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John W. Downer collection Edit


MS 0430


  • 1914 – 1966 (Creation)


  • 3 items (Whole)


  • Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of a cased scrapbook presented to him on his 85th birthday in November 1966, containing biographical information, documents and photographs detailing his military career, including his service during World War I in France; one mounted photograph of Col. Downer; and Downer's presentation copy of the book "Report of the American Olympic Committee, Seventh Olympic Games, Antwerp, Belgium, 1920."

  • Biographical / Historical

    Colonel John W. Downer (VMI Class of 1902), served in the United States Army from 1901-1943 and was with the American Expeditionary Force (commanding 1st and later 2nd Battalions, 6th Field Artillery) in France during World War I. He was also a member of the U.S. Riding Team at the Seventh Olympic Games in 1920 and served as an American representative on the U.S. Olympic Committee.

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  • Conditions Governing Access

    There are no restrictions.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Manuscript collections in the VMI Archives are made available for educational and research use. The VMI Archives should be cited as the source. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any copyright holders. Materials from our collections may not be redistributed, published or reproduced without permission from the VMI Archives. Contact the VMI Archives for additional information.

  • Preferred Citation

    John W. Downer collection. Manuscript # 0430. Virginia Military Institute Archives