A Guide to the Melvin Feldenheimer Collection, 1940-1997 Feldenheimer, Melvin Collection Ms2008-083

Melvin Feldenheimer Collection, 1940-1997

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2008-083


Special Collections, Virginia Tech

Special Collections, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Phone: (540) 231-6308
Fax: (540) 231-3694
Email: specref@vt.edu
URL: http://spec.lib.vt.edu/

©2008 By Virginia Tech. All rights reserved.

Processed by: Jennifer Mitchell, Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Melvin Feldenheimer Collection, 1940-1997
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Feldenheimer, Melvin
Melvin Feldenheimer graduated from the Virginia Tech in 1944. Collection consists of materials from Feldenheimer's time as a cadet at Virginia Tech. Also included is a recording from a 1946 performance of Mel Felton and the Southern Colonels, a dance band lead by Feldenheimer during his time as a student and following World War II the band reunited and toured the south.

Adminstrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Melvin Feldenheimer Collection, Ms2008-083, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Melvin Feldenheimer Collection was donated to the University Archives in Special Collections in 1997.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Melvin Feldenheimer Collection was completed in August 2009.

Biographical Information

Melvin Feldenheimer graduated from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1944. While attending VPI he was the band leader of the Southern Colonels. The band became very popular following World War II and they toured the south under the name "Mel Felton and the Southern Colonels." In 1946 the band was featured on the radio station WCSC in South Carolina. A copy of this broadcast is included with the collection.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of a recording of an August 1946 performance by Mel Felton and the Southern Colonels as well as materials from Melvin Feldenheimer's time as a cadet at VPI. Materials include dance tickets, event programs, and two photographs. The collection also contains photocopies of newspaper clippings about Mel Felton and the Southern Colonels as well as a photocopy of a poster advertising a performance by the band. An article from the Fall 1997 Virginia Tech Magazine about the Southern Colonels is included as well as a letter praising the 1946 recording.


The collection is arranged by material type.

Related Material

Mel Felton and the Southern Colonels Recordings, Ms2016-002. Finding aid available online.

Separated Material

Index Terms


  • Feldenheimer, Melvin
  • Subjects:

  • University Archives
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Contents List

Folder 1
Virginia Polytechnic Institute Christmas Card, 1940
Folder 1
Student Identification Card, 1940-1941
Folder 1
Class of 1944 Freshman Banquet Program, 1941
Folder 1
German Club - Opening Dance Ticket, 1941
Folder 1
Ring Dance Ticket, 1942
Folder 1
Class of 1944 Ring Dance Advertisement, 1942
Folder 1
Mel Felton and the Southern Colonels recording, 1946
Folder 1
Article from Virginia Tech Magazine, Fall 1997
Folder 1
Letter regarding 1946 recording, October 20, 1997
Folder 1
Unidentified Photographs
Folder 1
Mel Felton and the Southern Colonels Poster
Folder 1
Newspaper Clippings