Lee Memorial Association RecordsWLU.Coll.0148

Lee Memorial Association RecordsWLU.Coll.0148


Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives

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Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives
Lee Memorial Association Records 1870-1921
.25 Linear Feet
Lee Memorial Association
The materials in this collection are in English.

Administrative Information

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Conditions Governing Access

The materials in this collection are open for research use.

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Lee Memorial Association Records, WLU Coll. 0148, Special Collections and Archives, James G. Leyburn Library, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA

In some cases the citation format may vary. Please contact Special Collections' staff to verify the appropriate format.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of records related to the formation and history of the Lee Memorial Association (L.M.A.). The association was formed in October 1870 immediately following the death of Robert E. Lee with the goal of creating a monument to honor him on the campus of Washington College, subsequently renamed Washington and Lee University. Between 1870 and 1883, the L.M.A. successfully raised the funds for the creation and installation of what is known as the "Recumbent Lee" statue, sculpted in marble by Edward Virginius Valentine and located in the Lee Chapel, the burial site of the Lee family at Washington and Lee University. The collection consists of documents, letters, and printed matter, including broadsides and ribbons, related to the fundraising process and the unveiling ceremonies which took place in 1883.

Related Material

Washington and Lee University Special Collections houses the Rockbridge Historical Society (RHS) Archives. Contact WLU Special Collections for information about the RHS Lee Memorial Association Collection.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Correspondence
  • Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870
  • Monuments
  • Records
  • Valentine, Edward Virginius, 1838-1930


In the control folder, a photocopy of a picture of the quilt, which VMI owns, that Mary Randolph Custis Lee, her daughter and Rose Pendleton made to raffle off to help raise funds for the Lee Memorial Chapel, after Lee's death. This includes e-mail from Linda Nassie, a descendant of Mary Randolph Custis Lee, who also made a quilt similiar to it, and sent a photocopy of a picture of it too.

Container List

Text box: 1 1-Control Folder
Lee Memorial Association Records
Text box: 1 folder: 2
Lee Memorial Association Records
Text box: 1 folder: 3
Lee Memorial Association Records
Text box: 1 folder: 4
Lee Memorial Fund, Booklets
Scope and Contents

A printed booklet with illustratyions about Robert E. Lee and his legacy for donors to the Lee Memorial Fund, a fundraising project for the proposed renovation and/or enlargement of the Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University. The plan had initial footing, but was ultimately vetoed by the university on the advice of the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy who opposed the plan.