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Lee (Michael H.) Liberia collection
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Michael H. Lee Liberia collection
    creator: Lee, Michael H.
    source: Lee, Michael H.
    Identifier/Call Number: M2382
    Physical Description: 1.2 Linear Feet (2.5 boxes, 1 map folder)
    Date (inclusive): 1974-2018
    Abstract: Michael H. Lee is a photographer who has published two books of images taken in Liberia.

    Content Description

    This collection consists of 727 slides, 187 black & white negatives and an SD card with scans of these photos. Also included are two co-authored reports, including a January 1, 1975 report to Assistant Minister Thomas N. Brima for Rural Development and a February 11, 1977 Progress Report titled VILAB II, Liberian Institute of Biomedical Research. One map, a June 1974 publication by the Liberian Cartographic Service, of the Ministry of Lands and Mines are also included, along with four newspapers (three dated April and May of 1980 and one dated January 1981).

    Scope and Contents

    The restricted material in Box 3 consists of eleven handwritten personal letters from approximately 1974-1978, including nine addressed to Karen and Jim Davis, one to Maxine Macdonald and one to a friend ("Connecticut Yank"); all letters are “Private material” pursuant to paragraph 10 of the Deed of Gift and are closed until the death of Michael H. Lee.

    Biographical / Historical

    Michael Lee's life began in 1949 on his folks' homestead in Soldotna, the Territory of Alaska. In the early 1960s when he lived in California, Lee began taking photographs with his Brownie Hawkeye camera. After graduating from high school he served in the U.S. Navy, returning home to Billings, Montana, in 1970. With a B.A. in hand from Eastern Montana College (EMC), Lee volunteered in 1973 to serve with the Peace Corps in Liberia. Lee next worked with the New York Blood Center's virus research laboratory in the Marshall Territory of Liberia. From 1980 to 2010 Lee worked as a research and regulatory economist. Lee's interest in documentary photography emerged during his 1969 Vietnam tour. He pursued his interest working as a photographer in the early 1970s for EMC's newspaper, The Retort. During his years in West Africa he documented the people and the environments where he lived and journeyed. A Silhouette of Liberia is Lee's second book of documentary photographs about Liberia. In 1977, he co-authored Rock of the Ancestors with William Siegmann and Cynthia Schmidt. Lee has exhibited his photographs of Liberia in Helena, at the University of Montana and with Liberia's National Museum. [Lee's biography from https://books.google.com/books/about/A_Silhouette_of_Liberia.html?id=p9QoswEACAAJ]

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research; except for the contents of Box 3, which are closed until the death of Michael H. Lee. The contents of the SD card are closed until processed. Please note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/spc/using-collections/permission-publish.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Michael H. Lee; 2018. Accession MSS 2018-358.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Michael H. Lee Liberia collection (M2382). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Documentary photography
    Lee, Michael H.
    Lee, Michael H.