Eleanor Lee Templeman, 1906-1990


Personal papers
Box 61, 19 Boxes, (6.75 linear feet)

Biographical/Historical Note: Eleanor Lee Reading Templeman (1906-1990) was a local historian, author, preservationist and photographer.   From 1947 until her death, Mrs. Templeman served the Society of the Lees of Virginia as Secretary, Genealogist and Historian.   She wrote four books and numerous journal articles, primarily on the Lee family and also local history.   Mrs. Templeman was a driving force behind legislation to preserve Sully Plantation (1958) and the creation of Leesylvania State Park (1978).   Throughout her life Mrs. Templeman collected clippings and notes on subjects related to the Lee family as well as items of local interest.

Scope and Content Note: The collection consists of articles, notes, correspondence, clippings, and printed matter written and collected by Mrs. Templeman.   A full set (1921-1994), mostly bound, of the annual reports of the Society of the Lees of Virginia is included.   Duplicate copies found in the collection were retained for their value as Mrs. Templeman's working copies and feature marginalia and corrections.   Thirty-five positive prints, four negatives and one transparency have been transferred to the Photographic Collection.   Most correspondence was retained in the subject areas it was found in rather than being organized separately.

Series Description: Series I: Articles, 1928-1990 Series is arranged chronologically.   Series II: Autobiography and Biographical Information This series includes both volumes of Mrs. Templeman's autobiography and several biographical sketches with notes.   Series III: Society of the Lees of Virginia, 1921-1994 This series is organized into the following subseries: Templeman/Shively papers; 1975-1979; Leesylvania State Park, 1987-1989; Annual and Board Meeting Reports, 1957-1981; Annual and Board Meeting Reports, 1981-1994; Bound Reports, 1921-1967; Bound Reports, 1968-1990.   Series IV: Lee Family, 1810-l990 (bulk dates from 1970-1990) Notes, clippings and correspondence relating to the various branches of the family.   Three original nineteenth century letters are featured.   Series is arranged by name or place.   Series V: Family Histories Families, related and unrelated to Mrs. Templeman.   Notes, clippings and correspondence.   Arranged alphabetically by family name.   Interested researchers should check all families carefully as there is much overlapping of information.   Series VI: Printed Matter, 1909-1979 Series consists of eight pamphlets and booklets.   Each has been filed individually.   Series VII: People and Places, 1919-1990 This series consists of notes and clippings used in Mrs. Templeman's research and also outlines some of her work with the DAR.   Files are organized by name of person or location.   Series VIII: Book Publishing Records, 1972-1990 Copyright and financial records, some correspondence.   Arrangement is original.   Series IX: Donations Series is arranged alphabetically by beneficiary.   A number of files have multiple item donations.   Series X: Card File of Article Titles This series is arranged alphabetically by article title.   Series XI: Scrapbooks Three books containing a variety of materials.   Arrangement is original.

Related Materials: Full sets of reports and papers of the Society of the Lees of Virginia are in the Lloyd House collection. Copies of many of Mrs. Templeman's papers have been given to local libraries and historical societies. George Mason University holds the copyright to Mrs. Templeman's books. The Photo Division of the Virginia State Library has her photo collection.

Source: Donor and date: Eleanor Lee Templeman, 1981-1990.   Society of the Lees of Virginia, 1990-1994.

George K. Combs, Summer Intern, 1994


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