Department of Military Science/ROTC records
UA.3.17.1

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Title
Department of Military Science/ROTC records
ID
UA.3.17.1
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1930-1986
Date [inclusive]
1885-1986
Extent
1.2 Cubic feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation note

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing,Michigan".

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Historical Note

The Department of Military Science was founded in the 1884-1885 school year with the appointment of an Army officer as the Professor of Military Science and Tactics. Military training had previously existed on campus as a result of the 1862 Morrill Act, which gave each state land on which to build a college. Colleges founded as a result of the Morrill Act were required to provide military instruction.

In 1888, Military Science was a required course for all male students except seniors. In 1916, a National Defense act created the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and a year later the Military Science Department became part of the ROTC. In 1927, Demonstration Hall was constructed to be the home of the Department. In 1962, the ROTC became voluntary for male students. In 1966, the first woman enrolled in an ROTC class.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of records relating to the Michigan State University Military Science Department/ROTC. The class materials folder contains a receipt listing the uniform items issued to students, a syllabus for MS 102 chronologically listing the subjects covered in the class and chapters in the ROTC manual, and a list of basic concepts and their definitions. There is also a folder of correspondence relating to the creation of a trophy for the top member on the MSU rifle team to be named after Julian W. Smith. Smith was an education professor and member of the National Rifle Association Board of Directors. There is one issue of the newsletter the Cadet Bulletin from 1959,  Spartan Guardian newsletter for 1983-1985, ROTC horse show programs, speech by General Ralph Palladino from the 1963 ROTC convocation, event programs, and a folder of memos, press releases, and forms from 1942-1944. Other material included reports about compulsory ROTC programs at MSU as well as the United States Department of Army's position on the issue. Also included is an oversize certificate of cadet appointment. The photographs in the collection consist of images from 1880-1959 and the 1980s of cadets, training, drills, rifle teams, military bands, World War II trainees, trucks, tanks, maneuvers and training exercises, as well as social events and ceremonies. Labeled and unlabeled slides include images of camps, maneuvers, vehicles, images for slide presentations and slides produced by the U.S. military.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections August 2006

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

  November 2011

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Portions of the collection were donated by William H. Combs and Evelyn H. Scholl.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Army. Reserve Officers' Training Corps.

Genre(s)

  • Annual reports
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Newsletters
  • Photographs
  • Programs

Personal Name(s)

  • Smith, Julian W.

Subject(s)

  • Military
  • Military education -- Michigan -- East Lansing

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Collection Inventory

Miscellaneous Records 

Drawer Folder

Class materials 1957, 1958 

F.D. 1

Correspondence 1975 

F.D. 2

Cadet Bulletin 1959 

F.D. 3

Military Science/ROTC. 1942-1944 ; Civil Defense/War Bond Information 

F.D. 4

Third Regiment Competitive drill event program 1940 

F.D. 5

Correspondence 1936 

F.D. 6

MSC Military Band brochure 1930 

F.D. 7

The Case for the Required ROTC Programs 1959 

F.D. 8

Military Ball program 1986 

F.D. 9

Summary of Arguments Regarding ROTC 1959 

F.D. 10

ROTC Centennial and Commissioning Program 1955 

F.D. 11

ROTC Horse Show programs 1925, 1932 

F.D. 12

Spartan Guardian newsletter 1983-1985 

F.D. 13

Speech – General Ralph Palladino – ROTC convocation 1962 

F.D. 14

Telegram – Dept of Army position on compulsory ROTC training 1959 

F.D. 15

Oversized 

Drawer

Certificate of cadet appointment 

OS 5

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Photographs 

Collection Photographs 

Box Folder

Airplanes 

2037 1

Athletics 

2037 1-4

Athletics- Prints with negatives 

2037 5

Blood drives 

2037 6

Ceremonies 

2037 7-15

Classes 

2037 16-17

Contact Sheets 

2037 18

Firing Range 

2037 19

Helicopters 

2037 20

Inductions 

2037 21

Inductions and Commissions 

2037 22

Maneuvers and training exercises 

2037 23-30

Maneuvers and training exercises- prints and negatives 

2037 31

Maps and charts 

2037 32

Monuments, signs, flags, badges 

2037 33

MSU. Scenes 

2037 34

Negatives unmatched to prints 

2037 35-36

People. Bush, George 

2037 37

People. Groups 

2037 38-42

People. Individuals 

2037 43-47

People. Reagan, Ronald 

2037 48

Physical Training 

2037 49-50

Scenes. Unidentified 

2037 51

Speakers 

2037 52

Social Events 

2037 53

Tanks 

2037 54

Trucks 

2037 55
Drawer

Photographs- Michigan State University Collection 

Photos-MSU

Military Science 

1880-1899. Cadets 

1880-1899. Cadet Officers. 

1880-1899. Drill 

1880-1899. Rifle Team. 

1900-1919. Cadets. 

1900-1919. Cadet Officers. 

1900-1919. Drill. (2 folders) 

1900-1919. Instructors 

1900-1919. Rifle Team. 

1900-1919. Training. (3 folders) 

1920-1939. Armistice Day Programs. 

1920-1939. Cavalry. 

1920-1939. Cadets. 

1920-1939. Commissioning of Officers. 

1920-1939. Drill. 

1920-1939. Horse Shows. 

1920-1939. Instructors. 

1920-1939. Training. 

1940-1959. 

1940-1959. Awards. 

1940-1959. Cadets. 

1940-1959. Commissioning of Cadets and Awards. 

1940-1959. Corp Sponsors. 

1940-1959. Drill. (5 folders) 

1940-1959. Instructors. 

1940-1959. People. Groups. 

1940-1959. Pistol Team. 

1940-1959. Rifle Team. 

1940-1959. Social Events. 

1940-1959. Tanks. 

1940-1959. Training. (4 folders) 

1940-1959. Training. Aircraft. 

1940-1959. Trucks. 

1940-1959. World War II Army Trainees. (2 folders) 

Bands 

Classes 

Student Club Officers. 1927. 

Music. Bands. Cadet Band. 

Slides 

Box

Unlabeled 

2111H

Basic Camp 

2111H

Air Assault 

2111H

Fall 1988 

2111H

Mini Camp 1989 

2111H

Spartan Fury, 1989 

2111H

Unlabeled 


    Box
Mixed materials   2112H
    Box
Mixed materials   2111H

Box

Branch Insignia 

2112H

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Annual Reports 

Volume

Published in State Board Reports 

Bd. of Ag.

1885 

1886 

1887 

1888 

1889 

1890 

1891 

1892 

1895 

1900 

1902 

1903 

1904 

1905 

1906 

1907 

1908 

1909 

1910 

1911 

1912 

1913 

1914 

1915 

1916 

1917 

1918 

1919 

1920 

1921 

1922 

1923 

1924 

1925 

1926 

1927 

1928 

1929 

1930 

1931 

1932 

1933 

1934 

1935 

1937 

1938 

1939 

1940 

1941 

1942 

1943 

1944 

1945 

1946 

1947 

1948 

1949 

1951 

1952 

1956 

1957 

Box

Unpublished 

Annual Reports

1949-1950 

1954-1955 

1956-1957 

1957-1958 

Circa 1958-1959 

1959-1960 

1962 

1964-1965 

Circa 1965-1966 

Circa 1966-1967 

1968-1969 

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