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Francis P. Lee Papers

Identifier: Mss. 65 L51

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Scope and Contents

Papers, 1727-1866, of Francis Prioleau Lee, his wife Sara Ann (Cooper) Lee, and her family. Chiefly papers, 1830-1850, of Francis P. Lee and concerning his estate. The papers reflect his education at Princeton University and at the General Theological Seminary, New York, New York. They cover his career as an Episcopal minister serving churches in Camden, New Jersey; Tallahassee, Florida; Camden, South Carolina; and Mobile, Alabama (Christ Church); and his trying to obtain an appointment to the faculty of the College of South Carolina. A major portion of the papers consist of manuscript sermons by Lee. The collection also includes wills and estate papers of Joseph Cooper and Benjamin Cooper; correspondence concerning lands in New Jersey and Pennsylvania inherited from Benjamin B. Cooper; and the financial problems of Sarah Ann (Cooper) Lee's brother, Ralph V. M. Cooper.

The Acc. 2011.285 additions contains correspondence between Francis P. Lee and Sarah Cooper Lee, correspondence between Sarah Cooper Lee and other members of the Cooper family, Francis P. Lee's private journal, the recipe book of Lelia Skipwith Lee Baer, and other materials.


  • Creation: 1727-1930


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Francis Prioleau Lee (1810-1847) was an Episcopal minister who served churches in Camden, New Jersey; Tallahassee, Florida; Camden, South Carolina; and Mobile, Alabama. He married Sarah Ann (Cooper) Lee. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: P. Lee</a>.


11.00 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

Organization: The collection is divided into two series. The first series is primarily correspondence, with some legal documents and other papers included. The second series is Lee's sermons. Arrangement: Each series is arranged chronologically. Manuscript volumes and undated letters are located at the end of the correspondence series.

Acquisition Information:

In the possession of Swem Library in 1966. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.


Other Information:

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Processing Information:

Processed by Anne Lewis in 1978. Acc. 2011.285 added by Benjamin Bromley in May 2011.

Guide to the Francis P. Lee Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Research Center Staff.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository