The Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.)

In the fall of 1918, at the height of American involvement in World War I, the United States War Department established the Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.). The University of Kansas, along with colleges and universities across the country, contracted with the government to make its faciliies available for officer training. The War Department's goal was to prepare 150,000 men nationwide. KU agreed to provide education, food and housing for up to 2,500 men, with the understanding that the War Department would reimburse the University. Retired Major Bruno T. Schér of the U.S. Army was assigned to supervise the men and coordinate the training. Coinciding with the swearing-in of the first group of S.A.T.C. servicemen on October 1st, the influenza epidemic that had been sweeping across the country arrived in Lawrence. In the S.A.T.C. barracks, where servicemen were living in very close quarters, the disease spread rapidly.

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Barracks, Student Army Training Corps, 1918 Barracks, Student Army Training Corps, 1918

To house the men of the S.A.T.C., KU built twelve barracks on Mississippi Street and between the Engineering buildings on the hill. Several of these temporary buildings were used as infirmaries during the worst of the flu outbreak.

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Photographs of the S.A.T.C., 1918.

Student Army Training Corps, 1918

Men in Army issued uniforms. Location not confirmed.

Student Army Training Corps, 1918

Near Spooner Hall.

Student Army Training Corps, 1918

Temporary housing. Location not confirmed.

Student Army Training Corps, 1918

Near Strong Hall.

Student Army Training Corps, 1918

Near Baily Hall.

Student Army Training Corps, 1918

Taken along Mississippi Street, facing east. Today the football practice fields would be to the rear of the photographer.