A Guide to the Records of the Office of the Vice-President, Walter S. Newman, 1946-1947 Newman, Walter S., Records of the Office of the Vice-President RG 03/01

A Guide to the Records of the Office of the Vice-President, Walter S. Newman, 1946-1947

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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
RG 03/01
Title
Office of the Vice-President Records, Walter S. Newman, 1946-1947
Physical Characteristics
1.6 Cubic Feet 2 boxes
Creator
Newman, Walter S. (Walter Stephenson), 1895-1978
Language
English
Abstract
Walter Stephenson Newman (1895-1978) was the first individual to hold the office of Vice-President at Virginia Tech. His tenure began 15 May 1946 but only lasted until 1 September 1947, when he became the tenth president of Virginia Tech, serving from 1947 to 1962. This small collection consists of correspondence concerning curriculum revisions, letters from and replies to other colleges on various matters, and copies of memoranda to faculty and department heads.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Records of the Office of the Vice-President, Walter S. Newman must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Records of the Office of the Vice-President, Walter S. Newman, RG 3/1, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The records were transferred to Special Collections prior to 2016.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Records of the Office of the Vice-President, Walter S. Newman, was completed in September 2016.


Biographical Note

Walter Stephenson Newman (1895-1978) was the first individual to hold the office of Vice-President at Virginia Tech. His tenure began 15 May 1946 but only lasted until 1 September 1947, when he became the tenth president of Virginia Tech, serving from 1947 to 1962. As president, Newman conferred more degrees than all his predecessors combined and oversaw more than $20,000,000 in campus construction. Newman put greater emphasis on research and graduate programs than any previous president, and several new graduate degree programs were established while he was president. In 1953, the first black student was admitted to Virginia Tech, notwithstanding Newman's active opposition to integration. Also during Newman's term, the status of the Corps of Cadets was studied, then strengthened with the appointment of the first full-time commandant of cadets since World War I.

Walter Newman was born in Woodstock, Virginia, on July 20, 1895. He earned an undergraduate degree from Hampden-Sydney College in 1917, a Masters of Science in agriculture from Virginia Tech in 1919, and a Ph.D. Degree in agriculture from Penn State in 1931. He was Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education at Virginia Tech from 1922 to 1936, when he became Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction for the state of Virginia. He also served as state administrator of the National Youth Administration from 1936 to 1942.

Newman returned to Virginia Tech as Vice-President in May 1946. He assumed many of the duties of the office of the president in December 1946, when President John Hutcheson was hospitalized. The Board of Visitors appointed Newman Acting President in May 1947 and President on September 1, 1947.

Newman's presidency saw "the beginning of a strong effort to strengthen the offerings in the humanities," Duncan Lyle Kinnear writes in A Short History of Virginia Tech. Courses in Russian, philosophy and ethics were introduced, and the Department of Philosophy and Religion was organized in 1955.

Masters programs were added in City and Regional Planning, Engineering Geology, Aeronautical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, and Mathematics, and doctoral programs in Applied Mechanics and Geology, Mathematics, Aeronautical Engineering, and Civil Engineering. The Departments of Forestry and Wildlife Conservation, Veterinary Science, and Entomology were created from the Department of Biology; the Department of Extension Education was begun in the School of Agriculture; and the School of Home Economics was created. Roanoke Technical Institute, a division of Tech's School of Engineering, opened its doors in 1961.

In 1957, the university acquired a wind tunnel for use in its aeronautical engineering program. A nuclear reactor simulator, the first in the country owned by a college, began operations in 1957.

Dormitory capacity increased from 1,976 to 3,904 between 1947 and 1962. Buildings constructed while Newman was president include Newman Library (1955), Femoyer, Thomas, and Monteith dormitories (1949), Smyth and Henderson Halls (1950), the first wing of Randolph Hall and Williams Hall (1953), Commerce Hall (now Pamplin Hall, 1957), and Memorial Chapel (1960), and construction was begun on Cassell Coliseum and Schultz Dining Hall, and Vawter and Barringer dormitories (1962).

The Virginia Polytechnic Institute Educational Foundation, Inc., was established by the Board of Visitors in 1948 to increase gifts and endowments, and a Director of Development was hired in 1958. The Virginia Polytechnic Institute-Blacksburg-Christiansburg Water Authority was organized in 1954-1955, ensuring the campus with an abundant supply of water on campus beginning in 1957.

President Newman suffered a heart attack in March 1961. He returned to work in July but presented the Board of Visitors with his formal resignation soon afterward. Newman's resignation was made official December 4 , 1961.

Jenkins Middell Robertson, compiler and editor. Historical Data Book, Centennial Edition(Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1964 and 1972), 21-24; Duncan Lyle Kinnear, The First 100 Years: A History of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University(Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute Educational Foundation, Inc., 1972), 357-413; Peter Wallenstein, "The First Black Students at Virginia Tech," Diversity News, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Fall 1997), 3.

Scope and Content

The Records of the Office of the Vice-President, Walter S. Newman, 1946-1947, comprises correspondence concerning curriculum revisions, letters from and replies to other colleges on various matters, and copies of memoranda to faculty and department heads. The collection is organized alphabetically by department, individual's name, or subject.

Arrangement

This collection is organized alphabetically.

Related Material

Records of the Office of the President, Walter S. Newman, 1947-1962 (Bulk 1947-1961), RG 2/10. Finding aid available online.

Walter S. Newman Collection, 1930-1968, n.d., Ms2015-006. Finding aid available online.

Separated Material


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Faculty
  • University Archives
  • University History
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Correspondence
  • Persons:

  • Newman, Walter S. (Walter Stephenson), 1895-1978

Contents List

Box 1
Folder 1
Admissions office CDR. Farrier, Mr. Morris, 1946
Box 1
Folder 2
Agriculture Curriculum Committee, 1946
Box 1
Folder 3
Alumni Association, 1946
Box 1
Folder 4
Anticipated Personnel Needs, 1946
Box 1
Folder 5
Arlington Branch Extension, 1946
Box 1
Folder 6
Association of Land Grant Colleges and Universities, 1947
Box 1
Folder 7
Board of Visitors Report of President, etc, 1946
Box 1
Folder 8
Business Administration and Academic Science Curriculum Committee, 1946
Box 1
Folder 9
Cassell, S.K. Business Manager, 1946
Box 1
Folder 10
Central Steering Committee, on and off campus college training for veterans and nonveterans, 1946
Box 1
Folder 11
Classroom and Laboratory Facilities Study, 1946
Box 1
Folder 12
Committee on Matter of students taking final Examinations , 1946
Box 1
Folder 13
Cregger, S.G. - Auditor, 1946
Box 1
Folder 14
Cultural and Social Progress Committee, 1946
Box 1
Folder 15
Curriculum Committees, 1946
Box 1
Folder 16
Curriculum Revision at V.P.I., 1946
Box 1
Folder 17
Danville Extension Branch, 1946
Box 1
Folder 18
Dietrick, L.B. Director | Extension Division, 1947
Box 1
Folder 19
Dunlevy, D.B. Guidance and Counseling, 1946
Box 1
Folder 20
Educational policy and program committee, 1946
Box 1
Folder 21
Engineering Curriculum Committee, 1946
Box 1
Folder 22
Enrollment, 1946
Box 1
Folder 23
Executive Bulletins, 1946
Box 1
Folder 24
Faculty, General, 1946
Box 1
Folder 25
Federal works Agency, 1946-1947
Box 1
Folder 26
Foreign Students Committee, 1946
Box 1
Folder 27
Graduate Studies Louis O'Shaughnessy, Director, 1946
Box 1
Folder 28
Honor System, 1946
Box 1
Folder 29
Hutcheson, John R. President, 1946
Box 1
Folder 30
Hutcheson, T.B. Dean of Agriculture, 1946
Box 1
Folder 31
Inquiries from other Colleges, 1947
Box 1
Folder 32
Leave Policy, 1947
Box 1
Folder 33
Legislation - Miscellaneous, 1946
Box 1
Folder 34
Library Ralph M. Brown, Librarian , 1946
Box 1
Folder 35
Miles, C.P. Dean of the College, 1946
Box 1
Folder 36
Miller, G. Tyler State Supt. Of Public Instruction, 1946
Box 1
Folder 37
Mimeographs, 1946-1947
Box 1
Folder 38
Munford, T.W. Commandant of Cadets Part 1., 1946
Box 1
Folder 39
Munford, T.W. Commandant of Cadets Part 2., 1946
Box 1
Folder 40
Norfolk Extension Branch St. Helena Extension, 1946
Box 1
Folder 41
Norris, E.B. Dean of Engineering, 1946
Box 1
Folder 42
Personal Needs Survey Forms, 1946-07-09
Box 1
Folder 43
Placement Office, 1946
Box 1
Folder 44
Radford College, 1946
Box 1
Folder 45
Radford Ordinance Works, 1946
Box 1
Folder 46
Registration Procedure, 1946
Box 1
Folder 47
Requests for Personnel, 1946
Box 1
Folder 48
Richmond Branch Extension, 1946
Box 1
Folder 49
Salary Scales (survey), 1946
Box 1
Folder 50
Sanders H.W. Dept. of Vocational Education, 1946
Box 1
Folder 51
Scholarships, fellowships, Loans ( Newman, Cassell, Miles ), 1946
Box 2
Folder 1
State Board of Education Memos, etc., 1946
Box 2
Folder 2
State Board of Education - Reports, 1946
Box 2
Folder 3
State Department of Education (Material Dr. Newman Brought with him May 1946), 1946-05
Box 2
Folder 4
Student Affairs, Director of, 1946
Box 2
Folder 5
Student Life Committee, 1946
Box 2
Folder 6
Student Senate, 1946
Box 2
Folder 7
Teaching Manual
Box 2
Folder 8
Veterans' Administration, 1946
Box 2
Folder 9
Virginia Academy of Science, 1946
Box 2
Folder 10
V.P.I. Research Foundation, Inc., 1946
Box 2
Folder 11
War Assets Administration (surplus chemicals), 1946

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Newman, Walter S. (Walter Stephenson), 1895-1978