Records of War Memorial Chapel
Scope and Content
The Records of War Memorial Chapel contain architectural records, posters, photographs, and prints pertaining to Virginia Tech’s War Memorial Chapel - including the Memorial Court, pylons, and cenotaph - and its construction in the 1950s and early 1960s. There are also a few pamphlets detailing the dedication and commemoration of the chapel, as well as records from the chapel after it was opened. The collection is arranged into four series.
Series I: War Memorial Chapel Pictures and Sketches is made up of information from the construction of War Memorial Chapel, including the Memorial Court. There are small plan sheets, pictures of the sculpture models, newspaper clippings, and photographs of the construction process. Items also document when the Chapel was commemorated and dedicated and include prints of the Chapel and the Drillfield.
Series II: WWII Memorial VPI Blueprints includes reinforcing steel plans, chapel floor plans, elevation plans, and detail plans for the exterior opening, limestone bench, electrical details, and door and window openings. Most of the blueprints are dated January 14, 1950, but there are also some dated November 1, 1950, and February 19-20, 1951.
Series III: Oversize Sketches, Concept Prints, and Posters contains 3-D rendering concepts of War Memorial Court, a poster of photographs of the half-sized sculpture models for War Memorial Court, oversize photos of War Memorial Court, a folder of scale drawings for the memorial and oversize sketches of War Memorial Chapel.
Series IV: Chronological Files includes letters, reports, calendars, and other files from the chapel. Additionally, there are wedding applications and confidential documents, which are restricted.
- 1949-1985, 2001, undated
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1944-1970) (Organization)
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1970-) (Organization)
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research. However, some documents are restricted for 75 years from date of creation in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and Virginia Tech Special Collections' policy regarding confidential information and privacy. Contact Special Collections for more information.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
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Construction on the War Memorial Chapel started in spring 1951 and completed in May 1960, with renovations undertaken in 2000 to 2001. Initial funding was raised by alumni to build a non-denominational religious building on campus and memorial to alumni who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The sculpture inside was designed by Donald DeLue. It is a popular location for weddings and other events.
The Memorial Court on the chapel roof includes the iconic Pylons etched with the names of every Virginia Tech student and graduate who died in service, starting with World War I. The four left pylons - Brotherhood, Honor, Leadership, and Sacrifice - were designed by Henry Kries and the right pylons - Service, Loyalty, Duty, and Ut Prosim - by Charles Rudy. At the center of the Court, the cenotaph has the names of the Medal of Honor recipients who attended Virginia Tech.
The carillon purchased as part of the War Memorial Chapel fund was installed in Burruss Hall in 1957. An electronic carillon was donated by the Class of 1958 and installed in 1997.
Young, Denise. "Hear ye, the bells of Burruss." In Virginia Tech magazine, Spring 2011. Accessed December 3, 2019. https://www.vtmag.vt.edu/spring11/feature2.html.
Virginia Tech. "Virginia Tech Buildings: War Memorial Chapel." VT.edu. Accessed December 3, 2019. https://vt.edu/about/locations/buildings/war-memorial-chapel.html.
8.2 Cubic Feet (6 boxes, 2 oversize folders)
The Records of War Memorial Chapel contain architectural records, posters, photographs, and prints pertaining to Virginia Tech’s War Memorial Chapel - including the Memorial Court, pylons, and cenotaph - and its construction in the 1950s and early 1960s. There are also a few pamphlets detailing the dedication and commemoration of the chapel, as well as records from the chapel after it was opened.
This collection is arranged into four series:
- Series I: War Memorial Court and Chapel Pictures and Sketches
- Series II: WWII Memorial VPI Blueprints
- Series III: Oversize Sketches, Concept Prints, and Posters
- Series IV: Chronological Files
Source of Acquisition
The Records of War Memorial Chapel were transferred to Special Collections and University Archives prior to 1980. Additional materials were transferred in 1989 and 2019.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the Records of War Memorial Chapel 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 Records of War Memorial Chapel collection was completed in November 2019.
- Records of War Memorial Chapel, 1949-1985, 2001, undated
- Clare Carter, Student Worker, and LM Rozema, Archivist
- 2019 (CC0 1.0)
- Language of description
- Script of description
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