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Identifier: R-MC 119

Lauren Sinclair Archibald Collection, Rutgers College Class of 1917


  • 1915-1926

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.


0.4 Cubic Feet (1 Manuscript Box)

Language of Materials


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.

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.

  1. I. Memorabilia
  2. II. Rutgers Biographical File
Guide to the Lauren Sinclair Archibald Collection, Rutgers College Class of 1917 R-MC 119
Edited Full Draft
Samara Rhett
May 2011
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

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