The Lee Family Archives Project

Stratford Hall has taken on the project of digitizing the Lee Family’s archives of papers. The project envisions scanning both images and transcriptions of the papers and putting them online to be available to students and researchers. The archives contains over 300 years of American history, from the first Lee in America up through seven or eight generations.

Stratford Hall hired Dr. Colin Woodward to edit the archives. Dr. Woodward received his BA from Trinity College and his MA and Ph.D. from LSU. He comes to Virginia from being the archivist at the Little Rock campus of the University of Arkansas. He’s the author of Marching Masters: Slavery, Race, and the Confederate Army during the Civil War, which was his dissertation.

His first priority is digitizing Robert E. Lee’s letters, and he’s already started. There are almost sixty letters online right now. You can access the archives here. These are excellent primary sources.


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