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John W. Downer collection

Identifier: MS-0430
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."


  • 1914 - 1966


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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.


3 items

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.

Physical Location

Manuscripts Stacks

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450