A Guide to the Papers of John McLaren McBryde, 1900-1907 McBryde, John McLaren, Papers of RG 2/5

Papers of John McLaren McBryde, 1900-1907

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Collection Number
RG 2/5
Title
Papers of John McLaren McBryde, 1900-1907.
Physical Characteristics
7 cu. ft.; 9 boxes
Creator
McBryde, John McLaren, 1870-1956
Language
English
Abstract

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Papers of John McLaren McBryde must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Papers of John McLaren McBryde, RG 2/5, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.


Biographical Note

Known as the "father of VPI," McBryde was the first president to have a relatively free hand in developing the academic program, selecting associates, formulating policies, and planning the physical plant of the College. Major accomplishments of his administration included: establishing position of Dean in 1903-04 to aid in administration duties; reorganizing the curriculum and creating seven new 4- year courses leading to Bachelor of Science degrees; introducing a program of graduate study in 1891 and establishing a Graduate Department, with its own Dean, in 1907; starting the summer school program in 1904. Also during his tenure, McBryde improved and expanded the physical plant, with six buildings being renovated and sixty-seven new buildings constructed. The faculty increased from nine in 1891 to forty-eight in 1907 and enrollment rose from one hundred and thirty-five in 1891 to a peak of seven hundred and twenty-eight in 1904/05. McBryde was also the first president to encourage student activities, as witnessed by the beginning of an athletic program and resumption of publication of the Gray Jacket, as well as the adoption of school colors.

Hazing controversies plagued McBryde's administration, but his handling of the early cases tended to enhance his prestige as well as strengthen the College's image.

Because of declining health, McBryde was granted a six months leave of absence for rest and recuperation from January to June, 1906. During this interval, the Board appointed Ellison Smyth and Theodore Campbell to serve jointly as president of the Campus and designated the Rector, J. Thompson Brown, as official head of the College. McBryde returned to his duties as president, but since his health did not improve, he resigned effective 1 July 1907.

Scope and Content

This collection is primarily correspondence (1900-07), both incoming and outgoing, dealing with pertinent subjects of McBryde's administration, including: Christian case and other hazing problems; Junior class uprising (1904); Jamestown Exposition (1907); fire of 1905; McBryde's refusal of University of Virginia presidency. There is also much routine correspondence including requests for catalogs, letters from concerned parents, and business letters. Included with the 1903 correspondence are letters concerning a typhoid epidemic.

Thirteen volumes of letter books (1900-06) contain copies of outgoing correspondence from McBryde and other members of his administration: C.D. Taliaferro (Secretary to President, Registrar, Acting Treasurer, Superintendent of Book Department); Charles I. Wade (Treasurer, Registrar); Ellison Smyth (Dean). Volume I (14 February 1900 - 5 March 1900) includes some letters signed by McBryde as Director of Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station. Much of 1901-02 correspondence consists of requests and orders for catalogs and books to replenish the library after the Administration Building fire. Volume 7 (19 April 1901 - 23 February 1903) contains two reports from McBryde to Board of Visitors, 1901 and 1902, and a report from McBryde to Joseph W. Southall, Superintendent of Public Instruction. Volume 12 (15 July 1904 - 23 September 1905) contains twenty-eight letters from McBryde to Board of Visitors and others. Volume 13 (25 July 1904-28 September 1905) contains correspondence concerning Sweet Briar Institute and signed by McBryde as Chairman of Executive Committee, Sweet Briar Institute. Most volumes are indexed by recipients of correspondence.

The collection also includes: bibliography of McBryde's writings (1841-1923); annual reports of the president (1891, 1892/93); applications for employment of students (1900/01); bids and contracts (1900-07); correspondence of William Alwood, Professor of Horticulture, Entomology, and Mycology (1901-04); reports to the president and board of visitors (1902-07); shops department records (1902-07); Agriculture Hall material (1905-06); correspondence of Theodore Campbell, first Dean of Academic Department (1905-06); requisitions and orders (1905, 1907/08); fire loss records (1905-07); reports of absentism, tardiness, delinquency, or unsatisfactory work of students (1906/07, 1907/08); Proceedings Had Before the Committee Appointed to Investigate Charges Against the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (23-28 July 1906); and biographical information on McBryde, including newspaper clippings.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in subject files. Boxes 6-9 contain oversized material removed from boxes 1-5. The folder descriptions for boxes 6-9 indicate the folders from which the material was removed.

Index Terms


Contents List

Box-folder 1:1
McBryde, John., President, 1891, n.d.
Box-folder 1:2
Untitled, 1905-1907.
Box-folder 1:3
Christian Case, 1905.
Box-folder 1:4
Correspondence (to McBryde), 1902-1907.
Box-folder 1:5
Originals from 4, Correspondence (to McBryde), 1902-1907.
Box-folder 1:6
Correspondence, 1902-1907.
Box-folder 1:7
Junior Class Resignation, December 1904-January 1905.
Box-folder 1:8
Faculty-Student Matters, 1900, 1904, n.d.
Box-folder 1:9
Shops Dept. Records, 1904-1909.
Box-folder 1:10
Alwood, William, 1901-1904.
Box-folder 1:11
Reports on School- Addressed to BOV, 1902-1908.
Box-folder 1:12
Reports on School-Addressed to BOV, 1902-1908.
Box-folder 1:13
Reports, 1902-1907, n.d.
Box-folder 1:14
Annual Reports, 1901-1909.
Box-folder 1:15
Fire Losses/ Barringer Letter, 1905-1909.
Box-folder 1:16
Boiler-Ag Hall (plans for), 1905-1906.
Box-folder 1:17
Chimney Co., Ag. Hall, 1905-1906.
Box-folder 1:18
Originals from 4: Chimney Co., Ag. Hall, 1905-1906.
Box-folder 1:19
Furniture, Heating, Gas-Ag Hall.
Box-folder 1:20
Plumbing Specs., Ag. Hall.
Box-folder 1:21
Originals from 20: Plumbing Specs-Ag. Hall.
Box-folder 1:22
Government Correspondence, 1898-1902, n.d.
Box-folder 1:23
Miscellaneous -McBryde's interests.
Box-folder 1:24
Agricultural Related Brochures, Office Equipment, 1895-1906.
Box-folder 1:25
Miscellaneous Correspondence.
Box-folder 1:26
Miscellaneous Correspondence.
Box-folder 1:27
Abbot-Allen, 1900-1904.
Box-folder 1:28
Ambrose-N.W. Ayer and Son Advertising, 1900-1904.
Box-folder 1:29
Baach-Beinkampen, 1900-1904.
Box-folder 1:30
Beinkampen-Blount, 1900-1904.
Box-folder 1:31
Blackford-Bormay, 1901-1904.
Box-folder 1:32
Boss-Brooks, 1901-1904.
Box-folder 1:33
Broaddings-Byers, 1901-1904.
Box-folder 1:34
Untitled folder- -Contains Miscellaneous Correspondence.
Box-folder 1:35
Catlett-Coates.
Box-folder 1:36
Coken-Courtuery, Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1901-1904.
Box-folder 2:37
Untitled--Miscellaneous Correspondence.
Box-folder 2:38
Original Documents from folder 37.
Box-folder 2:39
Dabney-Deuman.
Box-folder 2:40
Originals from Folder 39: Dabney-Deuman.
Box-folder 2:41
Deuman-Dyer, 1900.
Box-folder 2:42
Originals from folder 41: Deuman-Dyer, 1901-1904.
Box-folder 2:43
Eakle-Eley, 1901-1904.
Box-folder 2:44
Untitled--Miscellaneous Correspondence.
Box-folder 2:45
Fairback-Fills, 1902-1903.
Box-folder 2:46
Fitts-Fussell.
Box-folder 2:47
Gaddy-Gill.
Box-folder 2:48
Gilbert-Graves.
Box-folder 2:49
Gray-Gualthaney.
Box-folder 2:50
Hagood-Harrison, 1901-1904.
Box-folder 2:51
Harrison-Henderson.
Box-folder 2:52
Henkel-Hodges.
Box-folder 2:53
Hoge-Howerton.
Box-folder 2:54
Howison-Hylton.
Box-folder 2:55
Original Documents from folders 53 & 54.
Box-folder 2:56
Ide-Johnson, 1901-1904.
Box-folder 2:57
Johnson-J. J. Julia Co., Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1901-1904.
Box-folder 2:58
Kable-Kyle, 1901-1904.
Box-folder 2:59
Lachlan-Lilley, 1901-1904.
Box-folder 2:60
Lilley-Lyon, 1901-1904.
Box-folder 2:61
Manufacturers Record Publishing Co.-Massenburg, 1901-1904.
Box-folder 2:62
Massenburg-McColl.
Box-folder 2:63
McCormie-Meade.
Box-folder 2:64
Original documents from folders 62-63.
Box-folder 2:65
Meade-Mills.
Box-folder 3:66
Miller-Moore, 1901-1904.
Box-folder 3:67
Moore-Myers.
Box-folder 3:68
Nash-Nutty.
Box-folder 3:69
Oakes-Owens.
Box-folder 3:70
Patton-Payne.
Box-folder 3:71
Payne-Pollak.
Box-folder 3:72
Pollard-Quitman.
Box-folder 3:73
Original Documents from folder 72.
Box-folder 3:74
Rader-Regester.
Box-folder 3:75
Regester-Riggan.
Box-folder 3:76
Riggs-Roth.
Box-folder 3:77
Rath-Ryland.
Box-folder 3:78
Sackett-Scott.
Box-folder 3:79
Scott-Sheldon.
Box-folder 3:80
Sheldon-Smidon.
Box-folder 3:81
Smith-Sydnor.
Box-folder 3:82
Soule-Stevens.
Box-folder 3:83
Stewart-Steele.
Box-folder 3:84
Original documents from 83: Stewart-Steele.
Box-folder 3:85
Storey-Sykes.
Box-folder 3:86
Tabb-The Times.
Box-folder 3:87
The Times-Urquhart.
Box-folder 3:88
Vaiden-Veitor.
Box-folder 3:89
Untitled--Correspondence with companies concerning material for uniforms.
Box-folder 3:90
Waddell-Ware.
Box-folder 3:91
Originals from folder 90 Waddell-Ware.
Box-folder 3:92
Ware-White.
Box-folder 3:93
White-Wiers.
Box-folder 3:94
Wilkins-Willis.
Box-folder 3:95
Willis-Withrow.
Box-folder 3:96
Originals from 95: Willis-Withrow.
Box-folder 4:97
Withrow-Wyson.
Box-folder 4:99
Yager-Zallikoffer.
Box-folder 4:100
Applications for employment by students, 1900-1901.
Box-folder 4:101
Adair-Kent Problems, 1902-1903.
Box-folder 4:102
Ligon-Wade, McBryde Problems, 1902-1903.
Box-folder 4:103
Addison-Amey, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:104
Bason-Butt, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:105
Calvert-Cunningham, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:106
Darnall-Finch (includes Fire), 1905.
Box-folder 4:107
Grandy-Guigon, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:108
Hall-Huffard, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:109
Isaac-Luke, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:110
Mabee-Murrill, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:111
Nightingale-Powell, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:112
Ramey-Russell, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:113
Saul-Sycle, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:114
Talcott-Villafranca, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:115
Winston-Zimmerman, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:116
Adamson-Audel, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:117
Baker-Burroughs, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:118
Caldwell-Cunningham, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:119
Dalton-Dyer, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:120
Eastman-Frost, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:121
Garborg-Guigon, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:122
Hall-Hope, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:123
Hughes-Lunsford, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:124
McAdams-Mosher, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:125
Noland-Osterlch, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:126
Palmer-Russell, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:127
Sanborn-Simmons, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:128
Somers-Vandegrift, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:129
Wade-Yeaton, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 4:130
Abbitt-Cutshaw, Campbell, 1905-1906.
Box-folder 4:131
Dammann-Funsten, Campbell, 1905-1906.
Box-folder 4:132
Gallalee-Jones, Campbell, 1905-1906.
Box-folder 4:133
Landis-Noland, Campbell, 1905-1906.
Box-folder 4:134
Palmer-Tuok, Campbell, 1905-1906.
Box-folder 4:135
Dee-Zepp, Campbell, 1905-1906.
Box-folder 4:136
Albarez-Keeler, Campbell incoming-outgoing, 1905-1906.
Box-folder 4:137
Larsen-Wood, Campbell Incoming-Outgoing, 1905-1906.
Box-folder 4:138
Requisition Orders, January-June 1905.
Box-folder 4:139
Requisition Orders, 1907-1908.
Box-folder 4:140
Reports on Delinquent or Unsatisfactory Students, 1907-1908.
Box-folder 4:141
Original Documents from folder 140: Reports on Delinquent or Unsatisfactory Students, 1907-1908.
Box-folder 4:142
Cahill-Clevinger, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 4:143
Original Documents From Folder 142: Cahill-Clevinger, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 4:144
Clothier-Cuthorell, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 4:145
Original Documents from 144: Clothier-Cuthorell, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 4:146
Dabney-Dwight, McBryde/Barringer, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 4:147
Earhart-Everett Waddy Co., McBryde/Barringer, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:148
Fain-Fuqua, McBryde/Barringer, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:149
Gaines-Guy, McBryde/Barringer, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:150
Original Documents from 149: Gaines-Guy, McBryde/Barringer, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:151
Haas-Herron, McBryde/Barringer, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:152
Heard-Hydraulic Press Mfg. Co., 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:153
Original Documents from folder 152: Heard-Hydraulic Press Mfg. Co., 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:154
Irving-Jenkins, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:155
Jenkins-Joynes, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:156
Original Documents from folder 155: Jenkins-Joynes, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:157
Kaatz-Kyle, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:158
Lachicotte-Lueckel, McBryde- Barringer, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:159
Original Documents from 158: Lochicotte-Lueckel, McBryde- Barringer, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:160
Mabey-McCoy, McBryde-Barringer, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:161
Original Documents from folder 160: Mabry-McCoy, McBryde-Barringer, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:162
McBryde Miscellaneous.
Box-folder 5:163
McCoy-Myers, McBryde/Barringer, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:165
Neal-Nyman, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:166
Original Documents from folder 165: Neal-Nyman, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:167
Oakes-Owens, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:168
Pace-Pearson, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:169
Original Documents from folder 168: Pace-Pearson, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:170
Pearson-Quillen, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:171
Original Documents from folder 170: Pearson-Quillen, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:172
Excused Absences, (Ca. 500 discarded), 1907.
Box-folder 5:173
Ramey-Robeson, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:174
Salder-Snyder, McBryde/Barringer, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:175
Original Documents from folder 174: Salder-Snyder, McBryde/Barringer, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:176
Sommerville-Syfan, McBryde/Barringer, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:177
Original Documents from folder 176: Sommerville-Syfan, McBryde/Barringer, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:178
Talbott-VanCourt, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:179
Original Documents from folder 178: Talbott-VanCourt, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:180
Wade-Watkins, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:181
McBryde, President John.
Box-folder 5:182
Hazing, 1899-1905.
Scope and Content

The contents of this folder are in folder 223 in box 7 of the McBryde Collection.

Box-folder 5:183
Womack-Wing and Son, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:184
Winton-Zerkel, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 5:185
McBryde, Annual Report, 1905.
Box-folder 5:186
Investigation, June 7, 1902.
Box-folder 6:187
From Folder 1: McBryde, John, President.
Box-folder 6:188
From Folder 2: Untitled.
Box-folder 6:189
From Folder 4: Correspondence (t. McBryde), 1902-1907.
Box-folder 6:190
From Folder 6: Correspondence, 1902-1907.
Box-folder 6:191
From Folder 7: Junior Class Resignation, December 1904-January 1905.
Box-folder 6:192
From Folder 8: Faculty-Student matters.
Box-folder 6:193
From Folder 11: Reports on School - addressed to BOV, 1902-1908.
Box-folder 6:194
From Folder 13: Reports.
Box-folder 6:195
From Folder 14: Annual Reports.
Box-folder 6:196
From Folder 15: Fire Losses / Barringer letter, 1905-1907.
Box-folder 6:197
From Folder 16: Boiler 1905-06- Ag Hall (Plans for).
Box-folder 6:198
From Folder 17: Chimney Company, Ag Hall, 1905-1906.
Box-folder 6:199
From Folder 20: Plumbing Specs.- Ag Hall.
Box-folder 6:200
From Folder 22: Government Correspondence.
Box-folder 6:201
From Folder 23: Miscellaneous- McBryde's Interest.
Box-folder 6:202
From Folder 28: Ambrose-N.W. Ayer & Son Advertising, 1900-1904.
Box-folder 6:203
From Folder 36: Coken- Coutuery, 1901-1904.
Box-folder 6:204
From Folder 49: Gray-Gualthaney.
Box-folder 6:205
From Folder 59: Lachlan-Lilley, 1901-1904.
Box-folder 6:206
From Folder 60: Lilley-Lyon, 1901-1904.
Box-folder 6:207
From Folder 66: Miller-Moore, 1901-1904.
Box-folder 6:208
From Folder 70: Patton-Payne.
Box-folder 6:209
From Folder 80: Sheldon-Smidon.
Box-folder 6:210
From Folder 92: Ware-White.
Box-folder 6:211
From Folder 100: Applications for employment by students, 1900-1901.
Box-folder 6:212
From Folder 101: Problems, A-K, 1902-1903.
Box-folder 6:213
From Folder 104: Bason-Butt, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 6:214
From Folder 105: Calvert-Cunnigham, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 6:215
From Folder 108: Hall-Huffard, McBryde, 1905.
Box-folder 6:216
From Folder 134: Palmer-Tuok, Campbell, 1905-1906.
Box-folder 7:217
From Folder 140: Reports on delinquent or unsatisfactory students, 1907-1908.
Box-folder 7:218
From Folder 162: McBryde Miscellaneous.
Box-folder 7:219
From Folder 144: Clothier-Cuthorell, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 7:220
From Folder 157: Kaatz-Kyle, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 7:221
From Folder 159: Lochicotte-Lueckel, McBryde-Barringer, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 7:222
From Folder 160: Mabey-McCoy, McBryde-Barringer, 1906-1907.
Box-folder 7:223
From Folder 182: Hazing, 1899-1902.
Box-folder 7:224
Hazing, Dr. McBryde, 1904-1905.
Box-folder 7:225
Newspaper articles on the Pace hazing incident, 1899.
Box-folder 7:226
Bids and Contracts, 1900-1907.
Box-folder 7:227
Bids and Contracts, 1900-1907.
Box-folder 7:228
Original Documents from folder 102: Ligon-Wade McBryde Problems, 1902-1903.
Box-folder 7:229
Original Documents from folder 120: Eastman-Frost, McBryde, 1905.
Box 8
Ledgers from the McBryde administration in consecutive order, 1900-1906.
Box 9
Oversize Materials from the McBryde Collection.

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