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Virginia Tech History Resources: College of Architecture, Arts, and Design

This guide details resources intended to help those doing research on the history of Virginia Tech, including the use of Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, and related resources.

Researching the College of Architecture, Arts, and Design (AAD)

Here are several resources related to the College of Architecture, Arts, and Design (AAD) (formerly College of Architecture and Urban Studies, CAUS), its programs, its schools, and its departments, as well related individuals.

General resources

Record groups may include posters, flyers, photos, organizational records, and more. Materials are divided into assigned Record Groups based on the office, division, or unit and designated by the prefix, RG. For example, materials relating to the AAD are identified as RG 14/x.

About AAD

Courses in architecture were listed in the college catalog as early as 1873. Courses were offered in the Architectural Engineering Department from 1928 through 1947, when the name changed to the Architecture Department. In 1955, the School of Engineering and Architecture was established. It became the College of Architecture in 1964, then the College of Architecture and Urban Studies in 1976. In July 2022, CAUS became the College of Architecture, Arts, and Design (AAD).

Online histories and exhibits

AAD Collections

AAD Collections

Here are several SCUA collections related to the College of Architecture, Arts, and Design. This is not a comprehensive list of all our related collections. To find more, please search within our collections on Archival Resources of the Virginias.

AAD Publications

About Special Collections and University Archives

Virginia Tech's Land Acknowledgement & Labor Recognition

Virginia Tech acknowledges that we live and work on the Tutelo / Monacan People’s homeland, and we recognize their continued relationships with their lands and waterways. We further acknowledge that the Morrill Land-Grant College Act (1862) enabled the commonwealth of Virginia to finance and found Virginia Tech through the forced removal of Native Nations from their lands in western territories. We understand that honoring Native Peoples without explicit material commitments falls short of our institutional responsibilities. Through sustained, transparent, and meaningful engagement with the Tutelo / Monacan Peoples, and other Native Nations, we commit to changing the trajectory of Virginia Tech's history by increasing Indigenous student, staff, and faculty recruitment and retention, diversifying course offerings, and meeting the growing needs of all Virginia tribes and supporting their sovereignty.

Virginia Tech acknowledges that its Blacksburg campus sits partly on land that was previously the site of the Smithfield and Solitude Plantations, owned by members of the Preston family. Between the 1770s and the 1860s, the Prestons and other local White families that owned parcels of what became Virginia Tech also owned hundreds of enslaved people. We acknowledge that enslaved Black people generated wealth that financed the predecessor institution to Virginia Tech, the Preston and Olin Institute, and they also worked on construction of its building. Not until 1953, however, was the first Black student permitted to enroll. Through InclusiveVT, the institutional and individual commitment to Ut Prosim (that I may serve) in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence, we commit to advancing a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.

Full and short version of the acknowledgement can be found on InclusiveVT's website.