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Army Specialized Training Program Records


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ASTP Administrative Records

Student Records  (ASTP and ESMWT)

ESMWT Administrative Records

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ID: WUA/01/wua00077

Primary Creator: Army Specialized Training Program - Washington University in St. Louis

Extent: 25.0 Linear Feet


This collection is divided into three series as described below:

Series 1: ASTP Administrative Records

Series 2: Student Records (ASTP and ESMWT)

Series 3: ESMWT Administrative Records

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Materials in this collection includes class descriptions, forms sent to or from the US Government, personnel files for instructors, reports, budgets, rosters, and publications.  This collection includes materials for both the “Army Specialized Training Program” (ATSP) and the “Engineering, Science, and Management War Training” (ESMWT) programs at Washington University in St. Louis.

Collection Historical Note

Washington University in St. Louis participated in the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) from 1943 until the program ended in 1945.  Under an Army contract, specific courses were offered for active duty military in 12 week sessions.  All students were military, and classes were not mixed with civilian. Most classes taught were in engineering or a closely related topic.  Another focus was on foreign language and area study courses.   During 1942 – 1943 Washington University also offered meteorology training programs “B” and “C” under contact to the Army Air Corps program.

In January 1941 Washington University in St. Louis began offering classes through the Engineering Defense Training (EDT) program, as part of the School of Engineering and the University College.  The first courses offered were Machine Design, Materials Inspection and Testing, Production Engineering, Production Supervision, and Tool Engineering.  Later that year Aeronautic and Explosives courses were added.   Renamed in 1942 the Engineering, Science and Management War Training (ESMWT) program, participation continued as part of the School of Engineering until 1945 when the discontinued by the government.  Under administration of the U.S. Office of Education, the program offered part-time classes aimed at training civilian workers for defense industries. Classes were taught by University faculty and by staff from local industries, including Monsanto, Curtis-Wright, and McDonnell Aircraft.  Enlisted service members were not permitted to enroll.  Most classes were offered nights and weekends, varied in length, and students received a certificate of completion, but not college credit.

Sources: V.R. Cardozier, Colleges and Universities in World War II (Praeger Pub.: Westport, CT: 1993) and Ralph Morrow,  Washington University in St. Louis: A History, (St. Louis : Missouri Historical Society Press: 1996)

Administrative Information

Repository: WUA University Archives

Accruals: There are no accruals.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions to access for Series 1 and 3. Access to Series 2 is restricted.  Contact University Archives staff for more information.

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Method: This material was transferred to University Archives.

Preferred Citation: [Item description]. From the [collection title, series, box, folder]. University Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Processing Information: Processed by Elizabeth Baldwin in March 2011.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Hannah Barg in June 2012.

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