A Guide to the James J. Pandapas Audiotape and Papers, 1966-1988, 1997 Pandapas, James J. Audiotape and Papers Ms1997-011

A Guide to the James J. Pandapas Audiotape and Papers, 1966-1988, 1997

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Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1997-011


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1997-011
Title
James J. Pandapas Audiotape and Papers, 1966-1988, 1997
Physical Characteristics
1.0 cu. ft. 1 folder; 1 oversize
Creator
Pandapas, James J.
Language
English

Please note: The current finding aid includes only minimal description of the collection. If you have questions, please contact Special Collections (specref@vt.edu) for more information.



Scope and Content

Resident of Blacksburg, Virginia, born in Peabody, Massachusetts. Played a large role in the development of business and residential housing in Blacksburg by establishing Blacksburg's first industry, Electro-Tec, in 1947, and Poly-Scientific Corporation, in 1953, both manufacturers of electroplated slip-rings for radar antennae. Also developed various neighborhoods in Blacksburg, including Airport Acres (established in 1942) and Highland Park (1945). In 1948 Pandapas purchased a 500 acre track of land on Poverty Creek in Montgomery County, Virginia, as a recreational area for the employees of Electro-Tec. By the time he sold this land to the National Park Service in 1987 it was called Pandapas Pond.

Collection consists of audio-tapes of an interview conducted on July 16, 1997, in which Pandapas talks about his life and career as a businessman in Blacksburg. The collection also includes a transcription of the interview with corrections and additions done by Pandapas, newspaper clippings (1966-88) of editorials written by Pandapas and interviews conducted with him, and a self-published book entitled "Early History of Poly-Scientific by its Founder James J. Pandapas."

A transcript of the audio tape is available online.


Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Blacksburg (Va.)
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)
  • Science and Technology