• The Lees of Virginia
  • The Lees of Virginia
  • The Lees of Virginia
  • The Lees of Virginia

The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our curator, Colin Woodward, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Colin Woodward became Editor of the Lee Family Digital Archive in August of 2015. Dr. Woodward got his undergraduate degree in history and religion from Trinity College in Hartford. He completed his M.A. and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, studying with Charles Royster, an authority on "Light Horse Harry" Lee, the Revolution, and the Civil War.

For more than three years, Dr. Woodward was an archivist at the University of Arkansas Center for Arkansas History and Culture in Little Rock. He has also worked as a project archivist at Hampden-Sydney College, Smith College, and the Virginia Historical Society. His first book, Marching Masters: Slavery, Race and the Confederate Army during the Civil War, was published in 2014 by the University of Virginia Press. His book, Country Boy: The Roots of Johnny Cash will be published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2022.

Dr. Woodward's current research projcts include the Arkansas prison farms and the life and Civil War exploits of Jayhawker and commander of the 54th Massachusetts regiment, Colonel James Montgomery.


Frank E. Grizzard, Jr., was director of the Lee Family Digital Archive until 2012. He was formerly Senior Associate Editor of the Papers of George Washington at the University of Virginia and published extensively on George Washington. Grizzard set up the first websites for the Papers of George Washington and the Association for Documentary Editing. He also served as a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities and as a member of the Steering Committee for Research Issues in Intellectual Access to Electronically Published Historical Documents.

Frank’s efforts to initiate and maintain the Lee archive project at Washington & Lee University are greatly appreciated and provide a solid foundation of research materials on which we can build.

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