Our online historical rosters database is the best place to start your search. The rosters includes the names of all students who were enrolled at VMI-- whether or not they graduated-- from opening day on November 11, 1839 through the World War II era. If you locate a name in our database and would like more information/copies of available documents, please contact us.
What's in Our 19th & Early 20th Century Biographical files?
One of our most popular and valuable resources is our collection of 19th and early 20th century biographical files. A file exists for every early alumnus--both graduates and non-graduates, as well as for early faculty and staff members. A typical cadet record consists of correspondence from parents regarding a cadetship; correspondence from the alumnus; alumni questionnaires, often containing genealogical information; and obituaries and other clippings. Family historians can frequently locate a wealth of information about VMI ancestors.
Important note to researchers: we release historical student records only. We do not release information about living alumni or other nonhistorical student records.