State University of Montana (Missoula) Student Army Training Corps photograph album, 1918

Overview of the Collection

State University of Montana (Missoula). Student Army Training Corps
State University of Montana (Missoula) Student Army Training Corps photograph album
1918 (inclusive)
1 volume
Collection Number
Mss 666
1918 photo album documenting the Student Army Training Corps at the State University of Montana in Missoula.
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 4062432053
Fax: 4062434067
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The War Department initiated The Student Army Training Corps as a nationwide program in the spring of 1918, a year after the U. S. had entered World War I. It began at 157 colleges and lasted until December of that year, following the Armistice. The idea was to allow students to volunteer for the army without unduly depleting enrollment at the nation's colleges and trade schools.

Section A, Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.), at the State University in Missoula, Montana, was established on October 1, 1918 and ended on December 18, 1918.

The 300 members of Section "A" on the University campus took regular academic classes along with military training, while those in Section "B" supplement their military work with training for general mechanics, auto mechanics, radio operators, blacksmiths, topographical draftsmen and pipe fitters.

The Corps faced many problems including unfinished barracks requiring that they be quartered in tents, uniforms that had not come, and insufficient bedding. A bayonet course was constructed, complete with trenches, entanglements, and dummies. The young men also learned the work of engineers and surveyors and several men had been selected and recommended for officer’s schools when the war ended.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The photograph album of the Student Army Training Corps of the State University of Montana (now the University of Montana-Missoula) provides visual documentation of the university campus, Corps housing, officers, new arrivals, formal poses of Companies A, B, and C, the S.A.T.C band, classes held outdoors during the influenza epidemic, trench construction, bayonet drill, field work, and bridge building.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], State University of Montana (Missoula) Student Army Training Corps Photograph Album, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Custodial History

Chain of ownership and custodial history of this photo album is unknown.

Acquisition Information

Details concerning the immediate source of acquisition of this photo album are unknown.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Military education--Montana--Missoula--Photographs
  • World War, 1914-1918--Montana--Missoula

Corporate Names

  • United States. Army. Students' Army Training Corps

Geographical Names

  • Montana--History, Military--20th century

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photograph albums--Montana--Missoula