Harry Downing Temple Jr., Papers, 1872-2004 (bulk, 1930-2001) (Ms1888-039)


Harry Downing Temple Jr., Papers, 1872-2004 (bulk, 1930-2001) (Ms1888-039)


University Archives
University History
Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College
Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute


The Harry Downing Temple, Jr., Papers contains materials related to Temple's personal life, interest in heraldry and insignia, and his research and publications on the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. Materials date from about 1872 to 2004.

The majority of the collection is comprised of research for The Bugle's Echo, including handwritten manuscripts, drafts, copies of research material, and extensive collection of photographs. Most of the research materials are photocopies from the Bugle, Techgram, and the Collegiate Times. As part of his research on Virginia Tech, Col. Temple collected a few original letters and memorabilia from other cadets. This collection houses a few of these letters and reminisces from the early years of Virginia Tech's history.

The other materials in the collection stem largely from Colonel. Temple's interest in the military and heraldry. The collection contains materials ranging from battle maps of Europe from the Napoleonic Wars to World War II, to heraldric drawings made by Temple or audio recordings of lectures he attended. Also included are various publications about heraldry and the military that Temple accumulated over his lifetime.


Temple, Harry Downing




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First VAMC football team to play VMI in 1894.jpg

Photograph of the V.A.M.C. football team in 1894, the first team to play against V.M.I. in the Thanksgiving game.
VPI-VMI football game, 1933.jpg

V.P.I. and V.M.I. football game at Maher Field in Roanoke on Thanksgiving Day, 1933.
Dance at VMI, 1932 or 33.jpg

Couples make figures on the dance floor at V.M.I.'s formal dance.
VMI Corps at Thanksgiving football game parade in Roanoke 1930 or 31.jpg

The V.M.I. Corps march in the Thanksgiving football game parade in Roanoke.
Front Cover.jpg

Front cover of the publication about the Pre-World War II Thanksgiving traditions at V.P.I. Cover Photo of Al Miller.

V.A.M.C. Football Team, 1892. The first "Tech" Football Team. Coached and Managed by Prof. E.A. Smyth, Jr. Back row (l to r): Minor, William Howe;…

V.A.M.C. Football Team, 1893. Back: Friend, Charles Thomas; Robinson, John William; Martin, Tarpley Douglas; Bond, Frank Eugene; (l to r). Front:…

Photo of the Senior Faculty Members 1904-1905

Photo of Junior Faculty Members 1904-1905

Photo of The Faculty 1895-1896

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