Morrison, Lee Papers, 1946-2012 *JMU Faculty Papers*

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Summary Information

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Morrison, Lee (Lonnie Leotus Morrison), 1926-2015
Lee Morrison Papers
Collection No.:
SC 0215
4 boxes, 1.32 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English .
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.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Lee Morrison Papers, 1946-2012, SC 0215, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

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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.

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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.

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

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Administrative Information

Revision Description

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. 2020-01-24

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

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (

Acquisition Information

Donated by Lee Morrison in October 2012.


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

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.


Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL:

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Related Materials

Separated Material

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

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Speeches (Documents)
  • Photographs
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Research (documents)
  • Reports


  • Morrison, Lee, 1926-2015 -- Correspondence.
  • Madison College -- Faculty -- Correspondence
  • James Madison University -- Faculty -- Correspondence
  • Physical education for girls
  • Physical education for women
  • College sports for women
  • College sports

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Portrait photographs, 1988-1990, undated box 1 folder 1
Class presentations, 1998, undated box 1 folder 2
Diplomas, awards, and certificates, 1946-2008 box 1 folder 3
Mary Baldwin, 2002 box 1 folder 4
1990 Honorary Degree, 1990 box 1 folder 5
ACE Conference Agenda, 1989, undated box 1 folder 6
Women in Sport - A progress report, Bill Gilbert and Nancy Williamson, 1983 box 1 folder 7
NA Congress Philly, 1983, undated box 1 folder 8
Germany October 9-28, 1977, 1977-1979 box 1 folder 9
Caroline Sinclair portfolio, 1969-1998 box 1 folder 10
Honors, 1988-2000 box 1 folder 11
AIAW president pictures, undated box 1 folder 12
Commencement 8/90, 1990 box 1 folder 13
UNESCO trip to Paris, France 5/21/78, 1977-1978 box 1 folder 14
Comp. speeches, 1974-1975, undated box 2 folder 1
Personal resume - L. Leotus Morrison, 1962-2009 box 2 folder 2
October weekend, 2002-2004 box 2 folder 3
NACWAA, 1988-1999 box 2 folder 4
Reunion - Florida 2/11-14/09, 1982-2009, undated box 2 folder 5
AIAW documents 1974, 1973-1980, undated box 2 folder 6
Women's Fitness Center, 2004-2006 box 2 folder 7
Poems and thoughts, 1962-1975, undated box 2 folder 8
Speech material, 1972-1978, undated box 2 folder 9
Essay, 1959-1982, undated box 3 folder 1
Chuck Walcott - AIAW, 1996-1999 box 3 folder 2
Morrison-Bruce Endowment, 2009 box 3 folder 3
Other centers, 2003-2005 box 3 folder 4
Morrison-Bruce Center, 1966-2005 box 3 folder 5
LLM - Odds & Ends, 2008-2011 box 3 folder 6
Speech - G. Hunt '08, 2008 box 3 folder 7
2011 - Women in Sports, 2010-2011 box 3 folder 8
Articles, 2007-2010 box 3 folder 9
Title IX research, 2002-2003 box 3 folder 10
Title IX - timelines/sport history, 2004-2007 box 3 folder 11
Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame, 1990-2008 box 3 folder 12
Virginia Hall of Fame, 2000 box 4 folder 1
AIAW history, 1981, undated box 4 folder 2
Personal reflections, 1978, undated box 4 folder 3
Resume, 1983-2004 box 4 folder 4
Smith magazine, 2012 box 4 folder 5
Think Tank on Women's Issues, 1988-2007 box 4 folder 6
Think Tank on Women's Issues, 1990-1991 box 4 folder 7
Think Tank Report, 1990 box 4 folder 8
Binder, 1999-2007, undated box 4 folder 9
Sweet Briar (2005), 2005, undated box 4 folder 10
Smith archives, 2011 box 4 folder 11
Odds and Ends, 2002-2011 box 4 folder 12
Women's Colleges and Athletics, September 2002 box 4 folder 13
Title IX under George Bush, 2003-2005 box 4 folder 14
Speeches and articles, 1966-2011 box 4 folder 15