A Guide to the Robert A. Belz Papers, 1869, 1929-1962, n.d. Belz, Robert A., Papers Ms2011-105

A Guide to the Robert A. Belz Papers, 1869, 1929-1962, n.d.

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2011-105


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2019 (CC0 1.0)

Processed by: Andrea Ledesma, Student Assistant, Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, and Laurel Rozema, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2011-105
Title
Robert A. Belz Papers, 1869, 1929-1962, n.d.
Physical Characteristics
0.8 Cubic Feet; 2 boxes and 6 oversize folders
Creator
Belz, Robert Armstrong
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains the personal and academic papers of Robert A. Belz, a 1939 Virginia Tech alumni who graduated with a bachelors degree in industrial engineering. Materials range from 1869-1962, however, a majority of the works are from the 1930s-1940s or undated. Several oversized folders accompany the collection and hold technical drawings, newspapers, coupon bonds, posters, and his diploma. In addition to school work for math, business, humanities, and science courses, the collection also includes correspondence, clippings and ephemera, and a small group of photographs and cards.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Robert A. Belz Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Robert A. Belz Papers, Ms2011-105, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Robert A. Belz Papers were donated to Special Collections prior to 2000.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Robert A. Belz Papers was completed in November 2011. Additional processing, arrangement, and description was completed in July 2019.


Biographical Note

Robert Armstrong Belz (1916-1997) of Staunton, Va., was the son of William Frank Belz and Florence Mae Tinsley and had an elder brother, William Tinsley Belz. Belz attended Virginia Tech, joined the Corps of Cadets, and earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1939.

Scope and Content

The collection contains the personal and academic papers of Robert A. Belz, a 1939 Virginia Tech alumni who graduated with a bachelors degree in industrial engineering. Materials range from 1869-1962, however, a majority of the works are from the 1930s-1940s or undated. Several oversized folders accompany the collection and hold technical drawings, newspapers, or posters. In addition to school work for math, business, humanities, and science courses, the collection also includes correspondence, clippings and ephemera, and a small group of photographs and cards.

Series I: Academic Papers consists of the undergraduate and graduate work of Robert A. Belz. This includes tests, notes, notebooks, and more. Most notably, there is an extensive, oversize collection of sketches from Belz's geometry and engineering classes. The series also contains Belz's Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering diploma. Organization is based on subject: Business, Corps of Cadets, Engineering, General, Humanities, Math, Science, and Belz's diploma.

Series II: Correspondence is divided into academic and personal subjects. Academic correspondence comprises Belz's academic letters and memos such as transcripts and orientation documents. Personal correspondence consists of Belz's personal letters, which range from dental appointment postcards to church meeting invitations.

Series III: Ephemera accommodates various items from Belz's collegiate life at Virginia Tech, including his academic life and student life, and Chinese Government Gold Loan coupon bonds. A 1934 Virginia Tech Directory and a marketing poster for a "V.P.I. Skippers" dance are two examples of the material within this series.

Series IV: Newspaper Clippings consists of both dated and undated clippings. Both groups contain a diverse array of newspaper articles and, in some cases, full periodicals. Topics range from the construction of the Pentagon to the "types of girls in a powder room."

Series V: Photographs and Illustrations contain three folders based on material type: Christmas Cards, Illustrations, and Photographs.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by format in five series:

Series I: Academic Papers
Series II: Correspondence
Series III: Ephemera
Series IV: Newspapers Clippings
Series V: Photographs and Illustrations

Each series is organized by subject and/or material type, and each file is arranged chronologically wherever possible with undated materials last.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • University Archives
  • Organizations:

  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. College of Engineering
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Alumni Association
  • Persons:

  • Belz, Robert Armstrong

Contents List

Series I: Academic Papers, 1933-1951, n.d.
  • box-folder 1
    1
    Business, 1937-1939
  • box-folder 1
    2
    Corps of Cadets, 1934-1935, n.d.
  • box-folder 1
    3-5
    oversize folder 1
    Engineering, 1933-1951, n.d.
  • box-folder 1
    6-7
    General, 1934-1936, n.d.
  • box-folder 1
    8-9
    Humanities, 1934, 1951, n.d.
  • box-folder 1
    10
    oversize folder 2
    Math, 1934-1936, n.d.
  • box-folder 2
    1-3
    Science, 1933-1935, 1938, n.d.
  • oversize folder 6
    Diploma, Robert Armstrong Belz, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, VPI, 1939-06-05
Series II: Correspondence, 1869, 1934-1952, n.d.
  • box-folder 2
    4
    Academic, 1934-1952, n.d
  • box-folder 2
    5
    Personal, 1869, 1936-1952, n.d.
Series III: Ephemera, 1929-1961, n.d.
  • box-folder 2
    6-7
    Academic, 1929-1939, n.d.
  • box-folder 2
    8
    oversize folder 3
    Student Life, 1931-1932, 1961-1962, n.d.
  • oversize folder 6
    Two Chinese Government Gold Loan coupon bonds, 1911, 1913
Series IV: Newspaper Clippings, 1934-1953, n.d.
  • oversize folder 4
    oversize folder 5
    Dated Clippings, 1934-1953
  • box-folder 2
    9
    Undated Clippings, n.d.
Series V: Photographs and Illustrations, 1932, 1941, n.d.
  • box-folder 2
    10
    Christmas Cards, n.d.
  • box-folder 2
    11
    Illustrations, 1941, n.d
  • box-folder 2
    12
    Photographs, 1932, n.d