Newman, Walter S., Records of the Office of the Vice-President Records

Records of the Office of the Vice-President Records, Walter S. Newman, 1946-1947 RG.03.01


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
RG.03.01
Title
Records of the Office of the Vice-President Records, Walter S. Newman1946-1947
URL:
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaxtf/view?docId=vt/viblbv01835.xml
Quantity
1.6 Cubic Feet 2 boxes
Creator
Newman, Walter S. (Walter Stephenson), 1895-1978
Language
The materials in the collection are in 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.

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Preferred Citation

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Source of Acquisition

The Records of the Office of the Vice-President, Walter S. Newman were transferred to Special Collections and University Archives in 1973.

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.

Sources:

Jenkins Mikell Robertson, compiler and editor. Historical Data Book, Centennial Edition. Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1964 and 1972). pp. 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. pp. 357-413.
Peter Wallenstein. "The First Black Students at Virginia Tech." Diversity News, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Fall 1997). p. 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

The following collections at Virginia Tech Special Collections and University Archives have materials related to Walter S. Newman:

Records of the Office of the President, Walter S. Newman, RG 2/10
Walter S. Newman Collection, Ms2015-006

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Correspondence
  • Faculty
  • Newman, Walter S. (Walter Stephenson), 1895-1978
  • University Archives
  • University History
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1944-1970)

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Records of the Office of the Vice-President, Walter S. Newman 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

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

Container List

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