Inventory of the Inventory of the Records of Joseph Dupuy Eggleston 1913-1919 Eggleston,Joseph Dupuy Records 1913-1919. RG-2/7

Inventory of the Records of Joseph Dupuy Eggleston 1913-1919

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Collection Number RG-2/7


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Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Collection number
RG 2/7
Records of Joseph Dupuy Eggleston 1913-1919
Physical Description
6.0 cu. ft.
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Administrative Information


The collection is without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Joseph Dupuy Eggleston Papers, Office of the President, RG 2/7, University Archives, University Libraries, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.

Biographical Information

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.

Scope and Content Information

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence (1913-19) including: letters to and from state and national political figures; correspondence signed by Eggleston as Acting Director of the Extension Division (1913-16); correspondence between Eggleston and principals, board members and others of various agricultural high schools relating to financial requests, personnel, etc. (1916-19); 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 (1913-14); reports of annual meetings of agents (1913-16); Agricultural Experiment Station reports (1914); U.S.D.A. Weekly Demonstration Work Reports (1914); financial forecasts (1914-15); annual reports (1915); Smith-Lever salary vouchers, 1915; reports of demonstration agents (1916); departmental needs (1917); telegrams (1917-19); 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.



The collection has been kept in the original order in which it was received even though this order in not consistently alphabetical or chronological. The headings on the original folders were retained in the inventory even though the language at times is archaic, as in the use of the word "colored."


This collection has been divided into three separate series.

Contents List

Series I
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Series II 1912-1919
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Series III
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