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Lee Family papers

Identifier: M106

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This collection contains correspondence and other materials from various Lee family members, including Day Kellogg Lee, Charles Follen Lee, Frederick Crosby Lee, Grace Emma Dean Lee, and Sophia M. Hershey Lee.

Day Kellogg Lee's papers include: the original manuscript of "Owasco" (ca.early 1850's); a scrapbook of clippings of his poetry and that of others, including H.W. Longfellow and E.C. Bryant (ca.1841+); and his "Journal of the Life of Charles Warden Lee" (November 1, 1847-July 3, 1862).

Charles Follen Lee's papers include: correspondence (1845-1920 and undated); his early school compositions (1861-64 and undated); college themes (1868-69); large photographs of constumed participants in the 1000th birthday celebration of Ripon, England (1886); a scrapbook of clippings of his poetry (1884-97); and a second scrapbook of clippings of some of his and others poetry (including that of Oliver Wendell Holmes), short stories, articles Lee wrote about historical events and figures, and a letter to the editor of the "Christian Leader" (1888-91); and a ephemera.

Frederick Crosby Lee's papers include: two diaries (1906-10, 1911-14); six journals of notes from S.T. General Theological Seminary in New York (1901-03 and undated); and a marriage journal, "Happenings in Our Home," kept by F.C. Lee and his wife, Grace Emma Dean Lee (1908-23)

Also in the collection is Grace Emma Dean Lee's school geometry notebook(1899-1907); Sophia M. Hershey Lee's commonplace book (1839-41), which contains prose and poetry to her by Day Kellogg Lee and various friends; and a handmade scrapbook of editorial cartoons of the presidential campaign of Cleaveland and Harrison (1892-93).


  • Creation: 1845-1923, undated


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Biographical / Historical

Rev. Day Kellogg Lee (1816-1869), born in Kelloggsville, New York, entered the Episcopalian ministry in 1830, and was pastor of various Universalist churches until 1865, when he settled in New York City. He received his M.A. from Tufts College (1864), and his Doctor of Divinity degree from Theological School of St. Lawrence University, Canton New York (1868). Rev. D.K. Lee married Sophia Minerva Hershey Lee (1817-1879), and they had two children: Charles Follen [Warden] Lee (b.May 25, 1848), and Frederick Harvey Lee (b. December 12, 1853). Rev. D.K Lee was a poet, and some of his poems published in "The Trumpet and Universalist" were "Verses to My Little Charles Follen Lee, on His Second Birthday" (1849), and "Lines to My Little Boy" (1850). He also wrote poetry in his journal, and in letters to his son, Charles. He was the author of several books: " The Beauty of Kindness" (1851); "The Master Builder; or Life at a Trade" (1852); "Summerfield; or Life on a Farm" (ca. 1851-52); "Coronation of America" (ca. 1853); "Merrimack; or Life at the Loom" (1854); "The Crowning of Charity" (undated); and " Indolent Fairy" (undated). Rev.D.K. Lee also wrote a tragedy play, "Owasco" (ca. 1850's).

Rev. Canon Charles Follen [Warden] Lee (1848-1923) was an Episcopalian minister. His wife was Cordelia Moore Lee (1845-1923), daughter of Abram James Moore and Sarah Smith Moore of New York City. The couple had four children: Sophia M. Lee, Elizabeth Lee (d.1934), Frederick Crosby Lee (1878-1963), and Fanny Lee (d.1934). Like his father, Rev Canon Lee was a poet. Several of his poems, in addition to his articles, appeared in various publications such as: "Christian Leader" (1881-89), "The Independent" (1891), "The Watchman" (1891-97), "Boston Journal" (1895-97), and the "Boston Herald" (1900). He was the author of three memorial addresses: "In Memoriam: Edwin Hubbell Chapin" (1881); "In Memoriam: Edward Lawrence" (1885); and " John Newton Drummond" (ca.1904).

Frederick Crosby Lee (Bowdoin 1900) was a graduate of Boston Latin School, Lincoln Academy (1898), Bowdoin (1900), and S.T.B General Theological Seminary in New York City (1903), and was ordained a priest of the Episcopal Church in 1904. He married Grace Emma Dean June 30, 1908, in Newcastle, Maine. Lee served as secretary and house chaplain to Bishop Codman of Maine in Portland (1904-04); Curate of St. Xavier's Church, Bar Harbor, and Vicar of the Chrurch of Our Father, Hulls Cove (1904-06);Chaplain and Instructor of St. Mary's School, Knoxville, Illinois (1906-08);served as a missionary in Rumford, Maine (1908-15); Assistant to the Secretary of the Diocese of Maine (1902-06, 1913-14); Rector of St. Andrew's Church, Rochester, New York (1915-47). Lee was appointed Honorary Canon to the Ordinary of the Diocese of Rochester, New York (1944), and served on a number of departments and commissions of both the Diocese of Maine and the Diocese of Rochester. He retired in 1947.

Grace Emma Dean Lee (1878-1953) was the daughter of Chauncey Child (1841-88) and Emma Harriet Quindley Dean Child (1849-1906) of Boston, Massachusetts, and the wife of Rev. Frederick Crosby Lee. Grace was educated at Girls Latin School in Boston, and was a special student at Boston University. She taught mathematics at Miss Ingall's School in Cambridge, and at Mrs. Van Mach's School in Boston.


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This collection contains correspondence and other materials from various Lee family members, including Day Kellogg Lee, Charles Follen Lee, Frederick Crosby Lee, Grace Emma Dean Lee, and Sophia M. Hershey Lee.

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Repository Details

Part of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011 Repository

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Brunswick Maine 04011 USA
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