RESOURCES ON THE LEE FAMILY

Robert E. Lee Papers
Collection 064
16 linear ft.

The Lee collection is the cornerstone of our manuscript holdings and has been frequently cited in published research on Lee (1807-1870). Though the papers are concentrated on Lee's years as President of Washington College (1865-1870), they include material from his long military career. The papers include the only known copy of Lee's famous and moving General Orders No. 9 (April 10, 1865) entirely in his own hand. Also included is Lee's letter of August 24, 1865 to the Washington College Board of Trustees accepting their offer of the college presidency. There is a collection of photographs of Lee and other family members as well as places associated with Lee's life. There is much Lee memorabilia including pamphlets, reminiscences and obituaries. There are papers of other members of the Lee family (see also collections 142, 143 and 170 for Lee family material). Special Collections maintains indexes to the collection. For additional R.E. Lee material concerning his Washington College presidency see collection 112. For additional Lee material located in other collections see the general manuscript index in Special Collections.

George Washington Custis Lee Papers
Collection 142
.4 linear ft.

Lee (1832-1913) succeeded his famous father as President of Washington and Lee in 1871 and served in that capacity until 1897. Only a limited number of his papers have survived. Included are personal correspondence, copies of letters in the V.M.I. Archives, a copy of his will and reminiscences of him collected by Greenlee D. Letcher. For other material on Lee's administration see the W&L Miscellaneous Archival Records collection (collection 112) and the Washington and Lee University Trustees' Papers. James Lewis Howe wrote a lengthy unpublished history of W&L during Lee's administration (see the 080 collection). There is "Custis" Lee material as well in the Robert E. Lee Papers (collection 064) and the Lee-Jackson Foundation Papers (collection 170). There is additional material scattered throughout several other collections in our holdings. See the Special Collections manuscript catalog for details. Several photographs of Lee are included in our holdings.

Henry Lee Papers
Collection 143
.2 linear ft.

Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee (1756-1818) was the father of Robert E. Lee. He was a renowned Revolutionary War cavalry commander and served as Governor of Virginia from 1791 to 1794. There are seven items in our collection of which the most significant is a diary and commonplace book of 1813. Lee was then living in the West Indies. There are two land grants signed by Lee as governor. There are three Lee letters from 1792 in the Zechariah Johnston Papers (collection 006a).

Lee Memorial Association Collection
Collection 148
.2 linear ft.

The Lee Memorial Association was formed in 1870 to develop a suitable monument to Robert E. Lee following his death. Its work eventually resulted in the recumbent statue of Lee by Edward Valentine which was unveiled in the expanded Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee in 1883. The collection contains fund raising literature, newspaper clippings, broadsides and brochures. There is a larger related body of financial and other material on the Association in the Rockbridge Historical Society collection. There is also material in the Robert E. Lee Papers (collection 064). The volume, Ceremonies Connected with the Inauguration of the Mausoleum and the Unveiling of the Recumbent Figure of General Robert E. Lee, is in our Rare Book collection. This work contains an historical sketch of the Lee Memorial Association by William Allan.

Lee-Jackson Foundation Collection
Collection 170
1.0 linear ft.

The Lee-Jackson Foundation perpetuates the historical memory of Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. This collection of 118 letters ranging in date from 1778 to 1914 is primarily concerned with the Lee family and persons associated with them. There are several Robert E. Lee manuscripts from the period, 1847-1869. Other family manuscripts are from wife, Mary Randolph Custis Lee (1808-1873); father-in-law, George Washington Parke Custis (1781-1857); daughters, Agnes Lee (1841-1873) and Mildred Lee (1846-1905); and sons, George Washington Custis Lee (1832-1913), William Henry Fitzhugh Lee (1837-1891) and Robert E. Lee, Jr. (1843-1914). Also included are manuscripts of American Revolutionary leaders, Richard Henry Lee (1733-1794) and Francis Lightfoot Lee (1734-1797). Confederate generals P.G.T. Beauregard and Joseph E. Johnston are represented in this collection as is nineteenth century Lexington, Virginia, poet, Margaret Junkin Preston. There is a finding aid on file in Special Collections.