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Table of Contents
- Overview of the Collection
- Content Description
- Use of the Collection
- Administrative Information
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- Names and Subjects
University of Washington Department of Military Science records, 1900-2003
- University of Washington. Department of Military Science
- University of Washington Department of Military Science records
- 1900-2003 (inclusive)19002003
- 2.09 cubic feet (4 boxes)
- Collection Number
- UW Resource No. 00121
- Correspondence, news clippings, photograph albums, scrapbook, and other records of the Department of Military Science at the University of Washington in Seattle
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
- Access Restrictions
Open to all users.
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
On January 24, 1862, the Territorial Legislature of Washington specified that one of the University of Washington's four original institutional departments would be dedicated to the study of military science. Although the creation of a military department was mandated at the opening of the Civil War, it was not until the late 1870s that plans were developed. Finally, in 1882, the university president established a military department and in 1884, an active program was in place. From 1892 until 1916, with the exception of the period between 1902 and 1909, the Board of Regents adhered to a policy of requiring all male students to participate in military training for the first two years.
In 1916, the responsibilities for military training were transferred to the federal government's newly created Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). The requirement for two years of compulsory basic ROTC was stated in the 1919-1920 catalog and was continued in successive catalogs until the start of World War II. In 1946, the University removed the compulsory aspect of the military science requirement from the catalog; however two-year compulsory basic ROTC was reinstated at the recommendation of the University Senate and the Board of Deans in 1948. After prolonged study, military programs on campus became entirely voluntary in 1962 and have continued in this status to the present time.
The Kinnear Husky Battalion take its name from Cadet Captain C.A. Kinnear, who led a group of UW cadets during an operation to assist the Seattle City authorities in quelling the Anti-Chinese Riots of 1886. The unit received the title Kinnear Husky Battalion in 1984. For their assistance to local authorities, General John Gibbon presented the Battalion with a silk 38-star American flag in 1987, still on display on the ground floor of Clark Hall, outside the Military Science Department offices.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Recordbook, correspondence, news clippings, photograph albums, and scrapbook about the history of the Department of Military Science at the University of Washington.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Public records; use unrestricted when access is granted.
University of Washington Dept. of Military Science Records, 1900-2003. Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, Washington.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Organized into 3 accessions.
- Accession No. 78-094, Dept. of Military Science recordbook of cadets, 1900-1902
- Accession No. 04-036, Dept. of Military Science records, 1909-2003
- Accession No. 16-011, University of Washington Department of Military Science records, 1958-1994
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
Accession No. 78-094: Dept. of Military Science recordbook of cadets, 1900-1902Return to Top
Scope and Content: This accession consists of a recordbook titled, "Record of the Battalion of Washington State University Cadets for the Years 1900-02."
Acquisition Info: Received from Evelyn Toner, registrar, May 29, 1945.
Accession No. 04-036: Dept. of Military Science records, 1909-2003Return to Top
Scope and Content: The majority of records relate to the Army ROTC, including correspondence and news clippings regarding anti-ROTC demonstrations on the University of Washington campus between 1969 and 1970. A major correspondent is Colonel Corston A. Greene, Professor of Military Science and Army ROTC, from 1959-1960. Also included are itineraries, competition results, and some correspondence relating to the 1987 Ranger Challenge, an annual competition among several Northwest schools' Army ROTC departments, which the University of Washington hosted in that year. Records of the UW Officer Education Committee are also present. This advisory committee addressed issues such as whether the ROTC program should be voluntary or required of University of Washington students, as well as standards for curriculum and faculty requirements.
Acquisition Info: Received from the Department of Military Science, September 15, 2003.
Processing Info: Processed in 2004 by Meredith Selfon.
Processing Info: Approximately 150 photographs were relocated to the University of Washington Department of Military Science Photograph Collection, PH Coll 668, on April 29, 2004.
Incoming letters re. Washington Alumnus article on ROTC grads
University of Washington
Distinguished military student
Roll of honor
Speeches and writings
Military Ball and Dine In
Air Force ROTC
University of Washington Faculty Senate Executive Committee, ROTC Subcommittee
University of Washington Committee on Officer Education
Minutes and agenda
University of Washington Ad Hoc Committee to Study the University's ROTC Programs
Accession No. 16-011: University of Washington Department of Military Science records, 1958-1994Return to Top
Scope and Content: Photograph album of the Class of 1994 Commissioning, photograph album spanning the years 1958-1962, scrapbook about the history of the Department of Military Science and ROTC at the University of Washington, and World War I commemorative book.
Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.
Restrictions on Use: Public Records (Use is unrestricted after access has been granted)
Acquisition Info: Robert W. Foedisch, Administrative Assistant, 2010-03-18
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- College students--Recruiting--United States
- Military education--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Soldiers, Education, Non-military--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Greene, Corston A
- United States. Army. Reserve Officers' Training Corps
- University of Washington. Army ROTC
- University of Washington. Committee on Officer Education--Archives
- University of Washington. Department of Military Science--Archives
- United States--Armed Forces--Officers--Training of
- University of Washington. Committee on Officer Education (creator)
- University of Washington. University Archives
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- University Archives/Faculty Papers (University of Washington)