A Guide to the Lee Literary Society Records, 1909-1912
Collection Number UA 0027

Compiled by:
Sarah Roth- Mullet, January 2018

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Title: Lee Literary Society Records, 1909-1912
Collection No.: UA 0027
Creator: Lee Literary Society
Extent: 1 box; .33 cubic feet.
Language: English
Abstract: The collection is comprised of bound posters and programs created by the Lee Literary Society from 1909-1912.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Collection 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: Copyright for Official University records is held by James Madison University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).
Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], Lee Literary Society Records, 1909-1912, UA 0027, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.
Other Formats available: Digital images of select Lee Literary Society posters can be found at Founding Documents in Special Collections.
Acquisition Information: Items were in the cage in 1982, at the time of founding.
Processing Information:The posters were previously part of the collection, SU 93-0315, Scrapbooks 1909-1916.  

Administrative History:
The Lee Literary Society and Lanier Literary Society were established at State Normal and Industrial School for Women in 1909, during the school’s first term. The Lee Literary Society was named for Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and the Lanier Society was named for the Southern poet, Sidney Lanier. Both the Lee and Lanier Society held debates, and sponsored readings, talks and musical events.

Lee Society chose gold and gray as the club’s representative colors, while the Lanier chose violet and white. In October, 1909, the school’s official colors were taken from each – violet from Lanier, and gold from Lee.

In 1914, ten members from the Lee and Lanier Literary Societies joined together to form a new student organization, the Stratford Literary Society, later known as the Stratford Players. The Lanier Society and Lee Society were discontinued in 1942.

Scope and Content:
The collection is comprised of bound posters and programs created by the Lee Literary Society, from 1909-1912. Posters describe musical performances, readings, discussions of current events and literary figures. Debate topics include “that Virginia should adopt compulsory education,” and that the “aims and methods of education of girls should be different than that of boys.” The Lee Society also hosted an event called, “An Evening on the Old Plantation.”

Bibliography:
Dingledine, Raymond C. “Madison College, the First Fifty Years, 1908-1958,” Harrisonburg, VA: Madison College, 1959.

Contents:

Folder Title

Box : Folder

Lee Society Posters, 1909-1912

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Related Material:
Lanier Literary Society Records, 1911-1931, UA 0026, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.