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Virginia Military Institute -- History -- 19th century

 Subject
Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 44 Collections and/or Records:

Academic Departments, Annual Reports, 19th century, 1843-1848; 1865-1899

 File
Scope and Contents A chronological file, 1843-1848; 1865-1899, containing examples of academic department annual reports from the 19th century. These reports from the various academic departments were submitted to the Superintendent and help to document the early academic history of the Institute. This file includes early reports by John T. L. Preston (Languages), and Thomas H. Williamson (Engineering), as well as reports by other early faculty members. The series has many gaps; for example, none from the...

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.

Cives Letters to the Lexington Gazette , 1835 (1889 reprint)

 Item
Scope and Contents Reprint in pamphlet form of letters written by John T. L. Preston to the Lexington (VA) Gazette in 1835, discussing the desirability of turning the local arsenal into a military college. Preston wrote them under the pen name "Cives" and these are often referred to as the Cives letters. This pamphlet was issued in 1889 to mark VMI's semicentennial

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.

Financial Claims Against Cadets, 19th century, 1871-1873

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Scope and Contents 19th century legal documents. Records of VMI attorneys Letcher, Maury and Letcher relating to collection of cadet debts after Civil War, 1871-1873