Lee Literary Society Records, 1909-1912 *JMU Records*

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Summary Information

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.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Lee Literary Society Records, 1909-1912, UA 0027, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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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.

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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."

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using 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).

Other Formats Available

Digital images of some of the 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."


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

Genre and Form

  • Posters

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

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Lee Literary Society Posters, 1909-1912 box OV1