Washington College Circular Request from A.C. Niven, 1865-10-31
Item — Box: 7, Folder: 14
Scope and Contents
From the Collection: 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.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use.
From the Collection: 24 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
Upon Robert E. Lee assuming the position of president of Washington College, the college received a great deal of attention from southerners and northerners alike. Prospective students of the college or their parents would write to Robert E. Lee in order to request a Washington College catalogue, admission to the school or more information. Archibald C. Niven, a New York politician, had visited Lexington several weeks prior and had the opportunity to meet Lee. He included in his letter an article from a New York paper titled “The Confederacy”.