NROTC/V-12 Collection, 1938 -- 2011


Title: NROTC/V-12 Collection
Dates: 1938 -- 2011
Bulk Dates: 1941 -- 1945
Creator: NROTC/V-12
Call Number: MS029
Size: 25.1 Cubic Feet, 10 Volumes, 34 Digital Object(s)
Language(s): English  
Permanent URL:
    Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University


This collection contains Navy V-12 Program publications, scrapbook, sword, aviation equipment, and military accessories. Also included are records from Army ROTC.


This collection is organized into four series: Memorabilia; Publications; Exhibit Materials; Photographs.


Biographical / Historical

The Navy V-12 Program was established in 1942 as part of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps to provide accelerated officer training at American colleges and universities in support of the war effort. During its existence at Tufts, more than 4,000 officers received their training on the Medford campus. Students enrolled in the program were able to complete their college studies, supplemented with special military training, prior to being commissioned in the navy. The School for War Service was organized to administer the naval programs.

Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection contains some restricted material. Restrictions related to specific material are listed in the detailed contents list. This collection may require review before it is available for use. Please contact DCA for further details.

Use Restrictions

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see "Reproductions and Use" on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. No documentation is available regarding the intellectual property rights in this collection.

Collection History

Processing Notes

This collection is partially processed.

Custodial History

Donated from various Tufts NROTC/V-12 veterans.

Subjects and Genre Terms
  • V-12 Program, United States. Dept. of the Navy
  • United States. Navy. Reserve Officers' Training Corps
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • University history
Related Material
  • Objects related to the NROTC may be found in the David and Howard Arthur Lincon Collection (MS035).

Series Description

  1. Memorabilia, 1941 -- 2008

    This series contains memorabilia donated by various Tufts V-12/NROTC veterans, including a dress sword, class ring, aviation equipment, and midshipman's and officer's hats.

  2. Publications, 1938 -- 1962

    This series contains publications relating to NROTC/V-12. The "Tufts Tracer" NROTC/V-12 student paper started in September 1941 and published inconsistently until June 1943 when it became more professional and was published bimonthly. Present from years 1941-57. The "Shakedown" is the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps yearbook. First issue 1946.

  3. NROTC/V-12 Exhibit Materials, 1999 -- 2003

    This series contain exhibit materials used for the V-12/NROTC exhibits displayed in Tisch Library. Included are mounted labels and photographs from the V-12 collection and several reproduced photographic prints.

  4. Photographs, 1908 -- 1999

    This series contains images of the Navy V-12 Program on the Medford Campus.

  5. Program files, 1996 -- 2011

    This series documents the V-12/NROTC Memorial Fund Program. Records created and compiled by program coordinator Ellie Short include correspondence, meeting minutes, and memos related to fundraising, awards, and the NROTC display case in Tisch Library.

  6. Unprocessed accessions

    This series contains film reels and plans for a World War II memorial. These materials are unprocessed and may not be available for research. Please contact DCA for more information about access.