Michael, Rudolph Dixon Papers

A Guide to the Rudolph Dixon Michael Papers 1925-1984 Ms.1960.005


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1960.005
Title
Rudolph Dixon Michael Papers1925-1984
Quantity
0.2 Cubic Feet 1 box
Creator
Michael, Rudolph Dixon, 1904-1994
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
This collection contains the papers of Virginia Tech alumnus and agricultural information editor.It contains correspondence and notes relating to the histories Blacksburg, the Preston family, and Smithfield Plantation (including maps of the grounds and the cemetery). It also contains a few campus photographs and printed materials related to Virginia Tech.

Administrative Information

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Rudolph Dixon Michael Papers, Ms1960-005, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Rudolph Dixon Michael Papers were donated to Newman Library in two accessions: 1960 and 1988.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Rudolph Dixon Michael Papers occurred in January 2004.


Biographical Note

Rudolph Dixon Michael, Virginia Tech alumnus and agricultural information editor, was born in Berwick, Pennsylvania on January 14, 1904. The son of William Ellis and Laura McHenry Michael, he graduated from Virginia Tech in 1926 with a degree in agricultural engineering. (He would later also obtain a degree from Kansas State University.) An active student, Michael was a member of the basketball team and several clubs; he also served as editor of the student newspaper and as president of the senior class. Michael became an English instructor at Virginia Tech in 1928, while also serving as an assistant in publications. In 1930, he became director of broadcasting and assistant agricultural editor of the Agricultural Extension Division. In 1943, he was promoted to agricultural editor, a position from which he retired in 1965. Michael served on the Blacksburg Town Council for ten years and later in life served as chairman of the VPI-Blacksburg Sanitation Authority. He was a member of several community organizations and a deacon at Blacksburg Baptist Church. Michael and his wife, Mary Spiggle Michael, had two daughters. He died January 5, 1994.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of Virginia Tech alumnus and agricultural information editor Rudolph Dixon Michael. The collection includes a small group of correspondence, much of which dates from 1929 to 1930, and concerns the Preston family, Smithfield Plantation, and the university's effort to restore the cemetery there. The correspondence is complemented by a number of notes and essays regarding the history of Blacksburg, the Preston family, Smithfield Plantation, and Whitethorne; and maps of Smithfield Plantation, its landscaping, and the cemetery. The collection also contains a small group of printed materials relating to Virginia Tech, including a commencement program and pictorial calendar from 1926, a booklet for a 1929 alumni celebration (including biographical material on Julian Burruss and an overview of his administration), and an informational booklet on the Blacksburg-VPI Sanitation Authority. Three large photographs of campus scenes are also included, as well as reproductions of the Virginia Tech seal and Phi Kappa Phi charter certificate.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by document type, then chronologically.

Separated Material

The following item was transferred to the Rare Book Collection:

Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Regulations for the Virginia Polytechnic Institute,1922. [Blacksburg, Va. : The Institute, 1922]. (Spec/VPI LD5655 A3 R43 1922)


Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Blacksburg (Va.)
  • Faculty
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)
  • Preston family (Montgomery County, Va.)
  • University Archives
  • University History
  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (1896-1944)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1944-1970)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1970-)

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Rudolph Dixon Michael Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

box-folder 1 folder: 1
Correspondence
1926-1930, n.d.
box-folder 1 folder: 2
Historical and genealogical notes and essays
1930-1953, n.d.
box-folder 1 folder: 3
Printed materials
1925-1984
  • Regulations of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute
    1925
  • Virginia Tech commencement program
    1926
  • Virginia Tech photo calendar
    1926
  • "Alumni Celebration... Marking the Completion of the Tenth Year of the Present [Burruss] Administration of the College" booklet
    1929
  • Potable Water and Wastewater Treatment
    1984
box-folder 1 folder: 4
Photographs
n.d.
box-folder 1 folder: 5
General materials
1921-1926
  • Virginia Tech Phi Kappa Phi charter [reproduction]
    1921
  • Virginia Tech seal
    1926
  • Virginia Tech seal
    n.d.