Military Science Publications, 1882-
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Brief Description: Military Science Publications including an invitation to the University Cadet Battalion reception for Company K, Illinois National Guard (1882); St. Louis trip instructions (1904), "Military Training in Our Land Grant Colleges" by Edmund James (1916); statement of credit for withdrawing students (April, 1917); SATC World War I statements, war committee reports, curricular and housing announcements (1917-19); Camp Custer The Torch (1923); enrollment reports (1935, 1937); ASTP World War II form letters, announcements, notes, programs, clippings, circulars and faculty bulletins (1941-47); general military science program staff study (1955); ROTC instructor group historical supplements (1963-64), The Brigade News (1965),  Illinois Invitational Drill Meet program (1966),  a copy of The Illini Bagler, Spring 1981, and lists of IIU and UI Military Staff between 1868-1913, by M.J. Archer (2011).
Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 27/3/805
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Department of Military Science
Volume: 0.4 cubic feet
Acquired: 9/1963
Arrangement: Chronological
Biographical Note for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Department of Military Science :

Military training has been a part of the University of Illinois curriculum since 1868. In that year, the Illinois Industrial University was officially opened in compliance with a requirement of the Morrill Land Grant of 1862.1 By laws of Congress and the state, the University was required to teach Military Tactics to its students. All able-bodied male students of the first and second years were enrolled in the companies of the University Battalion, and received instruction from one to three hours each week.2 World War I severely affected the University ROTC program. By the end of the school year 1916-17 all the officers were ordered away. Only one officer, Major Edward W. McCaskey, U.S.A. retired, was assigned for 1917-18. The Student Training Corps, coming in the fall of 1918, was a further serious set back. This program converted the University into a military school for all practical purposes. It lasted for only four months and, in effect, replaced the ROTC. It left the ROTC in a position of much reduced effectiveness for this period.3 In 1961, the name was listed as Department of Military Science.4

1. A Brief History of the University of Illinois ROTC, 1918, p. 1.

2. Board of Trustees Transactions, 10th Report, 1881, p. 39.

3. A Brief History of the University of Illinois ROTC, 1918, p. 2.

4. University of Illinois Undergraduate Study Catalog, 1961, p. 93.

Subject Index
Army Student Training Program
Drill Meets
Military Training
Reserve Officers Training Corps
Student Army Training Corps
Languages of Materials
English [eng]