0)
Language of description
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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