Redd, Henry B. "Puss" Collection Henry B. "Puss" Redd Collection, 1930-1984 Ms.2013.017

Henry B. "Puss" Redd Collection, 1930-1984 Ms.2013.017


Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
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Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
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Adrienne Glenney, Student Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist

Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Henry B. "Puss" Redd Collection, 1930-1984
0.6 Cubic Feet, 2 boxes, 1 oversize folder
Redd, Henry B. "Puss", 1895-1960
English .
This collection contains the papers of Henry B. "Puss" Redd. The collection contains photographs, clippings, and VPI alumni material as well as a large amount of material related to Redd's position as a faculty member and a coach for the VPI football team.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Henry B. "Puss" Redd 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: Henry B. "Puss" Redd Collection, Ms2013-017, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The majority of the materials were donated to Special Collections. One of the Phil Berube drawings was purchased in 2011.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Henry B. "Puss" Redd Collection was completed in March 2013.

Biographical Note

Henry B. Redd was born on January 22nd, 1895 in Martinsville, Virginia. He left VPI during World War I, and served in France as a lieutenant in the artillery. He graduated from VPI in 1921 with a degree in agronomy. After graduation, he remained at VPI as a professor of agronomy until 1926 when he was made alumni secretary. During this period, and until 1932, Redd also coached freshman football. In 1932, he was promoted to the head coaching position. His first VPI team only lost one game in its first season. After the 1940 football season, Redd resigned his position as head coach and returned to working full time as alumni secretary. Redd died in 1960.

Scope and Content

This collection contains the papers of Henry B. "Puss" Redd. The collection consists of newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, alumni material and VPI events materials relating to Redd's time as a faculty member at Virginia Tech, as well as a framed family crest. The dates of the materials range from 1930-1984.

There are several articles about Redd's performance as head football coach as well as football drawings, promotional material and paraphernalia. Many of the photographs in the collection are of Redd and other faculty members at alumni and VPI events. There are also several photographs of Redd's wife, Rachel Vawter. The collection contains a set of Kodak printer cut developing stamps. There are twelve stamps each imprinted with the image of a VPI faculty member from 1933.


This collection is arranged by material type.

Related Material

Special Collections also includes a portrait of Henry B. "Puss" Redd among its art works.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Faculty
  • Redd, Henry B. "Puss", 1895-1960
  • University History
  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (1896-1944)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1944-1970)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1970-)

Container List

box-folder 1 folder: 1
Alumni Event Programs and Materials
box-folder 1 folder: 2
Awards and Honors
box-folder 1 folder: 3
Bugle Tribute to Charles E. Vawter
box-folder 1 folder: 4
box-folder 1 folder: 5
Kodak Printers' Cut Stamps of VPI President and Faculty
box-folder 1 folder: 6 oversize folder: 1
Newspaper Clippings
box-folder 1 folder: 7
Phil Berube Drawings
box-folder 1 folder: 9
oversize folder: 1
Publications ( Techgram )
June 15, 1960
box 2
Valletort Family Crest