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Francis H. Smith Circular Letter Soliciting Items to Establish a Museum at VMI

Identifier: RG-02-Outgoing-18450227
Virginia Military Institute printed circular, signed in ink by Superintendent Francis H. Smith, petitioning alumni for donations of "Curiousities, both literary and natural" to help establish a Museum at VMI. This examples is dated February 27, 1845, and addressed to William S. Beale, a member of the Class of 1843.

Also mentions addition to Barracks, new Gun House, Society of Cadets Hall, and Library.


  • 1845-02-27


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Biographical / Historical

VMI was founded in 1839, so at the time this circular was produced the Institute was less than ten years old and had fewer than 200 alumni.

Physical Location

Archives stacks, Record Group 02, Superintendent. Outgoing correspondence, 1845

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased, November 2015.

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450