Radspinner, Robert S. and Martha C. Collection Robert S. and Martha C. Radspinner Collection, 1937-1942; 1988 Ms.2014.004

Robert S. and Martha C. Radspinner Collection, 1937-1942; 1988 Ms.2014.004


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Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech

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Alexandra Dowrey, Graduate Assistant, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2014.004
Title
Robert S. and Martha C. Radspinner Collection,1937-1942; 1988
Quantity
1.2 Cubic Feet, 3 boxes, 1 oversize folder
Creator
Radspinner, Martha C. Snidow, 1921-2013
Creator
Radspinner, Robert S., 1919-2011
Language
English .
Abstract
The Robert S. and Martha C. Radspinner Collection contains memorabilia scrapbooks, photograph albums, Virginia Tech newspapers, concert programs, and other ephemera related to VPI. The material documents Robert S. (class of 1941) and Martha C. (class of 1942) Radspinner's time at VPI and dates from 1937 to 1942.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Robert S. and Martha C. Radspinner Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Robert S. and Martha C. Radspinner Collection, Ms2014-004, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Robert S. and Martha C. Radspinner Collection was donated to Special Collections in March 2014.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Robert S. and Martha C. Radspinner Collection was completed in April 2014.


Biographical Note

Robert S. Radspinner (1919-2011) was a student in the Corps of Cadets at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI) from 1937 to 1941. Graduating in 1941, Radspinner formed part of the first graduating class in Forestry. Radspinner served in WWII and received a purple heart for wounds at the Battle of the Bulge. Following the war, Radspinner worked for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.

Martha Snidow Radspinner (1921-2013) graduated in the class of 1942 at VPI. She transferred from Marion College to VPI in 1940 and graduated with a B.S. in Home Economics.

Robert and Martha Radspinner met while they were students at VPI. They married after graduation and had two children.

Sources:

http://news.herald-dispatch.com/obituaries/index.php?id=36903747
http://nrvnews.com/obituaries/radspinner-robert-shattuck/

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains scrapbooks, photograph albums, Virginia Tech newspapers, concert programs, and other ephemera related to VPI. The material documents Robert S. (class of 1941) and Martha C. (class of 1942) Radspinner's time at VPI and dates from 1937 to 1942.

The scrapbooks consist of news clippings on VPI, programs, lyric theater programs, football tickets and clippings, and materials related to social events like school dances. The ephemera includes Glee Club record and programs, commencement programs, school bulletins, concert programs, Newspaper and techgram clippings, dance cards, and material related to "Virginia Tech" Day that Robert Radspinner attended as a high school senior. The photographs albums mainly concern Robert S. and Martha C. Radspinner's VPI days. The scrapbook also includes images of John Radspinner, who received his Master's at Tech, and other family members.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into three series by material type: Series I: Ephemera, Series II: Scrapbooks; and Series III: Newspapers. Within each series, materials are in chronological order.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • University Archives
  • University History
  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (1896-1944)

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Radspinner, Martha C. Snidow, 1921-2013
  • Radspinner, Robert S., 1919-2011

Container List

Series I: Ephemera, 1937-1942.
  • Jefferson Senior Picnic and "Virginia Tech" Day Ephemera, 1937. 1, box-folder folder: 1,
  • Concert and Social Event Programs, 1937-1943. 1, box-folder folder: 2,
  • Lyric Theater Monthly Programs, 1938-1939. 1, box-folder folder: 3,
  • Techgram and VPI Fund Bulletins, 1939-1940. 1, box-folder folder: 4,
  • Newspaper Clippings, 1939-1940, n.d.. 1, box-folder folder: 5,
  • Dance Cards, 1940-1941. 1, box-folder folder: 6,
  • VPI Ephemera, 1940, n.d.. 1, box-folder folder: 7,
  • Glee Club Materials, 1940. 1, box-folder folder: 8,
  • Commencement Program, 1942. 1, box-folder folder: 9,
Series II: Scrapbooks, 1937-1942.
  • 2 Photo Albums, ca. 1937-1942. 2, box
  • 2 Memorabilia Scrapbooks, 1937-1942. 3, box
Series III: Newspapers, 1937-1941, 1988.
  • Newspapers, 1937-1941, 1988. folder: 1, oversize