COLLECTION GUIDES

1845-1991; bulk: 1874-1937

Guide to the Collection

Restrictions on Access

The Joseph Lee papers are stored offsite and must be requested at least one business day in advance. Contact the Library at library@masshist.org or (617) 536-1608 to request materials. Please discuss your request with the reading room staff before requesting cartons by barcode.


Collection Summary

Abstract

The collection consists of the papers of social worker and philanthropist Joseph Lee of Boston and Brookline, Mass., 1874-1937; and papers of related Lee and Colt family members, 1845-1991. Includes papers related to the various social and educational organizations Joseph Lee was involved with, most notably the Immigration Restriction League, Massachusetts Civic League, Playground and Recreation Association of America, Boston School Committee, War Camp Community Service, the Community Service of Boston, Inc., and Harvard University.

Biographical Sketch

Joseph Lee was born March 8, 1862 in Boston, Mass. He was the son of Henry Lee, a Boston banker, and Elizabeth Perkins Cabot Lee of Brookline, Mass. He prepared for college at the Nobles School in Boston and then attended Harvard and Harvard Law School graduating in 1883 and 1887 respectively. Joseph Lee never practiced law but as a social worker, author, and philanthropist, he sought to strengthen community life through playgrounds and play, eliminate social problems, and promote social legislation. He was often referred to as "the grandfather of play."

In 1897 Joseph Lee married Margaret Cabot who was involved with the kindergarten movement and the work of German educator Friedrich Froebel. In Brookline, Mass. they raised four children: Margaret Lee (later Woodbury Southard), Susan Mary Lee, Joseph, and Amy Lee (later Colt). Margaret Cabot Lee died in 1920 and in 1930, Joseph Lee remarried, this time to his secretary Marion Snow.

Joseph Lee was the founder and President of the Massachusetts Civic League, 1897-1937; an active officer in the Immigration Restriction League, 1905-1937; vice-president and president of the Playground and Recreation Association of America, 1906-1937; president of the National Recreation Association, 1910-1937; member of the Boston School committee, 1909-1917; member of the Committee on Training Camp Activities, 1917-1919; president of the War Camp Community Service and its successor Community Service of Boston, Inc.; and an overseer of Harvard University, 1918-1921, 1928-1934.

Joseph Lee was the author of many articles and books on recreation, education, social work, economics, and democracy including, Constructive and Preventive Philanthropy (1902) and Play in Education (1916). He also published numerous newspaper columns, letters to the editor, and poems, some under the pseudonym Jocelyn.

In 1937, Joseph Lee died from pneumonia while at his family home in Cohasset, Mass. He was buried in the Walnut Hills Cemetery in Brookline, Mass. His social and philanthropic work was continued by his children, and for many years, Joseph Lee Day was celebrated across the country.

Collection Description

The collection consists of the papers of social worker and philanthropist Joseph Lee of Boston and Brookline, Mass., 1874-1937; and papers of related Lee and Colt family members, 1845-1991. The collection, housed in 48 cartons, is organized into three series: I. Joseph Lee professional papers, II. Joseph Lee family papers, and III. Colt family papers.

The professional papers include letters, drafts of books and articles, clippings, printed matter, and research notes from the various social and educational organizations Joseph Lee was involved with, most notably the Immigration Restriction League (concerning the campaign for a literacy test for voters and immigrants), Massachusetts Civic League, Playground and Recreation Association of America, Boston School Committee, War Camp Community Service, the Community Service of Boston, Inc., and Harvard University. The professional papers also include subject files organized by Joseph Lee documenting his interest in various social used for his writings.

Personal papers of Joseph Lee and Lee family papers include Joseph Lee's correspondence with his family and friends including his first and second wives, Margaret Cabot and Marion Snow Lee, parents Henry and Elizabeth Perkins Lee, siblings Elliot Cabot and George Lee and Elizabeth Lee Shattuck, and children Susan, Margaret, and Joseph Lee Jr. Personal papers also include diaries, fictional writings, personal financial information; genealogical information gathered by Joseph Lee and other family members; and correspondence, writing and research by other Lee family members.

Colt family papers consist of correspondence between Joseph Lee's daughter Amy Lee and her husband Charles "Chis" Cary Colt; and correspondence between other Colt family members, 1901-1991. Correspondents include: Timothy Pickering, Patrick Tracy, Charles C. Colt, Jr., Margaret Cabot, Sylvia, and Joseph Lee Colt.

Acquisition Information

The bulk of Joseph Lee's professional papers were given to the Massachusetts Historical Society in September 1982 by his daughter Susan Mary Lee through his grandchildren Amy Domini Kinder and Peter Kinder of Cambridge, Mass. Joseph Lee's personal and family papers, along with some additional professional papers, were donated by Amy Domini Kinder in November 1996; and the Colt family papers were donated by Susan Colt Doolittle, March 1997. The diary/commonplace-book of Amy Lee Colt was given to the Massachusetts Historical Society by Susan Colt Doolittle in March 2011.

Restrictions on Access

The Joseph Lee papers are stored offsite and must be requested at least one business day in advance. Contact the Library at library@masshist.org or (617) 536-1608 to request materials. Please discuss your request with the reading room staff before requesting cartons by barcode.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Joseph Lee professional papers, 1874-1937

A. Immigration Restriction League, 1874-1937

This sub-series contains records of the Immigration Restriction League kept by Joseph Lee in his capacity as officer and member. The bulk of the materials consist of correspondence regarding daily activities of the organization, publications by the Immigration Restriction League such as annual reports and bulletins, and publications related to or about the Immigration Restriction League. The sub-series also includes writings by Joseph Lee about immigration.

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Constitution [typescript], ca. 1905
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Correspondence, 1874-February 1922
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Correspondence, March 1922-1937
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Joseph Lee writings [manuscript notes], ca. 1906
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Joseph Lee writings [typescripts], [1907-1917]
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James H. Patten radio speech, 27 October 1927
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James H. Patten Congressional hearing, [August] 1937

Immigration Restriction League publications:

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Annual reports, 1922-1935
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Bulletins, 1926-1937
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Publications of the IRL, Nos. 2-76 (with gaps), 1894-1921
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Pamphlets and flyers, 1895-1934

Related publications:

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Congressional hearings, 1909-1927
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Congressional hearings, 1928-1937
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Congressional Record, 1912-1933
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American Statistical Association, 1906-1916
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Community Americanization, 1920
Carton 3SH 14XR O
Economic Geography, 1925
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Eugenical News, 1928
Carton 3SH 14XR O
Facts on Immigration, 1907
Carton 3SH 14XR O
Geographical Review, 1920-1928
Carton 3SH 14XR O
Immigration articles by Robert DeCourtney Ward, 1904-1925
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Immigration, 1906
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Immigration, by Eugene Hecker, [1912]
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Immigration, by M. Victor Safford, 1912
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Immigration Commission, 1910
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Immigration into the United States, by Jesse Chickering, 1848
Carton 3SH 14XR O
Immigration Laws and Regulations, 1893
Carton 3SH 14XR O
International Conciliation, 1825
Carton 3SH 14XR O
"Irish Question" publications, 1918-1919
Carton 3SH 14XR O
Labor Bulletin, 1906
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League for Preventative Work publications, 1918
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Liberal Immigration League publications, 1906-1912
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National Committee for Constructive Immigration Legislation publications, 1919
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The Negro Question, by Moorfield Storey, 1918
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Population Prosperity, by Frank A. Fetter, 1913
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Restriction of Japanese Immigration, 1905
Carton 3SH 14XR O
Robert DeCourtney Ward, by Robert Tracy Jackson, 1932
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Selection of Immigration, by Prescott F. Hall, 1932
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A State Program for the Care of the Mentally Defective, by Walter E. Fernald, 1919
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Supplement to the New World, by Isaiah Bowman, 1923
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Pamphlets and flyers, 1893-1937
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Pamphlets and flyers, 1905-1934(Oversize)
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Clippings, 1891-1935

B. Massachusetts Civic League, 1891-1936

This sub-series contains records of the Massachusetts Civic League kept by Joseph Lee, who was the founder and president of the organization, and includes correspondence regarding daily activities of the organization, committee records related to specific social issues such as child welfare, housing, and public service, records of the Citizen's Calendar distributed by the Massachusetts Civic League, and questions and responses to a social services survey conducted in various Massachusetts towns in 1901. The sub-series also includes writings by Joseph Lee and printed material.

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Constitution, [1898]
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Correspondence and notes, 1892-1935
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Financial records, 1929-1935

Committees:

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Billboard Law Committee, 1915-1935
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Causes and Cures of Crime Committee, 1892-1936
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Child Welfare Committee, 1898-1934
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Education Committee, 1906-1934
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Housing Committee, 1904-1934
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Kindergarten Committee, 1909-1933
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Legislation and Administration Committee, 1917-1936
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More Women in Law Enforcement Committee, 1928-1933
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Motion Picture Committee, 1929-1935
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Public Health Committee, 1920-1935
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Public Service Committee, 1932-1935
Carton 5 SH 14XT Q
Town Protection Committee, 1928

Citizens Calendar:

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Correspondence, 1915-1917
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Notes and typescripts, 1915
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Drafts, 1916
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Printed calendars, 1917

Social Services Survey:

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Questions and lists of Massachusetts towns, 1901
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Responses, Towns A-Y, 1901
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The Town Room, 1905-1935

Subject files:

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Death of Winona Osbourne Pinkham, 1930
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Dinner for Joseph Lee, 1936
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Dinner for Joseph Lee certificates, 1936(Oversize)
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Episcopal diocese, 1928
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Gambling, 1933-1934
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Old Age Pension bill, 1923-1924
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Private Charities bill, 1897-1932
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Public Welfare, 1891-1932
Carton 5 SH 14XT Q
Unpaid boards, 1914-1918

Writings:

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"Don't Tie on the Flowers...," 1913-1928
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"Early History of the Massachusetts Civic League," 1928
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"The Gang Universal" [radio speech], ca. 1920
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"The Massachusetts Senate," ca. 1920
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"My First Interest in Philanthropy," ca. 1920
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"A New Law for Massachusetts Children...," 1932
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"The Relations of Corporations to the Legislature," 1910-1911
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"Righteousness by Statute" [drafts], 1915-1933
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"What I Want," ca. 1920
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Printed material, 1904-1937
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Clippings, 1891-1936

C. Playground and Recreation Association of America, 1888-1962

This sub-series contains records of the Playground and Recreation Association of America (later the National Recreation Association) kept by Joseph Lee while serving as vice-president and president and includes correspondence, meeting minutes, financial records, writing by Joseph Lee related to playgrounds and play, scrapbooks related to the Columbus Avenue playground, printed material, and subject files related to fund-raising, the Community Chest, playgrounds, and events.

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Correspondence, 1892-1930
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Correspondence, 1905-1932
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Correspondence, 1931-1938
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Meeting minutes, 1927-1936
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Financial records, 1904-1935

Subject files: 1904-1935

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Appeals, 1916-1936
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Arts, 1929-1932
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Bequests, 1926
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Betters Homes Banquet, 1928-1929
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Robert S. Chase, 1928
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City planning, 1925-1934
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The Community Chest, 1925-1928
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Community Service of Boston, Inc., 1929-1930
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Abbie Condit, 1922-1931
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Elizabethtown (Tennessee), 1929
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Finance Commission hearing, 1916
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Frothingham Memorial Park, 1929-1930
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General Conference on Open Spaces, 1890-1899
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International Music Festival, 1929-1935
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Lawrence Pearsall Jacks, 1930-1931
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Legislation, 1930-1931(Oversize)
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Miniature Aircraft Tournament, 1928
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Charles E. Magoon bequest, 1925-1927
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National Recreation School, 1928-1936
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New Year's Scroll with co-workers signatures, 1936
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North American Review, 1928
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William J. Norton, 1928
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Physical education, 1921-1929
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Playgrounds, 1901-1934
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Racism, 1922-1927
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Religion, 1925
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Jacob Riis, 1902-1908
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Rockefeller Foundation, 1927-1929
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School lunches, 1906-1910
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Schoolyards, 1899-1905
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Slow clubs, 1927
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Ellen M. Tower dinner, 1926-1927
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Twentieth Century Club, 1927-1928
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Works Progress Administration, 1936
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Young Men's Christian Association College, 1935

Writings:

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Miscellaneous research notes
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Photo captions for unidentified publication, ca. 1904
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Chapters 1-12: Unidentified publication, ca. 1924-1933
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"1933 Report of the Boston Park Department"
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"American Musical Expression," February 1927
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"Aristotle's Politics"
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"The Beginning of the Playground Movement"
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"Boston's Family Welfare Society"
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"The Boy and His Leisure," 16 March 1929
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"Brief Summary of National Recreation Association Philosophy"
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"Children and Tomorrow's Leisure," 1931
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"The Community," ca. 1925
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"Competition," ca. 1932
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"Early Days: A History of the Playground Association of America"
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"Eastern Massachusetts Recreation Executive Council," 1932
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"The Economics of Scenery"
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"Examples of New England Communities Which Have Organized Recreation Programs"
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"Fathers and Mothers Clubs"
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"Feeling the Spirit of Childhood," 1922
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"Football Psychology"
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"The Fountain of Youth"
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"The Gang Universal," 1932
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"The Home Playground," 1908-1925
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"A Hundred Playgrounds" poem by Dennis McCarthy, 1920
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"Imagination"
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"Joseph Lee the Godfather of the Playground," by Donald Culross Peattie
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"Leisure," ca. 1928-1932
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"Leisure, A Menace of an Opportunity?"
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"A Message from Lawrence Pearsall Jacks: 26th Annual Meeting of the Playground Recreation Association," [1936]
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"My Qualifications as Witness"
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"Outdoor Games"
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"Play," 1907-1932
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"Play and Home," 1913
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"Play and Life"
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"Play and the Ultimates," 18 March 1921
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"Play as Medicine," 1911
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"Play in Education," 1914-1936
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"The Play of Boys and Girls"
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"Play People," 3 October 1929
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"Play Talk," ca. 1916
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"Play the Architect of Man," 1927
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"Playgrounds and the Human Habitat," ca. 1930
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"The President's Organization of Unemployment Relief," 1932
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"Prisoner's Base," 1907
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"Recreation and the Child," 1924
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"Recreation Bulletin Service," 1929-1931
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"Righteousness by Statute," ca. 1925
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"River of Vermont"
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"Rhythm, Rum, Social Dancing and Bacchus"
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"Sketch Program of Play and Recreation"
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"The Spirit of Play"
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"Sport and Accomplishment"
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"Suggested Questions for District Conferences"
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"Sunday Play," ca. 1910
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"Supervision of Playgrounds Necessary"
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"Things We Had That Do Not Provide for Themselves"
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"The Two Realities"
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"The Unit of the City: Homes"
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"The Use of Outdoors"
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"What the Child Needs," 1910
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"What the Playground Recreation Association of America is Doing With Reference to Leisure Time"
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"What We Did as Children"
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"Will Play Stop?"
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"Women Have Had a Great Deal to Do...," 1912

Printed material:

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The Playground, 1907-1917
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The Playground, 1919-1929
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Playground and Recreation, 1929-1931
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Recreation, 1931-1953
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The Survey, 1910-1931
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P.R.A.A. pamphlets and flyers, 1908-1962
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Publications, 1893-1940
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Publications, 1908-1944(Oversize)
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Clippings, 1891-1936

Scrapbooks:

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Vol. I. "Columbus Ave. Playground," May-June 1901
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Vol. II. "Records of Happenings in regard to Columbus Ave. Playground," July-December 1901
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Vol. III. "Chronicle of Happenings at Columbus Ave. Playground," 1902
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"General Playground Committee Book," 1901-1903
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Joseph Lee playground scrapbook, 1888-1903

D. Boston School Committee, 1897-1934

This sub-series consists of records of the Boston School Committee kept by Joseph Lee as a member of the board of Education and includes correspondence, subject files, and printed material. The subject files, arranged alphabetically, contain records on elections, hygiene, corporal punishment, open-air rooms, teacher salaries, and other topics addressed by the Boston School Committee during Joseph Lee's tenure.

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General correspondence, 1902-1934

Subject files:

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Administration building, 1914-1917
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Agendas, 1917
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Baths, 1902-1917
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Board of Superintendents, 1910-1918
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Budget, 1911-1918
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Buildings, 1912-1917
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Class size, 1910-1916
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Coal crisis, 1917-1918
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Continuation schools, 1911-1918
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Corporal punishment, 1911
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Dr. F.B. Dyer appointment, 1912
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Elections, 1911-1912
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Elections, 1913-1929
Oversize Carton 34 SH 173D Q
Elections, 1914(Oversize)
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Evening schools, 1909-1917
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Extended use of school buildings, 1901-1917
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Farm camps, 1917
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Feeble minded children, 1906-1914
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Finance Committee of Boston, 1916-1917
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Fire regulations, 1915-1917
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Gardens, 1915-1917
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Graduation talks, 1915
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Grammar, 1909-1917
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Home visits, 1909-1914
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Hygiene, 1907-1917
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Intermediate schools, 1916-1917
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Investigation and measurement, 1914-1917
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Janitors, 1910-1917
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Kindergarten, 1909-1928
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Legislation, 1910-1919
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Meeting notes, 1909-1912
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Military drills, 1915-1916
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Music, 1912-1918
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Naming schools, 1917
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Newsboys, 1906-1915
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Open air school rooms, 1907-1909
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Open air school rooms, 1910-1914
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Pensions, 1901-1917
Carton 15 SH 157S 0
Physical education, 1915-1917
Carton 15 SH 157S 0
Plans and policies, 1911-1917
Carton 15 SH 157S 0
Plans and policies, Printed 1917-1918
Carton 15 SH 157S 0
Playgrounds, 1899-1917
Carton 15 SH 157S 0
Political activity of teachers, 1909-1915
Carton 15 SH 157S 0
Public School Association, 1911-1931
Carton 15 SH 157S 0
Rules and regulations, 1908-1918
Carton 15 SH 157S 0
School lunches, 1909-1917
Carton 15 SH 157S 0
School nurses, 1910-1917
Carton 15 SH 157S 0
School sites, 1909-1913
Carton 15 SH 157S 0
School yards, 1909-1917
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School yards, [1909](Oversize)
Carton 15 SH 157S 0
"The Social Projection of the School," by Joseph Lee, 1907-1908
Carton 15 SH 157S 0
Special education, 1909-1917
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Summer schools, 1915-1917
Carton 15 SH 157S 0
Teacher appointments, 1913-1917
Carton 15 SH 157S 0
Teachers' retirement fund, 1914-1915
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Teachers' salaries, 1910-1914
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Teachers' salaries, 1915-1923
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Teachers' salaries, 1917(Oversize)
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Teaching methods, 1916
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Truancy, 1907-1917
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Unit of local government, 1901
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Ventilation, 1909-1914
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Vocational education, 1893-1922

Printed material:

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American Statistical Association, June 1907
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Annual Report of the School Committee of Boston, 1901
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Educational Standards, 1916-1918
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School Documents, 1914-1927
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U.S. Bureau of Education Bulletin, 1911
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Woman's Education Association, 1908-1912
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Loose publications, 1897-1927
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Clippings, 1908-1927

E. War Camp Community Service, 1901-1935

This sub-series consists of records of the War Camp Community Service, which was formed during World War I as an affiliate of the National Recreation Association to provide recreation for soldiers waiting to go overseas and returning from the war. Joseph Lee was the found and president. The sub-series includes correspondence, meeting minutes, and subject files related to demobilization, finances, music, war camps, and the United War Work Campaign, among other subjects.

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Constitution, 1918
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Meeting minutes, 1925-1928
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Correspondence, 1917-1935

Subject files:

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Bulletins, 1917-1935
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Demobilization, 1918-1919
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Finances, 1917-1929
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Member lists, 1917
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Music, 1916-1927
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New England Campaign, 1918-1919
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Publicity, 1917-1921
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"Report on Non Military Organizations," 1918
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Seal, ca. 1917
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Marion Snow notebook, ca. 1917
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United War Work campaign, 1918
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War Camps, 1917-1920

Printed material:

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Community Buildings and War Memorials, 1919
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Loose printed material, 1901-1919

F. Community Service of Boston, Inc., 1914-1936

This sub-series consists of records of the Community Service of Boston, Inc. (a successor to the War Camp Community Service), kept by president Joseph Lee. The sub-series includes correspondence, meeting minutes, subject files, and printed material. The subject files, which are arranged alphabetically, include records of events, committees, music festivals, model boats, and other topics; and the writings of Joseph Lee.

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Constitution, 1920
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Meeting minutes and reports, 1922-1935
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Correspondence, 1918-1936

Subject files:

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Appeals, 1914-1934
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Autographs (Jane Addams and Leonard Kraske), 1930-1931
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Aviation, 1927-1929
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Bulletins, 1919-1928
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"The Community Maker of Men," by Joseph Lee, 1923
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Hospital committee, 1925-1926
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International Music Festival, 1926-1936
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Junior Achievement Committee, 1927
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Model boats, 1929-1931
Carton 19SH 157X 5
Municipal recreation for the unemployed, 1933-1934
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Music, 1917-1920
Carton 19SH 157X 5
Pageants, 1925-1933
Carton 19SH 157X 5
Reports, 1921-1936
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"Shall the Vision Fade?" by Joseph Lee, 1919
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"Ten Year Survey of the Community Service of Boston," by Eva W. White, 1928
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Printed material and clippings, 1933-1935

G. Causes: General subject files, 1876-1937

This sub-series contains records maintained by Joseph Lee for research and reference to various social causes. An example of some of the causes represented in the subject files include: birth control, democracy, economics, education, Harvard University, the New England Watch and Ward Society, and Leo Tolstoy, among many others. Many of the subject files contain drafts and research notes of writings by Joseph Lee.

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American Civil Liberties Union, 1920
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American Idea draft, ca. 1896
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Ants, 1912-1922
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The Amateur draft, 1923-1926
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American Art draft
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Appeals, 1905-1937
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Art, n.d.
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Art, 1914-1936
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Art and Democracy draft, 1923
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Bibliographies, 1922-1929
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Birth control, 1921-1935
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Calvert Round Table, 1929-1930
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The Cambridge School, 1931-1934
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Cancer, 1919-1921
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Charity, 1878-1904
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Charity, 1905-1929
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Charles River Basin Association, 1927-1929
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Children's literature, 1876-1922
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City planning, 1915-1931
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Civil liberties, 1914-1930
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Club memberships, 1919-1930
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Committees, 1917-1935
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Community Chest, 1917-May 1926
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Community Chest, June 1926-1935
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Cumberland Falls, Kentucky, 1929
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Democracy- Correspondence,1897-1932
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Democracy- Writings, A-Eq
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Democracy- Writings, Er-Lif
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Democracy- Writings, Lim-W
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Democracy- Writings, Untitled
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Democracy- Writings, Untitled
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Democracy- Writings, Research notes
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Democracy- Printed material, 1899-1934
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Economics- Correspondence, 1905-1935
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Economics- Writings, D-W
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Economics- Study and teaching, 1881-1928
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Economics- Printed material, 1891-1935
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Education- Correspondence, 1901-1934
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Education- Writings, A-K
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Education- Writings, M-V
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Education- Writings, Miscellaneous
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Education- Printed material, 1882-1933
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Eggs, n.d.
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Ethnicity, 1910
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Eugenics, 1923-1928
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Faith, 1925
Carton 28SH 1737 K
"The Fallacy of Good Taste"
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Fashion, 1900-1921
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Floating Hospital, 1925-1927
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Foreign affairs, 1900-1935
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Foundations and research, 1928-1929
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"The Function of Failure"
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Government, 1919-1926
Carton 28SH 1737 K
Hammond Pond Parkway, 1932-1933
Carton 28SH 1737 K
Harvard, 1878-1926
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Harvard, 1927-1937
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Health, 1899-1930
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"The Heresies of Conversation"
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Historic preservation, 1933
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Instinct, n.d.
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Invitations, 1925-1935
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Ireland, 1920-1932
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Juvenile delinquency, 1901-1933
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Kings, 1914-1933
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Language, 1902-1932
Carton 29SH 1738 L
Law, 1913-1931
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League of Nations, 1919-1935
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League of Nations, [1919](Oversize)
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League of Neighbors, 1926-1928
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Legislation- Writings, L-T
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Leisure, 1916-1933
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Liberation, 1925-1933
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Letters to the editor- Not published, 1922-1933
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Letters to the editor- Published, 1891-1934
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Liberalism, 1901-1929
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Libraries, 1935
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Limits to specialization, n.d.
Carton 30SH 1739 M
Literature- Writings, G-R
Carton 30SH 1739 M
Love, n.d.
Carton 30SH 1739 M
Market, 1927
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Marriage, 1926-1928
Carton 30SH 1739 M
Massachusetts Bay Tercentenary, 1928-1929
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Massachusetts Child Labor Committee, n.d.
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H.L. Mencken, 1926
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Movies, 1916-1925
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Movies, 1926-1934
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Music, 1916-1934
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New England Watch and Ward Society, 1924-1933
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Nursing, 1905-1927
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"Our Worst American Fault,"1923
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Park Street Church, 1904-1906
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Personality, n.d.
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Philosophy, 1909-1931
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Politics, 1890-1934
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"The Practical Man"
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Probation, 1893-1912
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Prohibition, 1892-1934
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Probation, 1892(Oversize)
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Psychology, 1903-1915
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Psychology, 1916-1932
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Publishing, 1901-1936
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Putnam Camp, 1928-1935
Carton 32SH 173B O
Quotations, 1914-1929
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Research, Miscellaneous, 1915-1935
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Religion, 1890-1934
Carton 32SH 173B O
Russia, 1917-1932
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Science, 1926-1927
Carton 32SH 173B O
Sermons, 1928
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Social work, 1909-1935
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Sociology, 1894-1920
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Taxation, 1890-1893
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Theater, 1920-1935
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Leo Tolstoy, ca. 1889-1906
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Tributes, 1890-1933
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United Jewish Appeal, 1921-1935
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Wealth, 1884-1930
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Wisdom, 1928-1934
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Witchcraft, 1927-1932

II. Joseph Lee family papers, 1845-1980

A. Joseph Lee personal papers, 1872-1939

This sub-series contains the personal papers of Joseph Lee including correspondence with his first wife, Margaret Cabot Lee, and other family members and friends including his parents Elizabeth Perkins Lee and Henry Lee, and siblings Elliot Cabot Lee, George Lee, and Elizabeth (Bessie) Lee Shattuck; diaries and date books; fiction writing and poetry; artwork; and personal financial records. Of note are letters sent by Joseph Lee to his family while traveling in Europe, 1883-1884, and Russia in 1889 to visit Leo Tolstoy. This sub-series also includes genealogical papers and writings collected by Joseph Lee on the Lee family; papers related to property owned by Joseph Lee; and records of donations to various organizations.

i. Correspondence

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Joseph Lee correspondence, 1872-1924
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Joseph Lee correspondence, 1925-1937
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Joseph Lee correspondence with Margaret Cabot Lee, 1882-1920
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ii. Joseph Lee diaries, 1872-1898

iii. Writings

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Joseph Lee autobiographical writings, 1888-1934
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Joseph Lee writings- Drama, 1916
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Joseph Lee writings- Family tributes, 19893-1936
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Joseph Lee writings- Fiction, n.d.
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Joseph Lee writings- Poetry, 1891-1937
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Joseph Lee writings- School work, 1872-1882

iv. Financial records

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Joseph Lee checkbook, 1893-1897
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Joseph Lee bank book, 1893-1899
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Joseph Lee financial statements, 1892-1899
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Joseph Lee gifts to Harvard University, 1900-1922
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Joseph Lee ledger book, 1903-1904
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Joseph Lee audits, 1904-1935
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Joseph Lee papers related to Sandy Cove, Cohasset, 1906-1930
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Joseph Lee papers related to 4 Joy Street (The Town Room), 1906-1924
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Joseph Lee papers related to Elizabeth Perkins and Henry Lee, 1909-1920
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Joseph Lee papers related to the estate of Elliot C. Lee, 1920-1924
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Joseph Lee papers related to Boston-Pacific Oil Co., 1920-1926
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Joseph Lee gifts and bequests to children, 1923-1929
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Joseph Lee miscellaneous financial documents, 1923-1934
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Joseph Lee charitable trust, 1930-1937
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Joseph Lee will, 1933-1936
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Joseph Lee estate appraisal, 1937
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Joseph Lee distribution of property, 1937
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Joseph Lee list of books owned, n.d.
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Joseph Lee donations, Ad- American R
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Joseph Lee donations, American S- North End
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Joseph Lee donations, O-Y

v. Miscellaneous

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Joseph Lee date books, 1924-1935
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Joseph Lee artwork, 1876-1895
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Joseph Lee admission to the Massachusetts Bar Association, 1888-1906
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Joseph Lee address and phone list, n.d.
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List of people sent book on Margaret Cabot Lee, 1923, A-C
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List of people sent book on Margaret Cabot Lee, 1923, D-Z
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List of people sent book on Margaret Cabot Lee, 1923, D-Z
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Bibliography of Joseph Lee, [1902]
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Instructions for disposing of Joseph Lee's papers, 1923
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Joseph Lee's papers for dog Sylvan Roamer, 1906
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Poetry collected by Joseph Lee, 1919-1933
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Joseph Lee's papers collected on Frederick P. Cabot, 1932
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Joseph Lee's papers collected on Stephen Cabot in 1863 draft riots, 1902-1906
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Joseph Lee biographical information, 1928-1936
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Joseph Lee genealogical information, 1928-1935
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Joseph Lee printed material, 1895-1937
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Joseph Lee clippings, 1893-1939
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Joseph Lee museum objects, n.d.
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Joseph Lee certificates and diplomas, 1887-1918(Oversize)

B. Lee family papers, 1845-1980

This sub-series consists of correspondence, writings, and research of various members of the Lee family including Joseph Lee's mother, Elizabeth Perkins Lee, father Henry Lee, daughters Margaret Cabot Lee Southard and Susan M. Lee, son Joseph Lee, Jr. and Joseph Lee's second wife Marion Snow Lee. This sub-series also includes papers collected by Joseph Lee's children on his career and events commemorating his life as well as Lee family genealogy.

i. Elizabeth Perkins Lee

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Elizabeth Perkins Lee correspondence, 1897-1920
Carton 40SH 173 P
Elizabeth Perkins Lee clippings, 1898-1911

ii. Henry Lee

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Henry Lee correspondence, 1845-1898
Carton 40SH 173P
Henry Lee writings, 1845-1894
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Henry Lee research notes for book on Militia, n.d.
Carton 40SH 173P
Henry Lee list of people sent book on Militia, n.d.
Carton 40SH 173P
The Militia of the United States, by Henry Lee, 1864
Carton 40SH 173P
Henry Lee miscellaneous printed material, 1845-1858

iii. Margaret Cabot Lee

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Margaret Cabot Lee correspondence, 1876-1896
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Margaret Cabot Lee correspondence, 1897-1920
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Margaret Cabot Lee estate records, 1920-1927
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Margaret Cabot Lee education and social work papers, 1915-1920

iv. Susan M. Lee

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Susan M. Lee correspondence, 1905-1923
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Susan M. Lee correspondence, 1924-1974
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Susan M. Lee research and papers collected about Joseph Lee, 1919-1980
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Susan M. Lee genealogical research, 1941-1972
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Susan M. Lee writings, 1930
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Susan M. Lee curriculum, 1930

v. Joseph Lee Jr.

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Joseph Lee Jr. correspondence, 1909-1943
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Joseph Lee Jr. draft of "More Peaks than Valleys" by Kitty Duryee, 1973
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Joseph Lee Jr. clippings and printed material, 1937-1942
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Joseph Lee Jr. clippings and printed material, 1937(Oversize)
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Joseph Lee Jr. papers collected about Joseph Lee, 1939-1960
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v. Margaret Lee Woodbury Southard papers, 1919-1937
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vi. Marion Snow Lee papers, 1891-1974
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viii. Amy W. Cabot correspondence, 1880-1950
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ix. Miscellaneous Lee family correspondence, 1867-1914

III. Colt family papers, 1903-1991

Joseph Lee's daughter Amy Lee married Charles "Chis" Cary Colt in 1923 and this series contains correspondence between Amy, Chis, and other Colt family members including letters sent between Amy and Chis during World War II; correspondence among Amy, Chis, and their children Timothy Pickering, Patrick Tracy, Charles C., Jr. Margaret Cabot, Sylvia, and Joseph Lee Colt; and correspondence among Amy, Chis, and his parents.

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Colt family correspondence, 1903-1930s
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Colt family correspondence, 1930s-1932
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Colt family correspondence, 1933-1940s
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Colt family correspondence, 1940s-1949
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Colt family correspondence, 1950-1991
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Amy Lee Colt diary/commonplace-book, ca. 1918-1925

This volume contains writings of Amy Lee (later Colt) as a young woman, including poetry and stories, diary entries, and Lee's thoughts on miscellaneous subjects such as "Boys I have partially fallen for in the past," "People you meet in the street," "What I want to be," and "If I ran society." Included are detailed descriptions of many of Lee's friends, as well as entries about her religious feelings, the illness and death of her mother Margaret Cabot Lee in 1920, her engagement and marriage to Charles Colt, and the birth of her son Charles Colt, Jr.

Photographs Removed from the Collection

Photographs from this collection have been removed to the MHS Photo Archives.

Preferred Citation

Joseph Lee papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.

Persons:

Colt, Amy Lee
Colt, C. C. (Charles Cary)
Colt family
Lee, Elizabeth Perkins Cabot, 1823-1909
Lee, Elliot Cabot, 1854-1920
Lee, Henry, 1817-1898
Lee, Joseph, b. 1901
Lee, Margaret Cabot, 1866-1920
Lee, Marion Snow
Lee, Susan Mary, b. 1899
Lee family
Lee family--Genealogy
Shattuck, Elizabeth Lee, 1846-1931
Southard, Margaret Lee Woodbury, b. 1898

Organizations:

Boston (Mass.). School Committee
Community Service of Boston, Inc.
Harvard University. Board of Overseers
Immigration Restriction League (U.S.)
Massachusetts Civic League.
Playground and Recreation Association of America
War Camp Community Service (U.S.)

Subjects:

Child welfare--Massachusetts--Boston
Emigration and immigration--Social aspects
Literacy tests (Election law)
Social service--Massachusetts--Boston
Immigrants--Massachusetts--Boston