A Guide to the Virginia Tech Ring and Class Collections, 1910-2015 Virginia Tech Ring and Class Collections RG 31/13/3

A Guide to the Virginia Tech Ring and Class Collections, 1910-2015

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number RG 31/13/3


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USA
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Email: specref@vt.edu
URL: http://spec.lib.vt.edu/

2020 (CC0 1.0)

Processed by: Laurel Rozema, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
RG 31/13/3
Title
Virginia Tech Ring and Class Collections, 1910-2015
Physical Characteristics
5.83 Cubic Feet; 11 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
The Virginia Tech Ring and Class Collections document the work of the Ring Design Committee, Ring Dance Committee, and individual classes at VPI, including their reunions. Items include ring design proposals and collection brochures, invitations and flyers for ring dances, and memorabilia for graduating classes and class reunions.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Virginia Tech Ring and Class Collections must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Virginia Tech Ring and Class Collections, RG 31/13/3, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

Virginia Tech Ring and Class Collections was transferred to Special Collections.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Virginia Tech Ring and Class Collections was completed in June 2015. Additional posters were integrated in February 2019.


Historical Note

Each year, the junior class officers and student appointees form the Ring Design Committee, which works with the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and a jewelry vendor to design a class ring collection. The collection, unique to each class, is named in honor of a Virginia Tech alum, emeritus, president, or other administrator. The tradition originates to 1911, when the classes of 1911, 1912, 1913, and 1914 designed the first class rings. Symbols from these early years have become traditional elements: eagles, campus buildings, and a chain symbolizing unity around the stone.

In the spring of their junior year, the Ring Dance Committee holds a dance to represent the transition from junior to senior. At the Ring Dance, students wear their dates' rings on ribbons of the class colors. When the Corps of Cadets form the shape of the class year and perform the sabre arch, the students exchange their rings to the tune of "Moonlight and VPI," written by Fred Waring and Charles Gaynor for Virginia Tech in 1939. The Virginia Tech Swine Club releases a small pig onto the dance floor, which started as a prank by members of the Corps of Cadets over 30 years ago. Then the attendees move to the Drillfield to watch fireworks, listen to "Sliver Taps," and witness the firing of the school cannon "Skipper."

Scope and Content

The Virginia Tech Ring and Class Collections document the work of the Ring Design Committee, Ring Dance Committee, and individual classes at VPI. Items include ring design proposals from potential vendors; brochures about the committees, design processes, and class ring collections; invitations, flyers, and tickets for the Ring Dance; and such artifacts as wax molds of the rings, banners from events, and t-shirts, glassware, and other memorabilia given to students. There are also printed materials and memorabilia from class reunions and a poster about the history of the Virginia Tech Class Ring Tradition.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by class year.

Separated Material

Two framed Class of 1944 Ring and Ring Dance posters are part of the Art Collection.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Dances
  • Posters
  • University Archives
  • University History
  • Organizations:

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

Contents List

Class of 1925
  • box 4
    Class Ring, inscribed "D.L.W.", 1925
Class of 1927
  • box 1
    Alumni recollection, 2001
Class of 1930
  • box 4
    50th Anniversary Drink Glass, 1980
Class of 1934
  • box 1
    Graduation and reunion materials, 1934 1984 1988 1994
  • box 8
    60th Anniversary Drink Glass, 1994
Class of 1935
  • box 1
    Reunion materials, 1980
  • box 1
    Ring Dance invitation and booklet, 1934
Class of 1937
  • box 1
    Ring dance invitation, 1936
Class of 1939
  • box 1
    Class ring and ring dance materials, 1938-1939
Class of 1944
  • box 1
    Reunion materials, 1989
Class of 1945
  • box 5
    Class of 1945 Reunion Gift, 1995-10-13
Class of 1951
  • box 9
    Ring Poster
Class of 1955
  • box 5
    VPI Ring Committee
Class of 1956
  • box 4
    Class Ring, 1956
Class of 1964
  • box 1
    Ring design materials
Class of 1965
  • box 1
    Ring design materials
  • oversize 5
    Poster
Class of 1967
  • box 1
    Ring design and dance materials
  • box 11
    Ring collection booklet
  • oversize 5
    Poster
Class of 1969
  • box 11
    Ring collection booklet
Class of 1972
  • box 8
    Tech Showmen drink glass
Class of 1976
  • box 11
    Ring collection booklet
Class of 1977
  • box 11
    Ring collection booklet
Class of 1980
  • box 11
    Ring collection booklet
Class of 1984
  • box 1
    Ring design and dance materials
Class of 1985
  • box 1
    Ring collection brochure
Class of 1988
  • box 1
    Ring collection brochure
  • box 5
    Scrapbook
  • box 9
    Ring Premiere
Class of 1989
  • box 1
    Ring design and dance materials
Class of 1990
  • box 1
    Ring design and dance materials
  • box 5
    Ring Premiere Poster, 1997-10-14
Class of 1991
  • box 1
    Ring design and dance materials
  • box 5
    Poster
  • box 5
    Ring Premiere Poster
  • box 5
    Julian A. Burruss Collection Poster
Class of 1992
  • box 1
    Class officer and Ring design and dance materials
  • box 5
    Ring Dance Poster, 1991-03-22-1991-03-23
  • box 9
    Ring Premiere, 1990-10-02
Class of 1993
  • box 1
    Class officer and Ring design and dance materials
  • box 10
    Jostens ring proposal
  • box 5
    Ring Dance Poster, 1992-03-27-1992-03-28
Class of 1994
  • box 1
    Ring design materials
  • box 5
    Ring designs
  • box 10
    Balfour ring proposal
  • box 10
    Artcarved ring proposal
  • box 5
    Lucy Lee Lancaster Ring Collection
Class of 1995
  • box 10
    Balfour ring proposal
  • box 10
    Jostens ring proposal
Class of 1996
  • box 1
    Ring design and dance materials
  • box 4
    Wax rings
  • box 5
    James D. McComas Ring Collection Poster
Class of 1997
  • box 1
    Ring design and dance materials
  • box 4
    Drink glass
  • box 5
    The William E. Lavery Ring Collection Poster
  • box 7
    Scrapbook
  • box 10
    Jostens ring proposal
Class of 1998
  • box 1
    Ring design and dance materials
  • box 9
    Henry Dekker Ring Collection Poster
  • box 6
    T-shirt
Class of 1999
  • box 1
    Ring Committee and dance materials
  • box 4
    Drink glass
  • box 6
    T-shirt
  • oversize 5
    Table card
  • box 9
    The William and Margaret Skelton Collection Ring Poster
Class of 2000
  • box 2
    Ring Proposal
  • box 2
    Planning
  • box 2
    Ring design and dance materials
  • Text 9
    The Colonel Harry D. Temple Ring Collection Poster
Class of 2001
  • box 2
    Ring design and dance materials
  • box 4
    Drink glass
  • box 6
    T-shirt
Class of 2002
  • box 2
    Ring premiere and dance materials
  • box 4
    Gobos (Light stencils)
  • box 4
    Glass candle
  • box 6
    T-shirt
  • oversize 9
    Posters
Class of 2003
  • box 5
    Ring premiere and dance materials
  • box 4
    Frame
  • box 6
    T-shirt
  • box 5
    The Dr. T. Marshall Hahn, Jr. Ring Collection Poster
Class of 2004
  • box 2
    Ring design and dance materials
  • folder 5
    Ring design poster
  • box 4
    Wax rings
  • box 4
    Pen
  • box 4
    Mug
  • box 6
    T-shirt
  • box 5
    Ring Premiere, 2002-10-22
Class of 2005
  • box 2
    Ring design and dance materials
  • box 4
    Frame
  • box 4
    Wax rings
  • box 4
    Mug
  • box 5
    Posters
  • box 6
    T-shirt
  • box 8
    Corps of Cadets Mug
Class of 2006
  • box 2
    Ring design and dance materials
  • box 4
    Drink glass
  • box 4
    Key ring
  • box 4
    Plastic cup
  • box 4
    Ping pong ball
  • box 5
    Posters
  • box 6
    Handkerchief
  • box 6
    T-shirt
Class of 2007
  • box 3
    Ring design and dance materials
  • box 4
    Drink glass
  • box 6
    T-shirts
Class of 2008
  • box 3
    Ring design and dance materials
  • box 4
    Drink glass
  • box 6
    T-shirts
Class of 2009
  • box 3
    Ring design and dance materials
  • box 4
    Drink glass
  • box 5
    Poster
  • box 6
    T-shirt
Class of 2010
  • box 3
    Ring design and dance materials
  • box 5
    Poster
  • box 6
    T-shirts
  • box 6
    Handkerchief
  • box 8
    Ring Dance drink glass
Class of 2011
  • box 3
    Ring design and dance materials
  • box 4
    Drink glass
  • box 6
    T-shirt
Class of 2012
  • box 3
    Ring design and dance materials
  • box 4
    Drink glass
  • box 5
    Poster
  • box 6
    T-shirt
Class of 2013
  • box 3
    Ring design and dance materials
  • box 4
    Drink glass
  • box 4
    Eyeglass holder
  • box 5
    Poster
  • box 8
    Ring Premiere and Dance koozie
  • box 8
    Two Ring Dance pins
  • box 8
    Two Ring Ribbons
  • box 9
    T-shirts
Class of 2014
  • box 3
    Ring design and dance materials
  • box 4
    Ring Premiere Eyeglass holder
  • box 4
    Wine glass
  • box 5
    Poster
  • box 8
    Ring Premiere and Dance koozie
  • box 8
    Two Ring Ribbons
  • box 9
    T-shirts
  • box 9
    Ring Dance banner
Class of 2015
  • box 3
    Ring design and dance materials
  • box 4
    Ring Premiere Tumbler
  • box 4
    Key ring
  • box 5
    Poster
  • box 8
    Ring Premiere and Dance koozie
  • box 8
    Ring Premiere and Dance flying disk
  • box 8
    Two Ring Ribbons
  • box 9
    T-shirt
  • box 9
    Kickoff concert banner
Assorted poster
  • box 5
    Virginia Tech Class Ring Tradition Poster, undated