Letters, Diaries, Manuscripts.
Faculty, Alumni, & Related Papers

About this list:  This list is made available for researchers who want to quickly browse manuscripts relating to the Faculty, Alumni, and related topics. This list excludes those papers that best fit in more specialized sections of the guide, e.g. Civil War, Military History or Cadet Life/VMI History.   

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  • Addison, William M.  Papers. (MS #060)
    Biographical note: b. 1898 Ashland, Virginia; VMI Class of 1919; served as an Army chaplain in Germany following World War II; businessman; d. 1986. Collection description: Papers, 1928-1946, concerning William M. Addison's activities as civilian and U.S. Army Chaplain representing the Christian Science faith. Includes correspondence with individuals at the London branch of "Christian Science Wartime Activities of the Mother Church"; sermons and prayers; monthly reports; miscellaneous documents. .25 cubic feet.
  • Anderson, Jr., Joseph Reid. Papers. (MS #043)
    Anderson, b. 1851 Richmond, Virginia; graduate VMI, Class of 1870; lifelong association with VMI as faculty member, Alumni Association President, and official "historiographer"; iron manufacturer; farmer at Lee, Goochland County, Va. d. 1930. The papers (ca. 1 cf), consist of drafts and related correspondence for a three part, largely unpublished work entitled "A Complete History of the Virginia Military Institute, 1839-1924." One part was eventually published as "VMI in the World War." Also included are misc. VMI-related notes and papers. Related collections: See individual alumni files for Anderson's extensive notes and correspondence concerning former cadets.
  • Anderson. Stewart W., Papers. (MS #0127)
    Biographical note: Stewart Wise Anderson, b. 1886, Portsmouth, VA; VMI Class of 1908; educator; VMI faculty member (1911-1957) and Dean of the Faculty 1941-1955; d. 1970, Lexington, VA. Descriptive note: Miscellaneous papers (14 items) of Stewart W. Anderson, consisting of commissions & certificates awarded during his long career.
  • Anjier, Jr., Louis J., Collection. (MS#0438)
    Miscellaneous papers, 1961-1981, primarily citations and certificates from his United States Army career. Anjier graduated from VMI in 1961.
  • Bailey, Roy C. Collection. (MS #0365)
    Biographical note:Roy C. Bailey, Jr., b. 1939, Asheville, North Carolina; VMI Class of 1961; U.S. Air Force Officer.Descriptive note:Ca. 15 items, primarily commendations and certificates dating from LTC Bailey's Air Force career.
  • Barton, George L., Papers (MS #0352)
    George Lloyd Barton (1891-1984) was a Professor of Latin, History, and French at the Virginia Military Institute from 1917-1935. He later served as Headmaster of the Virginia Episcopal School (1943-1957). The collection consists of his diaries for the period 1909-1936; 1 volume of lecture notes (1933-1935) used for a history course at VMI; and a photograph album (1917-1927) containing images of cadet life, VMI buildings, and family members.
  • Bowering, Benjamin. Collection (MS 0122)  Online Access
    Biographical note: Benjamin Bowering, b. 1894, Fredericksburg, VA; VMI Class of 1915; Assistant Professor VMI, 1916-1917; author of the official VMI song, "The VMI Spirit"; army officer 1917-1944; d. 1952, Fredericksburg.Descriptive note: Collection consists of the original manuscript score of the "VMI Spirit", written by Benjamin Bowering while he was an Assistant Professor at VMI in 1916. The manuscript is 10.5 in. x 12.5 in., with composition in pencil and annotations by the composer. The collection also includes one typescript letter (March 16, 1935) from Bowering to VMI's Librarian Nellie Gibbs, in which he explains the history of the song.
  • Boykin, Maury W., Papers (MS #00449)
    Maury W. Boykin (b. 1893 d. 1984) graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1917. He was most widely known for his visionary construction plan for the Hampton Roads Tunnel (Virginia). He designed the first tunnel plan in 1923 and, although the tunnel was not actually constructed until the 1950's, much of the modern design paralleled Boykin's original plan. The collection consists primarily of Boykins's personal papers, clippings, and other items relating to his 1923 tunnel plan. Also included is his U. S. Navy commission, dated 1917.
  • Brand, Cabell. Papers(MS #0462)
    E. Cabell Brand (VMI Class of 1944) is a noted philanthropist and entrepreneur who is particularly interested in Civil Rights and poverty issues. He has been instrumental in funding projects which honor Jonathan Daniels, the 1961 VMI graduate and Civil Rights worker who was killed in Alabama in 1965. The papers contain correspondence, clippings, video and other media, and printed matter relating to Brand's interest in Daniels. The papers also include a file on the Cabell-Breckinridge Brass Band at VMI; certificates of recognition; and misc. other documents.
  • Bransford, John F.,  papers(MS #0278)
    Biographical note: John Francis Bransford b. 1846, Chesterfield Co., VA; VMI Class of 1867 and New Market cadet; Surgeon, U.S. Navy, 1872-1901; d. 1911, near Bon Air, VA.Descriptive note:Miscellaneous. papers from the career of John F. Bransford. The papers include correspondence, 1889-1916 (6 items); articles re: Central American research; medical school diploma & various certificates; and paroled prisoner's pass (April 10, 1865).
  • Brook, George M., collection. (MS #0225)
    Biographical note: George M. Brooke, Jr., b. 1914 at the American Embassy in Tokyo; VMI Class of 1936; VMI Faculty member (Department of History), 1942-1980.Descriptive note:Author's copy of the galley proofs for the book, John M. Brooke, Naval Scientist and Educator, by George M. Brook, Jr. The book was published by the University Press of Virginia in 1980.
  • Brother Rat Collection. (MS#005)
    Photographs, playbills, clippings and other items documenting the stage and film versions of Brother Rat by Fred F. Finklehoffe and John Monks, Jr. Set at the Virginia Military Institute, from which the authors graduated in 1932, the play was a Broadway hit in 1936. The film was produced for Warner Brothers Studios in 1938.
    Collection dates/size: bulk 1934-1939; .5 linear feet
  • Bunting III, Josiah. Collection. (MS #5001)
    Josiah Bunting III, b. Philadelphia, 1939; graduate VMI, Class of 1963; Rhodes Scholar; army officer, 1966-1972; educator, author, college president. Collection consists of materials relating to the publication of several of Bunting's novels and articles. Includes typescript and galley proofs for A Ceremony of Lessons (1974); typescript with author's corrections for The Lionheads (1972); drafts and typescripts for articles "Missing in Action" and "West Point Counterpoint."
  • Burger, Ammen L., Papers (MS #0485)The papers consist of the personal correspondence and miscellaneous records (1917-1960) of Ammen L. Burger, Jr., VMI Class of 1938.
  • Burgess, Chester F., Collection (MS #0339)
    Chester F. Burgess was a Professor of English at the Virginia Military Institute from 1962-1988. The collection consists of edited manuscripts of three of his publications: The Letters of John Gay; The Beggar's Opera and Companion Pieces; and The Fellowship of the Craft.
  • Carson, Charles H., Collection. (MS #047).
    Carson, b. 1894, Abingdon, Virginia; graduated VMI, Class of 1915; army officer, World War I; journalist; d. 1950, Lexington, Va. Description--Collection (ca. 20 cf) of historic newspapers (individual issues), misc.manuscripts, & ephemera, compiled and indexed by Carson. The items cover numerous unrelated topics, although many of the newspapers date from the Civil War. The collection was presented to VMI as the "Carson Historical Papers" in 1941 as a memorial to Lt. Col. Robert P. Carson, VMI Class of 1854. Finding aid available.
  • Chase, Gilbert P.  Papers. (MS #088)
    Biographical note: b. 1873, Virginia; VMI Class of 1894 (non-graduate); Graduate, Naval Academy; Officer, U.S. Navy, 1893-1920; died 1952. Descriptive note: Commission documents, certificates and diplomas awarded to Gilbert P. Chase. 13 items, dated 1890-1925.
  • Clark, Harold P.  collection (MS #0343)
    Miscellaneous papers (9 items) dating from the World War II army service of Harold P. Clark, VMI Class of 1941. Included are two personal letters (1946) from Gen. Withers A. Burress to Clark, and 7 snapshots of Clark and other army officers.
  • Clinedinst, Benjamin West. Papers (MS #0242)
    Biographical note: Benjamin West Clinedinst, b. 1859, Woodstock, VA; VMI Class of 1880; artist; d. 1931, Pawling, NY. Descriptive note:Correspondence, 1905-1931, between artist Benjamin West Clinedinst and various members of the Virginia Military Institute administration and Alumni Association. Much of it concerns Clinedinst's New Market Battle painting, which was unveiled at VMI in 1914 and hangs in VMI's Jackson Memorial Hall. The papers also include a subject file concerning the artist's painting of post-Civil War VMI faculty.
  • Colston, Raleigh E., Papers (MS #0386)
    Biographical note: Brigadier General, CSA. Descriptive note: The collection consists of two items. One letter of recommendation (ALS, July 7, 1866) written by General Robert E. Lee on behalf of General Colston. One volume, ca. 100 pages, "Report on the Northern and Central Kordofan," (Cairo: Printing Office of the General Staff, 1878); attached to this book are photographs of Colston wearing his Egyptian Army uniform, ca. 1878, and of Major H. G. Prout, Col. Egyptian Army; and miscellaneous other reports, 1875-1876.
  • Couper, John L., papers  (MS #0486). Details and selected excerpts  
    Although primarily documenting his World War II service, the papers also include material relating to various Class of 1937 reunions.
  • Couper, William. Papers. (MS #053)
    Col. William Couper b. 1884, Norfolk, Virginia; graduate Virginia Military Institute (Class of 1904); army officer, 1917-1920; engineer; Business Executive VMI, 1925-1954; VMI Historiographer, 1934-1954; retired VMI 1954; d. 1964, Lexington, Va. Papers (ca. 13 cubic feet) consist largely of manuscripts and notes relating to Couper's numerous research projects. Included are proofs, corrected mss., and notes concerning his publications One Hundred Years at VMI,History of the Shenandoah Valley,VMI New Market Cadets, and Claudius Crozet; "Stonewall Jackson Day by Day;" extensive notes concerning Lexington and Rockbridge County history and property; Stonewall Jackson Cemetery register and notes; subject files including material on the VMI Class of 1904 and Fort Jackson, South Carolina (where Couper was appointed construction officer in 1917); maps and other oversized items; photograph albums; speeches and lectures; misc. correspondence. Also notes about William H. Richardson, VMI Board of Visitors, 1841-1876; Adjutant General of Virginia, 1841-1876, whose letters to Francis H. Smith, Couper transcribed. Couper Family Papers, including additional William Couper material, are located in the collection of the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.
  • Crozet, Claudius. Papers. (MS 0059).  Online Access  (Jefferson letters and selected other documents)
    Biographical Note: b. 1789, France; educated Ecole Polytechnique in Paris; army officer; came to U.S. in 1816; engineer; President, 1st VMI Board of Visitors; d. 1864, Richmond, VA. Descriptive Note: Ca. 30 items, bulk documenting Crozet's life prior to his move to the United States in 1816. Most items are written in French. Includes letters and military orders (1812-1815); discourses on linguistics and grammar; papers pertaining to marriage and family. In addition, there are two letters from Thomas Jefferson to Crozet, both dated 1821. Letter of March 31 is Jefferson's reply to Crozet's inquiry about a teaching position; ltr of Nov. 23 acknowledges receipt of Crozet's book & includes comments on scientific advancements.
  • Davidson, Lloyd J. Papers (MS #0268)
    Biographical note: Lloyd J. Davidson, b. 1911; Virginia Military Institute faculty member (1955-1976) and Dean of the Faculty (1955-1965); d. 1990.Descriptive note:Papers of Lloyd J. Davidson, consisting of miscellaneous personal correspondence; examination questions and assignment sheets for his English classes at the Virginia Military Institute; copies of speeches presented to the Lexington (Virginia) Fortnightly Club; biographical information.
  • deButts, John D., Collection (MS #0297)
    Biographical note: John Dulany deButts, b.1915, Greensboro, NC; VMI Class of 1936; Chairman of the Board, AT&T; d. 1986, Winchester, VA. Descriptive note:The collection (approximately 3.5 linear feet) consists primarily of certificates, honorary degrees, and miscellaneous awards given to Mr. deButts during his business career, most dating date from the 1960's-1985. The collection also includes 19 volumes of deButts' speeches, 1972-1978. Medals, plaques, & other related to these papers are located in the VMI Museum.
  • Deyerle, Charles P. ,  Papers.(MS #0191)
    Biographical note: b. 1820, Roanoke Co., VA; d. 1853, California; buried Salem, VA; Parents-Joseph Deyerle and Anne Crawford; graduate, VMI Class of 1842; Mexican War--Assistant Surgeon; died while in U.S. Army; physician; never married. Descriptive note: Papers including letter of recommendation (1846 April 3), signed by the medical faculty of the University of Pennsylvania; notebook, containing notes from South America, beginning 1849 March 1, Rio de Janiero; notebook, containing notes from medical school lectures, 1844-1845; pencil sketch of VMI in 1842 by Cadet Deyerle (earliest extant drawing of the Institute); misc. other items.
  • Dooley, Edwin L. Jr. Collection. (MS #0295)
    A collection of research materials compiled by historian Edwin L. Dooley Jr. The bulk concerns the history of the Ecole Polytechnique and includes transcriptions of minutes of the "Council of Instruction and Administration of the Ecole Polytechnique" [Governing Board], 1794-1799; related research files; biographical information about individuals connected with the school; and copies of manuscripts. The collection also contains material concerning Claudius Crozet, including information about his birthplace.
  • Earle, Robert A.  Papers (MS #0315)
    Biographical note: Robert August Earle, b. 1906, Montclair, NJ; VMI Class of 1927; Marine Corps officers, World War II; Capt., U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey; d. 1991, Williamsburg, VA.Descriptive note: Robert A. Earle papers, approximately 100 items, 1923-1964. Include VMI scrapbook (1923-1927), photos from service in the Marine Corps during World War II (Pacific Theater), misc. papers and photos dating from Earle's 37 year career with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, and misc. military papers.
  • Edwards, Murray French. Diary. (MS #038)
    Murray French Edwards (Class of 1907) was a Professor of German at VMI for most of his career. Collection consists of travel diary, ca. 53 pages, describing Edwards' trip to Germany. Entries, all in German, are dated June 24 - August 8, 1913. Discusses cities visited, hotels, expenses, museums and other tourist attractions.
  • Ellzey, Mason G., Collection. (MS#0164).
    Biographical note:Mason Graham Ellzey, b. 1838 Loudoun Co., Virginia; VMI Class of 1860; Major and Surgeon, Confederate Army; physician; d. 1915, Richmond, VA.Descriptive note:17 letters of recommendation written on behalf of Mason G. Ellzey, including 7 letters (1867) recommending him for a position at the University of Virginia; and 10 letters (1872-1873) recommending him for a position at the Virginia Agricultural & Mechanical College at Blacksburg (now Virginia Tech).
  • Ezekiel, Moses Jacob. Papers. (MS #010)
    Miscellaneous papers of noted 19th century sculptor Moses J. Ezekiel (b. 1844 d. 1917), a member of the Class of 1866 and New Market cadet. Consist of correspondence, (ca. 35 items); pen and ink sketches (ca. 67 items); and misc. family papers. The VMI Archives also holds a related photograph collection (photograph coll. #3586) containing images of Ezekiel, his studio, and various sculptures.
  • Ferebee, J. Smith. Papers (MS #0318)
    Biographical note: James Smith Ferebee, b. 1906, Virginia Beach, VA; VMI Class of 1927; sportsman (golf & skeet) and insurance executive; member Virginia Sports Hall of Fame; d. 1988.Descriptive note: The papers (approximately 6 linear feet) document the career of sportsman and businessman J. Smith Ferebee, VMI Class of 1927. Included are clippings, photographs, printed material, and correspondence, 1923-1990, that document Ferebee's widely publicized golf marathons (1938) and other sports interests, and his career with the Equitable insurance company. The collection also includes one photograph album dating from Ferebee's VMI cadetship and miscellaneous personal correspondence.
  • Finklehoffe, Fred F. Collection (MS #0230)
    Biographical note: Fred Franklin Finklehoffe b, 1910, Springfield, MA; VMI Class of 1932; co-author, with John Monks, Jr., of "Brother Rat;" producer and writer; d. 1977, Springfield. Descriptive note:The Fred F. Finklehoffe collection contains the manuscript of an early version of the play Brother Rat, ("When the Roll is Called"), which was submitted to VMI Professor of English Raymond E. Dixon by Finklehoffe and John Monks, Jr. The collection also includes screenplays, clippings, and scrapbooks from Mr. Finklehoffe's cadetship and career.
  • Foresman, Henry J. Papers (MS #00451)
    Henry J. Foresman (b. 1919 d. 2000), attorney, was a member of the VMI Class of 1941. During World War II he served in the Pacific Theater with the 121st Field Artillery Battalion of the 32nd (Red Arrow) Infantry Division. He was graduated from the Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1948 and spent his career practicing law in Buena Vista and Lexington, Virginia. The papers consist primarily of Foresman's World War II service records; extensive information regarding Foresman and Joyce family genealogy (his maternal ancestors), including Daughters of the American Revolution application material that traces his maternal ancestry to Revolutionary War soldier Dominicus Libby; biographical information; and miscellaneous items.
  • Garrow, Harris W.,  Letters. (MS#0151)
    Biographical note:Harris Walker Garrow, b. 1846, Mobile, Alabama; VMI Class of 1865 and New Market cadet; cotton merchant; d. 1916, Houston, Texas.Descriptive note:Correspondence (2 items) of Harris W. Garrow. Letter, June 9, 1904, from Rose Pendleton to Garrow, in which Pendleton thanks Garrow for his contribution to the hospital fund. Letter, Dec. 2, 1916, from Garrow to A.B. Thorburn of Liverpool, England, in which Garrow mentions the New Market Medal.
  • Gibbs, Edwin A. , papers (MS #0273)
    Biographical note: Edwin Augustus Gibbs b. 1857, Lexington, VA; VMI Class of 1877; physician; d. 1898, Washington DC. Descriptive note:Miscellaneous items pertaining to the medical career of Edwin A. Gibbs. The papers include student's tickets for admission to classes held at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Baltimore; tickets for post-graduate classes; a resolution of sympathy from colleagues following Gibbs' death (1898).
  • Gibbs, Nellie Tracy, collection. (MS #0126)
    Biographical note: Nellie Tracy Gibbs, b. 1868, Lexington, Virginia; VMI Librarian, 1908-1931; d. 1948, Lexington. Descriptive note:Fragment of a scrapbook compiled by Nellie T. Gibbs, VMI Librarian from 1908-1931. Collection also contains postcards and miscellaneous correspondence.
  • Gibson, Mennis L. ,  papers (MS #0347)
    Biographical note: Mennis Lawson Gibson, b. 1899, Paris, VA; VMI Class of 1921; businessman; d. 1973, Fredericksburg, VA.Descriptive note: The collection consists of 2 documents concerning Gibson's enlistment in and discharge from the Army Air Corps during World War I: War department document in reference to a physical examination, Nov. 1918; and discharge notice, Dec. 1918.
  • Gilham, William. Papers (MS #0267)
    Biographical note: William Gilham, b. 1818 Vincennes, IN; United States Military Academy Class of 1840; U.S. Army officer; Virginia Military Institute faculty member, 1846-1864; d. 1872, Vermont.Descriptive note: Miscellaneous papers of 19th century VMI faculty member William Gilham, including Gilham's letters of application and recommendation for a Professorship at VMI; class report; a military order signed by Gen. Robert E. Lee; letter from Moses Ezekiel ; photographs (subjects are Gen. Lee; Gilham and his wife; Libby Prison; Richmond during the Civil War); and other documents.
  • Goodwyn Family Papers (MS #0453)
    The collection is comprised of the papers (approx. 50 items) of the Philo H. Goodwyn family of New Orleans, Louisiana. Goodwyn's children included McGavock R. (VMI Class of 1863) and Frank W. (VMI Class of 1862)
  • Gray, Elmon T., Papers (MS #0504)
    Small collection of misc. personal papers, including biographical information, certificates, and photos. Elmon T. Gray (VMI Class of 1946; b. 1925 d. 2011) was a longtime Virginia State Senator and served on the VMI Board of Visitors.  These papers do not include substantive documents from his professional or political careers.
  • Green, Duff. Collection (MS #0323)
    Eight documents from the career of army officer Duff Green, VMI Class of 1929, including U.S. Army commission (1929); Legion of Merit citation; 29th Armored Infantry Battalion certificate; U.S. Army retirement certificate; VMI Alumni Association certificate; VMI Sportsmen's Club certificate; VMI Institute Society certificate; and VMI Alumni Association certificate.
  • Greene, Frederick S., Papers (MS #0208)
    Biographical note: Frederick Stuart Greene b. 1870, Jersey City, NJ; VMI Class of 1890; Major AEF during World War I; author; Superintendent of Public Works for state of New York; d. 1939 NY.Descriptive note: Miscellaneous papers (approximately 20 items) of Frederick Stuart Greene. Included are scripts of four plays; detail study (from New Market painting) of the face of a New Market cadet by artist Benjamin West Clinedinst, inscribed to F.S. Greene; 7 World War I maps; 3 photographs.
  • Gwathmey, Allan T., papers (MS #0464)
    A collection (13 oversized items) of certificates, diplomas, and misc. items relating the educational history of Allan T. Gwathmey, VMI Class of 1923. Gwathmey was an internationally known scientist specializing in the field of single metal crystals, taught chemistry at the University of Virginia from 1938 until his death in 1963. He was also the founder of the Virginia Institute for Scientific Research.
  • Hardin, Mark B., Papers (MS #00440)
    Mark Bernard "Bunny" Hardin (1838-1916) was an educator who taught chemistry at the Virginia Military Institute and at Clemson University. The Mark B. Hardin papers contain twenty letters. The bulk of the correspondence was written by Hardin to his siblings, Susan Lane Hardin and John Haywood Hardin, during the period 1864-1899.
  • Hunter, Robert F., Collection. (MS #052)
    Biographical note: b. 1921; PhD, Columbia University; Professor of History, VMI, 1954-1986. Descriptive note: Bulk consists of edited typescript and illustrations for Hunter's book, Claudius Crozet, published by the University Press of Virginia in 1989. The book was co-authored by Edwin L. Dooley. Also typescript of article,"The Turnpike Movement in Virginia, 1816-1860."
  • Illig, John S., scrapbook (MS #111)
    Biographical note: John Stephens Illig, b.1825, Germany; musician; immigrated to U.S. 1853; served in U.S. Army bands until outbreak of Civil War, when he became a member of the 1st Virginia Regiment band; member of the VMI band 1869-1899; died in Lexington, Virginia, 1903.
    Descriptive note: Scrapbook (fragment) compiled by musician John S. Illig. Ca. 20 items documenting Illig's life, including passport and other items dating from his years in Germany; certificate of citizenship; U.S. Army discharge papers; and other biographical material.
  • James, Rorer A., Papers (MS #0368)
    Biographical note: Rorer Anderson James, b. 1859, Pittsylvania Co., Virginia; VMI Class of 1882; lawyer, state legislator, newspaper owner, businessman in Danville, Virginia; member VMI Board of Visitors; d. 1921, Danville, VA.Descriptive note:Miscellaneous papers, 1882-1921, of Rorer A. James. Includes incoming correspondence (6 items), certificates, political endorsement documents, and document outlining James' donation of scholarship funds to VMI. Correspondents include Francis H. Smith, Superintendent of VMI.
  • King, W. Marshall, documents (MS #0340)
    Biographical note:W. Marshall King, b. 1901, Fredericksburg, VA; VMI Class of 1921; lawyer, Virginia State Corporation Commissioner, VMI Board of Visitors member, mayor of Fredericksburg, VA; d. 1957, Richmond, VA; buried Fredericksburg.Collection descriptionThe collection consists of three oversized items from the career of W. Marshall King, including two U.S. Army commission documents, 1922 and 1927, and one certificate honoring King, 1951.
  • Lane, James H. Family (MS #304).Collection, 2 items, including a report card for Lottie Lane, daughter of Gen. James H. Lane (VMI Class of 1854). The item is dated 1892, Auburn (Alabama) School District and signed by J.H. Lane. The collection also contains a drawing of a railroad engine, signed "James H. Lane, 1899".
  • Lee, William Fitzhugh, document (MS #0326)
    The collection consists of the United States Army Commission document of William Fitzhugh Lee, VMI Class of 1853. The document is dated August 1, 1856 and is signed by Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. During the Civil War Lee served as Lt. Col. , 33rd Virginia Infantry Regiment, and was killed at Manassas in July 1861.
  • Luke, John M.,  papers (MS #0302)
    Biographical note: John Marvin Luke, b. 1880, Portsmouth, VA; VMI Class of 1900; World War I veteran; teacher and clergyman; d. 1951.Descriptive note: Miscellaneous papers, 1900-1928, of John M. Luke. The papers consist of 4 letters of recommendation from VMI Faculty members; 1 letter from VMI Superintendent William H. Cocke to Luke; commissioning certificate (oath of office), Oct. 1918; and one VMI dance card.
  • Lyne, Cassie Moncure, Scrapbooks. (MS #461).
    Scrapbooks ca. 1930-1943, compiled by Cassie Moncure Lyne in memory of her mother, Cassandra Oliver Moncure Lyne, including prints, photographs, programs, pamphlets and extensive handwritten notes.  The bulk of the material relates to the genealogy of the Moncure and Lyne families and to the Civil War.  Related collection: MS 0416 Moncure Family Misc. Papers
  • Magoffin, Beriah Jr.m Map. (MS #416).
    Reproduction of a map of the "Klondike and Indian River Gold Districts" drawn by civil and mining engineer Beriah Magoffin, Jr. (Virginia Military Institute Class of 1893). The map is dated 1898; it measures approximately 14 inches x 16 inches. The original map is located at the University of Alaska.
  • Major, Julian Neville, Papers. (MS #0424)
    Papers, 1904-1912, of Julian Neville Major, VMI Class of 1907. The collection consists primarily of family correspondence, including letters written by Major to his family while he served as Professor of Mathematics and Engineering at St. John's University, a Protestant college in Shanghai, China.
  • Mann, John H. C., collection (MS #0227)
    Biographical note: John Herbert Claiborne Mann, b. 1900 Petersburg, VA; VMI Class of 1921; Civil Engineer and Professor of Engineering at the Virginia Military Institute; d. 1975, Lexington, VA.Descriptive note: 2 volumes of testimonial letters from Mann's former students at VMI, presented to him when he retired from the Engineering Department in 1967; Board of Visitors resolution, 1967; misc. oversized items, including his graduate school diploma from MIT.
  • Marshall, Samuel W.  Jr., Papers (MS #0364)
    Biographical note: Samuel Wilson Marshall, Jr., b. 1905, Dallas, Texas; VMI Class of 1925; United States Army officer, WWII; consulting engineer; d. 1988, Dallas.Descriptive note:Documents from the career of Samuel W. Marshall, Jr., a consulting engineer whose area of expertise was weapons guidance systems. The collection includes 4 bound volumes: "Lightning Protection for Transmission Systems" (VMI Thesis), 1931; "Proposal for Bureau of Aeronautics, Navy Department, Washington DC" re: guidance systems for pilotless aircraft, 1946 (declassified, 1991); "Investigations studies & analyses of Guidance Systems for Pilotless Aircraft." Final Report, 2 vols, 1947 (declassified 1991).
  • Maury, Matthew Fontaine. Papers. (MS 0103).  Online Access - Full text transcriptions
    Personal correspondence (1833-1873) of Matthew Fontaine Maury (b.1806 d. 1873), oceanographer, Confederate States Navy Commander, and educator. Letters (ca. 148 items) written by MFM to various members of his family.
  • McCarthy, Frank., Collection (MS #0350)
    Biographical note: Frank McCarthy b 1912, Richmond, VA; VMI Class of 1933; War Dept. General Staff & Secretary to Gen. George C. Marshall; BG U.S. Army Reserve; producer of movie Patton; d. 1986, California.Descriptive noteA collection of miscellaneous materials from the life of Frank McCarthy, consisting of 7 notebooks containing clippings of articles written by McCarthy during his VMI cadetship and during the two years after graduation; script for the newsreel "West Point of the South" (1936); and items from the production of the movie Patton (1970), which McCarthy produced.
  • McClure, William G., papers. (MS #0415)
    Papers documenting the U.S. Marine Corps career of William G. McClure, Jr., Virginia Military Institute Class of 1943. The bulk of the papers concern the period of his active duty during World War II, when he served with the 1st Marine Division in the Pacific and was awarded the Purple Heart. Additional papers relate to his postwar service as a reserve officer. The collection also includes biographical and genealogical information.
  • Meyer, Alvin F. Jr., papers. (MS #414)
    Papers (approximately 300 items) of Col. Alvin F. Meyer, Jr., Virginia Military Institute Class of 1941. Meyer is a civil engineer whose specialty is sanitary engineering. The bulk pertains to Meyer's career with the United States Air Force, 1941-1969, and includes copies of published articles.
  • Millner, Samuel M., papers (MS #0256)
    Biographical note: Samuel Morehead Millner, Jr., b. 1891 Danville, VA; VMI Class of 1911; World War I veteran; Professor of French at VMI, 1911-1961; d. 1985, Lexington VA.Descriptive note: Personal papers of VMI Professor Samuel M. Millner, Jr. The papers include correspondence with his wife Esther Ayres Millner and with classmates; diaries; photographs; miscellaneous documents.
  • Moncure Family Misc Papers. (MS #416).
    Miscellaneous letters and other documents to and from various members of the Moncure family, who have a long association with VMI.  Included is an 1849 letter from Cadet Thomas J. Moncure (VMI Class of 1853) to his father, William A. Moncure, written while he was a fourth classman ("rat") at VMI.  A complete inventory is located in the folder with the documents.  Related collection: MS 0461 Cassie Moncure Lyne Scrapbooks
  • Monks, John C., collection (MS #0229)
    Biographical note: John C. Monks, Jr., b. 1910; VMI Class of 1932; writer, director, producer; co-author, with Fred Finklehoffe, of Brother Rat. Descriptive note: This collection contains the typescript manuscript (1944) of the book A Ribbon and A Star. The Third Marines at Bougainville, published in 1945. Also three photographs dating from Monks' cadetship.
  • Morrison, Emmett M. Commission document. (MS#0160)
    Biographical note: Emmett Masalon Morrison, b. 1841 Smithfield, VA; VMI Class of 1861; 15th Virginia Infantry Regiment, CSA; teacher; d. 1932 Smithfield, VA.Descriptive note: One document appointing Emmett M. Morrision a Brigadier General of the 8th Brigade, 4th Division, of the Virginia Militia. Dated January 25, 1872.
  • Naisawald, L. VanLoan. Collection. (MS #50)
    Biographical note: b. 1920, NY; graduate VMI, Class of 1942; army officer, editor, author. Descriptive note: Bulk (2 cf) consists of drafts, notes, and other items related to the publication of Naisawald's book, Grape and Canister, the story of the field artillery of the Army of the Potomac, 1861-1865 (Oxford University Press, 1960). Also a file of research material for an article, "Recovery of the Colors," and misc. oversized and other items.
  • Newbold, Gilbert L., papers (MS #0265)
    Biographical note: Gilbert Lawrie Newbold, b. 1920 Scranton, PA; VMI Class of 1942; Intelligence Officer, World War II; State Dept. Foreign Service officer; Chief East Asia and Pacific Branch, U.S. Information Agency/Voice of America, 1950's-1960's; d. 1979, Roanoke VA.Descriptive note:Documents, approximately 100 items, from the career of Gilbert L. Newbold. The papers are primarily concerned with Newbold's career with the U.S. Information Agency and Voice of America in S.E. Asia during the 1950's and 1960's, and include letters and memos concerning the VOA operation in South Vietnam. Other items include his military personnel records and documents from his State Department assignments.
  • Neikirk, Joseph D., collection (MS #0308)
    Miscellaneous papers of Joseph Neikirk, VMI Class of 1932, who served as Executive Vice President of the VMI Foundation from 1954 until his retirement in 1978. Includes cadet scrapbook, cadet account book, general correspondence and correspondence with VMI alumni, photographs, misc. military records, numerous resolutions & award certificates.
  • Oliver, Thomas T., collection (MS #0305)
    The collection contains four citations, 1967-1968, awarded Captain Thomas T. Oliver (VMI Class of 1963), who was killed in action in Vietnam on February 7, 1968. Included are Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, and Bronze Star.
  • Patton Family papers (MS #0360)
    A collection of 35 miscellaneous documents, 1855-1924, relating to various members of the Patton family. Primary subjects are the three individuals named George S. Patton--father, son, and grandson--all of whom attended VMI. The papers include letters, biographical information, bank drafts, commissions, and miscellaneous Civil War manuscripts. An inventory is available.
  •  Patton family biographical manuscript (MS #0320)
    Biographical sketch of John M. Patton Sr. (b. 1797) and his 7 sons, all of whom served in the Confederate States Army. The manuscript was prepared in January 1892 by John M. Patton, Jr., VMI Class of 1846.
  • Patton, George S., compositions (MS #0253)
    Biographical note: George Smith Patton, b. 1885 San Gabriel, CA; VMI Class of 1907 (attended for one year, 1903-1904); General U.S. Army; d. 1945 Heidelberg, Germany.Descriptive note:The collection contains one essay and three poems by George S. Patton. The essay (2 pages), ca. 1903, discusses the significance of the VMI Corps' participation in the Battle of New Market (May 1864) and the New Market ceremony; it was probably written during the year Patton attended VMI or shortly thereafter. The typescript original poems are entitled "A Dream" (written in France, 1917), "God of Battles," and "Fear"; the latter two are signed by Patton.
  • Pendleton, Edmund, letter (MS#0115)Biographical note: Edmund Pendleton, b. 1823 Amherst Co. VA; graduate VMI Class of 1842; Col. 15th Louisiana Infantry, CSA; lawyer and state legislator; member VMI Board of Visitors, 1870-1873; died 1899, Lexington, Virginia. Descriptive note: One letter from attorney Edmund Pendleton to David E. Moore of Lexington, Virginia, dated April 30, 1847. Pendleton discusses the passage of the James River bill in the Virginia Legislature.
  • Preston, John T. L., papers (MS #0240)
    Miscellaneous personal papers, 7 items, of John T. L. Preston, one of the founders of the Virginia Military Institute and a member of the VMI Faculty from 1839-1875. The papers include a letter (1864 April 24) to Gen. Stonewall Jackson in which Preston discusses religious and financial matters; misc. other correspondence; a "brief historical sketch" of the Virginia Military Institute written for the Institute's semi-centennial in 1889; Preston's U.S. passport, May 1851; Franklin Society membership certificate, 1851.
  • Purdie, Kenneth S., Papers (MS #104)
    Biographical note: Kenneth Sinclair Purdie, b. 1892, Norfolk, Virginia; VMI Class of 1912; army officer; educator; VMI faculty member; d. 1983, Lexington, Virginia. Descriptive note: Miscellaneous papers (ca.250 items). Includes subject files concerning the publication of the 1912 VMI yearbook, of which Purdie was editor; personal correspondence; documents (1916) concerning the Culver Military Academy, Culver, Indiana; military service records (photocopies); notes on VMI athletic history (1901-1916); photograph album (1911-1913) , including photos of VMI and Wentworth Military Academy.
  • Ross, Erskine Mayo. Papers (MS #0334)
    Biographical note: born 1845, Culpeper Co., Virginia; graduated Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1865; New Market cadet; co-founder of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity; lawyer and judge; died 1928.Content notes: Papers consist of three oversized items. 1. Certificate (13.5 in. x 11.5 in.), 1875 April 14, granting Ross permission to practice law in California. 2. Certificate (22 in. x 18 in.), 1887 Jan 13, judicial appointment for U.S. District Court, Southern District of California. 3. Certificate (23 in. x 17.5 in.), 1895 Feb 22, judicial appointment for U.S. Circuit Court, 9th District.
  • Semmes,Thomas M., manuscript. (MS#0166)Biographical note:Thomas Middleton Semmes, b. 1840, Caroline Co., VA; VMI Class of 1860; Lt. Arkansas regiment, CSA; VMI Faculty member, 1860-1904; d. 1904, Lexington, VA.Descriptive note:Manuscript (holograph, 38 pages) of a speech given by VMI Modern Languages Professor Thomas M. Semmes. The speech, concerning Stonewall Jackson, was presented in Richmond circa 1892.
  • Sinclair, Richard B., collection(MS #0348)
    Biographical note: Richard Bain Sinclair, b. 1908, Roanoke, Virginia; VMI Class of 1931; U.S. Army officer in Europe during World War II; Civil Engineer; died 1996, Roanoke.Descriptive note: The collection (17 items) consists of World War II era maps and listings of geodesic points used by Sinclair while fighting in Europe; and Sinclair's VMI cadet account book, listing school expenses 1927-1931.
  • Smith, Francis W., letters. (MS #96).
    Biographical note:Francis Williamson Smith, b. 1838, Norfolk, Virginia; graduate VMI Class of 1856; educator; Lt. Col. Confederate Artillery; wounded at Amelia Springs and died April 6, 1865. Descriptive note: Letters (12 items), 1859-1860, from Francis Williamson Smith and others to artist Alexander Galt. Letters concern Smith family portraits; bust of Philip St. George Cocke, a member of the VMI Board of Visitors.
  • Staubly, Woodville G., letter (MS #0212)
    Biographical note: Woodville Godfrey Staubly, b. 1856 Petersburg, VA; VMI Class of 1877; pharmacist; died before 1903. Descriptive note:One letter (January, 8 1882) from Woodville G. Staubly to a Mr. Beckwith. Written from Fort Grant, Arizona Territory. Staubly discusses the Indians condemned to death for a massacre at Fort Apache, and other aspects of U.S. government Indian policy.
  • Steidtmann, Edward, diary. (MS #0145)
    Biographical note: Edward Steidtmann, b. 1881 near Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin ; graduate University of Wisconsin; VMI faculty member (Professor of Mineralogy and Geology), 1923-1948; d. 1948, Lexington, VA.
    Descriptive note: Diary of Edward Steidtmann, kept during his trip to Alaska in the summer and fall of 1918. Daily entries give a detailed account of the journey. A few entries are dated before and after the trip.
  • Sun, Li Jen, collection (MS #0299)
    Miscellaneous World War II items (1940-1945) from the estate of General Li Jen Sun, VMI Class of 1927. 9 photographs (black & white matte) showing Gen Sun with various allied commanders, including Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and George S. Patton; 3 color photographs of Sun's medals; 1 book owned by Sun, "The Chinese Army in India-Burma Campaign."
  • Tanner, Robert G. Collection. (MS #049)
    Biographical note: b. 1947, graduate VMI, Class of 1969; attorney; author. Collection (2 cf) consists of items relating to the publication of Tanner's 1976 book, Stonewall in the Valley. Includes drafts, revisions, typescripts, galley " page proofs; correspondence with the publisher. Also chapter typescript for The Guns of '62.
  • Thompson, Paul S.,  papers (MS #0257)
    Biographical note: Paul Singer Thompson, b. 1940, West Point, NY; VMI Class of 1961; PhD University of Virginia (History); Professor of History at the University of Natal, South Africa. Descriptive note:Personal papers, 1956-2008, of Paul S. Thompson, Professor of History at the University of Natal, South Africa. The collection includes extensive correspondence, dating from his VMI cadetship (1957-1961), his years in graduate school at the University of Virginia (1961-1965), and his life in South Africa with his family.  Access to this collection is restricted and requires permission of the donor.
  • Tidwell, William A., papers (MS #0426)
    Miscellaneous papers (17 items) of Brigadier General William Albert Tidwell, Jr., USA. (1918-1999). Tidwell was a graduate of the Virginia Military Class of 1939. During his military career he worked primarily as an Intelligence officer and was assigned to the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1950's and 1960's. The collection includes 4 routine letters (1965-1968) from General William Westmoreland to Tidwell; Tidwell's Legion of Merit citation and certificate, awarded for his service as Chief of Reconnaissance and Photographic Intelligence Division in Vietnam, 1964-1965; other certificates and citations; and 3 photographs. BG Tidwell died in June 1999.
  • Towne, Roger E.,  papers (MS #0366)
    Biographical note: Roger Earl Towne, b. 1913, Kingston, NY; VMI Class of 1936; United States Army officer, 1936-1947; sales manager; d. 1983, St. Petersburg, FL. Descriptive note: Collection 1932-1960, of diary, scrapbooks and photograph album principally documenting the VMI cadetship and army career of Roger E. Towne. Miscellaneous items date from after his retirement from military service.
  • Townes, John E., papers (MS #0487)
    The collection consists of photograph albums, diplomas, and miscellaneous papers documenting the life of John Edward Townes (b. 1886 d. 1970), a graduate of the Virginia Military Class of 1907 and a History professor at VMI for 35 years.  The photos depict both his VMI cadetship and his subsequent career in the U. S. Army Coast Artillery Corps (1908-1920) and at VMI as a faculty member (1921-1956).  During World War I he served in France with the American Expeditionary Force (AEF). 
  • Turner, Robert K., Collection. (MS#003)
    Annotated typescripts, galley and page proofs, and other pre-publication materials relating to the book Letters of a New Market Cadet (University of North Carolina Press, 1961), edited by VMI faculty members Turner and John G. Barrett. Most of the original documents that appear in the book are located in the Jaqueline Beverly Stanard Papers, VMI.
  • Upshur, Alfred P., Collection (MS#0420)
    Miscellaneous papers (11 items) of Dr. Alfred P. Upshur, VMI Class of 1904, whose career included service in the Army Medical Corps. The collection consists primarily of commission documents and other certificates, and 2 photographs.
  • Waddill, Edmund C., papers (MS #0280)
    Biographical note: Edmund Clivious Waddill, b. 1883 Richmond, VA; VMI Class of 1903; United States Army officer and World War I veteran; d. 1964 Portsmouth, VA.Descriptive note:Commissions and certificates (10 items)from the army career of Edmund C. Waddill.
  • Waddy, John R. , document. (MS #091).
    Biographical note: John Robinson Waddy, b. 1834; graduate, VMI Class of 1853; officer, U.S. Army prior to 1861; officer, CSA; farmer, businessman, postmaster; d. 1903, Norfolk, VA. Descriptive note: One letter of recommendation written on behalf of John Waddy by Superintendent Francis H. Smith. Smith recommends him for a commission in the U.S. Army. Dated October 27, 1856.
  • Webb, John S., Papers. (MS #40).
    Misc. professional papers (17 items, 1883-1905) of John S. Webb, Virginia Military Institute Class of 1867 and New Market cadet. Webb spent most of his career as a civil engineer, working for railroads throughout the south. Included are 2 letters concerning railroad under construction in Mississippi; patent for a rail joint (with sketch); blueprints and drawings from various construction projects.
  • Welles, Paul, papers. (MS #0141)
    Biographical note: Paul Welles, b. 1884, Antwerp, Belgium; graduate Amherst College and University of Southern California; at Mexican border with 7th Regiment, NY National Guard, 1916; Major, U.S. Army Signal Corps, 1917-1919, stationed in France; educator; VMI Faculty member (Professor of German and French), 1930-1950; d. 1950, New Bedford, MA; buried Lexington, VA.Descriptive note:Personal papers, 1897-1950, of VMI faculty member Paul Welles. The papers include personal correspondence and diaries (1928-1950), records from his military career (1916-1919); photos; speeches; certificates (oversized). Little of the collection relates to Welles' career at VMI.
  • Williamson, Sydney B., papers (MS # 0206) Detailed Guide & Online Exhibit.
    Biographical note: Sydney Bacon Williamson b. 1865 Lexington, VA; VMI Class of 1884; civil engineer; Pacific Division engineer for Panama Canal construction, 1906-1914; d. 1939 Lexington, VA.Descriptive note: Papers of civil engineer Sydney B. Williamson, including extensive material, 1906-1914, documenting the construction of the Panama Canal. The papers consist of project and planning files, drawings, photographs, correspondence and reports. In addition to canal material, the papers include information about Williamson's other engineering projects in South America (Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru) and the United States (Virginia, Mississippi Valley, Alabama), and his service with the Interoceanic Canal Board and the Goethals Memorial Committee.
  • Wise, Henry A., papers. (MS #0123)
    Biographical note: Henry A. Wise, b. 1906, Watertown, NY; VMI Class of 1927; lawyer, Watertown; Capt. U.S. Army during World War II; New York state legislator; author of the VMI history, Drawing Out the Man; d. 1982, Lexington, VA.
    Descriptive note:Personal papers of Henry A. Wise, including general correspondence, family correspondence, subject files, and materials relating to the publication of his book, Drawing Out the Man: The VMI Story. Inventory available.
  • Wise, Jennings Cropper, Papers. (MS#004)
    Personal papers of Jennings C. Wise (b. 1881 d. 1968. VMI Class of 1902), lawyer, army officer, VMI faculty member and author. Included are extensive correspondence files that document all aspects of Wise's career, with particular emphasis upon his lifelong concern with issues affecting VMI. Container list available.
    Collection dates/size: 1910-1960; 3 linear feet.
  • Youell, Rice M., collection. (MS#0417)
    A collection (10 items) of certificates and other items from the career of Rice McNutt Youell, VMI Class of 1914. Included are the citations for the Croix de Guerre and the Distinguished Service Cross, dating from his service in France during World War I.