Tag Archive | Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech Land-Grant University by Peter Wallenstein

Peter Wallenstein’s Virginia Tech Land-Grant University, 1872-1997:  History of a School, a State, a Nation provides a good introduction to the establishment of land-grant institutions through the Morrill Act of 1862 and their continued presence and growth through the Hatch Act of 1887 and the Morrill Act of 1890.  Wallenstein emphasizes federal legislation as the […]

Papers of John McLaren McBryde, RG 2/5, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Known as the “father of VPI,” McBryde was the first president to have a relatively free hand in developing the academic program, selecting associates, formulating policies, and planning the physical plant of the College. Major accomplishments of his administration included: establishing position of Dean in 1903-04 to aid in administration duties; reorganizing the curriculum and […]

Virginia Tech History Master’s Thesis Proposal

A Virginia Tech Master’s Thesis Proposal is comprised primarily of 3 parts: Narrative: including the historical question, thesis or focus statement (answer), significance of research, literature review, and personal review of the above. Historical Question—What are you writing about?  What significant questions are you asking and how does your topic address the question? Thesis or […]