Lee Literary Society Records, 1909-1912 *JMU Records*
- Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
- Lee Literary Society
- Lee Literary Society Records
- Collection No.:
- UA 0027
- 1 box, .13 Cubic Feet
- Language of the Material:
- The collection is comprised of bound posters and programs created by the Lee Literary Society from 1909-1912.
[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Lee Literary Society Records, 1909-1912, UA 0027, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.
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, 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."
Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Other Formats Available
Digital images of some of the Lee Literary Society posters can be found at Founding Documents in Special Collections
Items were in the cage in 1982, at the time of founding.
The posters were previously part of the collection, SU 93-0315, "Scrapbooks 1909-1916."
Genre and Form
Dingledine, Raymond C. Madison College, the First Fifty Years, 1908-1958 Harrisonburg, VA: Madison College, 1959.
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