• 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 It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online.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 us about how you can contribute to this historic project.



The Papers section of the Lee Family Digital Archive contains many types of documents generated by, to, or for members of the Lee Family of Virginia. These papers cover nearly three hundred years of primary source material and include correspondence, books, essays, plantation and business records, and miscelleanous writings. All are provided for research and scholarly purposes. You can browse the Papers and read all the material online.


Explore the correspondence of the Lee Family, including letters written by, to, and for Lees.

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Lees have published a number of books, including memoirs, biographies, histories, and poetry.

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Over the centuries Lees wrote essays, some published, and delivered essay-length public addresses.

Browse Essays

Miscellaneous Manuscripts

These Lee Family papers include deeds, wills, and plantation and business papers.

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Other Writings

A variety of not-easily categorized papers generated by the Lees.

Browse Other Writings

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