Manuscript Collections

World War I identification card

Collections of Personal Papers in the VMI Archives

The VMI Archives currently contains more than 500 manuscript collections: Letters, diaries, and other personal papers. Our holdings cover a wide range of historical eras and topics - the Civil War, modern military history, engineering history, military oral histories, cadet life and Institute history, and material relating to the history of local region. Many of our collections are available online in full-text format, and complete descriptions of all manuscript collections are located in the Archives Online Catalog.

Digital Manuscripts

A growing collection of our manuscript holdings are available online.  The digital collections typically include scans of the original documents as well as full text transcriptions.

About the Online Catalog

The Archives catalog is the single best source for detailed descriptive information (known as finding aids) about our manuscript holdings. The catalog also provides links to digital online access to a collection when available.

Quick Guides: Browse by Category

If you'd like to quickly review our manuscript holdings in a concise list format, use these online guides.