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Virginia Tech History Resources: University-Wide Resources

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.

University Archives

The following resources are a wonderful starting point for searching the University Archives in Virginia Tech Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), which include organizational records and publications, newspapers and printed material about departments and people, and photographs of individuals and places on campus and in Blacksburg and the surrounding area.

Publications about Virginia Tech

To learn an overview about the development of the university, consult the following publications.

University Publications

A number of publications by the university can provide information about the university's operations for your research.

University Newsletters and Magazines

Student Publications

Members of the student body have been publishing periodicals throughout the history of the university, both officially (such as the Bugle yearbook) and unofficially (such as the initial Tin Horn yearbooks).

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Land & Labor Acknowledgement

We thank the American Indian & Indigenous Community Center for providing this statement:

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 legislation and practices like the Morrill Act (1862) enabled the commonwealth of Virginia to finance and found Virginia Tech through the forced removal of Native Nations from their lands, both locally and 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.

We must also recognize that enslaved Black people generated revenue and resources used to establish Virginia Tech and were prohibited from attending until 1953. 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.