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Francis P. Lee Papers, 1727-1930

Francis P. Lee Papers, 1727-1930
Mss. 65 L51 and Acc. 2011.285
11.0 Cubic Feet
Scope and Contents

Papers, 1727-1866, of Francis Prioleau Lee, his wife Sara Ann (Cooper) Lee, and her family. Chiefly papers, 1830-1850, of Francis P. Lee and concerning his estate. The papers reflect his education at Princeton University and at the General Theological Seminary, New York, New York. They cover his career as an Episcopal minister serving churches in Camden, New Jersey; Tallahassee, Florida; Camden, South Carolina; and Mobile, Alabama (Christ Church); and his trying to obtain an appointment to the faculty of the College of South Carolina. A major portion of the papers consist of manuscript sermons by Lee. The collection also includes wills and estate papers of Joseph Cooper and Benjamin Cooper; correspondence concerning lands in New Jersey and Pennsylvania inherited from Benjamin B. Cooper; and the financial problems of Sarah Ann (Cooper) Lee's brother, Ralph V. M. Cooper.

The Acc. 2011.285 additions contains correspondence between Francis P. Lee and Sarah Cooper Lee, correspondence between Sarah Cooper Lee and other members of the Cooper family, Francis P. Lee's private journal, the recipe book of Lelia Skipwith Lee Baer, and other materials.

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Organization: The collection is divided into two series. The first series is primarily correspondence, with some legal documents and other papers included. The second series is Lee's sermons. Arrangement: Each series is arranged chronologically. Manuscript volumes and undated letters are located at the end of the correspondence series.
Lee, Francis P. (1810-1847)
Lee, Sarah Cooper
Episcopal Church--Clergy
Episcopal Church--History--19th century
Legal documents
United States--Religious History--Christianity
Manuscripts (document genre)

Detailed Description

Full Finding Aid/Box List

Administrative Information

Collection is open to all researchers. 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, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
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Acquisition Note
In the possession of Swem Library in 1966. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.
Related Publications

A published copy of Francis P. Lee's manuscript speech in Box 4, folder 3, is in the Rare Books Department with call number 806 L511.

Lee, Francis Prioleau. <i>A Lecture on the Advantages of Associations for Literary Purposes delivered...February 3, 1843. </i>Camden, S.C.: Printed for the Lyceum by T. W. Pegues, 1843.

Preferred Citation
Francis P. Lee Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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