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Cadet Life: Scrapbooks
Collection Overview and Online Exhibit

VMI History & Cadet Life Manuscripts Top Level

The VMI Archives collection includes many examples of cadet scrapbooks.  We have examples from 1910 through the 1950's; they reached the height of popularity in the 1920's.  A typical scrapbook contains snapshots; memorabilia such as dance, athletic, and play programs; clippings from magazines and newspapers, and other items that reflect daily cadet life and the wider popular culture. 

 View Online Exhibit. Cadet Leopold von Schilling Scrapbook, 1922-1925 

Scrapbooks in Our Collection: 

1910-1919 

  • Austin, Samuel L., Scrapbook (MS #0427)Cadet scrapbook of Samuel L. Austin, VMI Class of 1921, covering the period 1916-1919. The scrapbook contains over 100 snapshots, as well as dance programs, clippings, drawings, and other VMI memorabilia.
  • Beeton, Francis E., scrapbook. (MS#0133)Biographical note: Francis Emerson Beeton, b. 1890, Lexington, VA; VMI Class of 1912; post office supervisor; died 1981, Falls Church, VA. Descriptive note: Scrapbook compiled by Francis E. Beeton, VMI Class of 1912. Contents include photographs taken in 1909 during his VMI cadetship.
  • Bolling, Robert W., scrapbook. (MS#0459)Scrapbook, Virginia Military Institute Class of 1920.  Included are snapshots,  dance programs, clippings, and other VMI memorabilia.  Topics of the photographs include his classmates and friends, cadet life, athletics, and VMI buildings.
  • Bundy, Richard J., scrapbook. (MS#0493)Scrapbook compiled by Cadet Robert W. Bolling , Virginia Military Institute Class of 1922.  Included are snapshots,  dance programs, clippings, drawings, and other VMI memorabilia.  Topics of the photographs include his classmates and friends, cadet life, athletics, and VMI buildings.
  • Carter,J. Prescott, Scrapbook (MS #0488)James Prescott Carter graduated from VMI in 1919 and spent his career as a banking executive and economic consultant. This scrapbook, circa 1919, contains only a few VMI-related pages; it consists primarily of postcards collected during a European trip.
  • Hammond, Gordon. Scrapbook (MS #0434)Scrapbook compiled by Cadet Gordon Hammond, VMI Class of 1919, covering the academic year 1915-1916. Included are snapshots, dance programs, clippings, drawings, and other VMI memorabilia.
  • Jackson, Montgomery C., scrapbook. (MS #0124)Biographical note: Montgomery C. Jackson, b. 1900, Petersburg, VA; VMI Class of 1920; U.S. Army officer; d. 1972, Carmel, CA; buried Petersburg. Descriptive note: VMI scrapbook, 1916-1920, compiled by Cadet Montgomery C. Jackson. Includes photographs of cadet life (classmates, dances, athletic events) and buildings; clippings and other memorabilia.
  • Lowry, Sumter D., scrapbook (MS #0260)Biographical note: Sumter deLeon Lowry, b. 1893; VMI Class of 1914; Lt. Gen., United States Army; d. 1985, Tampa FL. Descriptive note: VMI scrapbook compiled by Cadet Sumter Lowry. Includes photographs of camp; clippings; miscellaneous documents concerning cadet life, 1910-1914.
  • Milton, William H., scrapbook (MS #0200)Biographical note: William Hammond Milton, Jr., b. 1900, Roanoke, VA; VMI Class of 1920; executive, General Electric Company; VMI Superintendent, 1952-1960; d. 1984, Schenectady, NY. Descriptive note: Scrapbook compiled by VMI Cadet William H. Milton, Jr. Includes photographs and other mementos collected during his cadetship, 1916-1920.
  • Morton, Theodore F., scrapbooks (MS #0207)Biographical note: Theodore Feild Morton b. 1899 Ft. Worth, TX; VMI Class of 1919; attorney; d. 1978 Ft. Worth.
    Descriptive note: The collection consists of three VMI scrapbooks compiled by Cadet Theodore Morton during the period 1916-1919. Included are photographs, dance programs, & other VMI memorabilia.
  • Munce, Marshall G., scrapbook (MS #0204)Biographical note: Marshall Gilliam Munce, b. 1896 Richmond, VA; VMI Class of 1917; World War I veteran; businessman; d. 1977, York PA. Descriptive note: Scrapbook compiled by VMI cadet Marshall G. Munce, during the period 1913-1917.
  • Nelson, Nathan H., scrapbook. (MS #0140)Biographical note: Nathan Henry Nelson, b. 1902, Richmond, VA; VMI Class of 1922; 1st Lt., Coast Artillery Corps, 1942-1944; businessman; d. 1972, Long Island, NY. Descriptive note: VMI scrapbook, 1918-1922, compiled by Cadet Nathan H. Nelson. Contains photographs, clippings, & other mementos. Subjects include buildings, athletics, social events, classmates. Also contains a few annotations by Nelson.
  • Smith, Philip. Scrapbook. (MS#0132)Biographical note: Philip Smith, b. 1893, Cameron MO; VMI Class of 1914; construction supervisor and landscape designer; d. 1948, Norfolk, VA. Descriptive note:VMI scrapbook compiled by Cadet Philip Smith. Includes photographs (individual cadets, cadet life, buildings, Lexington, Goshen), invitations, programs, and other VMI memorabilia.
  • Springs, Eli B., scrapbook. (MS#0131)Biographical note: Eli Baxter Springs, b. 1894, Ft. Mill, SC; VMI Class of 1915; 2nd Lt., Army Air Service, 1917-1919; businessman and stockbroker in Charlotte, NC; d. 1977, Charlotte, NC. Descriptive note: VMI Scrapbook compiled by Cadet Eli B. Springs. Includes clippings, programs, invitations, and other memorabilia from the academic years 1911-1912 and 1912-1913.
  • Tangi Meli Scrapbook. (MS #054)Tangi Meli was a cadet social club organized ca. 1912, one of several such "semi-secret" societies that appeared in the years after fraternities were outlawed at VMI. Scrapbook (1912-1916) contains material about club and VMI activities.

1920's 

  • Bell, James N., Scrapbook (MS#0481)VMI scrapbook, 1922-1926, compiled by Cadet James N. Bell, Class of 1926.  Includes photographs of cadet life, classmates, buildings; newspaper clippings (documenting athletic and other events) and memorabilia such as dance programs.
  • Dewey, Franklin H., Scrapbook. (MS #0463)VMI scrapbook compiled by Cadet Franklin H. Dewey, Class of 1929, covering the period 1926-1929.  It contains candid photographs of cadet life in the 1920's, classmates, buildings, athletics; and memorabilia such as programs, clippings, and misc. documents.
  • Doty, Mark H., Scrapbook. (MS #099)Biographical note: Mark Hanahan Doty, b. 1902 Winnsboro, South Carolina; graduate VMI Class of 1924; businessman; d. 1968, Winnsboro. Descriptive note: VMI scrapbook compiled by Cadet Doty, 1921-1924. Contains photographs of cadet life, classmates, buildings, athletics. Memorabilia (programs, clippings) also included.
  • East, J. Frank, scrapbook (MS #0196)Biographical note: John Franklin East, Jr., b. 1901 Norfolk, VA; VMI Class of 1924; shipping business; d. 1979 Norfolk, VA. Descriptive note: VMI scrapbook compiled by Cadet J. Frank East, documenting his cadetship (1920-1924). Includes photographs of buildings, people, and the ROTC Cavalry unit; dance programs, sports souvenirs, other memorabilia.
  • Guthrie, James, scrapbook (MS #0489)VMI scrapbook, covering the 1928-1929 school year, compiled by Cadet James B. Guthrie (b. 1907 d. 1984) of Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Hanger, George D., scrapbook (MS #0264)Biographical note: George DeLancey Hanger, b. 1907, Portsmouth, VA; World War II veteran; businessman; d. 1992, Norfolk VA. Descriptive note: VMI scrapbook compiled by Cadet George D. Hanger during his cadetship, 1924-1928. Includes photographs, programs, and other VMI mementos.
  • Hannah, Andrew L., scrapbook (MS #0261)Biographical note: Andrew Lee Hannah, Jr., b. 1903, Portsmouth, VA ; VMI Class of 1924; United States Air Force officer; d. 1982. Descriptive note: VMI scrapbook, 1920-1924, compiled by Cadet Andrew Hannah. Includes photographs depicting cadet life; programs, and other VMI mementos.
  • Hopkins, William A., scrapbook (MS #0259)Biographical note: William Addison Hopkins, Jr., b. 1903 Lynchburg, VA; VMI Class of 1925; businessman; d. 1971 Newport News, VA. Descriptive note: VMI scrapbook compiled by Cadet William A. Hopkins during the years 1921-1925. Contains autographs and nicknames of classmates; items concerning athletic events; photographs; dance programs and other VMI mementos.
  • Meyers, Bennet A., scrapbook (MS #0312)Scrapbook (1925-1929) compiled by VMI Cadet Bennet A. Meyers, Class of 1929. Includes photographs, autographs of cadets, memorabilia (dance programs, printed material).
  • Moss, Clement M., scrapbook (MS #0458)Scrapbook compiled by Cadet Clement M. Moss , Virginia Military Institute Class of 1921, covering the period 1919-1921.  Included are snapshots,  dance programs, clippings, drawings, and other VMI memorabilia.
  • Payne, John B., Scrapbook (MS#0483)
    VMI scrapbook, 1917-1921, compiled by Cadet John B. Payne, Class of 1921. Includes photographs of cadet life, athletics, classmates, buildings; newspaper clippings, and memorabilia.
  • Rice, Hugh B., Scrapbook (MS#0139)VMI scrapbook, 1919-1923, compiled by Cadet Hugh B. Rice. Contains photographs (including ROTC cavalry unit), programs, playbills, and other VMI memorabilia.
  • Schmidt, Alfred C., Scrapbook (MS #055) Schmidt (1901-1976; graduate VMI Class of 1923) compiled this scrapbook during his cadetship, 1919-1923. Includes photographs, clippings, dance and finals programs, misc. class notes/exercises.
  •   Von Schilling, Leopold M., Scrapbook (MS #0433) Von Schilling (Class of 1926) compiled this scrapbook during his cadetship, 1922-1925. Included are snapshots, dance programs, clippings, drawings, and other VMI memorabilia.
  • Wallace, Robert L., collection (MS #0388)The collection consists of the VMI account book of Cadet Robert L. Wallace (VMI Class of 1924, of Chase City, Virginia), containing entries for cadet expenses, 1920-1924; and a scrapbook fragment (ca. 21 pages), containing photographs of cadets and cadet life, clippings, and other VMI mementos.
  • Watson, William H., scrapbook (MS #0201)Biographical note: William Henry Watson, Jr., b. 1907, Marianna, FL; VMI Class of 1927; Officer, United States Navy; d. 1974 Newport, RI. Descriptive note: Scrapbook compiled by VMI Cadet William H. Watson. Includes photographs and other VMI memorabilia, 1923-1925.
  • Woodward, Richard R., Scrapbook (MS #0199)Biographical note: Richard Rawles Woodward, b. 1905 Suffolk, VA; VMI Class of 1926; Marine Corps officer during World War II; businessman; d. 1982 Suffolk, VA. Descriptive note: Scrapbook compiled by VMI Cadet Richard R. Woodward. Contains photographs of cadet life and other VMI memorabilia, 1922-1926.

1930's 

  • Bagby, Pleasant H., scrapbook (MS #0202)Biographical note: Pleasant Harwood Bagby, b. 1910 Richmond, VA; VMI Class of 1932; LTC United States Army during World War II; businessman. Descriptive note: Scrapbook compiled by VMI Cadet Pleasant H. Bagby. Included are photographs, dance programs, and other VMI memorabilia, 1928-1932.
  • Beverly, Alexander C., scrapbook (MS #0500). Class of 1936.
  • Garbutt, William H., scrapbook (MS #0482)VMI scrapbook, 1929-1930, compiled by Cadet William A. Garbutt, Class of 1933. Garbutt attended for one year.  Includes photographs of cadet life, classmates, buildings; newspaper clippings, and memorabilia.
  • Jones, Reverdy H., Jr. Scrapbook (MS #0491)Scrapbook compiled by Jones (Virginia Military Institute Class of 1934) during his cadetship, 1930-1934. Includes photographs of cadet life, buildings, events; newspaper clippings; dance and other programs; misc. VMI memorabilia.
  • Meriwether, Willis J., Jr. Scrapbook (MS #0498)Scrapbook compiled by Jones (Virginia Military Institute Class of 1933) during his cadetship, 1929-1933. Includes photographs of cadet life, buildings, events; newspaper clippings; dance and other programs; misc. VMI memorabilia.
  • Nunnamaker, Harold., Scrapbook (MS #0258)Biographical note: Harold Nunnamaker, b. 1910 Richmond, VA; VMI Class of 1933; businessman; d. 1976, Richmond. Descriptive note: Fragment (ca. 1931-1932) of a VMI scrapbook compiled by Cadet Harold Nunnamaker. Includes photos of camp, buildings, cadet life; misc. clippings; one item concerning the Yorktown sesquicentennial celebration in 1931.
  • Torrington, Francis. Scrapbook (MS #0311)Scrapbook fragment, 1939-1940, compiled by Cadet Francis R. Torrington, VMI Class of 1940. Includes VMI memorabilia and snapshots.
  • Vivian, William R., scrapbook. (MS#0494)Scrapbook, Virginia Military Institute Class of 1932.  Included are snapshots,  dance programs, clippings, and other VMI memorabilia.  Topics of the photographs include his classmates and friends, cadet life, athletics, and VMI buildings.
  • Walshe, William B. (MS #0500). Class of 1932 
  • White, Wyndham K. (MS #0500).  Class of 1931 

1940's 

  • Dobyns, Samuel W., scrapbook. (MS #0146)  A scrapbook documenting VMI's first Air Force ROTC Training Camp, held at Langley Air Force Base in 1948. The scrapbook was compiled by Samuel W. Dobyns, VMI Class of 1941 & Professor of Civil Engineering.
  • Moyer, Frederick M., scrapbook. (MS #0138)  Scrapbook, 1942-1948, compiled by Cadet Frederick M. Moyer, containing clippings, photographs, letters and other mementos, most concerning his VMI wrestling career.
  • Smith, Robert N., Class of 1947, scrapbook. (MS #501). Cadet life, ca. 1947-1950.

1950's 

  • Gwathmey, Lomax, Jr., scrapbook (MS #0224)  Scrapbook compiled by VMI Cadet Lomax Gwathmey, documenting his cadetship. Includes photographs of the Class of 1958 Ring Figure; President Dwight D. Eisenhower greeting VMI Glee Club members; scenes from everyday cadet life; programs, clippings, and other memorabilia. Also includes 2 photographs dating from Gwathmey's tour of duty in Vietnam.