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Virginia Military Institute -- History -- 19th century

 Subject
Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 72 Collections and/or Records:

Samuel Downing papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0167
Scope and Contents The papers consist of 3 items. One letter (November 17, 1859) from Cadet Downing to his father, in which he describes in detail the cadets' trip to Norfolk, VA, including an interesting account of an uncomfortable canal boat journey; one list of demerits (April-June 1860); one quarterly grade report (July 1860)

Sara Henderson Smith collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0536
Scope and Contents The collection contains three manuscript notebooks containing verse letters, poetry, notes, and a few newspaper clippings, bulk 1861-1865. One of the volumes is titled "Order Book, 9th Regiment Va. Volunteers, Craney Island"; on the endsheets of this book are glued original manuscript signatures of VMI faculty and others , apparently clipped from letters. The pages of this volume contain Sara's writings. A folder that contains Sara's writings on loose pages within the "Order Book" is also part...

Sidney R. Perry Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0456
Scope and Contents The collection consists of a 40 page diary kept by Virginia Militiary Institute Cadet Sidney Perry from 1888-1891; a Class of 1892 photograph album containing photos of classmates, faculty, and cadet life; and six individual images, primarily summer camp scenes, circa 1890. The diary includes details of daily cadet life and an account of the death of Cadet Warner T. Taliaferro died following a fight with a fellow cadet, Frank W. McConnico.

Stonewall Jackson papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0102
Overview This collection consists primarily of Stonewall Jackson's outgoing personal correspondence for the years 1844 to 1860. The collection also contains a relatively small number of Civil War era papers, as well as the papers of Mary Anna Morrison Jackson, his second wife, and papers of the Arnold family.

Valentine C. Saunders collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0071
Scope and Contents This letter from cadet Valentine C. Saunders to his parents is the oldest extant letter written by a VMI cadet. Dated November 30, 1839, shortly after the first cadets arrived in Lexington, Virginia, the letter provides a cadet's view of the newly established Institute. Saunders describes the following: Arsenal Relationship with Washington College Method of instruction Course of studies An opinion (favorable) of Superintendent Francis H....

Virginia Military Institute Financial and Business Records, Historical

 Sub-Group
Identifier: RG-04-Historical
Scope and Contents Includes Ledgers, vouchers, accounts, correspondence, and other financial records dating from the opening days of the Institute through the early 20th century. These records are a good source of information for tracing early purchases of goods and services; local Lexington and Rockbridge County businesses/artisans/craftsmen appear in vouchers. Also contains subject files maintained by COL William Couper, who served as VMI Business Executive from the 1920's-the 1950's. These files,...

VMI Order Books and Memoranda

 Series
Identifier: RG-02-Orders and Memoranda
Scope and Contents The Order Books contain official orders and notices concerning the military regulations and operations, as well as the academic administration of the Institute. The definitions of Orders, Special Orders, and Memoranda overlap and vary over time. General definitions are- General Orders: Announcements of interest to all or to a large group of cadets and the faculty, concerning military and academic schedules and regulations, special events, military and academic...

VMI Scrapbooks Collection

 Collection
Identifier: RG-05-Scrapbooks
Scope and Contents Scrapbooks of newspaper clippings providing a chronological view of VMI activities, events. Categories include general topics; sports, and special topics. From the 1950's forward these were compiled by the Public Relations staff; prior to that date they originated with various other employees, including the Librarian Nellie Gibbs. The Gibbs sometimes contain photographs pasted to pages. General VMI Topics: 1845-1981; Sports/Athletics, 1920-1972; Special Topics: Hazing death of...

William Gilham papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0267
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous papers of 19th century VMI faculty member William Gilham, including: VMI weekly class report, ca. 1860; dispatch signed Gen. Robert E. Lee; letter from Moses Ezekiel; photographs (subjects are Gen. Lee; Gilham and his wife; Libby Prison; Richmond during the Civil War); misc. incoming correspondence; invitations to social events in Lexington, Virginia from the McDowell family; Official Register of the Officers and Cadets of the U. S. Military Academy, June 1841.

William N. Mercer papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0090
Scope and Contents This collection consists of legal documents (1874-1875) regarding William Mercer's bequest of 1,000 books to the VMI Library, an invoice (1874) for medical services submitted to the executor of Mercer's estate, and a document transferring pew in Christ Church, New Orleans, from Jane E. Barnard to Dr. Mercer (1845).