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Virginia Military Institute -- Academics -- History -- 19th century

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 24 Collections and/or Records:

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 VMI 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 notebook (ca. 250 pages)...

Cadet drawings, class assignments and exercises

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0203
Scope and Contents A collection of 19th century cadet drawings (approximately 200 items) completed primarily as assignments for Professor Thomas H. Williamson's architecture, engineering, and drawing courses at the Virginia Military Institute. A few of the drawings were completed for a geometry course and other mathematics courses, or were not class assignments.Some of the geometry drawings are signed by the supervising professors, including e.g. Superintendent Francis H. Smith, who also...

VMI Course Catalogs [catalogue]

 Series
Identifier: RG-06-Publications-Catalogs
Scope and Contents This series contains the official academic catalog of the Virginia Military Institute.

Catalogue of Library, Virginia Military Institute, 1855

 Item
Identifier: RG-16-Historical-Catalog, 1855
Scope and Contents The first known printed library catalog at VMI, listing books available as of 1855. The original catalog is extant through page 64. Pages 65-80 are available through a photocopy provided by the Library of Congress. The entire publication is viewable online.

Department of Physics Miscellaneous Historical Records

 Series — Box Theses, Physics Department
Identifier: RG-17-PY-Historical
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous historical Physics Department office records from period approximately 1906 - 1951, with some references to earlier eras. Includes file on laboratory equipment; list of all textbooks used to teach Physics at VMI from 1840's through 1954; and miscellaneous file of Professor S. Murray Heflin.

Edward C. Shepherd collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0019
Scope and Contents This collection contains three notebooks, two miscellaneous documents, and an annotated analytical geometry text that belonged to VMI cadet Edward C. Shepherd during his years as a VMI student (1851-1855).The first notebook contains approximately 50 pen and ink, hand-tinted drawings by Shepherd that were completed as assignments for VMI courses. Some drawings bear the signature of Superintendent Francis H. Smith (" Examined correct, F.H. Smith"). This notebook also includes a pencil...

Edward M. Watson letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0011
Scope and Contents The collection consists of one letter (September 17, 1868) written by 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.

Historical Grade Books

 Series
Identifier: RG-12-Grade books-historical
Scope and Contents The collection consists of 19th and early 20th century grades and academic marking records. The grading system during this period was numerical/point based.

Historical theses and student papers

 Series
Identifier: RG-03-Theses-Historical
Scope and Contents This collection contains two types of papers. First, theses submitted for a graduate or professional degree as described in the Biographical/Historical note. Second, cadet papers submitted to professors in various disciplines. The bulk of the collection dates from the 1890's - 1930's.

James Henry Reid Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0222
Scope and Contents The collection consists of the Civil War correspondence (18 items) of James Henry Reid. Included are 13 letters from Reid to his parents written while he was a fourth classman at the Virginia Military Institute, August - November 1862. This correspondence contains many references to wartime cadet life, including use of the term "rat" as a name for new cadets, hazing, uniforms, food, guard duty and other aspects of life ...