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Virginia Military Institute -- Cadet life -- 19th century

 Subject
Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:

Archibald M. Fauntleroy papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0065
Scope and Contents This collection consists of one testimonial letter (dated Sept. 2, 1857) written by Superintendent Francis H. Smith on behalf of Archibald M. Fauntleroy. Also included is one drawing by cadet Fauntleroy, done as a class assignment at VMI.

Cadet Life, Organizations, and Activities

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-08-Cadet Life
Scope and Contents This record group comprises material relating to cadet social life anc customs, cadet recreational organizations and clubs, misc. cadet life memorabilia and printed material.

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...

Regulations of the Virginia Military Institute

 Series
Identifier: RG-06-Publications-Regulations
Scope and Contents The Regulations detail rules for the operation of the Institute and for all aspects of cadet life. They were first published in 1839, and throughout the 19th through mid-20th centuries they were updated every few years. In the modern era, cadet regulations are published yearly and are familiarly know as the Blue Book.

The collection includes a copy of the 1839 Regulations signed by Joseph W. Bell, Class of 1842.

Robert F. Portner letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0063
Scope and Contents This collection consists of a letter fragment from Robert F. Portner to "Eddie," written from VMI on October 20, 1892. The letter discusses an experiment using telephone receiver. The first part of letter is in German.

Simeon B. Gibbons notebook

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0046
Scope and Contents This collections consists of a one volume commonplace book that belonged to VMI cadet Simeon B. Gibbons. The book contains notes, poetry, lists, and other writings.

VMI Archives Photographs Collection

 Collection
Identifier: VMI Photographs Collection
Scope and Contents The VMI Archives is the official repository for the Institute's collection of permanently maintained photographs. The earliest date from the 1840's and the most recent are digital photos from the current academic year. New items are added regularly.

See our photographs digital collection for online access

VMI historical appointment documents

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0078
Scope and Contents This collection consists of notices of appointment sent to new cadets at VMI. The documents date from the 1840s into the 1900s. These are typically pre-printed forms on which the name, date, and other details are filled in by hand. They also include a list of supplies needed and information about expenses.

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...

William H. Dudley papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0007
Scope and Contents The William H. Dudley Papers consist of two documents reflecting 1870's VMI cadet life. The letter of October 5, 1872, from cadet Dudley (Class of 1874) to his mother contains references to various VMI routines, such as declamation and drill, as well as family information. A VMI quarterly report (October 1, 1873) includes class marks, account information, and comments by superintendent Francis H. Smith concerning demerits for conduct. Infractions included "laughing in ranks," "talking in...