Collection Number: 05592

Collection Title: Lee Family of Caswell County, N.C., Papers, 1920s-2015

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Size 12.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 6000 items)
Abstract The Lee family is an African American family with roots in Caswell County, N.C. The collection documents multiple generations of the Lee family, including J. Kenneth Lee (1923- ), and Dr. Winona L. (Lee) Fletcher (1926- ), and their siblings. J. Kenneth Lee is a lawyer in Greensboro, N.C., and was one of the first two African American students to attend the School of Law at the University of North Carolina in 1951. Dr. Winona L. Fletcher is a theater educator and professional and a family historian. The collection includes biographical information about family members, especially research and supplementary materials for the publication of two Lee family books: No Way: Memoirs of J. Kenneth Lee and Offshoots: The H. F. Lee Family Book. Winona L. Fletcher's career in theater, J. Kenneth Lee's career in law, and Olivia Fletcher Baylor's childhood and adolescence are also documented. Materials include correspondence, photographs, oral histories and other recordings of family stories, funeral programs, news clippings, family member profiles, and printed materials.
Creator Lee (Family : Caswell County, N.C.)
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Language English
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Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Lee Family of Caswell County, N.C., Papers #5592, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Dr. Winona Evelyn Lee Fletcher in May 2014 (Acc. 102035), March 2015 (Acc. 102192), January 2016 (Acc. 102505), March 2016 (Acc. 102539), September 2016 (Acc. 102642), December 2016 (Acc. 103008), and August 2019 (Acc. 103663).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The Lee family is an African American family with roots in Caswell County, N.C. Members of the Lee family include J. Kenneth Lee (1923- ) and Dr. Winona Evelyn Lee Fletcher (1926- ), as well as their siblings, Alvis Lee (1916-2004), Ann Lee (1918- ), Bessie Lee Ingram Draw (1914-1991), Henry Franklin Lee (1903-1983), James Alphonso Lee (1900-1967), Lillian Lee (1911-1999), Pauline (Polly) Lee Tyler (1921-2013), and Viola Lee (1905-1995); and Fletcher's daughter Betty Anne (Fletcher) Baylor (1952-) and granddaughter Olivia Fletcher Baylor (1997-). J. Kenneth Lee is a lawyer in Greensboro, N.C., and was one of the first two African American students to attend the School of Law at the University of North Carolina in 1951. Dr. Winona L. Fletcher conducted pioneering research for the Federal Theater Project in the 1930s and made a career as a theater professional and educator. Dr. Fletcher taught theatre and drama at Kentucky State College (later University) from 1951 to 1978, and at Indiana University from 1978 to 1994. From 1971 to 1973, while on leave from Kentucky State, she assisted Indiana University in the development of an Afro-American Studies Department. During her tenure at Indiana University, Fletcher served as Producing Director for the Afro-American Arts Institute's 1986 revival of "Prelude to Swing" as "Prelude to Swing +50". Dr. Fletcher has been very involved with a number of theatre organizations, most notably through her work with the Kennedy Center, her research and work with the American College Theatre Festival Lorraine Hansberry contest for new playwrights, and her research into the Negro units of the Federal Theatre Project of the 1930s. Some of the other theatre organizations with which she has been prominently associated include the American Theatre Association, the University and College Theatre Association, the National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Black Theatre Network, and the National Conference of African American Theatre. Dr. Fletcher has also been a civic and social leader in her community, sorority, and church.

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The collection contains papers and photographs documenting the Lee family of Caswell County, N.C. Multiple generations of the Lee family are represented in the collection, chiefly Dr. Winona L. (Lee) Fletcher and J. Kenneth Lee, as well as their siblings, and Fletcher's granddaughter Olivia Baylor. The collection consists of funeral programs for various family members and materials used to create them; two photograph albums containing family photographs; loose family photographs; a small number of letters; and audio recordings of family stories and the funeral of Nancy Lee.

Additions to the collection include biographical materials, especially research and supplementary materials for the publication of two Lee family books: No Way: Memoirs of J. Kenneth Lee, by J. Kenneth Lee and Winona L. Fletcher; and Offshoots: The H. F. Lee Family Book, by Lillian L. Humphrey and Winona L. Fletcher. Material types include correspondence, photographs, interviews on tape, digital files, news clippings, and family member profiles. There are also documents related to Winona L. Fletcher’s career in theater and J. Kenneth Lee’s career in law.

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Contents list

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Folder 1

"A History of North Carolina Ministerial and Camp Ground Association of the Church of God, " 1993 #05592, Series: "Lee Family Papers, 1930s-2015" Folder 1

H. F. Lee, patriarch of the Lee family, was an early president of the North Carolina Presbytery of the Church of God.

Folder 2

Alvis Lee, 2004-2005 #05592, Series: "Lee Family Papers, 1930s-2015" Folder 2

Folder 3

Bessie Lee Ingram Draw, 1991-1994 #05592, Series: "Lee Family Papers, 1930s-2015" Folder 3

Folder 4

Diploma: Winona Lee, Johnson C. Smith University, 1947 #05592, Series: "Lee Family Papers, 1930s-2015" Folder 4

Audiocassette C-5592/1

Family stories: Bessie, Lillian, and Ann narrate #05592, Series: "Lee Family Papers, 1930s-2015" C-5592/1

Folder 5

Fletcher and Lee family papers, 1947, 1992-2015 #05592, Series: "Lee Family Papers, 1930s-2015" Folder 5

Photograph Album PA-5592/1

Fletcher family photographs and memorabilia, 1940s-1990s #05592, Series: "Lee Family Papers, 1930s-2015" PA-5592/1

Folder 6

Henry Franklin Lee, 1983, 1994, 1999 #05592, Series: "Lee Family Papers, 1930s-2015" Folder 6

Folder 7

James Alphonso Lee and Virginia Frazier Lee, 1967, 1989 #05592, Series: "Lee Family Papers, 1930s-2015" Folder 7

Image Box IB-5592/3

Lee family photographs, 1930s, 1970s, 1996-1997, 2004 #05592, Series: "Lee Family Papers, 1930s-2015" IB-5592/3

Image folder PF-5592/1

Photograph Album PA-5592/2

Lee family photographs, 1970s-1990s #05592, Series: "Lee Family Papers, 1930s-2015" PA-5592/2

Folder 8

Lillian Lee, 1956, 1983, 1999 #05592, Series: "Lee Family Papers, 1930s-2015" Folder 8

Folder 9

Lownes, Lea, and Johnson family cemetery images #05592, Series: "Lee Family Papers, 1930s-2015" Folder 9

Folder 10

Michael Lee, 1995 #05592, Series: "Lee Family Papers, 1930s-2015" Folder 10

Audiocassette C-5592/2

Nancy Lee, 1995 #05592, Series: "Lee Family Papers, 1930s-2015" C-5592/2

Folder 11

Pauline (Polly) Lee Tyler, 2013 #05592, Series: "Lee Family Papers, 1930s-2015" Folder 11

Digital Folder DF-5592/1

Pauline (Polly) Lee Tyler birthday slideshow, 1990s #05592, Series: "Lee Family Papers, 1930s-2015" DF-5592/1

Acquisitions Information: Accession 102642

Folder 12

Viola Lee, 1979-1995 #05592, Series: "Lee Family Papers, 1930s-2015" Folder 12

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Acquisitions Information: Accession 102035

The addition consists of family history materials that document family weddings, reunions, anniversary celebrations, and travel; older adults, end of life planning, and funerals; Winona Evelyn Lee Fletcher's education and professional career in theater; the process of researching family history for and publishing of Offshoots: The H.F. Lee Family Book by Lillian L. Humphrey and Winona L. Fletcher; background research and the publishing history of No Way: Memoirs of J. Kenneth Lee, Esq., which tells the story of one of the first African American students to graduate from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Materials include correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, printed materials, home movies, oral histories and other interviews.

Box 3

Donor created box lists #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1950s-2010 (Addition of May 2014)" Box 3

Processing note: Box numbers have changed from the donor's original lists, but materials in this addition otherwise are arranged as received, with the exception of audiovisual formats and photograph albums, which are now housed in the separate containers listed below. Note that photographs are both collected in image folders and scattered throughout the donor's original files.

Family history materials #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1950s-2010 (Addition of May 2014)" Box 3

Box 4

Family history materials #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1950s-2010 (Addition of May 2014)" Box 4

Winona Evelyn Lee Fletcher #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1950s-2010 (Addition of May 2014)" Box 4

Box 5

Winona Evelyn Lee Fletcher #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1950s-2010 (Addition of May 2014)" Box 5

J. Kenneth Lee #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1950s-2010 (Addition of May 2014)" Box 5

Box 6

J. Kenneth Lee #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1950s-2010 (Addition of May 2014)" Box 6

Box 7

J. Kenneth Lee #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1950s-2010 (Addition of May 2014)" Box 7

Box 8

J. Kenneth Lee #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1950s-2010 (Addition of May 2014)" Box 8

Offshoots: The H.F. Lee Family Book #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1950s-2010 (Addition of May 2014)" Box 8

Box 9

Joe Fletcher research, 2010 #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1950s-2010 (Addition of May 2014)" Box 9

Mary Ellis funeral, 2000 #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1950s-2010 (Addition of May 2014)" Box 9

Oversize Volume SV-5592/1

Scrapbook of Winona L. Fletcher's retirement #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1950s-2010 (Addition of May 2014)" SV-5592/1

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Acquisitions Information: Accession 102192

The addition includes a National Black Theater Festival in Winston Salem poster, 1989, and electronic copies of No Way: Memoirs of J. Kenneth Lee, Esq. and the finding aid and other descriptive information related to Dr. Winona Fletcher's career and her archive collection at Kentucky State University. Also included is a copy photograph of a portrait of "Papa and Mama Lee," who married in 1898 in North Carolina.

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-5592/2

National Black Theater Festival in Winston Salem poster, 1989. #05592, Series: "Papers, 1986-2006 (Addition of March 2015)" OPF-5592/2

Box 9

Biographical information, 1986, 2006 #05592, Series: "Papers, 1986-2006 (Addition of March 2015)" Box 9

Digital Folder DF-5592/2

No Way: Memoirs of J. Kenneth Lee, Esq. #05592, Series: "Papers, 1986-2006 (Addition of March 2015)" DF-5592/2

Processing Note: This content was donated as part of a CD-ROM. The CD-ROM software is no longer accessible, but content from the disc is available for access.

Digital Folder DF-5592/3

Winona Lee Fletcher Papers, inventory guides part I and II, 2015 #05592, Series: "Papers, 1986-2006 (Addition of March 2015)" DF-5592/3

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Acquisitions Information: Accession 103008

Addition consists of photographs of family and friends from the 1940s to 1990s. Includes photographic prints and several photograph albums.

Image Box IB-5592/1

Lee family photographs, circa 1940s-1990s #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1940s-1990s (Addition of December 2016)" IB-5592/1

Image Box IB-5592/2

Lee Family photographs, circa 1940s-1990s #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1940s-1990s (Addition of December 2016)" IB-5592/2

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Acquisitions Information: Accession 103663

Addition consists of photographic prints and several photograph albums of family and friends from the 1940s to 1990s. There are also a binder of promotional materials from Johnson C. Smith University and materials documenting the childhood and adolescence of Olivia Fletcher Baylor, including highlights of school work, art work and other creative activity, and conversations.

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-5592/2

H.F. Lee family tree, 1999 #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1940s-2010s (Addition of August 2019)" OPF-5592/2

Image Box IB-5592/3

Lee family photographs, circa 1940s-1990s #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1940s-2010s (Addition of August 2019)" IB-5592/3

Image Box IB-5592/4

Lee family photographs, circa 1940s-1990s #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1940s-2010s (Addition of August 2019)" IB-5592/4

Image Box IB-5592/5

Lee family photographs, circa 1940s-1990s #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1940s-2010s (Addition of August 2019)" IB-5592/5

Image Box IB-5592/6

Lee family photographs, circa 1940s-1990s #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1940s-2010s (Addition of August 2019)" IB-5592/6

Box 9

Olivia Fletcher Baylor, 2000s-2010s #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1940s-2010s (Addition of August 2019)" Box 9

Box 10

Olivia Fletcher Baylor, 2000s-2010s #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1940s-2010s (Addition of August 2019)" Box 10

Johnson C. Smith University promotional materials, circa 2006 #05592, Series: "Papers and Photographs, 1940s-2010s (Addition of August 2019)" Box 10

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Processing Information

Encoded by: Amanda Loeb, July 2015

Revisions by: Jodi Berkowitz, October 2016; Amy Morgan and Jodi Berkowitz, March 2019; Nancy Kaiser and Patrick Cullom, September 2019; Dawne Howard Lucas, February 2022

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

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