Couper, Wm. (William), b. 1884
Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Document compiled by then Business Executive William Couper listing residents of VMI owned housing from 1839 through 1951. This is the only known historical list which containing residence assignment information for the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Scope and Contents The papers consist of correspondence (to parents and other family) and two photograph albums documenting service during World War II; the bulk is dated 1942-1946. The letters cover a wide range of topics, including training in Great Britain, field hospital operations in Europe, and comments about daily aspects of war. The photographs document the unit's movements, staff, and activities in England, France and Belgium. In addition, the papers include a photograph album (1936-1937) dating from his...
Scope and Contents Volume 1 includes ledgers for 1934 Public Works Administration (PWA) construction projects involving the Military Store, Maury-Brooke Hall, the Utilities Building, and the Mess Hall. It also includes ledgers for 1936 PWA construction projects involving the swimming pool and the Barracks.Volume 2 includes ledgers for 1938-1939 PWA construction projects involving Preston Library and the Stables. It also includes ledgers for construction projects involving West Barracks (1948),...
Scope and Contents Files relating to various depression era building projects funded by the federal government - Public Works Administration (PWA). Buildings include: Mess Hall; Maury-Brooke; Swimming Pool; Barracks; Preston Library; Stables. Also includes William Couper's Construction Diaries for building of the Mess Hall, the Military Store and Barracks in 1936.
Scope and Contents Includes Ledgers, vouchers, accounts, correspondence, and other financial records dating from the opening days of the Institute through the early 20th century. These records are a good source of information for tracing early purchases of goods and services; local Lexington and Rockbridge County businesses/artisans/craftsmen appear in vouchers. Also contains subject files maintained by COL William Couper, who served as VMI Business Executive from the 1920's-the 1950's. These files,...
Scope and Contents The bulk of these files originated (although some were added to later) during William Couper's tenure as VMI Business Executive & Historiographer (1925-1954). Most of them have nothing to do with Business Office operations. Many relate to VMI historical matters (19th and 20th century) of interest to Couper. In some cases, they are the only or best source of information for specific VMI historical topics, particularly "minor" or obscure ones. They should be retained permanently.
Overview The papers consist largely of manuscripts (drafts, galleys, proofs), notes, and other research material relating to Couper's interest in the history of Lexington and Rockbridge County (Virginia), the Virginia Military Institute, and the Shenandoah Valley. Other topics include the construction of Fort Jackson, South Carolina in 1917, and General Stonewall Jackson.