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Letters, Diaries, & Manuscripts
Collections in the VMI Archives

 PerkinsondetailThe VMI Archives currently contains more than 500 manuscript collections: Letters, diaries, and other personal papers. Among our holdings are the papers of Stonewall Jackson and Matthew Fontaine Maury; correspondence of soldiers who served in the Civil War; modern military history collections, including the Cold War Oral History Project; letters, diaries, and scrapbooks documenting cadet life and Institute history; and documents relating to the history of the Shenandoah Valley. Many of our collections are available online in full-text format, and complete descriptions of all manuscript holdings are located in the Manuscripts Guide below.

The VMI Archives includes many holdings in addition to manuscripts. See the Archives home page for links to our other resources. For more information about any of our collections, please contact the archives.

Online Manuscripts Guide 

This guide, divided into five sections, consists of descriptions of individual manuscript collections and includes links to full or selected text, online finding aids, or other additional web information when available. Within each section, look for the Full textFull Text designation, and follow the link to additional online material. If a collection in which you are interested is not yet online in full-text format, contact us for photocopies.