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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Jennie C. Lee papers W.0113

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

September 2013

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-15T16:26-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Jennie C. Lee papers

Unit ID:

W.0113

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.3 Linear feet (two binders)

Dates:

1891-1938

Location:

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

Abstract:

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).

creator

Lee, Jennie C. (Jennie Cheatham), 1866-1956

creator

Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915

creator

Williams, A. S., III

General note

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

Preferred Citation:

Jennie C. Lee papers, The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Access Restrictions:

none

Scope and Contents note

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 & 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.

Biographical/Historical note

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.

Arrangment:

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.

Source(s)

Tuskegee Institute. Choir. (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Tuskegee Institute. (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

African Americans--Education, Higher (lcsh)

Choirs (Music) (lcsh)

Photographs (aat)

Volume one, 1891-1934 Volume W0113.01

Scope and Contents note

small yellow book, The Tuskegee School. Its Ten Years' Work For The Negroes In The Black Belt, published in 1891.

Volume two, 1905-1938 Volume W0113.02