Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Guide to the Lee Chinese-American Family Papers


Collection ID:
Mead, Virginia Lee
circa 1915-1970
Physical Description:
0.3 Cubic feet
2 boxes
Scrapbook, photograph album, published family book, photographic prints, and news clippings related to Virginia Mead's family.

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
The collection consists of a scrapbook, a photograph album, and a published family book with Chinese text and reproductions of portrait photographs. The scrapbook and album contain clippings and memorabilia from the Lee family, which had emigrated from China to New York, and miscellaneous unmounted photographs. This material dates primarily from the 1920s to the 1940s, although a few items are as late as 1970. Most of the persons in the photographs are not identified, although travel pictures in such places as Hawaii and Haiti are captioned. However, a few newspaper clippings in the collection in which photographs apparently depict members of the Lee and Shue families and/or the articles relate to them.


The collection is arranged into one series.


David Haberstich
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated by Alison Shue (Mrs. John) Lee and Mrs. Poon Lam Mok (Grace Lee) of New York, through Virginia (Mrs. Robert H.) Mead of Washington, D.C., 1994.
Processing Information
Collection processed by David Haberstich, undated.
Custodial History
The Archives Center was alerted to the scrapbooks by Richard Ahlborn, Curator in the Division of Community Life (now Division of Cultural and Community Life), with whom they were originally placed on loan. Grace Lee is the sister of Mrs. Mead and Alison Shue is her niece. The collection was assigned NMAH non-accession no. 1994.3135, and is related to accession no. 1992.0634.

Digital Content

See all digital content in NMAH.AC.0555

Using the Collection

Preferred Citation
Lee Chinese American Family Papers, circa 1915-1970, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. The scrapbooks are in fragile condition. See repository for more details about handling.


Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Family -- 20th century Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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