Digital Publishing Services is proud to share a new, open access, collection presenting the full archive of Providence College’s Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP): http://library.providence.edu/astp/.
PC’s ASTP took place from 1943-1944. The program, which took place at over 100 institutions of higher education around the country, aimed to educate young, academically talented, soldiers (ages 18-21) for leadership roles within the Army during World War II. During the program’s short tenure over 500 soldiers from around the country lived and took classes at Providence College. The ASTP Program was important to Providence College as it kept enrollments up during the war. The program concluded nationally when soldiers were needed on the battlefields of Europe as war efforts increased.
PC’s ASTP collection includes video, photographs, correspondence, newspaper coverage, archival materials, and more. While the site remains a work in progress in terms of organization and curation, it is complete in terms of presenting digitized content. Please explore the collection and let us know if you have thoughts or feedback using the commenting feature on each item’s page, or be emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are especially interested in identifying individuals pictured in the collection photographs.