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William P. Tams notebook

Identifier: MS-0023
This collection consists of one notebook that belonged to cadet William P. Tams, VMI Class of 1873. Included are the following:
  • Class notes for courses in Mineralogy, Civil and Military Engineering, and Chemistry
  • A copy of a lecture by Superintendent Francis H. Smith ("Lecture to the 1st Class on Moral Sense, November 5, 1872")
  • Grade reports in Chemistry, Physiology, Latin, and Astronomy


  • 1871-1873


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Biographical / Historical

William Purviance Tams, the son of William Henry Tams and Marie Antoinette Smith, was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia on March 11, 1852. Following his graduation from VMI in 1873, Tams taught for one year at VMI and then spent his career as a banker in Staunton, Virginia. Tams married Sue Lewis Frazier of Staunton on November 17, 1870 and they had two sons, William Frazier and William P., Jr. Tams died in Staunton on January 30, 1920.

Physical Location

Manuscript Stacks

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450