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Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
Title:Reserve Officers’ Training Corps records
Dates:1949-1981 (bulk 1951-1969)
Call Number:A38
Location: 29/2
Volume:1.00 cubic ft. (1 box)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents, mainly through correspondence, the administration of the ROTC program at Northeastern University (NU) between 1949 and 1981. Records relate to curricular changes, the accreditation process, and enrollment. Of particular interest is documentation of the debate at NU in the late 1960s and early 1970s concerning ROTC on campus.
Historical Abstract:Northeastern University’s (NU) Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) division was formed in January 1951 with two units, the Corps of Engineers and the Signal Corps. ROTC trained young men (and later young women) to become officers in the United States Army by providing both academic instruction and physical training. ROTC enrolled 886 men in its inaugural year, and by the end of the decade, membership had reached 2,800. By the early 1960s, the NU ROTC program had become the largest in the country. By the mid-1960s, however, enrollment began to decline. Although student and faculty groups lodged formal complaints and demonstrated against the organization during the late 1960s and 1970s, a majority of the campus population supported it, allowing it to survive until the present day.
Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Reserve Officers' Training Corps.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Students

  • Military education -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- Massachusetts -- Boston

Restrictions:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Amy Bosworth, December 1999