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Records of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps

Identifier: UROT

Scope and Contents

The Records of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps consists of documents dated 1961 to 1985, with the bulk falling from 1961 to 1973. The collection contains scrapbooks, oral history interviews, photographs, and newspaper clippings primarily about the Poudre Musket Company, which was part of Colorado State University's Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). The albums were created under the guidance of Steven C. Schreiner in 1978 and include identified photographs, clippings, and yearly summaries on the activities of the Poudre Musket Company and its members. The oral history interviews are about the creation of the three scrapbooks.


  • Creation: 1961-1985
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1961-1973


Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.


Congress passed the National Defense Act in June 1916, establishing the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). The Colorado State Board of Agriculture applied for the establishment of an ROTC unit on the Fort Collins campus on December 13, 1916. All first and second year male students were required to participate in military instruction. Enrollment in ROTC increased steadily in line with student enrollment. When the United States entered World War II, enrollment doubled due to a need for officers.

On October 22, 1946, General Dwight D. Eisenhower signed General Order No. 124 which created a separate entity of the Army ROTC called Air ROTC units. Colorado State University was among the first schools to have an Air ROTC unit. In 1947 the responsibility for Air ROTC was assumed by the newly created U.S. Air Force.

In 1962, the mandatory requirement for ROTC at CSU was dropped and all participation became voluntary. Under provisions of the ROTC Revitalization Act of 1964, the two-year course for juniors and seniors was implemented in 1966, and women were added to the two cadet corps in 1969. The ROTC program, the Ram Battalion, at Colorado State University is currently ranked as one of the best programs in the nation.

The Poudre Musket Company was established as a separate unit within the University's Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). Begun after the end of the Korean War, the Poudre Musket Company was originally designated as a drill team, with a different uniform than the rest of the ROTC members. In 1961, with the United States involvement in the war in Southeast Asia, the Poudre Musket Company began combat training, and in 1963 started counter-guerrilla and Ranger warfare training. This training continued until the end of 1973.


1.5 linear feet (1 record carton)

Language of Materials



The Records of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) at Colorado State University consists of scrapbooks and ephemera relating primarily to the Poudre Musket Company, a drill team and tactical warfare unit.


The collection consists of 1 series in 1 record carton:

Series 1: Poudre Musket Company ROTC scrapbooks and ephemera, 1961-1973, 1985


The majority of the Records of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps was transferred from the ROTC in 1978. An additional newspaper clipping was transferred in 1985.


Processing was completed in May 2015. Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes.

Guide to the Records of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Karen Spilman
Copyright 2015
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA