A Guide to the Emily Lee Papers, 1943-2001 Emily Lee PapersSC# 5007

A Guide to the Emily Lee Papers, 1943-2001

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number SC# 5007


Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Special Collections
Carrier Library
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807
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Processed by: Julia Merkel
Revised By: Alicia Henneberry, August 2012

Special Collections, James Madison University
Collection Number SC#
Emily Lee Papers1943-2001
2 boxes (1 linear foot)
Emily Lee Lewis
The collection includes James Madison University related correspondence, newsclippings, photographs, scrapbooks, interview, and reunion booklets.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of Item], The Emily Lee Papers, 1943-2001, SC# 5007, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information

Received from Alumni Relations May, 2003

Processing Information

The photos pertaining to the '43 Madison group reunions and University events were added later than the rest of the collection in July, 2012.

Biographical Information

Emily Lewis Lee 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 Lee, 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.

Scope and Content

This collection documents Emily Lee's 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.

Series 1, Correspondence, 1953- (1973-1983)-2001 and undated, contains letters mainly regarding reunion planning, plus Lee's annual "Lee News" bulletins for 1981, 1983-1991, with similar reports in 1997, 1999 and 2001.

Series 2, Scrapbooks and Guestbooks, contains two large 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. The three smaller guestbooks contain 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.

Series 3, Ephemera, contains a clipping about Mrs. Lee from the "Alumni Bulletin" Vol. 2, No. 1; the "Home Economics Alumni Newletter," No. 17, December 1981 with front page coverage of Mrs. Lee receiving an alumni service award; reunion booklets from the 1978 and 1979; and an undated alumni publication, "From Blue Stone Hill to You," among other programs and flyers. Included here are an interview with Nancy B. Jones (March 15, 2001), and Jones' article in the Harrisonburg Daily News Record on April 17 and in the JMU Alumni magazine Montpelier in Summer, 2001.

Series 4, University Mace, concerns the university's processional mace and includes a letter from the artist, Prof. Ron Wyancko, newsclippings, fundraising for the Mace Fund, and notes on the Founder's Day processional 1978-1979.

Series 5, Photographs, contains a 5x7" b&w print of Emily 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 10 scrapbooks documenting reunions and events, as well as graduation photos from her commencement in 1943.This series is broken up into three subseries (Original Collection Photos, Reunions, and University Events) which are in turn broken down into several subseries.


The collection is arranged in 5 series and 3 subseries:

I: Correspondence, 1953-2001, undated

II: Scrapbooks and Guest Books, 1956, 1974-1989

III: Ephemera, 1956, 1978-1983

IV: University Mace, 1978-1979

V: Photographs

  Subseries 1. Original Collection Photos

  Subseries 2. Reunions

  Subseries 3. University Events

Contents List

Series I: Correspondence, 1953-2001, undated
Box:Folder: 1:1
Series II: Scrapbooks and Guestbooks
  • Box:Folder 1:2
    Scrapbook 1, 1942-1986
  • Box:Folder 1:3
    Scrapbook 2, 1980-1989
  • Box:Folder 1:4
    Guestbook 1 (1956-1979) and Guestbook 2 (1977-1989)
  • Box:Folder 2:1
    Guestbook 3, 1974-1979
Series III: Ephemera, 1956-2001, undated
Box:Folder: 2:2
Series IV: University Mace, 1978-1979
Box:Folder: 2:3
Series IV: University Mace, 1978-1979
Box:Folder: 2:3
Series V: Photographs
  • Box:Folder 2:4
    Subseries 1: Original Collection
    • Image 5007.05.0001
      Emily Lee presenting the University Mace to Dr. Carrier
    • Image 5007.05.0002
      Emily Lee and reunion group
    • Image 5007.05.0003
      Four snapshots of Emily Lee>
  • Box:Folder 2:4
    Subseries 2: Original Collection
    • Box:Folder 2:5
      1995 and 1996 '43 Madison group reunion
      • Image 5007.05.0004
        Cover photo
      • Image 5007.05.0005
        Flower display
      • Image 5007.05.0006
        Garden Club shirt
      • Image 5007.05.0007
        Emily Lee with Frances Agnor Traver and Ann Valentine Pheiffer
      • Image 5007.05.0008
        "The Gang" group shot
      • Image 5007.05.0009
        Til Purnell w/ horse
      • Image 5007.05.0010
        At stable, group shot
      • Image 5007.05.0011
        Tea Room Lunch, group shot
      • Image 5007.05.0012
        Group at dinner
      • Image 5007.05.0013
        Mary Jackson, Ann Valentine Pheiffer, Ethel Mason Miller, Frances Agnor Traver, and unidentified woman
      • Image 5007.05.0014
        Dick and Frances Traver with Ruth Anne Herring
      • Image 5007.05.0015
        Dick Traver and Ruth Anne Herring
      • Image 5007.05.0016
        Space Shuttle at Cape Canaveral
      • Image 5007.05.0017
        Cape Canaveral, group shot
      • Image 5007.05.0018
        Group next to space shuttle
      • Image 5007.05.0019
        Ladies out shopping
      • Image 5007.05.0020
        Catharine Cothran Pedigo, Mary Jackson, Ethel Mason Moore, Frances Agnor Traver, Ann Valentine Pheiffer
      • Image 5007.05.0021
        Group in front of restaurant
      • Image 5007.05.0022
        Emily Lee, Frances Agnor Traver, Mary Jackson, Catharine Cothran Pedigo at Lee Chapel
      • Image 5007.05.0023
        Emily Lee, Margaret Hoffman Gouldman, and Marcella Mears
      • Image 5007.05.0024
        Frances Agnor Traver, Mary Jackson, Margaret Hoffman Gouldman, Emily Lee, Catharine Cothran Pedigo
      • Image 5007.05.0025
        Emily Lee, Margaret Hoffman Gouldman, Catharine Cothran Pedigo, Frances Agnor Traver, Mary Jackson
      • Image 5007.05.0026
        RV at campground
      • Image 5007.05.0027
        Group in motor home
      • Image 5007.05.0028
        Group shot at dinner
      • Image 5007.05.0029
        Group at dinner
      • Image 5007.05.0030
        Frances Agnor Traver
      • Image 5007.05.0031
        Emily Lee and Ethel Mason Miller
      • Image 5007.05.0032
        Louise and Bud Hansby, Dick Traver
      • Image 5007.05.0033
        Frances Agnor Traver, Mary Jackson, Til Horn Purnell, Ann Valentine Pheiffer, Ethel Mason Miller
    • Box:Folder 2:5
      1997 and 1998 '43 Madison group reunion
      • Image 5007.05.0034
        Cover photo, Emily Lee
      • Image 5007.05.0035
        Til Horn Purnell, Ethel Mason Moore, Ann Valentine Pheiffer
      • Image 5007.05.0036
        Making memory books
      • Image 5007.05.0037
        Ladies with scrapbooks
      • Image 5007.05.0038
        In front of Poplar Forest.
      • Image 5007.05.0039
        Emily Lee, Ann Valentine Pheiffer, and unidentified woman
      • Image 5007.05.0040
        Ann Valentine Pheiffer, Ethel Mason Miller, Dick Traver
      • Image 5007.05.0041
        Group shot at table
      • Image 5007.05.0042
        By lake at Peaks of Otter
      • Image 5007.05.0043
        Avoca-Ancestral home of Col. Lynch
      • Image 5007.05.0044
        Group in front of house
      • Image 5007.05.0045
        Anne and Don Pheiffer
      • Image 5007.05.0046
        Betty's Kitchen
      • Image 5007.05.0047
        Appomatox Battleground
      • Image 5007.05.0048
        Ladies waiting to eat
      • Image 5007.05.0049
        The husbands
      • Image 5007.05.0050
        Ann and Don Pheiffer with nephew
      • Image 5007.05.0051
        Frances Agnor Traver and Til Horn Purnell
      • Image 5007.05.0052
        Til Horn Purnell and Frances Agnor Traver
      • Image 5007.05.0053
        Mary and Tom Sweet wedding photo
      • Image 5007.05.0054
        Ladies with Van Reese
      • Image 5007.05.0055
        "The men arrive"
      • Image 5007.05.0056
        Dick Traver
      • Image 5007.05.0057
        Waiting in front of Olive Garden
      • Image 5007.05.0058
        Ethel Mason Miller and husband?
      • Image 5007.05.0059
        Lunch at Williamsburg Inn
      • Image 5007.05.0060
        Music at Williamsburg Inn
      • Image 5007.05.0061
        More music
      • Image 5007.05.0062
        Mary Jackson and Til Horn Purnell
      • Image 5007.05.0063
        Emily Lee with Mary Jackson and Frances Agnor Traver
      • Image 5007.05.0064
        Entertainment at tavern
      • Image 5007.05.0065
        Group at dinner
      • Image 5007.05.0066
        Comfort suites
    • Box:Folder 2:5
      1999 '43 Madison group reunion
      • Image 5007.05.0067
        Emily Lee with the Vanlandinghaw's
      • Image 5007.05.0068
        Catharine Cothran Pedigo, Mary Jackson, Ann Valentine Pheiffer
      • Image 5007.05.0069
        Ethel Mason Miller, Frances Agnor Traver, and Marion Watkins Herger
      • Image 5007.05.0070
        Frances Traver, Ethel Mason Miller, Ann Brown Hutchinson, Catharine Cothran Pedigo
      • Image 5007.05.0071
        Emily Lee with Virginia Tunnes Wells
      • Image 5007.05.0072
        Priceless Tiffany Window
      • Image 5007.05.0073
        Ethel Mason Miller, Catharine Cothran Pedigo, Ann Valentine Pheiffer, Frances Agnor Traver
      • Image 5007.05.0074
        Table at dinner
      • Image 5007.05.0075
        Music at farewell dinner
      • Image 5007.05.0076
        Emily Lee, Mary Jackson, Ann Valentine Pheiffer, Catharine Cothran Pedigo, Ethel Mason Miller, Frances Agnor Traver
      • Image 5007.05.0077
        Robin Worth and wife Joann
      • Image 5007.05.0078
        Emily Lee with group at dinner
      • Image 5007.05.0079
        Group at happy hour
      • Image 5007.05.0080
        Ladies in front of Petersburg Country Club
      • Image 5007.05.0081>
        Carriage Tour of Olde Towne
    • Box:Folder 2:6
      2000 '43 Madison group reunion
      • Image 5007.05.0082
        Weighing-in at Marina
      • Image 5007.05.0083
        Ann Valentine Pheiffer and Don Pheiffer
      • Image 5007.05.0084
      • Image 5007.05.0085
        Frances and Don Traver
      • Image 5007.05.0086
        Marge Hoskins and Mary Jackson on front porch
      • Image 5007.05.0087
        Emily Lee and Mary Jackson
      • Image 5007.05.0088
        Emily Lee and group at Beaufort Chamber of Commerce
      • Image 5007.05.0089
        Group on carriage ride
      • Image 5007.05.0090
        Marge Hoskins and husband
      • Image 5007.05.0091
        Chicago painted cow
      • Image 5007.05.0092
        Group in front of buses
      • Image 5007.05.0093
        Emily Lee, Marge Hoskins, Frances Traver, Don Traver
      • Image 5007.05.0094
        Emily Lee, Marge Hoskins, Mary Jackson
      • Image 5007.05.0095
        Emily Lee with Marge Hoskins and Mary Jackson
      • Image 5007.05.0096
        Frances Agnor Traver, Mary Jackson, Ann Valentine Pheiffer
      • Image 5007.05.0097
        Marge Hoskins, Bob Hoskins, Dick Traver, Frances Agnor Traver
      • Image 5007.05.0098
        Group shot on porch
      • Image 5007.05.0099
        Til Horn Purnell, Frances Agnor Traver, Mary Jackson, Ann Valentine Phieffer, Emily Lewis Lee
      • Image 5007.05.0100
        "Dolphin Watch" house
      • Image 5007.05.0101
        Frances Traver, Mary Jackson, Ann Valentine Pheiffer, Dick Traver
      • Image 5007.05.0102
        Marge Hoskins
      • Image 5007.05.00103
        Emily Lee and Sigma sisters with Sigma plaque
      • Image 5007.05.0104
        Sunrise from front porch
      • Image 5007.05.0105
        Mary Jackson and others saying goodbye
      • Image 5007.05.0106
        Waving goodbye
      • Image 5007.05.0107
        Ann and Don Phieffer
    • Box:Folder 2:6
      2001 '43 Madison group reunion
      • Image 5007.05.0108
        Cover photo
      • Image 5007.05.0109
        Til Purnell with dog, Kipley, and car
      • Image 5007.05.0110
        Catharine Cothran Pedigo, Frances Agnor Traver, Mary Jackson, Ethel Mason Moore
      • Image 5007.05.0111
        Men group shot
      • Image 5007.05.0112
        Emily Lee
      • Image 5007.05.0113
        Til Purnell with Margaret Hoffman Gouldman
      • Image 5007.05.0114
        Mary Jackson, Frances Agnor Traver, Ethel Mason Moore
      • Image 5007.05.0115
        Dick Traver, Hart Miller, Tom Sweet
      • Image 5007.05.0116
        Hart Miller, others at table
      • Image 5007.05.0117
        Group at dinner
      • Image 5007.05.0118
        Mary Jackson and Til Purnell
      • Image 5007.05.0119
        Skip Purnell reviews appointment calendar
      • Image 5007.05.0120
        Charlisa Howell, Frances Traver, Til Purnell
      • Image 5007.05.0121
        Frances Traver, Til Purnell, Margaret Hoffman Gouldman
      • Image 5007.05.0122
        Group with Charlisa Howell, Dick Traver, Frances Traver
      • Image 5007.05.0123
        The whole group
      • Image 5007.05.0124
        Frances Agnor Traver
      • Image 5007.05.0125
        Til and Skip Purnell
      • Image 5007.05.0126
        Emily Lee and Til Purnell
      • Image 5007.05.0127
        Emily Lee and Til Purnell
      • Image 5007.05.0128
        Til Purnell
      • Image 5007.05.0129
        High school group
      • Image 5007.05.0130
        Margaret Hoffman Gouldman
      • Image 5007.05.0131
        Margaret Hoffman Gouldman
      • Image 5007.05.0132
        "Rhodendedrem" Bush

        Picture of Rhododendron Bushes is labeled "beautiful rhodedendrem [sic] everywhere"

  • Subseries 3: University Events
    • Box:Folder 2:7
      1943 Commencement Ceremony
      • Image 5007.05.0133
        Graduation ceremony
      • Image 5007.05.0134
        Emily Lewis Lee with diploma
      • Image 5007.05.0135
        Emily Lewis lee and group in front of Jackson Hall
      • Image 5007.05.0136
        Emily Lewis Lee and group
      • Image 5007.05.0137
        Emily Lewis Lee and large group
      • Image 5007.05.0138
        Emily Lewis Lee and other graduates
      • Image 5007.05.0139
        Emily Lewis lee and others
    • Box:Folder 2:7
      Class of 1943 35th reunion 1973
      • Image 5007.05.0140
        Midge and Nate Clark
      • Image 5007.05.0141
        Emily Lee and two others
      • Image 5007.05.0142
        Emily Lee and friends
      • Image 5007.05.0143
        Margaret Hoffman Gouldman
      • Image 5007.05.0144
        At table, Dr. Carrier in background
      • Image 5007.05.0145
        Frances Agnor Traver, Ann Valentine Phieffer and others
      • Image 5007.05.0146
        Emily Lee and others in front of hotel
      • Image 5007.05.0147
        In front of hotel
    • Box:Folder 2:7
      Inauguration of President Linwood Rose - Sept 1999
      • Image 5007.05.0148
        Harrisonburg sign from Massanutten, '98
      • Image 5007.05.0149
        Emily Lee with Rebecca Davidson ('47) and members of the Rose family
      • Image 5007.05.0150
        Rebecca Davidson with Jane Dingledine Houston ('42)
      • Image 5007.05.0151
        Sunset from "New Campus"
      • Image 5007.05.0152
        Emily Lee, Kathy Jasien, and Rebecca Davidson at dinner
      • Image 5007.05.0153
        Dr. Douglas Brown, VP Academic Affairs, with Betsy Brown, Bill and Kathy Jasien at dinner
      • Image 5007.05.0154
        Bonnie Neff Hoover and Stanley Folk at dinner
      • Image 5007.05.0155
        Campus painting being presented to the Carriers'
      • Image 5007.05.0156
        Edith Carrier with painting
      • Image 5007.05.0157
        Emily Lee and Rebecca Davidson with 90's Tri Sigma t-shirt
      • Image 5007.05.0158
        Jane Kinderman and Rebecca Bennett Davidson at Walton House
      • Image 5007.05.0159
        Group shot at Strawderman '87
      • Image 5007.05.0160
        roup shot, Richmond Fall '94
      • Image 5007.05.0161
        Emily Lee and group, Petersburg Fall '94
      • Image 5007.05.0162
        Peggy A. and family
      • Image 5007.05.0163
        Emily Virginia Lewis, '40
    • Box:Folder 2:8
      Alumni Weekend - May 2002
      • Image 5007.05.0164
        Alumni Weekend 2002 cover
      • Image 5007.05.0165
        Baseball field
      • Image 5007.05.0166
        Emily Lee with VCU coach's wife
      • Image 5007.05.0167
        Emily Lee with JMU player's parents
      • Image 5007.05.0168
        Wilson Hall
      • Image 5007.05.0169
        Emily Lee with '52 alum dressed as clown and husband
      • Image 5007.05.0170
        Emily Lee with Emily Long Bruce and Lois Long on bench by Kissing Rock
      • Image 5007.05.0171
        Lucille June Smead
      • Image 5007.05.0172
        Kathy Stafford, VP for Development, outside of Alumnae Hall
      • Image 5007.05.0173
        Emily Lee with her weekend escort Catharine Cook
      • Image 5007.05.0174
        Two '52 alumni at reception at President Rose's house
      • Image 5007.05.0175
        Emily Lee with Nellie Long, Ralph and Inez Roop
      • Image 5007.05.0176
        Emily Lee and Georgina Chapplear Milleken
      • Image 5007.05.0177
        Catharine Cook and driver Mr. Roberts with JMU bus
      • Image 5007.05.0178
        Emily Lee and Polly Long
      • Image 5007.05.0179
        Emily Lee with Evelyn Jefferson and Lillian Bundy and others at 1942 table
      • Image 5007.05.0180
        JMU flowers by Festival
      • Image 5007.05.0181
        Emily Lee and Glenda Bennett (Sigma sisters) in front of Bluestone fireplace in Alumnae Hall
      • Image 5007.05.0182
        Emily Lee with Justin Thompson, Director of Alumni Relations
      • Image 5007.05.0183
        Emily Lee and Nancy Bondurant Jones
      • Image 5007.05.0184
        Emily Lee and Nancy Bondurant Jones
      • Image 5007.05.0185
        Carolyn Copley during candle ceremony
      • Image 5007.05.0186
        Emily Lee with Ann Dechert and Nancy Hughes
      • Image 5007.05.0187
        Emily Lee and others
    • Box:Folder 2:8
      Alumni Weekend - May 2002
      • Image 5007.05.0188
        Emily Lee with Anna Long Watson and Emily Long Bruce, picture of Bonnie Heff attached
      • Image 5007.05.0189
        Emily Lee and Bob Hoskins
      • Image 5007.05.0190
        Emily Lee and Marge Hoskins
      • Image 5007.05.0191
        Emily Lee and Margaret Moore
      • Image 5007.05.0192
        Emily Lee with Sigma sisters in front of Sigma house
      • Image 5007.05.0193
        Emily Lee with Sigmas and Cake Walk t-shirt
      • Image 5007.05.0194
        Emily Lee with Sigma alumni and current officers
      • Image 5007.05.0195
        Emily Lee with replica of Leeolou Alumni Center
      • Image 5007.05.0196
        Emily Lee with List of Lead Donors
      • Image 5007.05.0197
        Emily Long Bruce, Lisa Horsch, Steph Ann Watson, Marge Hoskins at Dedication Dinner
      • Image 5007.05.0198
        Emily Lee, Ann Watson, Marge Hoskins at table
      • Image 5007.05.0199
        Emily Lee with President Rose and wife Judith
      • Image 5007.05.0200
        Emily Lee and Mike Dewitt from JMU Board of Visitors
      • Image 5007.05.0201
        Emily Lee with the Rose's, the McGraw's, and Lucy Koof-Pust at post-game reception
      • Image 5007.05.0202
        Emily Lee, Marge Hoskins, and friend at reception
      • Image 5007.05.0203
        Emily Lee and Marge Hoskins on parking deck at reception
      • Image 5007.05.0204
        JMU flowers by Leeolou Alumni Center
      • Image 5007.05.0205
        Front of Leeolou Alumni Center
      • Image 5007.05.0206
        Emily Lee and Lisa Horsch at Bridgeforth Stadium
      • Image 5007.05.0207
        Emily Lee and field at Bridgeforth Stadium
      • Image 5007.05.0208
        "Welcome Back Alumni!" sign at Leeolou Alumni Center
      • Image 5007.05.0209
        Emily Lee and Lisa Horsch with Madison scrapbook
      • Image 5007.05.0210
        Emily Lee, Lisa Horsch, Marge Hoskins at WWII Garden Patio
      • Image 5007.05.0211
        Emily Lee and Lisa Horsch with Veterans of WWII plaque
    • Box:Folder 2:8
      James Madison Day Celebrations - March 2006
      • Image 5007.05.0212
        Emily Lee and Marge Hoskins at graves of Emily and Mable Lee Walton
      • Image 5007.05.0213
        Emily Lee with Ass. VP for Constituent Relations
      • Image 5007.05.0214
        Emily Lee with Marge Hoskins and Director of Development Karen Guntharp
      • Image 5007.05.0215
        Emily Lee with Dr. Phyllis Rowe
      • Image 5007.05.0216
        Emily Lee with hostess and staff
      • Image 5007.05.0217
        Emily Lee with Jane Dingledine Houston
      • Image 5007.05.0218
        Emily Lee with Carolyn Wakr
      • Image 5007.05.0219
        View of Wilson stage for Madison Day Program
      • Image 5007.05.0220
        Emily Lee with Marge Hoskins and Polly Lane