Joseph L. Topham to Robert E. Lee, 1865-10-04
Scope and Contents
This collection contains primary and secondary resources pertaining to Robert E. Lee and the Lee family. Included are correspondences from, to, and about Lee and various family members; memorabilia, pamphlets, photographs, reminiscences, miscellaneous personal papers, family history and genealogy. The collection includes materials acquired from the Lee family and items donated to and purchased and compiled by W&L University since Lee's tenure as president of Washington College from 1865 - 1870. Adminstrative papers, such as President's Reports, etc..., from Robert E. Lee's presidency of the school may be found within the W&L University Archives. Please contact W&L Special Collections for information regarding the University Archives.
- Creation: 1865-10-04
- From the Collection: Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use.
From the Collection: 24 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
Joseph L. Topham represented a northern publishing company wishing to purchase copyright privileges for Robert E. Lee's history of the war. Topham seeks an interview with Lee to discuss terms. In a previous letter to Lee on the same subject, Topham wrote that he represented "the largest book publishing house in America" and offered Lee $50,000 to write a manuscript.