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Historical Alumni, Faculty, and other Biographical Files

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-13
This collection contains individual biographical files for all 19th and early 20th century cadets; and historical faculty/staff, Board of Visitors members, and other people associated with VMI history.

A typical historical cadet record consists of correspondence from parents regarding a cadetship; correspondence from the alumnus; alumni questionnaires, often containing genealogical information; and obituaries and other clippings. A file is maintained for every student who enrolled, whether or not they graduated. Family historians can frequently locate a wealth of information about VMI ancestors.


  • 1839 - 1938

Conditions Governing Access

We do not release files relating to living individuals. This research collection consists of historical records only.


150 cubic feet


Early student files are arranged chronologically by Class of enrollment, and alphabetically within each Class year. Faculty and Staff biographical files are arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location

Archives stacks

Online Access

See our online rosters database to check names. Summaries are available online for some individuals.

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450