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Syracuse University ROTC Collection

An inventory of the collection at the Syracuse University Archives


Creator: Syracuse University.
Title: Syracuse University ROTC Collection
Dates: 1926-2012
Size: 13.35 linear feet
Abstract: Materials related to and produced by the Air Force and Army ROTC programs at Syracuse University
Language: English
Repository: University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Historical Note

The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at Syracuse University was established in 1919 following the dissolution of the Student Army Training Corps after World War I. ROTC prepares college students to serve as officers in the United States armed forces once they complete their education. At Syracuse University, students can choose to complete either Army ROTC or Air Force ROTC. Flight training on campus began during World War II with one the largest Army Air Forces College Training Program in the country at the time. In 1946, ahead of the establishment of the Air Force as an independent branch of the military, Detachment 535 at Syracuse University became one of the first Air ROTC units established by then Chief of Staff of the United States Army, Dwight D. Eisenhower. The following year the program became the Air Force ROTC, or AFROTC. Syracuse University has one of the longest running ROTC programs in the country.

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Scope and Content Note

The Syracuse University ROTC Collection spans from 1926 to 2012 and contains mostly photographs, publications, and scrapbooks related to ROTC at Syracuse University. The scrapbooks contain clippings and photographs about the programs during the years 1957 to 2004. The Syracuse University Army ROTC Alumni Hall of Fame files hold photographs and biographical information of those honored in this program.

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Access Restrictions

Some boxes are housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus. There are no access restrictions on the rest of the collection.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

The University Archives holds clipping files and photographs in the Syracuse University Photograph Collection about ROTC at Syracuse University.

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Selected Search Terms


Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.
United States. -- Air Force.
United States. -- Army. -- Reserve Officers' Training Corps.


College students.
Higher education.

Types of material

Publications (documents)
Slides (photographs)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Syracuse University ROTC Collection,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transfer from an unidentified campus office in 2005; transfer from the Air Force ROTC program in 2016; transfer from ROTC Office in 2023.

Processing Information

Some of this collection was pulled from a larger collection, the Syracuse University World Wars and the Military Collection, which was broken up into smaller collections. Materials related to ROTC were rehoused in folders and boxes.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Nicole Wright
Date: 2019
Revision history: 29 Apr 2019 - fixed acess terms (MRC); Jan 2021 - 2 folders added (MAM); Nov 2022 - item containers updated (HVA); Mar 2023 - 0.25 linear foot added to Box 5 (MAM)

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Folders are arranged alphabetically.

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Box 1 Advisor's guide undated
Air Force
Box 1 Brochures 1957-1977
Box 1 Challenge coins undated
Box 1 Detachment 535 scrapbook "up, up and away" 1973-1979
Box 1 Photographs 1953-1992
Box 1 AAs rush 1979-1983
Box 1 Air Force Academy and ROTC circa 1980s
Box 1 Alaskan Air Command circa 1980s
Box 1 Flag ceremony circa 1990s
Box 1 General 1979-1984
Box 1 Weapon systems of the United States Air Force undated
Box 1 Syracuse University, Arnold Air Society, and Angel Flight present the US Air Force Documentary Art Program circa 1960s
Box 1 Syrajet 1960
Box 1 "The art of leadership" notes 1935
Box 1 Brochures circa 1945 - circa 2004
Box 1 Handbooks 1977
Box 2 Aviation student regulations 1943
Box 2 Bulletins and brochures 1929-1940s
Box 2 Bulletins 1985-2012 (2 folders)
Box 2 "History of ROTC" 1954
Box 2 Joint program with SUNY Oswego 1979
Box 2 Memoranda 1942-1966
Box 2 Photographs 1994-circa 1995 (2 folders)
Box 3 Photographs 2001-2004 (5 folders)
Box 3 Photographs - Army Rangers circa 1971
Box 3 Photographs - opening and inspection of ROTC facilities at Syracuse University 1951
Box 3 Indiantown gap military reservation news 1963
Box 3 The orange guidon 1931
Box 3 ROTC in review 1967
Box 3 The scabbard and blade 1926, 1964
Box 3 Tough n go 1974
Box 3 Tribune 1970
Box 3 Wing tips of the 535 1966-1968
Box 3 Regional conference record 1967
Box 4 Report for Middle States Association of College and Secondary Schools 1956
Oversize 1 Army ROTC 1962-1965
Oversize 2 Army ROTC 1966-1969
Oversize 3 Army ROTC 1969-1971
Oversize 4 La Belle Corps 1964
Oversize 6 Untitled 1952-1957
Oversize 5 Untitled 1957-1963
Oversize 7 Untitled 2004
Oversize 1 Signal flags undated
Special events
Box 4 Graduation and commissioning ceremonies 1939-2010
Box 4 Lectures and dinners 1970-2009, undated
Box 4 Military balls 1942-2008
Syracuse University army ROTC alumni hall of fame
Box 5 Adams, LTC (R) Maurice Leonard undated
Box 5 Aison, Judge Howard M. undated
Box 5 Bakum, Borys undated
Box 5 Baratz, MG (R) Max undated
Box 5 Cardwell, Tim undated
Box 5 Chernauskas, LTC (R) Paul J. undated
Box 5 Clemens, LTC (R) Robert T. undated
Box 5 Combs, MG Peggy undated
Box 5 Dean, Reverend Richard I. undated
Box 5 Fleming, Colonel (R) Thomas E. undated
Box 5 Goetzmann, Harry E., Jr. undated
Box 5 Holman, LTC (R) Victor undated
Box 5 Jones, Dr. James McKernon undated
Box 5 Lowell, Col (R) Robert P. undated
Box 5 Meyer, Genera (R) Edward C. undated
Box 5 Meyer, Dr. John A. and Meyer, Dean Marion W. undated
Box 5 Meyer, John A. undated
Box 5 Lahnstein, Col (R) Joseph S. undated
Box 5 Mordue, Judge Norman A. undated
Box 5 Murphy, Patrick V., Jr. undated
Box 5 Polley, CPT (R) Don Consaul undated
Box 5 Priore, Col Fortunato (Fred) R. undated
Box 5 Rorke, Donald M. undated
Box 5 Scott, 2LT Gary A. undated
Box 5 Tolley, Dr. William P. undated
Box 5 Utley, William E. undated
Box 5 Wineland, CPT Desiree C. undated
Box 5 Woolshlager, Col (R) John C. undated

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