A Guide to the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors Records, 1873-1970 Virginia Tech Board of Visitors Records RG 1

Virginia Tech Board of Visitors Records, 1873-1970

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number RG 1


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
RG 1
Title
Virginia Tech Board of Visitors Records, 1873-1970
Physical Characteristics
8 Cubic Feet; 11 boxes
Creator
Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute. Board of Visitors
Creator
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Board of Visitors
Creator
Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Board of Visitors
Creator
Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. Board of Visitors
Language
English
Abstract
The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors Records includes unofficial minutes, correspondence, reports, Executive Committee minutes and reports, material from some individual members of the Board, and reports to the Board of Visitors.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Virginia Tech Board of Visitors Records must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Virginia Tech Board of Visitors Records, RG 1, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors Records was transferred to Special Collections.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors Records was completed in 2017.


Historical Note

The legislation that created Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) provided for the establishment of a board of visitors as a governing body. Consisting of both appointed and ex-officio members, the board was empowered to select the president and faculty, determine salaries, handle all matters of discipline and student life, and be responsible for all property of the College.

Governor Gilbert C. Walker appointed the first board on 19 March 1872, the day he signed the Bill creating the College, and the first meeting was held March 25 and 26 in Richmond. Various changes have occurred through the years concerning the composition of the board, primarily relating to number and qualifications of appointees and offices to be represented ex-officio. The first board was composed of nine appointed members, with the president of the State Agricultural Society and members of the State Board of Education serving ex-officio. The next year, the makeup was changed so only the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the president of the Agricultural Society served ex-officio. Later, the president of the Agricultural Society was eliminated as an ex-officio member, but the State Superintendent of Public Instruction remained until 1966. The president of the Board of Agriculture and Immigration (now Commerce) became an ex-officio member after 1902, and continues so today, now being the only ex-officio member serving with thirteen appointed members.

Board appointments have always been made by the governor and subject to confirmation by the Virginia Senate. Since its inception, the board has been chaired by a Rector.

Scope and Content

The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors Records includes unofficial minutes, correspondence, reports, Executive Committee minutes and reports, material from some individual members of the Board, and reports to the Board of Visitors. An index to Board of Visitors' official minutes from 1898-1958 is available in the Special Collections reference collection.

Arrangement

This collection is divided by material type and RG subgroup number.

Related Material

The majority of material from this body, including the official minutes, are housed in the Records Management office. Permission for access should be obtained through the office of the President.

Digital copies of some of the official records are available on the Board of Visitors website

Separated Material


Index Terms

    Subjects:

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

Contents List

Grade books and sheets
  • box 1
    Grade Book 1901-1904
  • box 2
    Grade Book cover 1904-1907
  • box 3
    Grade Sheet, Anderson C.W. - Waddell, J.A. 1891-1901
  • box 4
    Grade book 1904-1907
  • box 5
    Grade Sheets 1904-1908
  • box 6
    Grade Sheets 1904-1908
Personnel records
  • box 9
    Payroll 1910-1917
  • box 2
    Personnel listings microfilm reel 1974-06-07
RG 1/1 - Official Minutes
  • box 2
    Official Minutes 1910
  • box-folder 7
    1
    Official Minutes 1979
RG 1/2 - Unofficial Minutes, Correspondence, and Supporting Materials
  • box-folder 7
    2
    Unofficial Minutes, Correspondence, Supporting Material (1 of 2) 1888-1911
  • box-folder 7
    3
    Unofficial Minutes, Correspondence, Supporting Material (2 of 2) 1888-1911
  • box-folder 7
    4
    Treasurer's Correspondence to BOV 1945
    General

    Includes Statement of Account from Planters Bank and Trust Co. as Trustee of VPI under Agreement Dated Dec. 29, 1927 covering Period Dec. 29, 1943-Dec.29, 1944

  • box-folder 7
    5
    Unofficial Minutes, Correspondence, Supporting Material 1970-1978
RG 1/3 - BOV Executive Committee
Scope and Content

The two volumes of Executive Committee minutes contain mostly handwritten minutes from 1896-1933 and documents pertaining to the Experiment Station. Volume 1 covers 19 February 1896 to 18 January 1907. Volume 1 contains some loose items, including: notes of meeting of April 2, 1906; papers relating to cattle quarantine regulations; a request of J.G. Ferneybough, State Veterinarian, to appear before the Executive Committee, and a typed page of College Estimates for 1906/07.

Volume 2 encompasses 17 April 1907 to 5 October 1933. Volume 2 has some typed items.

Administrative History

The Executive Committee also served as Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station Board of Control.

  • box-folder 7
    6
    BOV Executive Committee Reports 1877-1879
  • box 8
    BOV Executive Committee Minutes Feb. 19, 1896 - Jan. 17, 1907
  • box 11
    BOV Executive Committee Minutes April 17, 1907 - Oct. 5, 1933
  • box-folder 7
    7
    Report to the Board of Visitors' Executive Committee 1960-1961
  • box-folder 7
    8
    BOV Committees 1968
RG 1/4 - Individual Board Members
  • box-folder 7
    9
    Newspaper Clippings on Individual Members 1967-1969 1970-1974 1979
  • box-folder 7
    10
    RG 1/4/1 - Thomas S. Bocock 1873-1876
    Biographical Note

    Thomas S. Bocock was a member of Board of Visitors, 1873-1875.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of fifteen letters and papers, 1874-1876, received by Bocock in his capacity as a member of the Board, including two letters from C.L.C. Minor, President of VAMC; one letter from G.D. Thomas, Secretary of the Board; an injunction against Henry S. Branson, brickmaker; a printed application with testimonials for position of Farmer from W.F. Pattullio; handwritten application for position of Farmer from Philip Withers, with nine letters of reference.

  • box-folder 7
    11
    RG 1/4/2 - General G. C. Wharton 1874-1877
    Biographical Note

    General G. C. Wharton was a member of Board of Visitors, 1874-1877, and served as the Board's Rector, 1875-1877.

    Gabriel Colvin Wharton was born in Culpeper County, Virginia on July 23, 1824. After graduating from Virginia Military Institute in 1847, Wharton became a civil engineer, working in Arizona and elsewhere. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Wharton was appointed a major within the 45th Virginia Infantry. Soon after, he was promoted to colonel, commanding the 51st Virginia Infantry. In July 1863, Wharton was promoted to brigadier general, commanding a brigade guarding southwestern Virginia railroads and participating in the battles of New Market and Cold Harbor, among others. Wharton married Nannie Radford in 1863; following the war, the couple made their home in Radford, Virginia. Wharton resumed his civil engineering career and was instrumental in building a railroad in the New River Valley. Gabriel Wharton died in Radford in 1906.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection contains twenty-seven letters, 1874-1878, either addressed to him or forwarded to him. Correspondents include: Charles Martin, C.L.C. Minor, Dr. Harvey Black, John W.C. Davis, C.H. Mellen, V.E. Shepherd, and W.R. Boggs.

RG 1/5 - Administration and Governance Structure
  • box-folder 7
    12
    Proceedings of The Hearing Before The Committee of The Board of Visitors 1934-08-13
  • box-folder 7
    13
    BOV Administration and Governance 1967 1970
RG 1/7 - Reports
  • Radford College, Women's Division of VPI, Report to the BOV
    • box-folder 10
      1
      Radford College, Women's Division of VPI, Report to the BOV, 1960
    • box-folder 10
      2
      Radford College, Women's Division of VPI, Report to the BOV, 1961
    • box-folder 10
      3
      Radford College, Women's Division of VPI, Report to the BOV, 1962
    • box-folder 10
      4
      Special Report to the BOV of Radford College on cost of operating auxiliary enterprises August 8, 1961
  • box 2
    Board of Visitors reports microfilm reel 500 1898-08-04-1936-06-08
  • box 2
    Board of Visitors reports microfilm reel 501 1936-07-29-1955-11-22
  • box-folder 7
    14
    Reports - President to the BOV 1910
  • box-folder 7
    15
    Treasurer's Reports to BOV 1920-1921 1936-1937 1941-1942 1943-1944
  • box-folder 7
    16
    Annual Report of the BOV 1959-1960
  • box-folder 7
    17
    Report of the Administration to the BOV 1960
  • box-folder 7
    18
    Annual Report of the BOV 1960-1961
  • box-folder 7
    19
    Report to the BOV, February 14, 1961
  • box-folder 7
    20
    Report to the BOV, May 8, 1961
  • box-folder 7
    21
    Report to the BOV, August 8, 1961
  • box-folder 7
    22
    Report to the BOV, October 31, 1961
  • box-folder 7
    23
    Annual Report of the BOV 1961-1962
  • box-folder 7
    24
    Report of the Administration to the BOV (1 of 2) 1962
  • box-folder 7
    25
    Report of the Administration to the BOV (2 of 2) 1962
  • box-folder 7
    26
    Annual Report 1974-1975
  • box-folder 7
    27
    Annual Report 1978-1979