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Rebecca Smith Lee Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS 123

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The papers include business correspondence related to her book reviews for Texas Outlook, and her tenure on the judging committee for the Texas Institute of Letters.  Personal correspondence includes letters from Carlos Ashley, Norman Cousins, J. Frank Dobie, and Siddie Joe Johnson.

The works of Rebecca Smith Lee (published and unpublished) include typescripts of plays including The Silver Flute and 16 Rue Pigalle. There are also typescripts of various book reviews, reprints of articles from various literary journals.

In 1976 she donated 21 boxes of books from her collection on Texas and Southwest history to Texas Christian University. These were catalogued and added to Special Collections.  Other separated publications include yearbooks: TCU Anthologies, 1922-1923, 1933-1937, 1942-1949, and 1963.

Dates

  • 1924-1970

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Summary Biography

Rebecca Smith Lee was a member of the TCU English faculty from 1919-1946, chairing the department from 1931 to 1946. She published several works including Mary Austin Holley: A Biography. TCU awarded her the doctor of literature degree in 1970.

Detailed Biography

Rebecca Smith Lee was a member of the TCU English faculty from 1919 to 1946, chairing the department from 1931 to 1946. She received her B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 1916, her M.A. from Columbia in 1918, and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1932. Lee served as president of the Texas Institute of Letters in the 1940s. She published several works, including her award winning book, Mary Austin Holley: A biography. In 1970, TCU awarded her the doctor of literature degree.

Extent

2.00 Linear feet

Overview

Correspondence, typescripts of plays, book reviews, and reprints of articles from various literary journals. A large portion of the material is correspondence during her time as president of the Texas Institute of Letters.

Arrangement

Alphabetically by subject.

Physical Location

Vault BE 2

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Rebecca Lee Smith.
Title
Guide to the Rebecca Smith Lee Papers
Author
Compiled by Lisa Pena
Date
2014

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

Contact:
TCU Box 298400
2800 S. University Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76129-0001
Fort Worth Texas 76129
(817) 257-4566
(817) 257-7282 (Fax)