A Guide to the McBryde Family Papers, 1859-1920s McBryde Family Papers Ms2013-024

McBryde Family Papers, 1859-1920s

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2013-024


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Processed by: Hannah Bochain, Student Assistant and Tamara Kennelly, University Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2013-024
Title
McBryde Family Papers, 1859-1920s
Physical Characteristics
0.7 cu. ft. 2 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
The McBryde Family Papers contains materials concerning Dr. John McLaren McBryde and his family from 1859 through the 1920s. Included in the collection are photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondences, and publications. Additionally included are copies of the correspondence between Dr. John McLaren McBryde and the University of Virginia regarding an offer for its presidency.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the McBryde Family Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: McBryde Family Papers, Ms2013-024, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The McBryde Family Papers were donated to Special Collections in multiple accessions during 2013.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the McBryde Family Papers was completed in June 2013.


Biographical Note

John McLaren McBryde (January 1, 1841-March 20, 1923) was born in Abbeville, South Carolina to Susan McLaren and John McBryde, a Scottish cotton merchant. In December of 1858, John McLaren McBryde enrolled in South Carolina College in Columbia, South Carolina. He later transferred to the University of Virginia in 1859, leaving in 1861 to fight in the Civil War. Having joined the military, McBryde was stationed on both Sullivan and Morris Island, reportedly seeing the first shot fired on Fort Sumter. In 1862, McBryde contracted typhus fever and was forced to leave the army, but went on to work for the Treasury Department of the Confederate States of America in Richmond, Virginia. In September of 1963, McBryde married Cora Bolton, with whom he later had six children.

Following the end of the Civil War, McBryde began running a large farm (Branchland) in Charlottesville, Virginia. While managing Branchland, McBryde published numerous articles on the subject of agriculture, gaining him the attention that eventually lead to his appointment as a Professor of Agriculture and Botany at the University of Tennessee in 1879. In 1882, McBryde was offered a chair at the South Carolina College, where he remained until 1891, expanding it into a university after becoming president. In 1891, South Carolina University was again reduced to a college and its agricultural department moved to Clemson, leading to McBryde's acceptance of the Presidency at the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (Virginia A&M or VAMC).

During his time at Virginia Tech, McBryde divided the college into separate departments, expanded the curriculum, oversaw the installation of an infirmary and a new water system, added dormitories and faculty housing, and increased enrollment from 135 students in 1891 to 727 by 1903. After his retirement in 1907, McBryde was the first person elected president emeritus for the college, eventually becoming known as "the father of VPI." In 1923, McBryde died at his son's home in New Orleans but was returned to Blacksburg, Virginia, for burial.

Scope and Content

The McBryde Family Papers contains materials concerning Dr. John McLaren McBryde and his family, dating from 1859 to the 1920s. Included in the collection are photographs and documents mainly relating to McBryde's life and death, a Sweet Briar College program, newspaper clippings, and an unbound photograph album (20 leaves) with photographs of the University of South Carolina, Washington and Lee University, and early images of the VPI campus and the surrounding town of Blacksburg.

Additionally included are copies of the correspondence between Dr. John McLaren McBryde and the University of Virginia regarding an offer for its presidency, as well as research gathered by Dr. John McLaren McBryde, Jr. in an attempt to create a biography of his father.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by material type.

Index Terms

    Persons:

  • McBryde, Bolton, Mrs.
  • McBryde, Charles Neil, Dr., 1872-1962
  • McBryde, James Bolton, 1866-1925
  • McBryde, John McLaren, 1870-1956
  • Subjects:

  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Contents List

Box-folder 1-1
Condolences, Last Will & Testament for John McLaren McBryde
Box-folder 1-2
Correspondence Between Archer Phlegar and John McLaren McBryde
Box-folder 1-3
Correspondence Regarding the University of Virginia Presidency, 1903-1904
Box-folder 1-4
John McLaren McBryde Jr. Biography on John McLaren McBryde
Box-folder 1-5
Meade Bolton McBryde
Box-folder 1-6
Newspaper Articles: Death
Box-folder 1-7
Newspaper Articles: John McLaren McBryde on Agriculture
Box-folder 1-8
Newspaper Articles: Mississippi College (Agriculture)
Box-folder 1-9
Newspaper Articles: Retirement
Box-folder 1-10
Newspaper Articles: Robert J. Davidson
Box-folder 1-11
Newspaper Articles: South Carolina College
Box-folder 1-12
Newspaper Articles: Sweet Briar College
Box-folder 1-13
Research of John McLaren McBryde Jr. on John McLaren McBryde, 1944-1947
Box-folder 1-14
Retirement of John McLaren McBryde, 1906
Box-folder 1-15
South Carolina College Examination Results, 1859
Box-folder 1-16
Sweet Briar College Program, 1910
Box-folder 2-1
Copy of Manuscript Biography of John McLaren McBryde
Box-folder 2-2
Oral Biography of John McLaren McBryde by John McLaren McBryde, Jr.
Box-folder 2-3
Photograph of John McLaren McBryde, c.1860
Box-folder 2-4
Photographs and Film Negatives of the McBryde Family
Box-folder 2-5
Post Cards (Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Hollins), 1904-1907
Box-folder 2-6
Scrapbook of Newspaper Articles
Box-folder 2-7
Unbound Photograph Album: University of South Carolina, 1888-1900
Box-folder 2-8
Unbound Photograph Album: Lexington, Richmond, & Blacksburg), 1889-1891
Box-folder 2-9
Unbound Photograph Album: Lexington, Richmond, & Blacksburg Continued, 1889-1891

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • McBryde, Bolton, Mrs.
  • McBryde, Charles Neil, Dr., 1872-1962
  • McBryde, James Bolton, 1866-1925
  • McBryde, John McLaren, 1870-1956