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Franklin Lafayette Riley Papers

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0060

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence connected with the book Gen. Robert E. Lee After Appomattox edited by Dr. Riley; letters from Riley to his wife while he was with the American Expeditionary Force University in France in 1919; other correspondents include Edward Clifford Gordon, Mary Custis Lee and Jo Lane Stern. Also includes letters to his daughter (Frances Riley, later Frances Denton), her Daughters of the American Revolution card, and photographs and postcards of Washington and Lee University.


  • Creation: Inclusive 1897-1927


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

Franklin Lafayette Riley was a Professor of history at Washington and Lee University from 1914-1929.


14 Files

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The materials in Folder 1 were previously housed in W&L miscellaneous manuscripts.

The materials in Folders 2-14 were found in the attic of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, where Riley previously lived, and subsequently donated to the archives by the fraternity members, probably around 1966.

Separated Materials

Some materials from this collection are housed in Oversize drawer 27.

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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