Christiansburg [Virginia] Industrial Institute, Historical Documents

Christiansburg [Virginia] Industrial Institute, Historical Documents

Creator Christiansburg Institute Alumni
Description The Christiansburg Industrial Institute (CII) was founded in 1866 in Cambria (now Christiansburg), Virginia, by Civil War Union Captain Charles S. Shaeffer as a private primary school for black children. Through the support of the Friends Freedmen’s Association in Philadelphia (a Quaker organization), Shaeffer received financial backing for the school. In 1896 Booker T. Washington molded the program to one that would emphasize technical training for blacks. A 185-acre farm was purchased as the school’s campus in 1905. In 1934 the Montgomery County Christiansburg Industrial Institute School Board began its management of the school. CII was converted in 1947 to a regional high school for blacks, and closed in 1966 when the local schools were integrated. The collection consists primarily of writings and reminisces by CII alumni.
Call number MS 91-033
Date from 1866
Date to 1991
Geographic school Montgomery County, VA
Size .4 cu. ft.
Access restrictions yes/no no
Access restrictions
Part Of larger collection yes/no no
Larger collection title
Repository Virginia Tech Special Collections
Repository address University Libraries, P.O. Box 90001, Blacksburg, VA 24062-9001
Repository contact name Aaron D. Purcell
Repository contact title Director, Special Collections
Repository contact email
Repository contact phone (540) 231-6308
DoveRegion region1
Subjects o    African American students

o    Private schools

o    Public schools

o    School closings

o    Segregation in education

Types o    Memorabilia

o    Narrative

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