Feb 162010

Ira Louis Reeves Papers, 1915-1919 (3 Files)

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About the Collection

The collection contains official papers and correspondence, 1915-1917 and 1919, of Ira Reeves, primarily during his time as Norwich University president, 1915-1917, as well as records of the A.E.F. University in Beaune, France, 1919. There is also a photograph of Ira Reeves.

About Ira Louis Reeves, President of Norwich University, 1915-1917

Ira Reeves was born and educated in Missouri. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1893 and served until 1902 when he retired due to wounds received in action during the Philippine Insurrection. Reeves became president of Norwich University on 1 November 1915 and submitted his resignation on 18 August 1917. Ira Reeves had returned to active duty on 5 August 1917 and served in France until he was wounded on 11 November 1918. Instead of resigning from the army, Reeves was granted a leave of absence; his resignation was finally accepted on 19 June 1918. On 9 February 1919, he was named president and commanding officer of A.E.F. (American Expeditionary Forces) University in Beaune, France, where he remained until 15 June 1919. Ira Reeves married Carolyn Louise Smith in 1898 and two children were born to them. The control file included with the collection contains additional biographical information on the life and service of Reeves.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open.

Preferred Citation

Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below:

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Ira Louis Reeves Papers, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.

Here’s an example from the collection:

Letter from Ira L. Reeves to Mrs. George Dewey, 28 February 1917. Papers, 1915-1919 file, Ira Louis Reeves Papers, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.

Additional Information

Size: 3 Files

Collection Location: Archives 501 — Small Collections, Presidents

Language(s) of Material: English

Repository: Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663 USA, Phone: 802.485.2947, Fax: 802.485.2173, archives@norwich.edu

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  3 Responses to “Reeves, Ira L., 1872-1939”

  1. This is my great grandfather. My grandfather was Louis P. Reeves, and my father was Donald Sharpe Reeves. My family has other historical information, including Ira’s publications. Please feel free to contact me at the e-mail address above.

  2. Hi,

    Ira L. Reeves is my great grandfather, he was my father (Donald Sharpe Reeves) grandfather. How would I be able to view the 3 files you have without having to travel there? We have several things of his that have been passed down, but not much about his time with Norwich University.

    I’m looking forward to hearing back from you.

    Thank you,

    Carolyn (Reeves) Benick

  3. Ira L Reeves is my great-grandfather through his son, Louis Reeves. My father, Donald Sharpe Reeves passed away in 2009, leaving my sisters and I as the last remaining “Reeves” from Ira’s family. I am in possession of several original copies of Ira’s books as well as several scrap books our great-grandmother Carolyn kept for Ira.

    There is are a few artifacts from Norwich University which I am happy to scan and email to you for your records. Thank you for opening up your records about our great-grandfather.


    Margye Reeves Solomon

    Donice Reeves Kaufman do1nice@gmail.com
    Stephanie Reeves slreeves4@mac.com
    Carolyn Reeves Brown cjsmooch@yahoo.com

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