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Virginia Tech History Resources: Pamplin College of Business

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 Pamplin College of Business

Here are resources for the Pamplin College of Business (often shortened just to Pamplin), its schools, its programs, and its departments, as well as its predecessors, such as School of Applied Science and Business Administration.

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 Pamplin are designated RG 16/x, while the School of Applied Science and Business Administration [obsolete, 1962] are identified as RG 12. The Program in Real Estate is both RG 14/11 and RG 16/16, while Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management (HRIM) is both RG 19/9 and RG 16/15.

About the Pamplin College of Business

Courses in business have been offered since 1881, and the Department of Business Administration was established in 1924. The School of Applied Science and Business Administration formed in 1950 out of the Department. In 1960, the School dissolved, and several departments moved to the School of Business, established the same year and renamed the College of Business in 1964. The college was renamed Pamplin College of Business for two alumni, Robert B. Pamplin and his son, Robert B. Pamplin Jr., in 1986.

General Histories

Pamplin Collections

Pamplin Collections

Here are several SCUA collections related to the Pamplin College of Business. 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.

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