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Eleanor Lee Templeman Collection (MS061)

Identifier: MS061
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.


  • 1810-1990


6.83 Cubic Feet (13 boxes )

Biographical / Historical

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.


Series I: Articles, 1928-1990; Series II: Autobiography and Biographical Information; Series III: Society of the Lees of Virginia, 1921-1994; Series IV: Lee Family, 1810-1990 (Bulk dates from 1970-1990); Series V: Family Histories; Series VI: Printed Matter, 1909-1979; Series VII: People and Places, 1919-1990; Series VIII: Book Publishing Records, 1972-1990; Series IX: Donations; Series X: Card File of Article Titles; Series XI: Scrapbooks; Series XII: Photographs
Eleanor Lee Templeman Collection Finding Aid
George K. Combs, ed.
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Repository Details

Part of the Local History and Special Collections Branch, Alexandria Library Repository

717 Queen Street
Alexandria VA 22314 United States