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F.H. Smith Letter, 1867 (Ms1964-002)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms1964-002


  • 1867


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from F. H. Smith Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Biographical Note

Francis Henney Smith was the first Superintendent of Virginia Military Institute. He served there from 1839 to 1889. In the Civil War, Smith was a Colonel in Companies F and S of the 9th Virginia Infantry. Smith was also the President of the United States Military Academy Board of Visitors.

No information could be found on Captain M. F. Maury.


“VMI Archives,”

Trask, Benjamin H. 9th Virginia Infantry. 1984. Print.

Language of Materials


Acquisition Information

This collection was acquired by Newman Library prior to 1964.


This collection contains a carbon copy of a letter written to Captain M. F. Maury from Francis Henney Smith at Virginia Military Institute.


The letter discusses Smith’s recent visit to Richmond where he spoke on the behalf of the Virginia Military Institute. During the visit, he was concern with the issue of a land-grant endowment for a school that would concentrate on agriculture and mechanic arts. he may have been referring to the current Virginia Tech.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the F.H. Smith Letter was completed prior to January 2011. Additional description was completed in January 2011.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US