The Resource Accessions 21117 and 21118 are filed with Accession 20629

Accessions 21117 and 21118 are filed with Accession 20629

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1893-1933
Inclusive dates
1893-1933
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eng
Summary
  • Letters, 1893-1933, of John McLaren McBryde (1841-1923) of Blacksburg, Virginia, and president of Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Virginia Polytechnic Institute (now Virginia Tech). Letters include correspondence, April-July 1893, from Edward Atkinson (1827-1905) of Boston, Massachusetts; J. Sterling Morton (1832-1902), Secretary of Agriculture; and Henry E. Alvord (1844-1904) of Fairfax County, Virginia; all to McBryde; and letter, 30 June 1893, from Morton to Atkinson; concerning McBryde's declining the offer to serve as assistant secretary of agriculture in the presidency of Grover Cleveland (1837-1908); letter, 17 August 1893, from Edwin Willits, Assistant Secretary of Agriculture, concerning McBryde's objections to a Professor Stockbridge as Director of the Office of Experiment Stations and McBryde's refusal of the post of assistant secretary; letter, 27 August 1895, from Daniel C. Gilman (1831-1908) of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, asking McBryde to participate in a jury in Atlanta, Georgia, on southern agriculture; and a letter, 4 January 1898, from Edward Atkinson concerning the use of shredded cornstalks as fodder for cattle, and a possible trip to Blacksburg in the summer
  • Collection also includes correspondence, 1903-1933, concerning the offer to be appointed the first president of the University of Virginia to McBryde, his declining, and subsequent controversy. Consists of correspondence to McBryde from Congressman Carter Glass (1858-1946) of Lynchburg, Virginia; R. T. Irvine of Big Stone Gap, Wise County, Virginia; and John Thompson Brown (1861-1921) of Bedford County, Virginia; correspondence from McBryde to Glass, Irvine, Brown, and Charles N. McBryde; and correspondence between Glass and Brown. Includes minutes, 16 June 1903, of the Board of Visitors of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute containing a letter from the school's faculty regarding their concerns over the possibility of McBryde leaving the institution. Also contains article, 2 August 1903, from the Richmond TIMES-DISPATCH consisting of a letter from Professor George W. Miles of the University of Virginia concerning his candidacy for the presidency of the university, and a letter, 14 July 1904, and news clipping from J. C. Hemphill, editor of the Charleston NEWS AND COURIER, to Professor Ellison A. Smyth of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute regarding McBryde and the subsequent appointment of Edwin Alderman (1861-1931) as president. Also includes letter, 29 April 1932, from Charles William Dabney (1855-1945) of Winter Park, Florida, to Professor John M. McBryde (1870-1956) of Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, and son of John McLaren McBryde, thanking him for use of his father's papers concerning the offer of the presidency of the University of Virginia and Philip Alexander Bruce's history of the University of Virginia, and an autobiographical sketch by John McLaren McBryde accompanied by a note, 18 April 1933, from his son discussing the offer. Also contains a partial list of the letters in the collection. Some letters include a typescript copy
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Biographical or historical data
John McLaren McBryde was born 1 January 1841 in Abbeville, South Carolina. He entered South Carolina College in 1858, then attended the University of Virginia. When the Civil War began, he returned home to voluteer and served until he became ill with typhus. After his recovery, McBryde began working in the Confederate Treasury Department. When the war ended, he began farming in Buckingham County, Virginia, then moved to Albemarle County, Virginia in 1867. In 1879 he became a professor of agriculture at the University of Tennessee. McBryde became president of South Carolina College in 1883 and served until 1891. That year, he was appointed president of Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. He resigned that position due to ill health in 1907, by which time it had become Virginia Polytechnic Institute. McBryde rejected offers to serve as assistant secretary of agriculture and as the president of the University of Virginia. He married Cora Bolton (ca. 1839-1920) 18 November 1863, and they had at least two children. McBryde died 20 March 1923 in New Orleans, Louisiana, while visiting his son John M. McBryde (1870-1956).
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Accessions 21117 and 21118 are filed with Accession 20629
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Accessions 21117 and 21118 are filed with Accession 20629
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  • The Library of Virginia
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Extent
  • 79
  • 6
Immediate source of acquisition
  • McBryde, John M.
  • McBryde, John M.
  • McBryde, Charles N.
Organization method
The papers are arranged in chronological order.
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  • leaves and
  • p.

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