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Alexander Jackson Davis Architectural Drawings

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0276
Scope and Contents

The Alexander Jackson Davis collection consists of 27 architectural drawings executed for the Virginia Military Institute (Lexington, Virginia) between 1859 and 1870. Included are designs for the VMI Barracks, the Superintendent's residence, and faculty residences. The bulk of the drawings are ink and wash plans.

Annual and special reports of the Superintendent

 Series
Identifier: RG-06-Publications-Reports of the Superintendent
Scope and Contents The annual reports of the Superintendent contain a detailed account of the activities for each academic year. The 19th century through mid-20th century reports are an excellent primary source for exploring the administrative and academic history of the Institute. In addition to annual reports, special reports were occasionally issued to provide details about specific topics; and "semi-annual" reports were published during parts of the 19th century to provide the results of mid-year...

Barton Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0020
Scope and Contents The collection consists of the miscellaneous papers of three members of the Barton family who attended the Virginia Military Institute during the mid-19th century. Papers relating to Cadet Charles M. Barton (VMI Class of 1856) include a letter dated September 28, 1855 from Charles to his cousin Joseph M. Barton, in which he complains about VMI life and about his instructor Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson (Jackson is described as a "hell of a fool"). Other Charles Barton material is found in a...

Charles M. Figgat collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0283
Scope and Contents The collection contains a reward notice distributed after Figgat fled; 10 cancelled checks from local banks, 1870-1871, bearing Figgat's signature; and one petition to the Lexington school trustees endorsing Jacob Fuller for a teaching position, signed by Figgat and other citizens.

Commandant of Cadets Historical Records

 Series
Identifier: RG-10-Commandant-Historical
Scope and Contents Bound and unbound historical records documenting the operation of the Commandant's office and of the Corps of Cadets. The earliest examples date from 1839, the first year of the Institute. Items include: guard records, morning reports, demerit books, inspection books, permit books, muster rolls, record of events, penalty tour and confinement records, Commandant orders and memoranda, World War I Training Camp (1917-1918), ordnance stores (1858, 1861), George C. Marshall signed amnesty...

Edward M. Watson Letter

 Item
Identifier: MS-0011
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one letter (September 17, 1868) written by Virginia Military Institute Cadet Edward M. Watson to his father. Watson describes in detail the typical daily new cadet routine at VMI during the post-Civil War years. Topics include reveille, roll call, inspections, meals, study and recitation, drill and parade. The letter contains one of the earliest documented examples of term "rat" as a reference to a new cadet.

Founders Day Speech

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0466
Scope and Contents A four page holograph manuscript containing the text of a speech given by an unidentified speaker on the Institute's Founders Day anniversary, November 11, 1843. "With you in a great degree it rests to sustain the name of the Institution which herafter you will be proud to acknowledge as your Alma Mater, the brightest hopes and fondest dreams of our Common State."

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

 Item
Identifier: RG-02-Outgoing-18450227
Scope and Contents 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.

Frederick T. Amiss Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0479
Scope and Contents The collection contains one letter from Cadet Frederick T. Amiss (Class of 1886) to his father, dated December 14, 1884. Amiss describes in detail the confrontation between cadets and Commandant Scott Shipp regarding an investigation into an explosion of the VMI magazine. Also included are three photographs of Amiss, which are all viewable online in the VMI Archives photographs database.

Giles Gunn Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0292
Scope and Contents The papers consist of five letters (1848-1854) written by Giles Gunn, a native of Connecticut, while he was a schoolteacher in Lexington, Rockbridge County, Virginia. The letters, addressed primarily to his sister Mary (living at the Gunn home in Washington, Litchfield County, Connecticut), include discussions of interesting local events as well as references to family. Topics include commencement at the Virginia Military Institute; a detailed description of his school and his methods of...

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1 Amiss, Frederick T., 1866-1942
1 Barton Family
1 Barton, Bolling W. (Bolling Walter), 1845-1924
1 Barton, Charles M. (Charles Marshall), 1836-1862
1 Barton, Randolph, 1844-1921
1 Beale, William S. (William Steenbergen)
1 Blackburn, Tom, 1834-1854
1 Breedlove, James W. (James Winchester), 1843-1889
1 Carrington, Edward C., Jr. (Edward Codrington)
1 Chenoweth, Joseph H. (Joseph Hart), 1837-1862
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1 Christian, Julia Jackson
1 Couper, Wm. (William), b. 1884
1 Cunningham, Edward, 1841-1904
1 Cutshaw, Wilfred E. (Wilfred Emory), 1838-1907
1 Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892
1 Denegre, John, 1844-1871
1 Downing, Samuel, 1842-1885
1 Figgat, Charles M. (Charles Miles), ?-1899
1 Flowerree, Daniel W. (Daniel Walton), 1838-1878
1 Gibbs, Nellie Tracy, 1868-1948
1 Gilham, Cordelia Hayden
1 Gilham, William, 1818-1872
1 Gilliat, John L.
1 Gunn, Giles
1 Hardin, Mark B. (Mark Bernard), 1838-1916
1 Hill, Daniel Harvey, 1821-1899
1 Jackson, Mary Anna, 1831-1915
2 Jackson, Stonewall, 1824-1863
1 John K. Gilliat and Company (London, England)
1 Johnston, Joseph E. (Joseph Eggleston), 1807-1891
1 Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870
1 Lyell, John W. (John Warner), 1838-1902
1 Marshall, George C. (George Catlett), 1880-1959
1 Maury, Dabney Herndon, 1822-1900
1 McDonald, Marshall, 1835-1895
1 McGuire, Hunter, 1835-1900
1 Mercer, William N. (William Newton)
1 Morrison, James H. (James Horace), 1839-1910
1 Perry, Sidney R. (Sidney Rawson), 1873-1929
1 Preston, John Thomas Lewis, 1811-1890
1 Preston, Margaret Junkin, 1820-1897
1 Saunders, James D., 1824-1851
1 Saunders, Valentine C. (Valentine Cook), 1820-1894
4 Shipp, Scott, 1839-1917
1 Sims, John, 1843-1889
8 Smith, Francis H. (Francis Henney), 1812-1890
1 Strange family
1 Strange, John B. (John Bowie), 1823-1862
1 Taliaferro, Warner T. (Warner Throckmorton), 1874-1890
1 Tams, William P. (William Purviance), 1852-1920
1 Virginia Military Institute. Alumni Association
2 Virginia Military Institute. Board of Visitors
1 Virginia Military Institute. Library
1 Virginia Military Institute. Museum
1 Virginia Military Institute. Office of Communications and Marketing
1 Virginia Military Institute. Office of the Chief of Staff
1 Virginia Military Institute. Office of the Commandant
4 Virginia Military Institute. Office of the Superintendent.
1 Watson, Edward Minor, 1851-1887
1 Weddell, William S. (William Sparrow), 1874-1944
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