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Lee-Jackson Foundation collection

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0170

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of primarly correspondence written by members of the Lee family. Box one consists of eighty-six letters written by members of the Lee Family of Virginia, including Robert E. Lee, his wife Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee, their children, his father-in-law, George Washington Parke Custis, and Lees of the 18th through early 20th century. Box two consists of twenty-nine items, most written by and/or received by individuals connected to the Lee and/or Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson military and family circles. Prominent military officers represented include Joseph E. Johnston, Elisha Franklin Paxton, Edward Johnson, Daniel Harvey Hill, and Winfield Scott. While some letters from this collection concern public matters during the American Revolution, the Civil War and the post-Civil War South, many are of domestic and personal nature.

The sixteen R.E. Lee items cover a date span of 22 years from 1847 through 1869. There are ten letters of Mrs. Mary Randolph Custis Lee ranging from the early 1850s to shortly before her death in 1873.


  • Creation: 1775-1913

Conditions Governing Use

The materials from Washington and Lee University Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the Head of Special Collections.


1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lee-Jackson Foundation of Charlottesville, Va.



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Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

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Lexington VA 24450 USA