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Syracuse University ROTC Collection

An inventory of the collection at the Syracuse University Archives

Finding aid created by: Nicole Wright
Date: 2019

Historical Note

The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at Syracuse University was established in 1919 following the dissolution of the Student Army Training Corps after World War I. ROTC prepares college students to serve as officers in the United States armed forces once they complete their education. At Syracuse University, students can choose to complete either Army ROTC or Air Force ROTC. Flight training on campus began during World War II with one the largest Army Air Forces College Training Program in the country at the time. In 1946, ahead of the establishment of the Air Force as an independent branch of the military, Detachment 535 at Syracuse University became one of the first Air ROTC units established by then Chief of Staff of the United States Army, Dwight D. Eisenhower. The following year the program became the Air Force ROTC, or AFROTC. Syracuse University has one of the longest running ROTC programs in the country.

Scope and Content Note

The Syracuse University ROTC Collection spans from 1926 to 2012 and contains mostly photographs, publications, and scrapbooks related to ROTC at Syracuse University. The scrapbooks contain clippings and photographs about the programs during the years 1957 to 2004.


Access Restrictions:

Oversize boxes are housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus. There are no access restrictions on the rest of the collection.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

The University Archives holds clipping files and photographs in the Syracuse University Photograph Collection about ROTC at Syracuse University.

Selected Search Terms


Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.
United States. -- Air Force.
United States. -- Army. -- Reserve Officers' Training Corps.


College students.
Higher education.

Types of Material

Publications (documents)
Slides (photographs)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Syracuse University ROTC Collection,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Five of the scrapbooks were transferred from an unidentified campus office to the University Archives in 2005. Additionally, in 2016 two scrapbooks, slides, photographs, and two Syracuse University Air Force ROTC challenge coins were transferred to the University Archives from the Air Force ROTC program.

Processing Information

The collection was pulled from a larger collection, the Syracuse University World Wars and the Military Collection, which was broken up into smaller collections. Materials related to ROTC were rehoused in folders and boxes.


Folders are arranged alphabetically.

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