Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Lee, Leslie A., (Leslie Alexander), 1852-1908
Title
Leslie A. Lee papers
ID
M208
Date [inclusive]
1887-1908
Extent
0.33 linear feet
Language
Abstract
Accounts of the voyage of the Albatross, from Virginia, around the tip of South America, to California including reports to newspapers, the Albatross voyage plan, and assignment of collections, and a scrapbook of the voyage.

Preferred Citation

Leslie A. Lee Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine


Biographical/Historical Note

Leslie Alexander Lee was born in Woodstock, Vermont, on September 24, 1852. His father, John Stebbins Lee, was the first president of St. Lawrence University. Lee married Elizabeth Tibbetts Almy of New Bedford, Massachusetts. The couple had three children: Elizabeth, who married Rev. Frederick Eliot of Cambridge; Sylvia Knowlton Lee (1879-1959), a professor at the Berkley School in California; and Richard Almy Lee (1886-1907), a member of the Bowdoin Class of 1908, who drowned with his roommate, John Franklin Morrison (also Bowdoin 1908), in a yachting accident at sea off Phippsburg, Maine, during a squall on July 9, 1907.

Lee was instructor of natural history (1876-1881), and professor of geology and biology (1881-1908) at Bowdoin. He was noted especially for his research expeditions in Labrador and South America (for more information see the Bowdoin College Scientific Expeditions to Labrador, 1860 and 1891).

Lee's depression over the loss of his son led to ill health, and he died in Portland, Maine, on May 20, 1908.


Scope and Content

Accounts of the voyage of the Albatross, from Virginia, around the tip of South America, to California (November 21, 1887-April 6, 1888), including reports to newspapers (February and March 1888); the Albatross voyage plan and assignment of collections (1887-1888), a scrapbook of the voyage, letter of introduction for Lee to United States embassy officials in South America, a special passport for Lee, signed by Thomas F. Bayard, Secretary of State, a ; correspondence (1882-1908), including to Commander G. B. Goode (1887-1888); lecture broadsides (1882-1884); photographs connected with the voyage of the "Albatross"; photographs of Lee; a scrapbook of newsclippings (1875-1891); Lee's handwritten draft of Growth and Metamorphosis of Some Marine Animals (December 19, 1882); newsclippings and obituaries.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

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

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.


Collection Inventory

Box Folder
1 1

Albatross: Account of Voyage - Plan, Assignments, Letter of Introduction, Passport 

1 2

Albatross: Account of Voyage, 1887 Nov 21 - 1888 Jan 16 

1 3

Albatross: Account of Voyage, 1888 Jan 17 - Feb 13 

1 4

Albatross: Account of Voyage, 1888 Feb 14 - Apr 6 

1 5

Albatross: Account of the Voyage - Images 

1 6

Albatross: Account of the Voyage - Reports to newspapers 1888 Feb - Mar 

Volume
1

Albatross: Account of the Voyage - Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, 1887 - 1888 

Box Folder
1 7

Correspondence between Albatross Commander Z.L. Tanner and Commissioner G.B. Goode, 1887 - 1888 

1 8

Clippings 

1 9

Clippings - obituaries of Lee 

1 10

Correspondence, 1882 - 1908 

1 11

Growth and Metamorphosis of Some Marine Animals, 1882 Dec 19 

1 12

Images of Lee 

Ovsz-Box
B

Lecture broadside 1882 Mar 13 (Brunswick) 

Box Folder
1 14

Lecture broadside 1883 Feb 2 (5 copies) 

1 15

Lecture broadside 1884 Feb 8 (Wiscasset) 

Volume
2

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings about Lee, 1875 - 1891