Virginia Tech Board of Visitors Records

Records of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors, 1873-1879, 1888-ca. 1990s, 2002, 2009, undated RG.01


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Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
specref@vt.edu
URL: http://spec.lib.vt.edu

LeeAnn Jones, Student Worker, and LM Rozema, Archivist

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
RG.01
Title
Records of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors1873-1879, 1888-ca. 1990s, 2002, 2009, undated
URL:
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaxtf/view?docId=vt/viblbv01855.xml
Quantity
8.4 Cubic Feet 12 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 Trustees
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
The Records of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors includes unofficial minutes, correspondence, reports, Executive Committee minutes and reports, material from and about individual members of the Board, and reports to the Board of Visitors.

Administrative Information

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Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Existence and Location of Copies

Contact Special Collections and University Archives for a digital copy of the Board of Visitors Official Minutes, 1910, and for the reports from Radford College to the Board of Visitors, 1960-1962.

Copies of official minutes held by Records Management are also available from Special Collections and University Archives.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Records of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors, RG 1, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Records of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors were transferred to Special Collections and University Archives prior to 1980. The Thomas S. Bocock Papers were received in 1955. Additional items were transferred in 2017 and 2019.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Records of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors was completed in 2017. The processing, arrangement, and description of additions was completed in November 2019.


Administrative History

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 March 19, 1872, the day he signed the bill creating the college, and the first meeting was held March 25 and 26 in Richmond. Board appointments are still made by the governor and subject to confirmation by the Virginia Senate. Since its inception, the board has been chaired by a Rector.

Various changes have occurred throughout 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 Consumer Services) became an ex-officio member after 1902, now being the only ex-officio member serving with thirteen appointed members. Four non-voting members have been added to represent the faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

Scope and Content

The Records of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors includes unofficial minutes, correspondence, reports, Executive Committee minutes and reports, material from and about individual members of the Board, and reports to the Board of Visitors.

Arrangement

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

RG 1 - Student and Personnel Records
RG 1/1 - Official Minutes
RG 1/2 - Unofficial Minutes, Correspondence, and Supporting Materials
RG 1/3 - Committees of the Board - Executive Committee
RG 1/4 - Individual Members of the Board
RG 1/5 - Administration and Governance Structure
RG 1/7 - Annual Reports

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 Virginia Tech Office of the President or the Secretary to the Board of Visitors.

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

An index to Board of Visitors' official minutes from 1898 through 1959 that are held by Records Management is available in the Special Collections and University Archives reference collection. (This index does not include the 1910 official minutes in this collection.)

See also the Records of Radford College, the Women's Division of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, RG 24.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Bocock, Thomas S., 1815-1891
  • Faculty
  • Radford College
  • University Archives
  • University History
  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute. Board of Visitors
  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. Board of Trustees
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Board of Visitors
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Board of Visitors
  • Wharton, Gabriel C. (Gabriel Colvin), 1824-1906

Rights Statement for Archival Description

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

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Bocock, Thomas S., 1815-1891
  • Wharton, Gabriel C. (Gabriel Colvin), 1824-1906

Container List

RG 1
RG 1 - Student and Personnel Records
1891-1908, 1910-1917, 1974
  • 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
  • box 9
    Payroll
    1910-1917
  • box 2
    Personnel listings microfilm reel
    1974-06-07
RG 1/1
RG 1/1 - Official Minutes
1910, 1979
  • box 2
    Official Minutes
    1910
  • box-folder 7 folder: 1
    Official Minutes
    1979
RG 1/2
RG 1/2 - Unofficial Minutes, Correspondence, and Supporting Materials
1888-1911, 1945, 1970-1978
  • box-folder 7 folder: 2-3
    Unofficial Minutes, Correspondence, Supporting Material
    1888-1911
  • box-folder 7 folder: 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 folder: 5
    Unofficial Minutes, Correspondence, Supporting Material
    1970-1978
RG 1/3
RG 1/3 - Committees of the Board - Executive Committee
1877-1879, 1896-1933, 1960-1961, 1968English.
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 folder: 6
    BOV Executive Committee Reports
    1877-1879
  • box 8
    BOV Executive Committee Minutes
    1896-02-19-1907-01-17
  • box 11
    BOV Executive Committee Minutes
    1907-04-17-1933-10-05
  • box-folder 7 folder: 7
    Report to the Board of Visitors' Executive Committee
    1960-1961
  • box-folder 7 folder: 8
    BOV Committees
    1968
RG 1/4
RG 1/4 - Individual Board Members
1873-1877, 1920, 1949-ca. 1990s, 2002, 2009, undated
  • RG 1/4 - Individual Board Members (General Information)
    • box-folder 12 folder: 1
      Board of Visitors oath of office for J. Thompson Brown, J. B. Watkins, Robert Beverley, and Meade Ferguson
      1920-10-08
    • Information about rector photographs in Torgersen Hall
      1949-1962, 2002, 2009, undated
      • box-folder 12 folder: 2
        Photocopies of photos and newspaper clippings
        1949-1962, undated
      • box-folder 12 folder: 3
        Research files about rector photos
        2002, 2009
      • box-folder 12 folder: 4
        Photographs and negatives of rectors
        undated
      • box-folder 12 folder: 5
        Eberwine CD
        undated
    • Member cards
      ca. 1950s-1990s
      • box-folder 12 folder: 6
        Member cards
        ca. 1950s-1980s
      • box-folder 12 folder: 7
        Member cards
        ca. 1980s-1990s
        General Note

        These cards were removed from a binder during processing.

      • box-folder 12 folder: 8
        Member cards
        ca. 1980s-1990s
        General Note

        These cards were removed from a binder during processing.

    • box-folder 7 folder: 9
      Newspaper Clippings on Individual Members
      1967-19691970-19741979
  • box-folder 7 folder: 10RG 1/4/1
    RG 1/4/1 - Thomas S. Bocock
    1873-1876
    Biographical Note

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

    Thomas Salem Bocock (1815-1891) was a lawyer and politician. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1842 through 1844 and the U.S. House of Represensentatives from 1847 until 1861. As an owner of enslaved persons, he supported the Confederacy during the American Civil War, even serving in the Confederate House of Representatives from 1861 through 1865. After the war, Bocock served on the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College's Board of Visitors from 1873 through 1875, and he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates from 1877 through 1879.

    Scope and Content

    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 folder: 11RG 1/4/2
    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 Content

    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
RG 1/5 - Administration and Governance Structure
1934, 1967
  • box-folder 7 folder: 12
    Proceedings of The Hearing Before The Committee of The Board of Visitors
    1934-08-13
  • box-folder 7 folder: 13
    BOV Administration and Governance
    19671970
RG 1/7
RG 1/7 - Annual Reports
1898-1955, 1959-1962, 1974-1975, 1978-1979
  • Radford College, Women's Division of VPI, Report to the BOV
    1960-1962
    • box-folder 10 folder: 1
      Radford College, Women's Division of VPI, Report to the BOV
      1960
    • box-folder 10 folder: 2
      Radford College, Women's Division of VPI, Report to the BOV
      1961
    • box-folder 10 folder: 3
      Radford College, Women's Division of VPI, Report to the BOV
      1962
    • box-folder 10 folder: 4
      Special Report to the BOV of Radford College on cost of operating auxiliary enterprises
      1961-08-08
  • 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 folder: 14
    Reports - President to the BOV
    1910
  • box-folder 7 folder: 15
    Treasurer's Reports to BOV
    1920-19211936-19371941-19421943-1944
  • box-folder 7 folder: 16
    Annual Report of the BOV
    1959-1960
  • box-folder 7 folder: 17
    Report of the Administration to the BOV
    1960
  • box-folder 7 folder: 18
    Annual Report of the BOV
    1960-1961
  • box-folder 7 folder: 19
    Report to the BOV
    1961-02-14
  • box-folder 7 folder: 20
    Report to the BOV
    1961-05-08
  • box-folder 7 folder: 21
    Report to the BOV
    1961-08-08
  • box-folder 7 folder: 22
    Report to the BOV
    1961-10-31
  • box-folder 7 folder: 23
    Annual Report of the BOV
    1961-1962
  • box-folder 7 folder: 24-25
    Report of the Administration to the BOV
    1962
  • box-folder 7 folder: 26
    Annual Report
    1974-1975
  • box-folder 7 folder: 27
    Annual Report
    1978-1979