Guide to the ROTC Centennial Files, 1946-1995
Collection number: UA 23/2/1
Size: 2 boxes
About the UNH ROTC Program
The Morrill Act of 1862 called for the federal government to provide each state with
a grant of land that could be sold for the establishment of at least one college to
teach agriculture and the mechanic arts. This “land-grant act” also required the
schools to provide training in military tactics by an officer assigned by the War
Department. New Hampshire's land-grant college, the New Hampshire College of
Agriculture and Mechanics Arts, was founded in 1866 and originally located in
Hanover, NH in connection with Dartmouth College. Its low enrollment during the
first quarter century of the college did not justify the expense of sending an Army
officer to teach military science.
In 1893, the college was moved to Durham. Lieutenant Henry C. Hodges, Jr., 22nd U. S.
Infantry, reported for duty on September 1, 1894 as the college's first instructor
of military science. Beginning in 1895 the catalog listed military science as a
three-year requirement for all males not excused for disability, and elective for
seniors. This program was the genesis of the modern Reserve Officers Training Corps,
which was formally organized in 1916.
The Centennial of the ROTC program at UNH was celebrated with a year-long program of
events during the academic year 1994-95.
About the ROTC Centennial Files
This collection contains some historical information on the UNH ROTC program used in
the creation of the 100th anniversary booklet and celebration program. It also contains letters, photographs
and other memorabilia donated by ROTC alumni.
This collection is open.
Copyright is retained by the authors of these papers, or their descendants, as
stipulated by United States copyright law.
[Identification of item], ROTC Centennial Files, 1946-1995, UA 23/2/1, Milne
Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham,
Donated by Capt. Kevin M. Major, Oct. 30, 2017
|Box 1, Folder 1||1994||"Centennial: One Hundred Years of ROTC at
the University of New Hampshire"|
|Box 1, Folder 2||1994-1995||Program of events|
|Box 1, Folder 3||Historical info.|
|Box 1, Folder 4||1946-1997||Newspaper clippings|
|Box 1, Folder 5||Gen. Melvin Zais '37 (biographical info and photos)|
|Box 1, Folder 6||Letters and photos from alumni: Forest L. Little '52; Frank W. Brown
'44; Mrs. Sidney L. Gibson; C. H. Mullins; Carleton W. Brown '40; Arnold C.
Blake '30; Edward H. Church '41; Neal Fox '59; William P. Prescott '59;
Marty Townsend '51; David B. Washburn '66; John H. Barchelder '50; Amos R.
Townsend '52; Charles K. Taft, Jr. '76|
|Box 1, Folder 7||Donation: William McGee '59|
|Box 1, Folder 8||Donation: Charles Joslin '36|
|Box 1, Folder 9||Donation: Henry Lane '31|
|Box 1, Folder 10||Donation: Horace "Pepper" Martin '41|
|Box 1, Folder 11||Donation: Chester R. Titus '50|
|Box 1, Folder 12||Donation: Robert B. Knox '41|
|Box 1, Folder 13||Donation: John B. Hammond Jr. '74|
|Box 1, Folder 14||1979-1984||ROTC Army and Air Force Commissioning Ceremonies Programs|
|Box 2, Folder 1||Committee files: maps, invites, reply cards|
|Box 2, Folder 2||Committee files: agenda|
|Box 2, Folder 3||notes: 1890's|
|Box 2, Folder 4||notes: 1900's|
|Box 2, Folder 5||notes: 1910's|
|Box 2, Folder 6||notes: 1920's|
|Box 2, Folder 7||notes: 1930's|
|Box 2, Folder 8||notes: 1940's|
|Box 2, Folder 9||notes: 1950's|
|Box 2, Folder 10||notes: 1960's|
|Box 2, Folder 11||notes: 1970's|
|Box 2, Folder 12||notes: 1980's|
|Box 2, Folder 13||slides|
|Box 2, Folder 14||misc. photocopies of images|