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Lee Morrison Papers

Identifier: SC 0215
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Scope and Content

The Lee Morrison Papers, 1946-2012, comprise the personal and professional papers of Dr. Lee Morrison. These files relate to conferences, speeches, diplomas and awards, photographs, reports on women’s issues in sports and education, Title IX, President Ronald Carrier's Think Tank on Women's Issues at JMU, and personal reflections. There are also transcripts of interviews conducted by Chuck Walcott, Virginia Tech professor of political science, with Lee Morrison dated 1996.


  • Creation: 1946-2012


Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

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Bio/Historical Note

Dr. Lonnie Leotus “Lee” Morrison (1926-2015) was a professor, coach, and administrator at Madison College starting in 1954 until she retired in 1989. She graduated from Georgia State College for Women in 1948 with a B.S. in Education. She then went on to get her M.A. from George Peabody College for Teachers in 1951. After acquiring the position at Madison College, she received her doctorate at Indiana University in 1964. In 1967, she became the Coordinator of Women’s Sports for Madison College. From 1972 until her retirement in 1989 she served as the Associate Director of Athletics for James Madison University. Dr. Morrison dedicated her professional career to promoting equality in collegiate sports. After the passage of Title IX, an educational amendment that banned sex discrimination in any program receiving federal aid, she was still involved in many organizations that fought to end sex discrimination in school athletics. She was a member of the Virginia Association for Girls and Women in Sport and a founding board member of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), for which she later served as president. She worked on numerous committees at the state, regional, and national level for the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport. She also served on President Ronald Carrier's Think Tank on Women's Issues at JMU. Throughout her career she won many awards for her dedication. After retirement, she helped establish the Morrison-Bruce Center for the Promotion of Physical Activity for Girls and Women on the JMU campus. The Morrison-Bruce Center is named in honor of Dr. Morrison and Dr. Patricia Bruce, professor of physical and health education at JMU from 1961-1989. Morrison and Bruce were colleagues, friends, and long-time companions.


1.32 cubic feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



The material present in this collection comprise the personal papers of Dr. Lee Morrison. These files contain materials from conferences, speeches, diplomas and awards, photos, reports on women’s issues in sports and education, and personal reflections.


This collection is arranged in the same order in which it was donated.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Lee Morrison in October 2012.


Four boxes of trophies, plaques, awards, and realia were not retained by Special Collections.

Separated Material

A copy of the brochure "Sexism in Higher Education: The James Madison Perspective" (1990) was separated from the collection and cataloged.

Processing Information

In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in 2017-2019. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 5041. This collection was rehoused in January 2020 and slight alterations were made to finding aid.

A Guide to the Lee Morrison Papers, 1946-2012
Peter Watt, Tiffany Cole
June 2013, January 2020
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-01-24: Finding aid added to ASpace with slight alterations to folder titles. Collection was rehoused at this time. No major edits to narrative of the finding aid.
  • June 2021: Biographical note updated to place more emphasis on Dr. Morrison's relationship with Dr. Bruce.

Repository Details

Part of the James Madison University Libraries Special Collections Repository

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