This bound volume consists of a single typewritten alphabetical list of World War I rehabilitation students created from earlier sources during 1968-1969 and 1969-1970 by the Director of Registration and Records at the time, William F. Leslie.
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This bound volume consists of a single typewritten alphabetical list of World War I rehabilitation students created during 1968-1969 and 1969-1970 by the Director of Registration and Records at the time, William F. Leslie. The list was drawn from three primary sources created ca. 1919-ca. 1925: An undated 20-page register of rehabilitation students; an incomplete file of grade cards; and a group of file cabinets containing rehabilitation student folders and grade cards. Each alphabetical entry includes: Student name; Government file number; Date entered; Date last entered; Address; and Course.
During World War I, Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) and Student Army Training Corps (SATC) programs were formed at Georgia Tech, and a U.S. Army School of Military Aeronautics was established on campus.
The National Defense Act of 1916 created the impetus for the beginning of the ROTC program at Georgia Tech, but it was not until the spring of 1917, after the United States declared war on Germany, that Tech actually formed a ROTC unit. That summer, the faculty decided to make military drills a requirement for all students. The ROTC program began in earnest that winter, when a Signal Corps and a Coast Artillery Corps was created on campus. During the summer of 1918, Tech students participated in ROTC camps at Plattsburgh, New York. The SATC was also briefly established at Tech during the fall of 1918. SATC began to be demobilized in November of that year, after the war ended.
In the spring of 1917, the United States War Department, through the Air Division of the Signal Corps, selected several technical universities to be Ground Schools for preparatory instruction in military aeronautics. Georgia Tech became one of those schools. Work began at Tech on July 5, 1917. From July 1917 to January 1918, the Ground School taught preparatory instruction for aerial pilots; after that date, the curriculum changed to train supply officers for aviation squadrons. The School closed on May 11, 1918.
After the end of World War I, Tech apparently accepted war veterans as "rehabilitation" students.
Sources: John H. Matthews, History of the Georgia Institute of Technology Army ROTC (Unpublished typescript, Georgia Institute of Technology Department of Military Science, March 1969); School of Military Aeronautics (Georgia School of Technology) Records (UA416).
A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.
This volume was compiled by the Office of the Registrar in 1970 from the original documents (which are not reprinted in the volume). At that time, this volume was bound, cataloged (previous catalog number: T171 .G47 G45X), and housed in the Archives as a publication. In February 2013 the decision was made to remove the volume and the record from cataloged books and to reprocess the volume as an archival collection.
Acquired as a cataloged item; accession number 2013.008.
(one half-size document case)
Christine de Catanzaro processed these publications in February 2013.