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Lee Memorial Association Records

 Collection — Box: 1, Folder: 1-4
Identifier: WLU-Coll-0148

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of records related to the formation and history of the Lee Memorial Association (L.M.A.). The association was formed in October 1870 immediately following the death of Robert E. Lee with the goal of creating a monument to honor him on the campus of Washington College, subsequently renamed Washington and Lee University. Between 1870 and 1883, the L.M.A. successfully raised the funds for the creation and installation of what is known as the "Recumbent Lee" statue, sculpted in marble by Edward Virginius Valentine and located in the Lee Chapel, the burial site of the Lee family at Washington and Lee University. The collection consists of documents, letters, and printed matter, including broadsides and ribbons, related to the fundraising process and the unveiling ceremonies which took place in 1883.


  • Creation: 1870 - 1921


Language of Materials

The materials in this collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials in this collection are 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.


.25 Linear Feet

Related Materials

Washington and Lee University Special Collections houses the Rockbridge Historical Society (RHS) Archives. Contact WLU Special Collections for information about the RHS Lee Memorial Association Collection.


In the control folder, a photocopy of a picture of the quilt, which VMI owns, that Mary Randolph Custis Lee, her daughter and Rose Pendleton made to raffle off to help raise funds for the Lee Memorial Chapel, after Lee's death. This includes e-mail from Linda Nassie, a descendant of Mary Randolph Custis Lee, who also made a quilt similiar to it, and sent a photocopy of a picture of it too.

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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