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Hobart AFROTC collection, 1951-1971

 Collection
Identifier: SC-72

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials covering the United States Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corp at Hobart College. The materials consist primarily of photographs and newspaper clippings removed from five scrapbooks and several files of correspondence.

The scrapbooks document each school year from 1951 to 1970. Volumes 1-3 each cover multiple school years, while Volumes 4 and 5 focus on specific years and have a more informal touch. The majority of the items are photographs and newspaper clippings. Subjects include the Parents' Day and Presidential reviews, the A.F.R.O.T.C. Ball, and assorted field trips. Beginning in the mid-1960s, the materials cover the growing opposition to the A.F.R.O.T.C. presence on campus, culminating in the termination of the program and the firebombing of its offices in April 1970.

The correspondence is primarily between college administrators and A.F.R.O.T.C. staff. Topics include the relationship between the two institutions, course credit, and personnel changes. The files from the late 1960s and 1970 cover the sit-ins and other protests of the R.O.T.C. presence on campus.

Dates

  • 1951-1971

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Historical

The United States Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corp was established at Hobart College in 1951. Participation was required for all first and second year students until 1964, when it became voluntary. The program was terminated in 1970 in response to growing opposition due to the Vietnam War.

Extent

3.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes, 1 flat file)

Abstract

This collection contains materials covering the United States Air Force R.O.T.C. at Hobart College, which existed from 1951-1970. The materials consist primarily of photographs and newspaper clippings removed from five scrapbooks and several files of correspondence.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series:
  1. Scrapbooks
  2. Correspondence and other materials
  3. Realia

Provenance

The materials in this collection were gathered from various archives files of unknown provenance.

Related Materials

  1. SC 51 Campus unrest collection

Processing Information

The scrapbooks were disassembled for preservation issues. Newspaper clippings were photocopied and photographs were removed from highly acidic paper labels and mounting.
Title
Hobart College AFROTC collection: A Finding Aid
Status
In Progress
Author
Brandon Moblo
Date
November 2018
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Warren Hunting Smith Library
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva New York 14456 U.S.A. US (United States)