Emily Lewis Lee Papers
Scope and Content
This collection documents Emily Lewis Lee work with James Madison University's Alumni Association, the Board of Visitors, attendance at JMU events, and reunions with her classmates. Much of her correspondence includes letters to her fellow alumnae from the class of 1943. Her awards, appointments and accompanying news clippings are included as are booklets compiled for alumni reunion weekends and homecomings. Of special interest is the history of the university's processional mace, a gift of the Class of 1943, presented to the University on Founder's Day, 1979. Of more recent interest are a 2001 interview with journalist Nancy Bondurant Jones and two subsequent articles on World War II and plans for an Alumni Center Terrace to honor JMU's contribution to it. Many photographs are included that document reunions and special celebrations at James Madison University.
- Lee, Emily Lewis, 1922-2014 (Person)
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Emily Virginia Lewis Lee (1922-2014) graduated from Madison College as part of the class of 1943 with a degree in Home Economics. After graduation, she entered Johns Hopkins in Baltimore to begin a six month internship, after which she completed another six months at Halloran Hospital on Staten Island. She then entered the Army Medical Corps as a dietician and was trained in Atlantic City. She met her husband, Luther M. Lee (1923-1996), while stationed in North Carolina when she was a first lieutenant. She was discharged from the army at the end of the war, and later on became a dietician at the Veterans Administration hospital. Since then has been a proud and active alumni of her alma mater. Emily Lee has served on the Alumni Association, the Education and Student Life Committee, the Board of Visitors from 1980-1983, and as the fund agent for the class of 1943. In 1981, she received the "Distinguished Alumni Service Award" for her work for the university.
1.97 cubic feet (5 boxes)
Language of Materials
The collection includes James Madison University related correspondence, newsclippings, photographs, scrapbooks, interview, and reunion booklets.
The collection is arranged in two series. All series are arranged chronologically. Exceptions to this arrangement scheme were made in order to group like materials together and as a result chronological arrangements are approximate.
- University Activities and Alumni Relations, 1941-2006
- Photographs, 1940-2006
Received from Alumni Relations in May 2003. The photos pertaining to the ‘43 Madison group reunions and University events were added later than the rest of the collection in July 2012.
During initial processing campaigns, scrapbooks were disbound. Others remain intact. Photographs were also individually sleeved in acid-free envelopes and described at the item level.
In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in 2017-2018. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 5007. At this time the collection was minimally reprocessed. Newspaper clippings were discarded as were materials lacking discernable research value. The overall arrangement was also simplified.
- A Guide to the Emily Lewis Lee Papers, 1940-2006
- Julia Merkel, Alicia Henneberry, Ellen Blackmon, Tiffany Cole
- August 2012, October 2015, August 2018
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- August 2012: Revised by Alicia Henneberry