Radford Army Ammunition Plant Collection
AC 012

Summary Information

Repository
McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections
Title
Radford Army Ammunition Plant Collection
ID
AC 012
Date [inclusive]
1941-1966
Extent
3.5 Linear feet
Physical Description
Contains news clippings, pamphlets, booklets, and documents.
Location
Locked in compact shelving, level 1.
Language
English

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Radford Army Ammunition Plant Collection, Appalachian Collection, McConnell Library, Radford University, Radford, VA.

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Scope and Contents

Construction on the Radford Army Ammunition Plant (a.k.a, Radford Arsenal) was started in September 1940, and the plant began producing powder in April 1941. Box 1 contains official publications, news clippings, and other materials related to the history of the Ammunition Plant from 1941 through the 1960s. Box 2 contains 71 issues of the plant's newsletter, The Radford Plant Weekly - "The Official Publication of the Radford Ordinance Works," dating from November 13, 1940 to May 14, 1942.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections

McConnell Library
PO Box 6881
Radford, Virginia
540-831-5692
archives@radford.edu

Restrictions to Access

An appointment for research is required. The collection is open for research. No interlibrary loan.

Custodial History

Materials were originally collected in regional history vertical files in McConnell Library from the 1940s-1970s, and moved to this collection in 2011. Additional materials were donated by Radford professor Mary LaLone in 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Brandon Edwards and Wes Hess, Winter 2012, and Andy Bristol, Summer 2013, Finding aid by Brandon Edwards and Gene Hyde.

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Collection Inventory

Box

Box 1: Booklets, newspaper articles, and other materials related to the Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RAAP) 

1

Folder 1: Newspaper article, "National Defense, Radford Ordinance Works," Roanoke World News, January 29, 1941 

Folder 2: Newspaper clipping, "Powder Made at Radford in Colonial Days," Roanoke Times, October 29, 1950 

Folder 3: Newspaper clipping, "Arsenal Hums Again," April 26, 1951 

Folder 4: Newspaper clippings, speeches, reports, "Opening and Dedication of RAAP," Virginia History, July 1951 

Folder 5: Newspaper clipping, "New Radford Kenrose Plant," Roanoke Times, March 10, 1954 

Folder 6: Booklet, "Highlights of Radford Arsenal," July 1, 1955 

Folder 7: News Journal paper, "RAAP's 25th Year," News Journal, April 28, 1966 

Folder 8: Program, "Commemorating 25 Years of Operation," April 29, 1966 

Folder 9: Informational Booklet, "RAAP" 

Folder 10: Booklet, Information on Radford Arsenal 

Folder 11: Performance Review, RAAP 

Folder 12: Letter, "Radford Terminal Better Service Club" 

Folder 13: Newspaper, "RAAP Newpapers," March 27, 1942 and January 16, 1976 

Folder 14: Calendars, "RAAP Safety Calendars," 1976 and 1978 

Box 2: The Radford Plant Weekly - "The Official Publication of the Radford Ordinance Works." A total of 71 copies, from Vol. 1, No. 1 (November 13, 1940) to Vol. 3, No. 45 (May 14, 1942) 

2

Box 3: Books, Newspaper Articles, and research materials regarding RAAP 

3

Folder 1: The Roanoke Times - Vol. 11, No. 138 - Sunday, August 2, 1998 

Folder 2: The Roanoke Times - Vol. 11, No.168 - Sunday, September 6, 1998 

Folder 3: The Roanoke Times - Vol. 11, No. 192 - Sunday, October 4, 1998 

Folder 4: The Roanoke Times - Vol. 11, No. 222 - Sunday, November 8, 1998 

Folder 5: The Roanoke Times - Vol. 13, No. 267 - Saturday, December 30, 2000 

Folder 6: The Roanoke Times - Tuesday, November 11, 2003 

Folder 7: "The Power Plant" - Jeff Schneider 

Folder 8: Book - Millstone Manufacture in Virginia - Edited by Charles D. Hockensmith 

Folder 9: The Roanoke Times - "A Stern Necessity" - "Explosive Impact" - "Homes From Hayfields" - "Behind the Gates" - "Swords into Plowshares" 

Folder 10: U.S. Army Material Command Historic Contents Series - Report of Investigations - Number 6A 

Folder 11: Book - Labors of a Modern Hercules - Davis Dyer & David B. Sicilia - 1990 

Box 4: Magazines, Research catalogs, and other papers regarding RAAP 

4

Folder 1: Catalog searches - "Farm Security Administration, Radford, Virginia" 

Folder 2: United States Army Ordnance Corps - Radford Arsenal 

Folder 3: "Three Men To A Bed" - Research by Dr. R. P. Lanier's Students - APST 460 - Spring 1991 

Folder 4: Life Magazine - Marche 31, 1941