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Frank R. Pancake papers Edit


MS 0507


  • bulk 1934-1938; 1956-1959 (Creation)


  • .50 cubic feet (Whole)


  • Content Description

    Miscellaneous personal papers, including photographs and English class essays dating from his VMI cadetship (1934-1938); personal letters (bulk to his parents), mementos and photographs dating from Pancake's assignment to SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) in the late 1950's; clippings from his time as VMI Commandant.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Frank Robbins Pancake, a native of Staunton, Virginia, graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1938. He served as a B-29 pilot during World War II, and subsequently served in the U. S. Air Force for 28 years, including posts in France, Panama, and at the Pentagon. He served as Commandant at VMI from 1951-1954. After retiring from active duty he earned a Ph.D. and returned to Staunton to teach at Mary Baldwin College. He died in 2003 at the age of 87.

  • 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

    Frank R. Pancake Papers. Manuscript # 0507. Virginia Military Institute Archives.


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