The Photograph Collection
Special Collections, a unit within the University Libraries' Digital Library and Archives at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, houses more than 60,000 historical photographs in its general photograph collection and various individual and specialized collections. These photographs come from a variety of sources, including alumni, faculty, departments, and local residents.
This guide provides a subject index to the general photograph collection and descriptions of the individual and specialized collections. Patrons should cite the subject heading or collection title when requesting material. Most of the specialized collections are part of manuscript collections. When requesting these collections, patrons should refer to the manuscript number given in parentheses at the end of these entries (e.g. Ms92-002) and the collection title.
Special Collections is located on the first floor of Newman Library at Virginia Tech. The reading room is open from 8 to 5, Monday through Friday. Researchers interested in obtaining more information about any of the collections described below are invited to inquire in person or to contact:
P.O. Box 90001
Blacksburg, VA 24062-9001
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GENERAL PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION
The general photograph collection, which is part of the University Archives, primarily contains historical photographs of Virginia Tech. However, photographs of Blacksburg, Montgomery County, the New River Valley, and Southwest Virginia can be found in the collection as well. A subject index to this collection is provided below.
- ACADEMIC BUILDINGS, FIRST AND SECOND
- ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
- ADMINISTRATION BUILDING (OLD) (Housed administration offices from 1904 to 1936; also known as Rock House and Alwood House).
- AFRICAN-AMERICAN INDIVIDUALS
- AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS
- AGNEW HALL
- AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION BUILDING
- Agricultural Hall -- see PRICE HALL
- AIR FORCE - RANDOLPH FIELD
- AIRPLANES (see also AIRPORT, AVIATION)
- AIRPORT (see also AIRPLANES, AVIATION)
- ALUMNI (individuals; arranged alphabetically)
- ALUMNI GATES
- ALUMNI - GROUPS
- ALUMNI HALL
- Alumni Mall -- see MALL
- ALUMNI, NOTED
- ALUMNI - PRESS PRINTS (Small prints of unidentified individual alumni)
- AMBLER JOHNSTON HALL
- Amphitheatre -- see GARDEN AMPHITHEATRE
- ANAEROBE LAB
- ANGLE FLIGHT
- Apollo Club -- see GLEE CLUB
- APPLE PACKING HOUSE
- ARCHITECTURE DEPT. - College of Architecture and Urban Studies
- ARMISTICE DAY
- ARMY SPECIALIZED TRAINING PROGRAM (ASTP)
- ART INVENTORY
- ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
- ATHLETIC COUNCIL
- Athletics -- see SPORTS and/or specific name of sport
- AUDIO VISUAL EQUIPMENT
- AVIATION (see also AIRPORT, AIRPLANES)
- AWARDS AND CITATIONS
- BABCOCK AND WILCOX
- BAND (see also HIGHTY TIGHTIES, MARCHING VIRGINIANS, MUSIC)
- BARBER SHOP
- BARRINGER HALL
- BASEBALL - PRE-1900
- BASEBALL - 1900-20
- BASEBALL - 1920-40
- BASEBALL - 1940-50
- BASEBALL - 1950-60
- BASEBALL - 1960-70
- BASEBALL - 1970-80
- BASEBALL - 1980-present
- BASKETBALL - 1908-20
- BASKETBALL - 1920-40
- BASKETBALL - 1940-50
- BASKETBALL - 1950-60
- BASKETBALL - 1960-70
- BASKETBALL - 1970-80
- BASKETBALL - 1980-present
- BASKETBALL - 1973 NIT FINALS
- BASKETBALL - 1994-95 NIT
- BASKETBALL - WOMEN'S
- BIOCHEMISTRY BUILDING
- BLACK, EDWARD, FARM
- Black Students -- see AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS
- BLACKSBURG - BUSINESSES AND INDUSTRY - PRE-1900
- BLACKSBURG - BUSINESSES AND INDUSTRY - 1900-19
- BLACKSBURG - BUSINESSES AND INDUSTRY - 1920-39
- BLACKSBURG - BUSINESSES AND INDUSTRY - 1940-59
- BLACKSBURG - BUSINESSES AND INDUSTRY - 1960-present
- BLACKSBURG - CHURCHES - pre-1900
- BLACKSBURG - CHURCHES - 1900-19
- BLACKSBURG - CHURCHES - 1920-39
- BLACKSBURG - CHURCHES - 1940-59
- BLACKSBURG - CHURCHES - 1960-present
- BLACKSBURG - DOWNTOWN - pre-1900
- BLACKSBURG - DOWNTOWN - 1900-19
- BLACKSBURG - DOWNTOWN - 1920-39
- BLACKSBURG - DOWNTOWN - 1940-59
- BLACKSBURG - DOWNTOWN - 1960-
- BLACKSBURG - HOUSES - PRE-1900
- BLACKSBURG - HOUSES - 1900-19
- BLACKSBURG - HOUSES - 1920-39
- BLACKSBURG - HOUSES - 1940-59
- BLACKSBURG - HOUSES - 1960-present
- BLACKSBURG - PEOPLE - pre-1900
- BLACKSBURG - PEOPLE - 1900-19
- BLACKSBURG - PEOPLE - 1920-39
- BLACKSBURG - SCHOOLS - 1920-39
- BLACKSBURG - SCHOOLS - 1940-59
- BLACKSBURG - VIEWS - PRE-1900
- BLACKSBURG - VIEWS - 1900-19
- BLACKSBURG - VIEWS - 1920-39
- BLACKSBURG - VIEWS - 1940-59
- BLACKSBURG - PICTORIAL BROCHURES
- BLANKET TOSSES
- BOARD OF VISITORS
- BOOKSTORE (Old; in Barracks No. 1)
- BRODIE HALL
- BROOKS FOREST PRODUCTS CENTER
- BUGLE - 1922 COLLECTION (Some of the photographs used in 1922 Bugle (the Virginia Tech student yearbook))
- BUGLE - 1937 COLLECTION (Some of the photographs used in the 1937 Bugle (the Virginia Tech student yearbook))
- BUGLE - 1959 COLLECTION (Some of the photographs used in the 1959 Bugle (the Virginia Tech student yearbook))
- BUGLE - 1960 COLLECTION (Some of the photographs used in the 1960 Bugle (the Virginia Tech student yearbook))
- BUILDING CONSTRUCTION
- BUILDING DEDICATIONS
- BUILDING DETAILS (see also ARCHWAYS)
- BUILDINGS (see also names of specific building)
- BUILDINGS, CAMPUS (UNIDENTIFIED)
- BUILDINGS - 1931 INSURANCE SURVEY PHOTOGRAPHS (Photographs taken of buildings in 1931 for insurance purposes. A list of the buildings can be found in the front of the folder.)
- BUILDINGS, UNIDENTIFIED
- BURRUSS HALL
- BUSINESS CLASSES
- CAMPBELL HALL
- CAMPUS AERIALS - (subdivided by decade: 1950-59, 1960-69, 1970-79
- CAMPUS ENTRANCE
- Campus life -- see STUDENTS
- CAMPUS MAPS - 1908-39
- CAMPUS MAPS - 1940-49
- CAMPUS MAPS - 1950-69
- CAMPUS MAPS - 1960-69
- CAMPUS MAPS - 1970-79
- CAMPUS MAPS - 1980-
- CAMPUS PICTORIAL BROCHURES
- CAMPUS SCENES (includes people and activities; see also STUDENTS, CAMPUS WINTER SCENES)
- CAMPUS VIEWS - NO DATES (includes buildings and physical environs)
- CAMPUS VIEWS - 1870-1880s
- CAMPUS VIEWS - 1880-89
- CAMPUS VIEWS - 1890-99
- CAMPUS VIEWS - 1900-09
- CAMPUS VIEWS - 1910-19
- CAMPUS VIEWS - 1920-29
- CAMPUS VIEWS - 1930-39
- CAMPUS VIEWS - 1940-49
- CAMPUS VIEWS - 1950-59
- CAMPUS VIEWS - 1960-69
- CAMPUS VIEWS - 1970-79
- CAMPUS VIEWS - 1980-89
- CAMPUS WINTER SCENES
- CASSELL COLISEUM
- CEC -- see CONTINUING EDUCATION CENTER
- CENTENNIAL--VIRGINIA TECH (1972)
- CENTENNIAL ISSUE (MONTGOMERY NEWS MESSENGER) (Eleven photographs of other colleges used for a special edition of the Montgomery News Messenger.)
- Chapel (Old) -- see LIBRARY (OLD)
- CHAPEL (WAR MEMORIAL)
- CHEATHAM HALL
- CLASSES AND CLASS REUNIONS (chronological by graduation year)
- COAL MINES
- COCHRANE HALL
- Coliseum -- see CASSELL COLISEUM
- College of Education -- see EDUCATION, COLLEGE OF
- COLLEGIANS (see also MUSIC)
- COMMANDANT'S HOUSE
- COMMENCEMENT HALL
- COMMERCE HALL
- Commissioning Ceremonies -- see CORPS - COMMISSIONING
- CONTINUING EDUCATION CENTER (CEC)
- CORPS - BATTERY E
- CORPS - COMPANY A
- CORPS - COMPANY B
- CORPS - COMPANY C
- CORPS - COMPANY D
- CORPS - COMPANY E
- CORPS - COMPANY F
- CORPS - COMPANY G
- CORPS - COMPANY H
- CORPS - COMMISSIONING
- CORPS - INDIVIDUALS
- CORPS - OFFICERS
- CORPS - WOMEN
- COTILLION CLUB
- COWGILL HALL
- CRAIG HEALING SPRINGS
- CROSS COUNTRY
- DAIRY HUSBANDRY BUILDING
- DAVIDSON HALL
- DERRING HALL
- DIETRICK DINING HALL
- DINING HALL - INTERIOR SHOTS
- Donaldson Brown CED -- see CONTINUING EDUCATION CENTER (CEC)
- DORMITORY ROOMS
- DRAPER CABIN / DRAPER'S MEADOW
- DRILL FIELD
- DRILL HALL
- DUCK POND
- EDUCATION, COLLEGE OF
- EGGLESTON HALL
- EGGLESTON SPRINGS
- ELECTRICAL LABORATORY
- ENGEL HALL
- Equine Medical Center -- see MARION DUPONT SCOTT EQUINE MEDICAL CENTER
- EXTENDED CAMPUS
- EXTENSION BUILDING
- FACULTY (filed separately, alphabetical by name)
- FACULTY APARTMENTS
- FACULTY CENTER
- FACULTY AND STAFF HOUSES
- FACULTY, MILITARY
- FACULTY ROW
- FACULTY SENATE
- FARM BUILDINGS (see also BARNS)
- FEMOYER HALL
- FIELD HOCKEY
- FIELD HOUSE (OLD)
- FIELD HOUSE (RECTOR)
- FIRE DRILLS
- FLOOD (1943)
- FOOD SCIENCE BUILDINGS
- FOOD SCIENCE DEPT.
- FOOTBALL - 1890s
- FOOTBALL - 1900-10
- FOOTBALL - 1910-20
- FOOTBALL - 1920-30
- FOOTBALL - 1930-40
- FOOTBALL - 1940-50
- FOOTBALL - 1950-60
- FOOTBALL - 1960-70
- FOOTBALL - 1970-80
- FOOTBALL - 1980-90
- FOOTBALL - INDIVIDUALS (arranged alphabetically by name)
- FORESTRY AND WILDLIFE
- FORT BELVOIR
- FORT HUMPHRIES
- FORT MONROE ROTC CAMP
- FOUNDER'S DAY
- FRATERNITIES -- see SORORITIES AND FRATERNITIES
- FRIENDS OF THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
- GARDEN AMPHITHEATRE
- GERMAN CLUB
- GIBBONEY FIELD
- GLEE CLUB (see also MUSIC)
- GOLDEN JUBILEE (1922)
- GOVERNOR'S DAY
- GRAY JACKET
- GROUPS SHOTS (MISCELLANEOUS)
- GUBERNATORIAL VISITS TO CAMPUS
- Gymnasium -- see WAR MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM
- HANCOCK HALL
- HENDERSON HALL (see also INFIRMARY, HOSPITAL)
- HIGHTY-TIGHTIES (see also BAND, MUSIC)
- HOLDEN HALL
- HOLLINS INSTITUTE
- HOME ECONOMICS
- HOME ECONOMICS LAB
- HORSE SHOW
- HORTICULTURAL HALL
- Hospital -- see HENDERSON HALL
- HUTCHESON HALL
- INDIVIDUALS (see also FACULTY and names of specific individuals and groups)
- INDUSTRIAL ARTS PROGRAMS
- INFIRMARY (see also Henderson Hall)
- INGLES CABIN
- JAMESTOWN EXPOSITION
- JOHNSON HALL
- Johnston Hall -- see AMBLER JOHNSTON HALL
- LABORATORIES (Bio, Cardiac, Soils, Vet Med)
- LANE HALL (see also BARRACKS)
- LANE STADIUM
- LAVERY, WILLIAM
- LEARNING RESOURCES CENTER (LRC) TV - early 1980s
- LEE HALL
- LEE, ROBERT E.
- Library (New) -- see NEWMAN LIBRARY
- LIBRARY (OLD) (see also LIBRARY STAFF)
- LIBRARY STAFF
- LOVERS' LANE
- LOVERS' LEAP
- LYRIC THEATRE
- McBRYDE BUILDING (1914-66) (see also MECHANIC ARTS BUILDING)
- McBRYDE FAMILY
- McBRYDE HALL
- McCOMAS HALL
- McCORMICK DAY
- MABRY MILL
- MACHINE SHOPS
- MAIN WALK
- Major Williams Hall -- see WILLIAMS HALL
- MARCHING VIRGINIANS
- MARION DUPONT SCOTT EQUINE MEDICAL CENTER
- MAROON MASK
- MAURY LITERARY SOCIETY
- MAY DAY
- MECHANIC ARTS BUILDING (see also McBRYDE BUILDING)
- MECHANICAL LAB
- MEDAL OF HONOR WINNERS
- Memorial Chapel -- see CHAPEL (WAR MEMORIAL)
- MERRIMAC MINES
- MESS HALL
- MILES HALL
- MILES STADIUM
- MILITARY DEMONSTRATIONS
- MILITARY LABORATORY
- MILITARY SPRING MANEUVERS (1942)
- MILITARY STAFF
- MINERAL BUILDING
- MINING HALL
- MONOGRAM CLUB
- MONTGOMERY COUNTY
- MOUNTAIN LAKE
- MUSIC (see also BAND, COLLEGIANS, GLEE CLUB, HIGHTY TIGHTIES, MARCHING VIRGINIANS)
- NAVY V-12 STUDENTS
- NEW RIVER
- NEW RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
- NEW RIVER VALLEY
- NEW VIRGINIANS
- NEWMAN HALL
- NEWMAN LIBRARY (see also FRIENDS OF THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES, LIBRARY STAFF)
- NEWMAN LIBRARY ADDITION
- NEWMAN LIBRARY ADDITION - CONSTRUCTION
- NORRIS HALL
- NORFOLK AND WESTERN RAILWAY (For more railroad photographs, see the Norfolk and Western Historical Photograph Collection.)
- OFFICERS TRAINING CAMP (1918)
- OLD GUARD
- ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY
- O'SHAUGHNESSY HALL
- OWENS HALL
- PAMPLIN HALL
- PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION (1901)
- PARADES (see also RAT PARADES)
- PATTON HALL
- PAYNE, CHARLES K.
- PEP RALLY
- PEPPER'S FERRY
- PERFORMING ARTS BUILDING (see also YMCA)
- PETERSBURG CLUB
- PILLOW FIGHTS
- POLITICIANS (Includes Jim Turn, John Dalton, Bob Bradford, Governor Godwin, Fred Pollard, Linwood Holten, and Richard M. Nixon.)
- POST OFFICE
- POULTRY BUILDING
- POWER MAGAZINE
- POWER PLANT
- PRESIDENT'S HOUSE HOMES
- PRESTON AND OLIN BUILDING
- PRICE HALL (formerly Agricultural Hall)
- PRITCHARD HALL
- PURGATORY PUPS
- RADIO (STUDENT)
- RANDOLPH HALL
- RASCHE DORMITORY
- RAT CLASSES
- RAT FUNERALS
- RAT PARADES
- Rector Field House -- see FIELD HOUSE (RECTOR)
- Rectors, Board of Visitors -- see BOARD OF VISITORS
- RESTON CLASSROOM
- RIFLE TEAM
- RING DANCE
- ROANOKE, VIRGINIA
- ROBESON HALL
- "ROCK, THE" (MEMORIAL) (see also WORLD WAR I MEMORIAL)
- ROCKBRIDGE CLUB
- ST. LOUIS [MISSOURI] WORLD'S FAIR (1904)
- SANDY HALL
- SATELLITE TRACKING STATION
- SAUNDERS HALL
- SCIENCE HALL
- SCRUBBING NUMERALS
- SEALS (UNIVERSITY)
- SEITZ HALL
- SHAM BATTLES
- SHANKS HALL
- SHORT COURSES
- SHULTZ DINING HALL
- SLUSHER SIGNS/DISPLAYS/EXHIBITS
- SMITHFIELD PLANTATION
- SMYTH HALL
- SMYTH, J. ADGER
- SNOW BATTLES
- SOLAR ENGINEERING
- SOPHOMORE BANQUET
- SORORITIES AND FRATERNITIES
- SOUTHERN SEMINARY
- SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
- SPECIAL EFFECTS
- SPECIAL EQUIPMENT
- SPORTS - INTERCOLLEGIATE, 1972-82
- SPORTS - INTRAMURAL
- SPORTS - MISC.
- SPORTS - OPPONENTS
- SQUIRES, ARTHUR
- SQUIRES STUDENT CENTER
- STEAM LAUNDRY (see also LAUNDRY)
- STONE DORMITORY
- Stone Quarry -- see QUARRY
- STORAGE LOTS
- STROUBLE'S CREEK
- STUDENT ACTIVITIES
- STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
- STUDENT PUBLICATIONS
- STUDENT UNREST
- STUDENTS - 1872-99
- STUDENTS - 1900-30
- STUDENTS - 1930-50
- STUDENTS - 1950-60
- STUDENTS - 1960-70
- STUDENTS - 1968
- STUDENTS - 1970-80
- STUDENTS - 1980-present
- STUDENTS - MEN
- STUDENTS - WOMEN
- SURFACE, JOHN C.
- SWINE CENTER
- Tech Buccaneers -- see MUSIC
- THOMAS HALL
- TRACK - 1896-1910
- TRACK - 1911-30
- TRACK - 1930-60
- TRACK - 1960-
- UNIVERSITY CLUB
- UPPER QUAD
- VAWTER HALL
- VETERINARY SCIENCE BUILDING
- VIRGINIA POULTRY CLUBS
- VIRGINIA SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS
- Virginia Water Resources Research Center -- see WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH CENTER
- VISITING SCHOLAR PROGRAM
- WALKING OFF DEMERITS
- WALLACE HALL
- War Memorial Chapel -- see CHAPEL (WAR MEMORIAL)
- WAR MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM
- WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH CENTER
- WATER TOWER
- WEIGHT LIFTING
- WESLEY FOUNDATION
- WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (Virginia)
- WHITTEMORE HALL
- WILLIAM PRESTON SOCIETY
- WILLIAMS HALL
- WILSON, JOHN D.
- WIND TUNNEL
- WINE AWARD
- WINTER SCENES
- Women Students -- see STUDENTS - WOMEN
- WORKING - WORKERS AND WORK SITES - AT VIRGINIA TECH
- WORLD WAR I MONUMENT (see also "ROCK, THE")
- YELLOW SULPHUR SPRINGS
- BILLUPS, H. E.:
Football player and member of 1910 class. Collection includes images of VPI campus, cadets, 1909 sports team; also a photo of the home that served the Thanksgiving meal which coined the term Virginia Tech "Gobblers."
- BLACK FAMILY/KENT FAMILY/APPERSON FAMILY COLLECTIONS:
Early Blacksburg families, connected by marriage. Collection includes photographs of Germanicus Kent, Aratus Kent, Dr. Kent Black, and unidentified men standing in Keister's Store in Blacksburg.
- BRAUER, RUDOLPH CARL:
Class of 1915. Collection consists of forty-five photographs of campus life, 1911-15, and eight photos taken during the Golden Jubilee, 1922.
- BURCHARD, CHARLES:
Founding dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech (1964-79). Three color snapshots of Chas. Burchard and his wife, Debbie, ca. 1990.
- CENTENNIAL COLLECTION (VPI, 1972):
This collection contains mounted photographs used in a display for the 1972 VPI Centennial celebration. Photos include: chemistry classroom (1900); first five presidents of Virginia Tech; VAMC cadet band; Preston Olin building; two football players (1904); Cowgill Hall; and cadets on the drill field (1904). Unmounted copies of most of these photographs can be found in the general photograph collection under specific subjects.
- [CORPS OF CADETS PHOTOGRAPHS, ca. 1927-28]:
Six photographs of the VPI Corps of Cadets from 1927 or 1928 in various stages of decorum. Includes photographs of the Corps marching in formation and in costume for the Rat Parade, and the condition of the barracks after Class Night.
- CROSS, WILLIAM S. JR:
Class of 1941. Collections consist of photographs of the VPI campus and students in 1941. Also includes resumes and photographs of 1941 graduates in the VPI industrial engineering department.
- DALTON, JACK:
Instructor in English, 1930-34. Collection contains thirty-four snapshots and three 8x10 photos of campus life and environs, 1924-25.
- DAWLEY, WILLIAM SAMUEL:
Attended VPI from 1910 to 1912. Collection consists of four mounted photographs of cadets and football team, ca. 1910-12.
- DRAKE, I. N.:
Railroad historian. Collection includes photographs of various railroad stations in Virginia.
- GARNETT, WILLIAM ROANE:
Class of 1922. Collection contains fifty-three photographs of corps activities, campus views, and 1922 commencement.
- GOODLOE, WILLIAM TAVENOR:
Class of 1923. Collection consists of eight photographs of students dressed for Rat parade, Rat May Day, and Virginia Tech College Six Orchestra; all taken in 1921.
- HAMMERSLEY, COL. E. HOWARD JR. (1915-92):
Native of Roanoke, Virginia, and photographer for the Roanoke Times from 1938 until his retirement in 1980. Served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945. Collection consists of 501 negatives of photographs and slides (1936-78) taken by Hammersley of Virginia Tech football games (including "Turkey Day Classics") and the Corps of Cadets, and one reel of 70mm Hulcher film of VPI football.
- HANNAS, ANNA:
Superintendent of the campus Infirmary from 1906 to 1945. Collection includes: fifty-six photos of individual cadets; thirty-one photos of unidentified individuals; seventeen photos of groups; forty- nine photos of student activities including sham battles, minstrels, and corps of cadets; Blacksburg photos including Yellow Sulphur Springs Hotel, Earhart's cave on Heth property; Palmer's gate; and a flood in back of William Preston Hotel. Photographs were taken between 1906 to 1945.
- HOMES, W. A. [William Albert]:
Class of 1910. Collection consists of 8 mounted photographs and one unmounted strip of photographs showing cadet life c. 1906-09, including barrracks, plant, Aunt Nellie's Cave, and paddling.
- JACKSON, HASWELL:
Class of 1935. Collection consists of 19 photographs of a Rat initiation parade (1931) and a football game half-time cadet drill (1937 or 1938).
- JONES, ROBERT S.:
Class of 1928. Collection includes fifty-seven photographs of football games, campus scenes, and rat parades, 1924-27.
- LANCASTER, LUCY LEE:
Class of 1925 and librarian, 1925-1975, at Virginia Tech. This collection contains approximately forty photographs of Blacksburg and Montgomery County, Virginia, people and places. Includes photos of the construction of Montgomery Tunnels. Slides of Lancaster's various international travels can be found with her personal papers (Ms82-019).
- LESTER, DOUGLAS:
Owner of Lester's Photo Shop in Christiansburg, Virginia. Collection consists of approximately 100 historical photographs of Virginia Tech, including buildings, corps of cadets, campus views, and sports. Most of the photos were taken by Henry Harris Hill in the early 1900s (Hill was a 1907 graduate of VPI and a member of the Chemistry faculty from 1907 to 1950.) Other copies of many of these images can be found in the general photograph collection under specific subjects.
- MCCOWN, ALBERT TAYLOR:
VPI alumnus. Collection consists of postcards of the Blacksburg railroad station, Mountain Lake, and VPI, ca. 1940s or 1950s. VPI photos include: (old) library, McBryde Building (Machinery Hall), Barracks No. 1, stock barns, Barracks No. 1 and 2; Alumni Gate, and battalion formation.
- MALLORY, WALTER L:
Class of 1908. This collection of five photographs (1908) of the corps, football teams, and VPI farm, was divided by subject into the general photograph collection.
- MASSEY, ARTHUR BALLARD:
Professor ofBiology, 1918-59. Collection includes eighty photographs (1905-50) of campus trees (with an identifying list), four photos of various campus scenes, and eight pictures of the cutting of the Mall through campus (1950).
- MILLER, EDWARD CAMPBELL:
VPI Business Manager, 1922-44. Collection contains seven photographs of campus scenes of cadets in formation and marching.
- MURRILL, ASHBY:
Class of 1901. Collection contains three photographs: Shops class (1892/93), William A. Murrill, P.S. Murill.
- [NORFOLK AND WESTERN RAILWAY TRAIN WRECK IN WEST VIRGINIA, 1937.]
Eighteen photographs with negatives of the wreck of a Norfolk and Western Railway train in Mayberry, West Virginia, in 1937. Sample images available
- PARSONS, BERNARD L. (1922-90):
Professor of Agricultural Engineering from 1947 to 1985. Photographs gathered by Parsons and other members of the Agricultural Engineering faculty of cornfields, meadow strips, terraced fields, orchards, highway erosion and wildlife borders taken by the Soil Conservation Service. Also includes photographs from the 1920s of farm, farmland, farm machinery and buildings, and of the students and facilities at the Virginia Tech Agricultural Engineering Department.
- PEALE, WALTER O.:
Class of 1904. This collection contains seventeen small portrait shots of unidentified students (cadets), ca. 1904.
- Porter, J. CARLTON:
Class of 1934. This collection contains approximately 350 photographs of campus scenes, the corps of cadets, and sports.
- ROANOKE TIMES AND WORLD-NEWS. NEW RIVER VALLEY PHOTOGRAPHS:
Mounted photographs used for New River Valley Exhibit by Roanoke Times and World-News. Includes historical photos of Blacksburg, Montgomery County, and other place in the New River Valley.
- ROBESON, FRANK LEIGH:
Class of 1904; taught Mathematics and Drawing, 1904-13; Professor of Physics, 1913-54. Collection includes thirteen photographs of Blacksburg scenes, ca. 1904.
- ROBESON, MARY MATTHEWS:
Wife of Frank L. Robeson, Professor of Physics at VPI. Collection consists of thirty photographs of campus buildings and three of Main Street, Blacksburg, 1900-18.
- SAUNDERS, CARTER TEMPLE
Class of 1904. Collection includes nine photographs of cadets and football teams in the early 1900s.
- SCHOENE, WILLIAM J.:
Professor of Entomology, 1913-52. Collection consists of two photographs that include Schoene: first Cumberland-Shenandoah Fruit Conference (20 July 1928) and Bee Keeper's Meeting (no date).
- SLAYTON, CLARENCE H.:
Class of 1910. Appr. 25 negatives of groups, Virginia Tech buildings and landscapes, and individuals, ca. 1908-10.
- SMYTH, ELLISON A.:
Professor of Biology, 1891-1925; Dean of the faculty, 1903-06; and Dean of Department of Applied Sciences, 1916-20. Collection contains eight photographs of campus scenes and laboratory rooms, 1890s.
- VAWTER, CHARLES ERASTUS:
Professor of Physics, 1898-1917. Collection consists of portrait shots of Vawter and other unidentified individuals.
- WALLER, JAMES AUGUSTUS:
Class of 1919; Agricultural Engineer, Agricultural Extension Divsion, 1923-56; Professor of Agricultural Engineering, 1956-58. This collection of thirty-five photographs and postcards of corps and campus scenes, 1914-17, was divided by subject into the general photograph collection.
- WAUGH, DAN BLAIR:
Attended VPI from 1907-10. Collection consists of photocopies of early photographs of the campus (ca. 1907-11).
MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS THAT HOLD PHOTOGRAPHS
- AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION SERVICE PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION:
This collection contains approximately 3,000 photographs of activities of the Agricultural Extension Service, primarily in the 1950s, including 4-H and home demonstration work. Most of the photographs are attached to index cards that provide information about them. They are divided into subject categories. Other historical photographs of extension work, used in compiling College of the Fields: Highlights of the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, can be found in Record Group 26/2 in the University Archives.
- AMERICAN LOCOMOTIVE COMPANY / BALDWIN LOCOMOTIVE WORKS. ILLUSTRATIONS, ca. 1900:
312 illustrations. Illustrations of locomotives built by the American Locomotive Company and the Baldwin Locomotive Works for various railroads, taken from company catalogs, individually mounted on linen pages. Ms98-003.
- BELCHER, DALE:
Photographer of Floyd County, Virginia. Collection consists of thirty-four black and white photographs of scenes in Floyd, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, and Scott counties, Virginia, and scenes in Kentucky and West Virginia, depicting the traditional culture of mountain people. Ms97-021.
- BUCHANAN, VIRGINIA, TOWN OF.:
Town located in Botetourt County, Virginia. Collection consists of eight photographs of Main Street, the Baptist Church, and businesses located in Buchanan, around the 1890s. Ms96-024.
- [CARTES DE VISITE, ca. LATE 1800s]:
Three albums of cartes de visites photographs of unidentified persons. Includes some photographs of soldiers.
- HUDDLE FAMILY PAPERS - PHOTOGRAPHS:
Charles Ross Huddle and his son,Charles Richard Huddle, were mining engineers in Ivanhoe, Virginia, and worked with the National Carbide Co., Ivanhoe Mining and Smelting Corp. (formerly Ivanhoe Furnace Co.), New River Mineral Co., and Sand Mountain Sand Corp. This collection consists of ca. 300 photos of Ivanhoe, Virginia, and the businesses with which the Huddles were associated. Ms89-084.
- INSURANCE SURVEY OF VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE, 1931. 0.2 cu. ft. RECORDS.:
Insurance Survey of the buildings of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Virginia, prepared in 1931 by Charles Lunsford and Sons, Roanoke, Va.; Insurance Company of North America, Philadelphia, Pa.; and F. Wharton Baker, engineer. Collection consists of 88 photographs of buildings, faculty dwellings, barns, and storage lots at Virginia Polytechnic Institute; recommendations for coverage and for fire protection of these buildings; and estimated insurable value and insurance now carried. Short descriptions of individual buildings are included. Photographs in the collection have been copied and included in the General Photograph Collection of the Special Collections Department. Ms95-029.
- LANCASTER, LUCY LEE:
Class of 1925 and librarian, 1925-75, at Virginia Tech. This collection contains approximately forty photographs of Blacksburg and Montgomery County, Virginia, people and places. Includes photos of the construction of Montgomery Tunnels. Slides of Lancaster's various international travels can be found with her personal papers (Ms82-019).
- LEECH, PRESTON:
Collection of 298 glass slides (ca. 1900-25) collected by Preston Leech, a Roanoke, Virginia, native and an employee of the Norfolk and Western Railway Company from the 1930s to the 1970s. Most of the slides are of NandW locomotives, rail routes, and stations. Other slides are of general agricultural and industrial scenes, and of the Luray Caverns in Virginia. Ms94-003.
- MOORE, ROBERT GARRETT:
Class of 1922. Collection consists of an album Moore compiled of photographs from the 1918-19 school year, and includes scenes of the 1919 Snow Battle, a Retreat Parade, and the VPI campus. Ms92-051.
- NORFOLK AND WESTERN HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION:
This collection contains over 30,000 images (prints and negatives) taken by the Norfolk and Western Railway's Public Relations Department. Most of the images date from 1905-69. However, there are some that date from the late 1800s. Subjects include railroad stations, locomotives, towns and cities, colleges and universities, parks and resorts, coal mines and coal companies, and individuals and groups associated with the railroad. The geographic area covered includes North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. Images of the photographs are available on the VTImagebase. Ms88-120.
- NORFOLK AND WESTERN RAILWAY COMPANY. CONSTRUCTION SITE PHOTOGRAPHS, 1967-81, n.d.:
0.6 cu. ft. Collection of approximately 360 photographs of railroad construction in Southwest Virginia. Ms97-027.
- PALMER, EARL - APPALACHIAN PHOTOGRAPHS:
Earl Palmer (1905-96) was an award-winning photographer of Appalachia. His photographs have appeared in many national magazines, including Life, National Geographic, and the Saturday Evening Post. His work has also appeared in many books, including several written by Jesse Stuart, and has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the nation. Palmer took photographs documenting Appalachia over a period of fifty years. His subjects include coal mining, farming, logging, moonshining, and other activities illustrating the work and daily lives of mountain people and their culture. The collection contains approximately 700 photographs. Ms89-025.
- PORTER, J.C.:
Photograph album,ca. 1880. 1 vol. Scrapbook of approximately 240 (all ca. 1880) photographs of structures and scenes in several southwestern Virginia counties, including Bland, Craig, Giles, and Smyth. Includes photographs of a Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad station in New Castle and Mountain Lake resort hotel, both in Giles County. Photographs believed to have been taken and compiled by Porter. Ms90-079. Reproductions located in photograph collection.
Historic home in Blacksburg, Virginia, built by the Preston family in the early 1800s. Purchased by the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Virginia Tech) in 1872, and remains the oldest building on Collection of 298 gcampus. Photographs consist of thirty-four mounted photographs of various views and details of Solitude, with identifying labels. Ms93-024.
- SQUIRES, ARTHUR - CHINA PHOTOGRAPHS:
University Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech. This collection consists of fifty-six framed color photographs that he took in China in 1979. Many are of Chinese architecture. Some include people and street scenes. Ms87-006.
- TEMPLE, HARRY DOWNING JR. (1911- ). PAPERS AND PHOTOGRAPHS, 1927-98.:
Graduatedfrom Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1934. Served as a professional officer of the Regular United States Army and is a combat veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Commanded the Institute of Heraldry, United States Army, from 1961 to 1966, and designed the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian decoration conferred by the United States. Retired in 1966 as a Colonel in the United States Army. After his retirement he researched the history of the Corps of Cadets at Virginia Tech. Collection consists of the manuscripts and the photographs used in the first three volumes of what will be a six volume series about the Corps of Cadets, The Bugle's Echo: A Chronology of Cadet Life at the Military College at Blacksburg, Virginia, published by the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Alumni, Inc. Collection also includes memorabilia from Temple's days as a student and literature about heraldry. Inventory available. Ms88-039.
- WISS, HENRY H. (1913-94). PAPERS, 1960, n.d.:
Professor of Architecture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University from 1947 to 1983. Collection consists of twelve architectural drawings and four photographs of Wiss's private residence in Blacksburg, Virginia, designed by him in 1960. Ms96-013.
- WORLEY, CHARLES S. JR. (1912-95). PAPERS, 1954-62, n.d.:
0.5 cu. ft. Professor of Architecture at Virginia Tech from 1947 to 1982, and Professor Emeritus from 1982 until his death in 1995. Papers consist of architectural designs done by Worley, often in partnership with Henry Wiss, also a Virginia Tech Architecture Professor, in the mid-1950s and early 1960s. Also includes photographs of Worley in his home in Blacksburg, Virginia, which he designed, and slides taken by Worley of Blacksburg, Smithfield Plantation, and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art in Maine. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1996-017.
- WORNER, SCOTT. PAPERS, 1995. 2.0 cu. ft.:
Collection consists of architectural floorplans, photographs, building demographic surveys, and curriculum guides of secondary schools operating in Virginia as of 1995. Worner collected this material as part of his research for his dissertation from the College of Education at Virginia Tech. His study resulted in "A Study of the Architecture and Curriculum of Virginia High Schools," that was part of earning his Ph.D. in Educational Administration. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1998-015.
- WRIGHT, DANIEL EDWARD:
Wright received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1904. He participated in the construction of the Panama Canal and in public health activities that helped rid the Canal Zone of yellow fever and malaria. Within his collection of personal papers are photographs concerning his work on the Panama Canal (1904-26), Greece and Turkey (1929-49), World War II activities in Burma (1940-43), and primitive sanitary conditions in Macedonia (1951-56). Ms68-007.
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