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Benjamin Bowering Collection

Identifier: MS-0122-Oversized
Collection consists of the original manuscript score of the VMI Spirit (the official song of the Virginia Military Institute), written by Benjamin Bowering while he was as Assistant Professor at VMI in 1916. The manuscript is 10.5" x 12.5", with composition in pencil and annotations by the composer. The collection also includes one typescript letter (March 16, 1935) from Bowering to VMI's Librarian Nellie Gibbs, in which he explains the history of the song.


  • 1916 - 1935


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2 items

Biographical / Historical

Benjamin Bowering, b. 1894, Fredericksburg, Va; VMI Class of 1915; Assistant Professor VMI, 1916-1917; author of the official VMI song"The VMI Spirit"; army officer 1917-1944; d. 1952, Fredericksburg.

Physical Location

Oversized case 2

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450