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Jennie C. Lee Papers

 Collection
Identifier: W-0113

Scope and Contents

The Jennie C. Lee papers contain photographs; letters; telegrams; newspaper clippings; programs for assorted musical performances and dedications; pamphlets; publications; and circulars. Many appear to have been removed from scrapbooks; a large number of the photographs are still affixed to black scrapbook paper.

Volume one, 1891-1934, contains numerous photographs, loose and attached to scrapbook pages. There are several photographs of persons who are clearly Tuskegee Institute faculty members. Many have brief descriptions or names written on them. For example, one very small photograph has the inscription "choir and visitors - Roosevelt's visit '06."

Correspondence of significance includes a telegram from Booker T. Washington in 1903 inviting her to Tuskegee; a letter Booker T. Washington wrote to her in 1906; a letter Julius T. Rosenwald wrote to her in 1915 regarding a gift of $100 he gave her; and a letter from Tuskegee Institute principal Robert Moton at the time of her retirement in 1928.

Volume two, 1905-1938, is smaller than volume one, and it contains the same types of material. Correspondence of significance includes two letters from Roscoe C. Bruce.

Dates

  • 1891 - 1938

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Due to the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may require additional advance notice.

Biographical / Historical

Jennie Cheatham Lee was born in Tennessee on November 16, 1866, to Anderson and Elizabeth Cheatham. She attended Fisk University. In 1903, Booker T. Washington asked her to take the position of choir director at Tuskegee Institute. She held the position until 1928 when she retired.

She passed away in Nashville,Tennessee, in 1956. According to her death certificate, she was divorced.

Extent

0.3 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Contains photographs, letters, programs, and other materials created and collected by Lee, who was director of the Tuskegee Choir for twenty-five years (1903-1928).

Arrangement

When the collection arrived, it was arranged in two three-ring binders, each containing items in individual page protectors. The page protectors contained loose items such as clippings, photographs, letters, and publications. In addition, the page protectors contained pages and items that were clearly removed from a scrapbook; the items were either still attached to black scrapbook pages or they were torn in places where they had been removed.

Staff retained this arrangement.

Physical Location

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama

Provenance

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

General

Title on spine: MRS. J. C. LEE - TUSKEGEE CHOIR DIRECTOR - ARCHIVE - VOLUME ONE and MRS. J. C. LEE - TUSKEGEE CHOIR DIRECTOR - ARCHIVE - VOLUME TWO

Processing Information

Processed by Donnelly Walton, 2013; updated by Ashley Malone, 2020.

Creator

Source

Title
Guide to the Jennie C. Lee Papers
Status
Completed
Date
September 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500