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Edgar Tufts Collection

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0690

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of material pertaining to the celebration of the centennial of Lees-McRae College founded by Washington and Lee alumnus Rev. Edgar Tufts. The collection contains a Lees-McRae College Founder's Day package, including an autographed copy of the Cenntenniel Poem by Fred Chappell. The package also includes documents related to the establishment of Edgar Tufts Day in the town of Banner Elk and Avery County, such as copies of correspondence as well as a booklet on the event.


  • Creation: 2000


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

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.

Biographical / Historical

Rev. Edgar Tufts was born December 4, 1869 and died January 6, 1923. He was a 1894 alumnus of Washington and Lee University, later graduating from Union Theological Seminary in 1897.

He founded The Elizabeth McRae Institute, later named Lees-McRae Institute in 1900 in Banner Elk, North Carolina in affiliation with the Presbyrterian Church. In 2000, Lees-McRae College celebrated it centennial, and the Town of Banner Elk established September 26 as Edgar Tufts Day in perpetuity.


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Repository Details

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

204 W. Washington St.
Lexington VA 24450 USA