Guide to the Lauren Sinclair Archibald Collection, Rutgers College Class of 1917

By Samara Rhett

May 2011

Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University

Finding aid encoded in EAD, version 2002 by Catherine Carey, September 2011

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lauren Sinclair Archibald, 1893-1946
Title: Guide to the Lauren Sinclair Archibald Collection, Rutgers College Class of 1917
Dates: 1915-1926
Quantity: .4 cubic feet (1 Manuscript Box)
Collection No.: R-MC 119
Language: English
Repository: Rutgers Special Collections and University Archives

Biographical Sketch

Lauren Sinclair Archibald was born October 17th, 1893, in Bovina Center, New York to Thomas A. Archibald and Anna Isabel Thomson Archibald. He attended Margaretville High School in New York and Rutgers College from 1913-1917, graduating with a B.S. in Agriculture. He married Mary Polhemus Voorhees September 28, 1918, and they had three sons, William Thomas Archibald, John Lauren Archibald, and Robert Voorhees Archibald, all of whom attended and graduated from Rutgers.

After graduating in 1917, Archibald joined the US Army and became a Field Artillery Second Lieutenant. Most of his military service was done at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and was completed at the end of World War I. Between 1918 and 1926, Archibald taught agriculture at Bridgeton High School in Bridgeton, NJ. In 1926 he became an Assistant Professor at the Rutgers School of Agriculture, and trained other agriculture teachers at the New Brunswick High School. In 1928, he completed an M.S. in Education, also at Rutgers. He died June 5th, 1946.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of memorabilia from Lauren Sinclair Archibald’s time as a student at Rutgers College, as a Lieutenant in the US Army during World War I, and as a teacher at the Rutgers School of Agriculture. Among the items collected are several photographs, Rutgers Class Day and Commencement programs, report cards and letters of recommendation, a Field Artillery exam from 1918, a jewelry case containing Archibald’s military insignia, and an invitation to attend an address by William Howard Taft.

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Arrangement Note

This collection is organized into two series. The first series, Memorabilia, is made up of five folders. The second series, Rutgers Biographical File, is made up of four folders. The items contained in the first five folders were donated to the archives by Lauren Sinclair Archibald’s son, John Lauren Archibald. He numbered every item and provided brief descriptions for each one, which can be found in his letter to the Rutgers Alumni Association contained in folder #1. Those items have been left in the original order in which they were received. The last four folders contain items taken from the Rutgers Biographical Files, and have been organized by subject.

I. Memorabilia
II. Rutgers Biographical File

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Name and Subject Tracings

Personal Names

Archibald, Lauren Sinclair

Corporate Names

Bridgeton High School (Bridgeton, N.J.)
New Brunswick High School (New Brunswick, N.J.)
Rutgers Alumni Association
Rutgers College
Rutgers University. College of Agriculture


Agriculture--Study and Teaching
Rutgers College--Faculty

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Guide to the Lauren Sinclair Archibald Collection (R-MC 119), Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries

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Container List

I. Memorabilia
Box Folder
1 1 Letter containing a brief biography of Lauren Sinclair Archibald and describing the collection, provided by his son, John Lauren Archibald.
2 Item #1 - Commencement program, Class of 1917
3 Item #2 - Rutgers Class Day program, 1917
Item #3 - (2 copies) Rutgers Class Day program, 1915
Item #4 - Class of 1916 booklet/calendar
Item #5 - Photograph – Help the Other Fellow. Eastern Delaware
4 Item #7 - Photograph – World War I. Estimated date July 1917-December 1918
Item #8 - Photograph – World War I. Estimated date late 1917 or early 1918
Item #9 - Green jewelry case
Contains Lauren S. Archibald’s World War I military insignia, including 2nd Lieutenant gold bars, USNA label pins, field artillery label insignia, one 1st Lieutenant silver bar, and a Class of 1913 Margaretville High School class pin.
Item #10 – Three letters of recommendation for qualification as a lieutenant in the US Army, March 1917
Item #11 - Three pre-college report cards
Item #12 - Miscellaneous World War I papers
Includes statement from Rutgers College for Cadet Archibald’s ROTC uniform, November 14, 1916, Field Artillery exams, December 7th, 1918, and Christmas card, December 21, 1918.
5 Item #13 – Two Photographs – Professor Lauren S. Archibald with his New Brunswick High School Agriculture students. (Estimated date range, 1918-1926)
Item #14 - Invitation to William Howard Taft’s address on “Our World Relations” at Kirkpatrick Chapel, February 23rd, 1917
II. Rutgers Biographical File
Box Folder
1 6 Miscellaneous Rutgers papers
7 Miscellaneous World War I papers
8 Topographical maps
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Jefferson County, Kentucky
9 Newspaper clippings