Lee, Emily Lewis Papers, 1940-2006 *JMU Alum Papers*

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Summary Information

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Lee, Emily Lewis, 1922-2014
Emily Lewis Lee Papers
Collection No.:
SC 0185
5 boxes, 1.97 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
The collection includes James Madison University related correspondence, newsclippings, photographs, scrapbooks, interview, and reunion booklets.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Emily Lewis Lee Papers, 1940-2006, SC 0185, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Bio/Historical Information

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.

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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.

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The collection is arranged in 2 series:

Series 1: University Activities and Alumni Relations, 1941-2006

Series 2: Photographs, 1940-2006

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.

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Administrative Information

Revision Description

Converted to schema conforming EAD by dtd2schema.vh.xsl.Revised by Alicia Henneberry 2013-11-21August 2012

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for 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

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

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.

Processing Information

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.


Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Index Terms


  • Madison College Alumnae Association
  • James Madison University Alumnae Association
  • James Madison University -- Insignia -- History
  • Universities and colleges -- Ceremonial maces -- Virginia

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: University Activities and Alumni Relations, 1941-2006

Series 1: University Activities and Alumni Relations, 1941-2006, is comprised of correspondence, scrapbooks, and ephemera, related to Emily Lewis Lee's involvement with James Madison University as a student and as an alumna.

Correspondence contains letters primarily regarding reunion planning, plus Lee's annual "Lee News" bulletins for 1981, 1983-1991, with similar reports in 1997, 1999 and 2001.

Scrapbooks contain two large disbound scrapbooks largely of color photographs compiled either for or after the 35th, 40th and 45th Reunions of the Class of '43. The first of these has a small selection of black & white photographs from the 1940s. One scrapbook documents Lee's time as a student during 1941-1943. Of particular interest is a program for "Plantation Idyll," a "musical water pageant" presented by Camp Strawderman (Edinburg, Virginia). The cast includes a "Mammy" character, "Negro servants," and "Pickaninnies." Emily Lewis Lee served as an usher for the production. Another scrapbook, 1946-1947, 2000-2003, documents Lee's work and research on World War II veterans who were JMU alumni. A related research file is included in this series.

Also included are three guestbooks containing signatures from alumni receptions and luncheons dating from 1956-1989. The first of these books belonged to the Madison Alumni Richmond Chapter, and the other two are most likely from on-campus alumni events.

Related subject matter is located in the Photographs series.

Title/Description Instances
Correspondence, 1953, 1973-2001 box 1 folder 1
University Ephemera, 1973-2006, undated box 1 folder 2
University Mace, 1978-1979 box 1 folder 3
50 year reunion, 85th Founders Day, 1993 box 1 folder 4
WWII Veterans Memorial Research, 2000-2003 box 1 folder 5
Scrapbook, 1941-1943 box OV 1
Scrapbook 1, 1942-1986 box 1 folder 6
Scrapbook, 1946-1947, 2000-2003, undated box OV 2
Scrapbook 2, 1980-1989 box 2 folder 1
Guestbook 1, 1956-1979 box 2 folder 2
Guestbook 2, 1977-1989 box 2 folder 2
Guestbook 3, 1974-1979 box 2 folder 3

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Series 2: Photographs, 1940-2006

Series 5: Photographs, 1940-2006, contains a 5x7" black and white print of Emily Lewis Lee presenting the mace to President Carrier in 1979, an 8x10" of her reunion group ca. 1983 and four snap shots of awards and reunion banquets from the early 1980s. Also includes photographs from ten scrapbooks documenting reunions and events, as well as graduation photos from her commencement in 1943.

Title/Description Instances
Photographs, 1983, undated box 2 folder 4
5007.05.0001 Emily Lee presenting the University mace to Dr. Carrier
5007.05.0002 Emily Lee and reunion group
5007.05.0003 Four snapshots of Emily Lee
1943 Madison reunions, 1995-1999 box 2 folder 5
5007.05.0004 Cover photo
5007.05.0005 Flower display
5007.05.0006 Garden Club shirt
5007.05.0007 Emily Lee with Frances Agnor Traver and Ann Valentine Pheiffer
5007.05.0008 The Gang group shot
5007.05.0009 Til Purnell w/ horse
5007.05.0010 At stable, group shot
5007.05.0011 Tea Room Lunch, group shot
5007.05.0012 Group at dinner
5007.05.0013 Mary Jackson, Ann Valentine Pheiffer, Ethel Mason Miller, Frances Agnor Traver, and unidentified woman
5007.05.0014 Dick and Frances Traver with Ruth Anne Herring
5007.05.0015 Dick Traver and Ruth Anne Herring
5007.05.0016 Space Shuttle at Cape Canaveral
5007.05.0017 Cape Canaveral, group shot
5007.05.0018 Group next to space shuttle
5007.05.0019 Ladies out shopping
5007.05.0020 Catharine Cothran Pedigo, Mary Jackson, Ethel Mason Moore, Frances Agnor Traver, Ann Valentine Pheiffer
5007.05.0021 Group in front of restaurant
5007.05.0022 Emily Lee, Frances Agnor Traver, Mary Jackson, Catharine Cothran Pedigo at Lee Chapel
5007.05.0023 Emily Lee, Margaret Hoffman Gouldman, and Marcella Mears
5007.05.0024 Frances Agnor Traver, Mary Jackson, Margaret Hoffman Gouldman, Emily Lee, Catharine Cothran Pedigo
5007.05.0025 Emily Lee, Margaret Hoffman Gouldman, Catharine Cothran Pedigo, Frances Agnor Traver, Mary Jackson.
5007.05.0026 RV at campground
5007.05.0027 Group in motor home
5007.05.0028 Group shot at dinner
5007.05.0029 Group at dinner
5007.05.0030 Frances Agnor Traver
5007.05.0031 Emily Lee and Ethel Mason Miller
5007.05.0032 Louise and Bud Hansby, Dick Traver
5007.05.0033 Frances Agnor Traver, Mary Jackson, Til Horn Purnell, Ann Valentine Pheiffer, Ethel Mason Miller
5007.05.0034 Cover photo, Emily Lee
5007.05.0035 Til Horn Purnell, Ethel Mason Moore, Ann Valentine Pheiffer
5007.05.0036 Making memory books
5007.05.0037 Ladies with scrapbooks
5007.05.0038 In front of Poplar Forest.
5007.05.0039 Emily Lee, Ann Valentine Pheiffer, and unidentified woman
5007.05.0040 Ann Valentine Pheiffer, Ethel Mason Miller, Dick Traver
5007.05.0041 Group shot at table
5007.05.0042 By lake at Peaks of Otter
5007.05.0043 AvocaAncestral home of Col. Lynch
5007.05.0044 Group in front of house
5007.05.0045 Anne and Don Pheiffer
5007.05.0046 Bettys Kitchen
5007.05.0047 Appomatox Battleground
5007.05.0048 Ladies waiting to eat
5007.05.0049 The husbands
5007.05.0050 Ann and Don Pheiffer with nephew
5007.05.0051 Frances Agnor Traver and Til Horn Purnell
5007.05.0052 Til Horn Purnell and Frances Agnor Traver
5007.05.0053 Mary and Tom Sweet wedding photo
5007.05.0054 Ladies with Van Reese
5007.05.0055 The men arrive
5007.05.0056 Dick Traver
5007.05.0057 Waiting in front of Olive Garden
5007.05.0058 Ethel Mason Miller and husband?
5007.05.0059 Lunch at Williamsburg Inn
5007.05.0060 Music at Williamsburg Inn
5007.05.0061 More music
5007.05.0062 Mary Jackson and Til Horn Purnell
5007.05.0063 Emily Lee with Mary Jackson and Frances Agnor Traver
5007.05.0064 Entertainment at tavern
5007.05.0065 Group at dinner
5007.05.0066 Comfort suites
5007.05.0067 Emily Lee with the Vanlandinghaws
5007.05.0068 Catharine Cothran Pedigo, Mary Jackson, Ann Valentine Pheiffer
5007.05.0069 Ethel Mason Miller, Frances Agnor Traver, and Marion Watkins Herger
5007.05.0070 Frances Traver, Ethel Mason Miller, Ann Brown Hutchinson, Catharine Cothran Pedigo
5007.05.0071 Emily Lee with Virginia Tunnes Wells
5007.05.0072 Priceless Tiffany Window
5007.05.0073 Ethel Mason Miller, Catharine Cothran Pedigo, Ann Valentine Pheiffer, Frances Agnor Traver
5007.05.0074 Table at dinner
5007.05.0075 Music at farewell dinner
5007.05.0076 Emily Lee, Mary Jackson, Ann Valentine Pheiffer, Catharine Cothran Pedigo, Ethel Mason Miller, Frances Agnor Traver
5007.05.0077 Robin Worth and wife Joann
5007.05.0078 Emily Lee with group at dinner
5007.05.0079 Group at happy hour
5007.05.0080 Ladies in front of Petersburg Country Club
5007.05.0081 Carriage Tour of Olde Towne
1943 Madison reunions (folder 1 of 2), 2000-2001 box 3 folder 1
5007.05.0082 Weighingin at Marina
5007.05.0083 Ann Valentine Pheiffer and Don Pheiffer
5007.05.0084 Marina
5007.05.0085 Frances and Don Traver
5007.05.0086 Marge Hoskins and Mary Jackson on front porch
5007.05.0087 Emily Lee and Mary Jackson
5007.05.0088 Emily Lee and group at Beaufort Chamber of Commerce
5007.05.0089 Group on carriage ride
5007.05.0090 Marge Hoskins and husband
5007.05.0091 Chicago painted cow
5007.05.0092 Group in front of buses
5007.05.0093 Emily Lee, Marge Hoskins, Frances Traver, Don Traver
5007.05.0094 Emily Lee, Marge Hoskins, Mary Jackson
5007.05.0095 Emily Lee with Marge Hoskins and Mary Jackson
5007.05.0096 Frances Agnor Traver, Mary Jackson, Ann Valentine Pheiffer
5007.05.0097 Marge Hoskins, Bob Hoskins, Dick Traver, Frances Agnor Traver
5007.05.0098 Group shot on porch
5007.05.0099 Til Horn Purnell, Frances Agnor Traver, Mary Jackson, Ann Valentine Phieffer, Emily Lewis Lee
5007.05.0100 Dolphin Watch house
5007.05.0101 Frances Traver, Mary Jackson, Ann Valentine Pheiffer, Dick Traver
5007.05.0102 Marge Hoskins
5007.05.0103 Emily Lee and Sigma sisters with Sigma plaque
5007.05.0104 Sunrise from front porch
5007.05.0105 Mary Jackson and others saying goodbye
5007.05.0106 Waving goodbye
5007.05.0107 Ann and Don Phieffer
1943 Madison reunions (folder 2 of 2), 2000-2001 box 3 folder 2
5007.05.0108 Cover photo
5007.05.0109 Til Purnell with dog, Kipley, and car
5007.05.0110 Catharine Cothran Pedigo, Frances Agnor Traver, Mary Jackson, Ethel Mason Moore.
5007.05.0111 Men group shot
5007.05.0112 Emily Lee
5007.05.0113 Til Purnell with Margaret Hoffman Gouldman
5007.05.0114 Mary Jackson, Frances Agnor Traver, Ethel Mason Moore
5007.05.0115 Dick Traver, Hart Miller, Tom Sweet
5007.05.0116 Hart Miller, others at table
5007.05.0117 Group at dinner
5007.05.0118 Mary Jackson and Til Purnell
5007.05.0119 Skip Purnell reviews appointment calendar
5007.05.0120 Charlisa Howell, Frances Traver, Til Purnell
5007.05.0121 Frances Traver, Til Purnell, Margaret Hoffman Gouldman
5007.05.0122 Group with Charlisa Howell, Dick Traver, Frances Traver
5007.05.0123 The whole group
5007.05.0124 Frances Agnor Traver
5007.05.0125 Til and Skip Purnell
5007.05.0126 Emily Lee and Til Purnell
5007.05.0127 Emily Lee and Til Purnell
5007.05.0128 Til Purnell
5007.05.0129 High school group
5007.05.0130 Margaret Hoffman Gouldman
5007.05.0131 Margaret Hoffman Gouldman
5007.05.0132 Rhododendron Bush
Commencement Ceremony, 1943 box 3 folder 3
5007.05.0133 graduation ceremony
5007.05.0134 Emily Lewis Lee with diploma
5007.05.0135 Emily Lewis Lee and group in front of Jackson Hall
5007.05.0136 Emily Lewis Lee and group
5007.05.0137 Emily Lewis Lee and large group
5007.05.0138 Emily Lewis Lee and other graduates
5007.05.0139 Emily Lewis Lee and others
Class of 1943 35th reunion, 1978 box 3 folder 4
5007.05.0140 Midge and Nate Clark
5007.05.0141 Emily Lee and two others
5007.05.0142 Emily Lee and friends
5007.05.0143 Margaret Hoffman Gouldman
5007.05.0144 At table, Dr. Carrier in background
5007.05.0145 Frances Agnor Traver, Ann Valentine Phieffer and others
5007.05.0146 Emily Lee and others in front of hotel
5007.05.0147 In front of hotel
Inauguration of President Linwood Rose, 1940-1999 box 3 folder 5
5007.05.0148 Harrisonburg sign from Massanutten, 98
5007.05.0149 Emily Lee with Rebecca Davidson (47) and members of the Rose family
5007.05.0150 Rebecca Davidson with Jane Dingledine Houston (42)
5007.05.0151 Sunset from New Campus
5007.05.0152 Emily Lee, Kathy Jasien, and Rebecca Davidson at dinner
5007.05.0153 Dr. Douglas Brown, VP Academic Affairs, with Betsy Brown, Bill and Kathy Jasien at dinner
5007.05.0154 Bonnie Neff Hoover and Stanley Folk at dinner
5007.05.0155 Campus painting being presented to the Carriers
5007.05.0156 Edith Carrier with painting
5007.05.0157 Emily Lee and Rebecca Davidson with 90s Tri Sigma tshirt
5007.05.0158 Jane Kinderman and Rebecca Bennett Davidson at Walton House
5007.05.0159 Group shot at Strawderman 87
5007.05.0160 Group shot, Richmond Fall 94
5007.05.0161 Emily Lee and group, Petersburg Fall 94
5007.05.0162 Peggy A. and family
5007.05.0163 Emily Virginia Lewis, 40
Alumni Weekend, May 2002 box 3 folder 6
5007.05.0164 Alumni Weekend 2002 cover
5007.05.0165 Baseball field
5007.05.0166 Emily Lee with VCU coachs wife
5007.05.0167 Emily Lee with JMU players parents
5007.05.0168 Wilson Hall
5007.05.0169 Emily Lee with 52 alum dressed as clown and husband
5007.05.0170 Emily Lee with Emily Long Bruce and Lois Long on bench by Kissing Rock
5007.05.0171 Lucille June Smead
5007.05.0172 Kathy Stafford, VP for Development, outside of Alumnae Halll
5007.05.0173 Emily Lee with her weekend escort Catharine Cook
5007.05.0174 Two 52 alumni at reception at President Roses house
5007.05.0175 Emily Lee with Nellie Long, Ralph and Inez Roop
5007.05.0176 Emily Lee and Georgina Chapplear Milleken
5007.05.0177 Catharine Cook and driver Mr. Roberts with JMU bus
5007.05.0178 Emily Lee and Polly Long
5007.05.0179 Emily Lee with Evelyn Jefferson and Lillian Bundy and others at 1942 table
5007.05.0180 JMU flowers by Festival
5007.05.0181 Emily Lee and Glenda Bennett (Sigma sisters) in front of Bluestone fireplace in Alumnae Hall
5007.05.0182 Emily Lee with Justin Thompson, Director of Alumni Relations
5007.05.0183 Emily Lee and Nancy Bondurant Jones
5007.05.0184 Emily Lee and Nancy Bondurant Jones
5007.05.0185 Carolyn Copley during candle ceremony
5007.05.0186 Emily Lee with Ann Dechert and Nancy Hughes
5007.05.0187 Emily Lee and others
Homecoming Weekend, October 2002 box 3 folder 7
5007.05.0188 Emily Lee with Anna Long Watson and Emily Long Bruce, picture of Bonnie Heff attached
5007.05.0189 Emily Lee and Bob Hoskins
5007.05.0190 Emily Lee and Marge Hoskins
5007.05.0191 Emily Lee and Margaret Moore
5007.05.0192 Emily Lee with Sigma sisters in front of Sigma house
5007.05.0193 Emily Lee with Sigmas and Cake Walk tshirt
5007.05.0194 Emily Lee with Sigma alumni and current officers
5007.05.0195 Emily Lee with replica of Leeolou Alumni Center
5007.05.0196 Emily Lee with List of Lead Donors
5007.05.0197 Emily Long Bruce, Lisa Horsch, Steph Ann Watson, Marge Hoskins at Dedication Dinner
5007.05.0198 Emily Lee, Ann Watson, Marge Hoskins at table
5007.05.0199 Emily Lee with President Rose and wife Judith
5007.05.0200 Emily Lee and Mike Dewitt from JMU Board of Visitors
5007.05.0201 Emily Lee with the Roses, the McGraws, and Lucy KoofPust at postgame reception
5007.05.0202 Emily Lee, Marge Hoskins, and friend at reception
5007.05.0203 Emily Lee and Marge Hoskins on parking deck at reception
5007.05.0204 JMU flowers by Leeolou Alumni Center
5007.05.0205 Front of Leeolou Alumni Center
5007.05.0206 Emily Lee and Lisa Horsch at Bridgeforth Stadium
5007.05.0207 Emily Lee and field at Bridgeforth Stadium
5007.05.0208 Welcome Back Alumni! sign at Leeolou Alumni Center
5007.05.0209 Emily Lee and Lisa Horsch with Madison scrapbook
5007.05.0210 Emily Lee, Lisa Horsch, Marge Hoskins at WWII Garden Patio
5007.05.0211 Emily Lee and Lisa Horsch with Veterans of WWII plaque
James Madison Day Celebrations, March 2006 box 3 folder 8
5007.05.0212 Emily Lee and Marge Hoskins at graves of Emily and Mable Lee Walton
5007.05.0213 Emily Lee with Ass. VP for Constituent Relations
5007.05.0214 Emily Lee with Marge Hoskins and Director of Development Karen Guntharp
5007.05.0215 Emily Lee with Dr. Phyllis Rowe
5007.05.0216 Emily Lee with hostess and staff
5007.05.0217 Emily Lee with Jane Dingledine Houston
5007.05.0218 Emily Lee with Carolyn Wakr
5007.05.0219 View of Wilson stage for Madison Day Program
5007.05.0220 Emily Lee with Marge Hoskins and Polly Lane

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