Lee, Gerald Stanley. Correspondence with Jennette Barbour Perry Lee, 1917-1918.

Collection Information

Gerald Stanley Lee correspondence with Jennette Barbour Perry Lee


Lee, Gerald Stanley, 1862-1944

Lee, Jennette Barbour Perry, 1861-1951

Lee, Samuel H., 1832-1918




1 document case (0.2 linear feet)

Collection ID #:

MS 5025

Conditions Governing Access:


Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Gerald Stanley Lee correspondence with Jennette Barbour Perry Lee, MS 5025. The Congregational Library and Archive, Boston, MA.



Processing information:

Collection processed by Cristina Prochilo, March 2012. Description based on DACS 1st ed.


Correspondence largely comprises letters written from Gerald to Jennette Lee while he was traveling in New York City and Philadelphia to promote the publication of his book, The Air-Line to Liberty. There is one letter from Jennette to Gerald Lee in this collection as well as three written during the same time period by Samuel Henry Lee to Jennette Barbour Perry Lee. All letters in this collection appear to be written from November 1917 to February 1918.

Acquisition Information:

Purchased in 2012.

Biographical History

Gerald Stanley Lee was born to Samuel Henry (b. 1832) and Emma Chloe (Carter) (b. 1835) Lee in Brockton, MA in 1861. He had three siblings Christabel (b.1865), Grace (b. 1867), and Theodore Storrs (b. 1873). Samuel Henry Lee was a pastor and moved his family to Greenfield, MA, Cleveland, OH, and Oberlin, OH where Samuel held a position as Professor of Political Economy at Oberlin College. Gerald attended Oberlin College, but graduated from Middlebury College in 1885 after the family moved to Brattleboro, VT where his father was a pastor. Lee attended Yale Divinity School from 1885-1888, but did not graduate. He married Jennette Barbour Perry Lee on June 26, 1886. Gerald Stanley Lee became a pastor of the Congregational Church of Princeton, MN, then Sharon Congregational Church in Sharon, CT. He wrote his first book, About an Old New England Church in 1891, traveled Europe in 1892, and became pastor at Park Street Congregational Church in Springfield, MA from 1893-1896. By 1901 the Lees lived in Northampton, MA where Jennette was an instructor and later Associate Professor of English at Smith College until 1913 when she left to focus on her writing.

Over the course of his career, Lee was a pastor, an author, a magazine editor (Mount Tom), and a lecturer. His writing career developed in the late 1890s and early twentieth century. Among other articles he wrote the following books:

The Shadow Christ (1896)

The Lost Art of Reading (1902)

The Voice of the Machines (1906)

The Child and the Book (1907)

Inspired Millionaires (1908)

Crowds: A Moving-Picture of Democracy (1913)

The Air-Line to Liberty (1918)

The Ghost in the White House (1920)

Gerald Stanley Lee died in 1944; Jennette Barbour Lee died in 1951; and Samuel Henry Lee died in 1918.


Scope of Collection

This collection includes thirty-three letters written predominantly from Gerald Stanley Lee to his wife Jennette Barbour Perry Lee from November of 1917 to February 1918. These letters were written mostly from New York City (a few from Philadelphia, PA) while Lee was promoting his new book, The Air-Line to Liberty, published by Mitchell Kennerley Publishers in 1918. Additionally, there is one letter written from Jennette Barbour Perry Lee to Gerald Stanley Lee as well as three letters written from Samuel H. Lee to Jennette Barbour Perry Lee during the same time period.



Letters are arranged by author and then chronological order.


Related Material

The Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College, Northampton, MA holds Jennette Barbour Perry Lee's papers which include correspondence with Gerald Stanley Lee and journals from this time period. The collection number is RG 42.

Necrologies of Gerald Stanly Lee and Samuel Henry Lee may be found in the 1944 edition of the Yearbook of the Congregational Christian Churches and the 1918 Congregational Yearbook, respectively.

Bush, Gregory Wallace. Lord of Attention: Gerald Stanley Lee and the Crowd Metaphor in Industrializing America. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1991.


Access Terms

Lee, Gerald Stanley, 1862-1944


Detailed Description and Container List

Box 1
Folder 1: From Gerald Stanley Lee to Jennette Barbour Perry Lee
  6 letters November 1917
Folder 2: From Gerald Stanley Lee to Jennette Barbour Perry Lee
  5 letters December 1917
Folder 3: From Gerald Stanley Lee to Jennette Barbour Perry Lee
  10 letters January 1918
Folder 4: From Gerald Stanley Lee to Jennette Barbour Perry Lee
  8 letters February 1918
Folder 5:  From Jennette Barbour Perry Lee to Gerald Stanley Lee
  1 letter no date
(believed to be from February 1918)
Folder 6:  From Samuel H. Lee to Jennette Barbour Perry Lee
  3 letters December 1917 – February 1918


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