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Virginia Military Institute -- History -- 19th century

 Subject
Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 7 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...

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

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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

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

Historical Sketch of the Establishment and Organization of the Virginia Military Institute, 1889 July 4

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Scope and Contents Typescript sketch written by John T. L. Preston. It was prepared at the request of the VMI Board of Visitors to mark Institute's Semi-Centennial celebration. Preston had planned to deliver this as an address, but he was not able to do so and it was read by his son Rev. Dr. T. L. Preston.Includes details about events leading to the establishment of VMI, including debates in the local Franklin Society and letters to the local newspaper written by Preston under the penname "Cives" in...

Letter, John T. L. Preston to Francis H. Smith, 1889 July 4

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Scope and Contents Poignant letter from Preston to Smith, written on the occasion of VMI's Semicentennial celebration, in which he reminiscences about Smith's role in the founding and growth of the Virginia Military Institute.

Office of the Superintendent. Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1840 - 1915

 Sub-Series
Scope and Contents This box contains incoming and outgoing letters that do not fit in the larger correspondence series for the period, including: --unnumbered incoming letters, 1840-1870 --misc. numbered letters that do not fit in the known sequence, including a few examples from the 1870's for which there are no other extant incoming letters. --Misc. original outgoing letters (copies in letter books) --Misc. copies of outgoing letters, (perhaps a second copy in addition to...