ROTC Centennial Files, 1946-1995

Collection number: UA 23/2/1
Size: 2 boxes (0.45 cu.ft.)

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.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the authors of these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], ROTC Centennial Files, 1946-1995, UA 23/2/1, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donated by Capt. Kevin M. Major, Oct. 30, 2017

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 11994"Centennial: One Hundred Years of ROTC at the University of New Hampshire"
Box 1, Folder 21994-1995Program of events
Box 1, Folder 3Historical info.
Box 1, Folder 41946-1997Newspaper clippings
Box 1, Folder 5Gen. Melvin Zais '37 (biographical info and photos)
Box 1, Folder 6Letters 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 7Donation: William McGee '59
Box 1, Folder 8Donation: Charles Joslin '36
Box 1, Folder 9Donation: Henry Lane '31
Box 1, Folder 10Donation: Horace "Pepper" Martin '41
Box 1, Folder 11Donation: Chester R. Titus '50
Box 1, Folder 12Donation: Robert B. Knox '41
Box 1, Folder 13Donation: John B. Hammond Jr. '74
Box 1, Folder 141960, 1979-1985ROTC Army and Air Force Commissioning Ceremonies Programs
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1Committee files: maps, invites, reply cards
Box 2, Folder 2Committee files: agenda
Box 2, Folder 3notes: 1890s
Box 2, Folder 4notes: 1900s
Box 2, Folder 5notes: 1910s
Box 2, Folder 6notes: 1920s
Box 2, Folder 7notes: 1930s
Box 2, Folder 8notes: 1940s
Box 2, Folder 9notes: 1950s
Box 2, Folder 10notes: 1960s
Box 2, Folder 11notes: 1970s
Box 2, Folder 12notes: 1980s
Box 2, Folder 13slides
Box 2, Folder 14misc. photocopies of images


Letters & Postcards
Military Papers
Minutes & Reports
Newspapers & Publications
Photographs, Slides & Negatives