Arthur Tracy Lee Papers

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Arthur Tracy Lee papers
Creator: Lee, Arthur Tracy, -1879
Call Number: A.L47
Dates: 1814-1879
Physical Description: 5 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Related Materials
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Arthur Tracy Lee papers
Creator: Lee, Arthur Tracy, -1879
Call Number: A.L47
Dates: 1814-1879
Physical Description: 5 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Colonel Arthur Tracy Lee (1814-1879) served as a regimental officer in the US Eighth Infantry for twenty-three years, twelve in Texas. He joined the army in the late 1830s serving in various posts before arriving in Texas in 1849. Lee, at that time a captain, was part of a force sent to west Texas to protect white settlers who were encroaching on Indian territory. His regiment was encamped at various posts including Camp Worth, Fort Croghan and Fort Martin Scott. In October, 1854 Lee and his regiment were ordered further west, into Apache territory, to establish a fort in the Davis Mountains. Here, inspired by the dramatic scenery surrounding Fort Davis, Lee painted and sketched many

After four years, Lee in command of two infantry companies left Fort Davis in September, 1858 to establish a new post, Fort Quitman, 120 miles further west. In September 1859, Lee was ordered to assist in the defense of the United States-Mexican border during the "Cortinas Wars." He arrived after the skirmishes ended and did not participate in any military action. Lee was next assigned to Fort Stockton as part of a force to protect the San Antonio-El Paso stage route. Shortly after he arrived at Fort Stockton the Civil War began Lee was captured by Confederate forces while attempting to evacuate his troops from Texas. He was granted parole on the grounds that he not take up arms against the Confederate government or give information against Confederate interests unless "regularly engaged." Returning to the North, he served in various assignments and was promoted to major. His parole expired and under no further obligation not to engage in combat, Lee fought in the Battle of Gettysburg and received injuries to the right ankle and hip. Although his wounds kept him from returning to active service, he was promoted in 1863 to the rank of lieutenant colonel; in 1869, in recognition of his many years of service to the US army, Lee was promoted to full colonel.

In 1869 Lee assumed the position of governor of the National Soldier's Home and Park on the outskirts of Washington DC. A volume of his verse, Army Ballads and Other Poems, was published in 1871. The following year Lee relinquished his post at the Soldier's Home and he and his family moved to Rochester, NY where they had made several earlier visits and their daughter Kate lived with her husband William J. Ashley. They spent summers in Shelter Island, NY and Lee spent much of his time painting the local scenery. Arthur Tracy Lee died December 28, 1879 in Rochester. He was buried in the Ashley family plot, Mount Hope Cemetery.

Scope and Content
The collection contains seventy matted water color paintings and sketches by Arthur Tracy Lee, two scrapbooks, and publications containing reproductions of Lee's paintings of Texas scenes.

Albums (Books)
Lee, Arthur Tracy, -1879
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Arthur Tracy Lee's grand daughter, Mary Janet Ashley, May 2, 1961.Access
The Arthur Tracy Lee papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Arthur Tracy Lee papers, A.L47, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Further information about Lee and his paintings can be found in: Lee, Arthur Tracy. Fort Davis and the Texas Frontier text by W. Stephen Thomas (Fort Worth, TX: Texas A & M University Press, 1976).

Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055

Content List
Box 1, Folder 1"View near Fort Croghan Texas"; undated
18.75 x 12.25cm (pg. 45)

Box 1, Folder 2"Canyon, Fort Davis Texas"; undated
19.5 x 12.25cm (pg. 61)

Box 1, Folder 3[Fort Davis Scene-1]; undated
(pg. 63)

Box 1, Folder 4[Maggie's Kitchen, Fort Davis]; undated
19 x 12.75cm (pg. 65)

Box 1, Folder 5[Fort Davis Scene-2]; undated
27.25 x 18cm (pg. 73)

Box 1, Folder 6[Fort Davis]; undated
25.25 x 16.75cm (pg. 75)

Box 1, Folder 7"Fort Snelling, Upper Mississippi"; undated
17.5 x 10.5cm (pg. 99)

Box 1, Folder 8[Upper Mississippi River Scene-2]; undated
27.5 x 16cm (pg. 100)

Box 1, Folder 9[Western Scene]; undated
30 x 20.25cm (pg. 100)

Box 1, Folder 10[Upper Mississippi River Scene]; undated
19.5 x 12.75cm (pg. 100)

Box 1, Folder 11"Upper Mississippi"; undated
17.5 x 11.25cm (pg. 100)

Box 1, Folder 12"Upper Mississippi"; undated
18.25 x 11.25cm (pg. 101)

Box 1, Folder 13"Upper Mississippi"; undated
18.75 x 11.25cm (pg. 101)

Box 1, Folder 14[Upper Mississippi River Scene]; undated
19 x 11.25cm (pg. 101)

Box 1, Folder 15[Upper Mississippi River Scene]; undated
17.75 x 11.25cm (pg. 101)

Box 1, Folder 16"Plains of Colorado"; undated
23.5 x 14.5cm (pg. 102)

Box 1, Folder 17"Near Vera Cruz, Mexico"; undated
17.5 x 13.25cm (pg. 102)

Box 1, Folder 18"City of Mexico from Tuacubia (Tacubaya?)"; undated
26.25 x 17.75cm (pg. 102)

Box 1, Folder 19"Military Plaza, San Antonio"; undated
21 x 15.5cm (pg. 102)

Box 2, Folder 1[River bank]; undated
36.75 x 23cm

Box 2, Folder 2[River scene]; undated
17.75 x 11cm

Box 2, Folder 3[Canoe by river bank]; undated
28 x 14.25cm

Box 2, Folder 4"Shelter Island?"; undated
35.25 x 22.75cm

Box 2, Folder 5[Sailboats on water]; undated
29 x 21.75cm

Box 2, Folder 6[Dock with boats]; undated
30 x 20.75cm

Box 2, Folder 7[View of water from a porch]; undated
31 x 18.25cm

Box 2, Folder 8[Forest in autumn]; undated
32 x 15.25cm

Box 2, Folder 9"From Soldier's Home, Washington"; undated
21.75 x 13.75cm

Box 2, Folder 10"Manhanset House, Shelter Island NY"; undated
24.5 x 15.5cm

Box 2, Folder 11"Harbor, Shelter Island"; undated
30 x 18.25cm

Box 2, Folder 12[Harbor]; undated
30.75 x 22.75cm

Box 2, Folder 13"Copy from a Woodcut"; undated
27 x 18cm

Box 2, Folder 14"Study of a Mountain"; undated
28 x 16.5cm

Box 3, Folder 1"Near Tampa", 1840
17.75 x 11.75cm

Box 3, Folder 2"(Northumberland Penna)"; undated
22.25 x 14cm

Box 3, Folder 3"Near Northumberland on Susquehanna"; undated
19.25 x 12cm

Box 3, Folder 4"From Northumberland Penna"; undated
24 x 14.5cm

Box 3, Folder 5"Off Chicago, Lake Michigan"; undated
26.75 x 20cm

Box 3, Folder 6"The Dasutin (?)"; undated
19 x 11.75cm

Box 3, Folder 7[Bay with boat]; undated
23.5 x 14.5cm

Box 3, Folder 8"Bit of St. Augustine Florida, Suburbs of St. Augustine"; undated
20 x 14cm

Box 3, Folder 9"Michigan, Lake Huron"; undated
17.75 x 13cm

Box 3, Folder 10[Harbor with several sailing ships]; undated
25.5 x 17.5cm

Box 3, Folder 11"Cottage, Soldier's Home, Washington"; undated
25.25 x 17.25cm

Box 3, Folder 12"Fort Taylor, Near Everglades Florida"; undated
19.5 x 13.5cm

Box 3, Folder 13[Canoe on a river with palm trees]; undated
25.75 x 17.25cm

Box 3, Folder 14"(Potomac above Georgetown"; undated
23 x 14cm

Box 3, Folder 15[Capital Building (?) seen through trees]; undated
25.75 x 17.25cm

Box 3, Folder 16"Bay Shelter Island"; undated
25.75 x 13.5cm

Box 3, Folder 17[Scene along river bank]; undated
22 x 14.75cm

Box 3, Folder 18[Bridge over canal]; undated
20.25 x 17.5cm

Box 4, Folder 1[Ruins on a Hill]; undated
23.5 x 14.5cm

Box 4, Folder 2[Seascape]; undated
25.25 x 17cm

Box 4, Folder 3[Boat near shore]; undated
23.5 x 11.5cm. On verso of picture below.

Box 4, Folder 4[Boat passing beneath a bridge]; undated
On verso of picture above.

Box 4, Folder 5[Two men in row boat]; undated
24 x 11.5cm

Box 4, Folder 6[Sailing ship near stone wall]; undated
17.5 x 11.5cm

Box 4, Folder 7[Sailing ships in harbor]; undated
19.25 x 13.5cm

Box 4, Folder 8[Harbor scene]; undated
23.25 x 14cm

Box 4, Folder 9[An old dock]; undated
24.25 x 16.75cm

Box 4, Folder 10[Log Fence next to a River]; undated
21.5 x 13.75cm

Box 4, Folder 11[Scene along river]; undated
14.5 x 9.5cm

Box 4, Folder 12[Shore with man and boy fishing]; undated
19.75 x 9cm

Box 4, Folder 13"Sketch on Ohio"; undated
21.25 x 8.75cm

Box 4, Folder 14[House on river bank]; undated
25.75 x 15.75cm

Box 4, Folder 15[Tree on hillside at sunset]; undated
24.5 x 17cm

Box 4, Folder 16[Trees reflected in water]; undated
25.25 x 18cm

Box 4, Folder 17[Ruins]; undated
24.5 x 14.75cm

Box 4, Folder 18[Man riding donkey]; undated
18.75 x 25.5cm

Box 4, Folder 19"By the Sad Sea Waves"; undated
14.75 x 21cm

Box 5, Volume 1Arthur Tracy Lee's scrapbook of newspaper clippings
Includes his poems and a review of his book Army Ballads and Other Poems

Box 5, Volume 2Kate Lee Ashley's scrapbook
Contains a water color and pencil sketches by Arthur Tracy Lee, newspaper clippings of his poems and articles about him, printed invitations and other ephemera; autographs of Henry W. Longfellow

Box 5, Folder 1Books and videos with reproductions of Arthur Tracy Lee's water color paintings of Texas scenes
Box 5, Folder 2Labels for 1972 exhibition of Arthur Tracy Lee's watercolors of Texas scenes at Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

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