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VMI Archives Resources

Superintendent Records

Superintendent Records

Search selected records from the administrations of VMI Superintendents Francis H. Smith and Edward W. Nichols.

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Francis H. Smith Administration Records, 1839-1889 - Smith, the first Superintendent at VMI, served from 1839 until his retirement in 1889. The records span the entire 50 years period Smith served as Superintendent with few gaps and include Smith's correspondence with notable military, educational, and political leaders of the time.


Edward W. Nichols Administration Records, 1907-1924 - Nichols graduated from VMI in 1878 and served as a Professor of Mathematics at the Institute until being named Superintendent in 1907. The digital records are dated 1917 and pertain to VMI's involvement with military training following the U.S. entry into World War I.


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