Guide to Heslip M. "Happy" Lee Papers
Heslip M. "Happy" Lee Papers,
n.d., 1915, 1926, 1949-2003
Special Collections and Archives
James Branch Cabell Library
Virginia Commonwealth University
Ray Bonis, November 2003
INTRODUCTION:Title: Heslip M. "Happy" Lee Papers, n.d., 1915, 1926, 1949-2003
Size: 15.1 linear feet
Provenance: The collection was donated to the library by the Rev. Heslip M. "Happy" Lee in February of 2003.
Literary Property Rights:
Virginia Commonwealth University has a signed Deed of Gift transferring these rights.
The Rev. Heslip M. "Happy" Lee (1922- ), minister and educator, social and political activist, has spent much of his life working to improve relations between blacks and whites. His life's work is representative of many other like-minded individuals of his generation who were active in the cause for civil rights and equality in the last half of the 20th century. A native of Georgia, Lee's work during the height of the struggle for civil rights brought him to Virginia in the early 1960s where he served as Executive Director of the Virginia Council on Human Relations. In the late 1960s and 1970s he served as a consultant to various educational, urban, and community programs in North Carolina, Georgia, and other localities. [A detailed time line follows this brief biographical sketch.]
Born in rural Polk County, Georgia on February 21, 1922, Heslip Malbert "Happy" Lee is the son of Mary Camp Lee (1918-1983) and Malbert Warren Lee (1898-1976). Lee had two younger siblings, a sister, Virginia Lee, born 1924, and a brother, Charles Lee, who died at age 2. The Lee family were poor tenant farmers, raising cotton and corn, living without electricity and running water. Lee attended elementary and high school in Polk County. The origin of the name "Happy" began when Lee's sister could not pronounce his first name. She eventually started calling him something that sounded like "Happy" which is the name she used for him. It was not until Lee was at Junior College that the name "Happy" really began to be used. One of his professors considered his name Heslip to hard to remember and asked him if he had a nickname. Lee recounted the story about his sister calling him "Happy." The professor preferred the nickname and it stuck. In 1941, Lee married Laura McClung (1924- ) of Haralson County. They later had five children: Dwain H. Lee, Glen L. Lee, Joan Lee, Stephen F. Lee (who died in 1994), and Laurie Lee. "Happy" Lee operated a dairy farm and grocery business in Polk County. Ordained to "preach the Gospel" in October of 1949, Lee served as pastor of the Antioch Baptist Church in July of 1950. He would go on to serve as pastor of nearly a dozen other Baptist churches in Georgia and other states. Lee received a B.A. Degree in Philosophy in June, 1954 from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia and a Master of Divinity Degree in 1957 from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School. He became pastor of York Baptist Church, in York, New York while working in a number of local community organizations. He returned to Georgia and served two years, 1957-1959, as Director of Religious Activities, at Mercer University, in Macon.
Lee became pastor of First Baptist Church, in Springfield, Virginia from 1959-1961 and became a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Council of Human Relations (VCHR), a bi-racial state wide organization that worked to foster communication and improved relations between blacks and whites. Lee and his family moved to Richmond when he accepted the post as Executive Director of VCHR. He also served during this time period, 1961-1964, as a member of the Virginia State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Lee was extremely active as VCHR's Executive Director. He worked to increase the number of local VCHR groups and overall membership; he spoke to numerous groups in both small and large settings; helped in the desegregation of dozens of public facilities in Virginia; and monitored actions in Prince Edward County, Virginia where county officials had closed their public schools in an effort to block school desegregation. In late 1964 Lee left Virginia and became Executive Director, Salisbury-Rowan Community Service Council, Inc., in Salisbury, North Carolina and served as Chairman, North Carolina State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In 1966 he began serving as Vice President for Development, Shaw University, Raleigh and continued to be active in the civil rights field in the state. Beginning in 1968 he would serve for nearly 10 years under a variety of titles acting as a consultant to several educational, urban, and community programs in North Carolina, Georgia, and other localities.
Lee retired in 1978 in Cedartown, Georgia and operated the family jewelry store and farmed. In the 1980s he served in the "Minister-at-Large" program of the American Baptist Churches with assignments in churches from New York to Utah. In the 1990s he chaired the 7th District (7 Counties) Democratic Party in Georgia and is credited with revitalizing the Polk County Democratic Party.
SCOPE AND CONTENT:The collection dates primarily from the late 1950s through the 1980s and is made up of correspondence, newspaper clippings, numerous publications, photographs, audio and video tapes, and a variety of ephemera. The correspondence section of the collection is rich with details on Lee's activities (and events in Virginia) as Executive Director of the Virginia Council on Human Relations in the early 1960s and as a consultant in the late 1960s and 1970s to various educational, urban, and community programs in North Carolina, Georgia, and other localities.
The collection is arranged alphabetically and chronological therein. Much of the correspondence section of the collection is made up of spiral notebooks Lee had bound that are made up of letters, reports, and other materials from specific eras of his life. These notebooks, arranged chronological, have been left intact.
Lee also collected a large amount of newspaper clippings about himself, his family, and his work. The newspaper clippings are arranged chronological in five folders representing five distinct periods of Lee's life. Some of the clippings were undated (n.d.) but because of the topic addressed in the news article they could be placed in one of the five folders. These undated articles are placed at the beginning of the folders.
Advisor's Recognition Certificate, 4-H Club, University System of Georgia for "Mr. Heslip Lee," Polk County, Georgia 1950
Album presented to Rev. "Happy" Lee, April 28, 1985 by Children of First Baptist Sunday School, Glen Falls, New York
Annual Report 1972-1973 Academic Year, Ford Fellowship Program, August 1, 1973 [submitted by "Happy" Lee]
"An Assessment: The Raleigh, North Carolina Southside Urban Renewal Project" - A Report of the North Carolina Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, November 20, 1968 [Rev. Heslip M. Lee, Acting Chairman]
Antioch Baptist Church - certificate [Heslip Lee "licensed to preach"] September 3, 1949
Antioch Community Improvement Club, Polk County [Georgia] - booklet, 1951
Antioch School pupil's report card for Heslip Lee, 1936-1937
Application to the Ford Foundation for Venture Fund Program, Submitted by Saint Augustine's College, Raleigh, North Carolina, February 16, 1971 [written by "Happy" Lee]
Campus Order: Problem Solving Without Violence, School of Urban Life, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia 1973
Chronology of the History of the South to 1895; Chronology of Black American History: 1895 to 1968, n.d.
Church programs - Brighton Community Church, 1988 [includes Chapel Chimes newsletter]
Church programs - First Baptist Church, Glens Falls, New York, 1984-1985
Church programs - First Baptist Church, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1985-1986
Church programs - First Baptist Church, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1986-1987
Church programs - Madison Avenue Baptist Church, New York, New York [includes petition regarding problem of prostitution in this area of the city, August, 1985]
Church programs - miscellaneous n.d., 1960, 1965, 1967, 1980, 1982
Church programs - Unitarian Church Programs, 1964, 1968, 1974
Clergyman's Record, 1984
Colgate Divinity School, Rochester, New York [Bulletin (1957); Commencement Exercises program (1957); 1955-1956 Grade Card of Heslip M. Lee]
Correspondence, 1955-1967 - This spiral bound notebook of correspondence contains over 200 letters that were arranged in chronological order by Lee. Most are addressed to Lee but there are about a dozen letters by Lee to others. Much of the correspondence concerns Lee's work as director of the Virginia Council on Human Relations (VCHR) 1960-1964; as Executive Director of the Salisbury-Rowan Community Service program in Salisbury, North Carolina, 1964-1966; and as Vice-President for Development at Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1966-1967.
Letters worth nothing include: David H. Scull, May 27, 1959, inviting Lee to serve as Executive Director of the Virginia Council on Human Relations; Richard Hocking, Chairman, Georgia Council on Human Relations, December 14, 1960, asking Lee to become its Executive Director; Leo E. Cloutier, Executive Vice-President, General Manager, Richmond Virginians baseball team, August 12, 1963, concerns the desegregation of Parker Field, Richmond, Virginia; Heslip M. Lee, September 26, 1963, addressed to Lee White, Special Assistant to the President of the United Sates, detailing the work of the VCHR, the desegregation of theaters and restaurants in Virginia, the situation in Prince Edward County, and Lee's invitation for the president to visit Richmond to deliver an address; Wyatt Tee Walker, Executive Assistant, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, October 22, 1963, thanking Lee for the "greatest convention in SCLC's History" and noting "the full use of the John Marshall's [a Richmond hotel] facilities represents a significant break-through in human relations;" and Norman Lee Williams, December 12, 1963, addressed to Rev. John J. Mahon, President, Richmond Council, Richmond-Petersburg Area Council on Human Relations, concerning William's preference for "the segregated way of life."
The notebook also contains reports by Lee as a consultant to CAP (Community Action Program), the federal anti-poverty program, on his visits to localities throughout the South. Correspondents also include individuals who were active in desegregation efforts in Virginia, especially Prince Edward County: members of the American Friends Service Committee, Inc., Cambridge Massachusetts; J. Rupert Picott, Executive Director, Virginia Teachers Association; Willie Carter, Prince Edward County Branch NAACP; J. Kenneth Morland, Chairman, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Randolph-Macon Women's College, Lynchburg, Virginia; and L. Francis Griffin, Minister, First Baptist Church, Farmville, Virginia.
Correspondence, 1958-1961, 1965, 1971, 1974 - This folder has nearly thirty letters of correspondence with individuals including those associated with the Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Rochester, New York; Mercer University, Macon, Georgia; and the Southern Regional Council, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, addressing their offer of having Lee serve as head of the Georgia Council. The folder also contains letters from Lee to others, including Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Lewis of Richmond, Virginia. The letters were arranged in chronological order by Lee.
Correspondence, 1960-1961 - This folder contains ten letters addressed to Lee and fourteen written by him during his tenure as pastor of the First Baptist Church, Springfield, Virginia, 1959-1961. The letters were placed in chronological order by Lee. Many of the letters focus on his resignation as pastor to become Executive Director of the Virginia Council of Human Relations in Richmond. In a mimeographed copy of one letter from 1960, addressed to a college freshman woman and a member of his church, Lee discussed his views about Lent, Ash Wednesday, and Good Friday. This letter was to be used for discussion with a group of college students belonging to various different denominations.
Correspondence, 1961, 1962-1963 -- This spiral bound notebook of correspondence arranged chronological by Lee contains sixty-two letters, one from 1961, the others date from December of 1962 through December of 1963. It was during this time period, 1961-1964, that Lee served as Executive Director of the Virginia Council on Human Relations (VCHR). A significant number of letters are carbon copies sent by Lee to various recipients. Several of the letters are from or addressed by Lee to individuals at Mercer University, Macon, Georgia. Lee graduated from the school in 1954. He also worked for two years as Director of Religious Activities working with students and reporting to the president of the school. Some of these letters concern what Lee described in a May 3, 1963 letter to the president of the school as "the removal of racial bars for admission to Mercer." The notebook contains a report by Mercer University President Rufus Harris dated April 18, 1963 to the trustees of the school on the need to racially integrate the University (a letter dated October 9, 1963 notes that Mercer University "just admitted three negroes"). Letters dated June 13, 1963 and July 23, 1963 concern Carl Braden (1914-1975), a noted white civil rights and political activist whose work in Virginia may have been considered counter productive by the VCHR. There is also correspondence in September and October of 1963 discussing a possible "march on Nashville" (home to the Southern Baptist Convention) to highlight differences between progressive and conservative Baptists.
Correspondence and reports, 1962-1963 - These items were originally bound together and include a significant number of materials documenting the work of Lee, the Virginia Council on Human Relations (VCHR), and the state of race relations in Virginia for these two years. The items were arranged in chronological order by Lee. This folder contains numerous reports by Lee on the work of the VCHR including monthly reports that highlight his daily activities. Other notable materials noting include a report by Lee on Prince Edward County, Virginia, dated January 9, 1962; text of "From Lent to Easter" by Lee, sermon published in the Richmond News Leader, April 4, 1962, as part of their weekly "sermonette" series; baccalaureate sermon delivered by Lee at Saint Paul's College, Lawrenceville, Virginia, May 27, 1962; text of "Speech for Annual Meeting" by Lee, November 23-24, 1962; letter by Lee to Lee C. White, Assistant Special Counsel to the President, inviting the president to Richmond; text of keynote address delivered by Lee entitled "Projecting a New Image in Practical Arts and Vocational Education" at the Eighth Annual Conference of Vocational and Practical Arts Teachers, June 24-27, 1963, at the Virginia State College, Petersburg, Virginia; and the text of Lee's sermon "Moving Forward Through Community Service" given at the Zion Hill Baptist Church, Petersburg, Virginia, fall of 1963. Also of interest is correspondence relating to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) meeting that was held in Richmond at the John Marshall Hotel in September of 1963. The owners of the hotel were concerned about "adverse publicity" that the SCLC convention might attract.
Correspondence, reports, and publications, n.d., 1964 - These materials were originally bound together and include reports by Lee and correspondence (20 letters, 2 telegrams) documenting the work of Lee and the Virginia Council on Human Relations (VCHR) during the year 1964. One letter addressed to Lee by Edward E. Haddock, a Richmond doctor, dated August 14, 1964, discussed Haddock's attendance at a meeting of the National Citizens Committee in Washington D.C. that focused on the implementation of the recently passed Civil Rights Acts. Haddock informed Lee "I was quite proud to have an opportunity to speak in our work-shop session where I told the group that the best that had ever happened in Richmond to help us with our problems was when you came on the scene. I went into some detail about how you have worked to enable miracles to come forth quietly." Other materials include notes by Lee for his remarks at the Prince Edward County NAACP Freedom-Labor Day event, September 7, 1964 and notes for a speech he gave at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, February 17, 1964, entitled "Sociological Implications of the Present Situation." The folder also contains a photocopy of the program for the VCHR sponsored event entitled "Consultation of Virginia Lawyers" held in Richmond, January 11, 1964, that included speakers Robert R. Merhige, Jr. (who later served as a Federal judge on the U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, from 1967 through 1998) and Nicholas Katzenbach (who was then U.S. Deputy Attorney General and directed federal enforcement of desegregation, later served as Attorney General 1965-1967 and then as Under Secretary of State 1966-1969).
Correspondence, reports, and other materials, July 1965-December 1966 - Nearly 60 letters and other materials are contained in this folder that was once bound. These items document Lee's work during the years 1965 and 1966 as he served as Executive Director of the Salisbury-Rowan Community Service program in Salisbury, North Carolina. The program was part of the War on Poverty initiative by the Federal government. At this time, Lee also served as a consultant on various projects in the South connected to the War on Poverty (including the Office of Equal Health Opportunities) and as Acting Chairman of the North Carolina State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Items of note include a three page report on a meeting held May 30, 1966 at a bakery in Salisbury whose owner was critical of the Salisbury-Rowan program.
Correspondence, 1967 -- Correspondence (approximately 85 letters) in this folder dates from 1967 and was once bound. It contains a significant amount of correspondence and other materials related to Lee's work as the Acting Chairman of the North Carolina State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and his work as Vice-President for Development for Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina. The items were arranged in chronological order by Lee. Also included are reports by Lee as a consultant to CAP (Community Action Program), the federal anti-poverty program, on his visits to localities throughout the South. Other items worth noting include a letter from Joseph L. Berry dated May 13, 1967 regarding the North Carolina Council on Human Relations and their involvement in a labor dispute in the textile industry in North Carolina. Berry writes "Let us not reduce our effectiveness by making the same mistake Dr. King has made." A June 27, 1967 letter by Lee includes details on his actions over the past year to raise funds for Shaw University as well as his proposal for another full time person in development.
Correspondence, October 25, 1967 to May 6, 1969 - Once contained in a spiral bound notebook, nearly 215 items of correspondence (almost half of which are copies of letters sent by Lee), several reports and other items are in this folder. The correspondence and other material are arranged in chronological order by Lee, relates to Lee's work at Shaw University; Urban Affairs Specialist and Consultant, North Carolina State University; chairman of the North Carolina State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; and consultant to CAP (Community Action Program), the federal anti-poverty program, on his visits to localities throughout the South.
Also included is the text of an editorial by WRAL-TV (Raleigh, North Carolina) commentator Jesse Helms (future U.S. Senator), April 16, 1968, concerning Shaw University president Dr. James E. Cheek and the perceived student unrest in Raleigh following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. The editorial on WRAL-TV stationery also comments on an upcoming University sponsored event titled "Congress for the Unity of Black Students" that includes African American activists Leroi Jones and Ron Karenga were among the expected quests. Helms later served in the U.S. Senate from 1972 through 2001. Items of note also include: a letter dated May 23, 1968 addressed to Robert L. McCan of Washington, D.C. by Lee on Lee's upcoming appointment as consultant with North Carolina State University in Raleigh to develop a Community Development Program for Raleigh. This letter also mentions various job offers, Vietnam, and Lee's family; a letter from October of 1968 that explains that over the past four years Lee has served as a consultant to the Office of Economic Opportunity and the Office of Equal Health Opportunities, in Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia; a letter by U.S. Senator Fred R. Harris (Democrat from Oklahoma) dated June 15, 1968 inviting Lee to participate in a "Crisis in the Nation" conference to be held at the University of Oklahoma; a news release signed by Lee, dated June 25, 1968, from the North Carolina State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights urging every School Board in North Carolina to abolish school segregation; and for researchers interested in the issue of fair housing and the integration of neighborhoods, a "Report on conservations" between the president of the Raleigh Board of Realtors and the Raleigh-Subcommittee, of the North Carolina State Advisory Committee, dated February 26, 1969 (Lee, chairman of the committee, was present at the meeting) may be of interest.
Correspondence, December 1967 to May 1968, November 29, 1968 - Approximately 65 items of correspondence make up this once bound folder. The correspondence was arranged in chronological order by Lee. Much of the material concerns Lee's work at Shaw University. Letters of note include a March 6, 1968 letter from Dr. Ralph Bunche (1904-1971), Nobel Prize winner for peace, then under Secretary of the United Nations, to Lee accepting Lee's request for Bunche to address a joint meeting of students from Shaw University and Saint Augustine's College in May of that year. A letter dated March 22, 1968 from Bunche's secretary informed Lee that Bunche had gotten ill and would not be able to attend the event. A memo dated May 10, 1968 notes that Lee's coordinating 500 people into ten buses from Marks, Mississippi, as the first individuals on their way to the Poor People's March on Washington, D.C. In a May 14th letter, Lee declines an offer to serve as Vice President of Stetson University in Deland, Florida. The folder also contains the text of comments by Lee made February 12, 1968 at his welcoming to participants to a "Consultation on the Urban Crisis and the Negro College" held at Shaw University.
Correspondence, 1968 - Just over 50 items of materials that were once bound arranged in chronological order by Lee make up this folder. The items date from February 16, 1968 through December 18, 1968. It was during this time period that Lee served as Vice President for Development at Shaw University and as Acting Chairman of the North Carolina State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Correspondence worth noting includes a letter dated May 20, 1968 from Orville Freeman, Secretary of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, to Lee concerning a recent ruling by the Attorney General of the United States that "allows us to prohibit discrimination" in making loans to associations" by the Agricultural Credit Insurance Fund; three letters by a Raleigh citizens group called the "Committee of 17" regarding their concern over desegregation plans in that city and of their concern over the possible relocation of a prison unit from a white suburban area to a black neighborhood (addressed to the Governor of North Carolina, dated August 19, 1968). The folder also contains a listing of the 1968-1969 officers, staff, and board members of the North Carolina Council on Human Relations and a listing of the members of the North Carolina Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Correspondence, 1969 - This folder contains 109 items of correspondence arranged chronologically by Lee all of which were bound. The items date from January through December of 1969. It was during this time that Lee began work as Deputy Director of the Multi-Purpose Training Center of Atlanta University. Much of the correspondence concerns his work in North Carolina, Georgia and as consultant on issues of race, poverty, and urban affairs.
Correspondence, 1970-1971 -- Over 100 items of correspondence, arranged chronological by Lee, make up this folder of materials that were once bound. The items date from January of 1970 through December of 1971 while Lee worked as Deputy Director of the Multi-Purpose Training Center of Atlanta University and then as Assistant to the Dean, School of Urban Life, Georgia State University. Much of the correspondence concerns his work as consultant on issues of race, poverty, and urban affairs. Included in the folder are reports and memos written by Lee on his work as consultant and the two different universities.
Correspondence, 1972 -- About 60 items of correspondence from February 1972 through December 1972 while Lee served as Assistant to the Dean, School of Urban Life, Georgia State University are included in this folder. All of the items are in chronological order and were once bound. The folder is highlighted by several long memos by Lee to Dr. Alex B. Lacy, Jr., Dean, School of Urban Life, documenting Lee's work. Much of this work concerned projects developed by Lee and funded by the Ford Foundation and Department of Urban Development to finance African American students in obtaining their Master of Science degrees in Urban Administration. Lee would later estimate that approximately 100 students participated in these programs.
Correspondence, 1973 - Just over sixty items of correspondence dating from 1973, all of which was arranged chronologically and was once bound are in this folder. During this time period Lee finished working as Assistant to the Dean, School of Urban Life, Georgia State University and became program officer of the Southern Regional Council based in Atlanta.
Correspondence, January 1974 through July 1974 -- Sixty six items of correspondence arranged chronologically and was once bound Lee worked as program officer at the Southern Regional Council. His work brought him back to Virginia to help organize a Center for Public Interest to be based in Richmond, Virginia and correspondents include Lt. Governor Henry Howell of Virginia and Mr. Sydney Lewis of Richmond.
Correspondence, August 1974 through December 1974 - Just over 100 items of correspondence arranged chronologically and was once bound. Lee worked as Southern Regional Council as program officer.
Correspondence, 1975-1976 - 57 items of correspondence arranged chronologically and once bound. Lee's work in Southern Regional Council. Includes a letter by Lee dated to fellow Board Members of the Southern Regional Council dated June 17, 1976 expressing Lee's strong concerns over the direction of the Southern Regional Council.
Correspondence, 1977 to 1983 [includes a 1986 essay by Lee on retirement] - Just over 50 items of correspondence arranged chronologically all of which was once bound. The folder includes Lee's application for a Georgia teaching certificate and his transcript records.
Correspondence, n.d., 1980-2003 - Over 70 items of correspondence including items from his family, Democratic Party related correspondence, and letters from school children to Lee on his talk to them about Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1985
Correspondence, 1984-1985 - 26 items of correspondence, including correspondence related to his ministry and others.
Correspondence, n.d., 1984-2002 - Over 60 items of correspondence including items concerning Lee's work in the Democratic Party that includes correspondence from U.S. Senator Max Cleland. Other correspondence is related to his ministry
Correspondence, 1986-1987 - 36 items of correspondence originally bound much of which relates to his ministry.
Correspondence - Holiday card from Rosalyn and Jimmy Carter, n.d.
"Defending the Common School in Democracy" - Text of speech, delivered at Symposium on Religion and the Humane Society, September 9, 1982, Wake Forest University, James Dunn, Executive Director, Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs
Educational Talent Search Program Proposal, North Carolina State University, St. Augustine's College, 1969-1979 [prepared by H. "Happy" Lee]
Farmer's Club of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet, program, 1951- Honoring the Winning Communities in the 1951 North Georgia Farm Community Improvement Contest
Final Report, Race Relations Seminars, 1972 - Sponsored by the National Endowment for for the Humanities and the Urban Life Center, Georgia State University, Prepared by Heslip "Happy" Lee, Coordinator , March 1, 1973
Final Report to Dr. W.L. Turner, Administrative Dean for University Extension, North Carolina State University, from Heslip "Happy" Lee, Urban Affairs, Specialist and Consultant, N.C. State University, June 15 thru August 31, 1968
"For a Better Understanding of Aging and the Aging Process" - June 28-30, 1971, program, the event was sponsored by the School of Urban Life, Georgia State University and the Senior Citizen Services of Metropolitan Atlanta, Ind.
Gauntlet, The, Baptist Student Union, Mercer University, v. 6 no.2 February, 1959; and one page of the October 1958 issue
Good Friday Mediation, St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, Springfield, Virginia, April 15, 1960 by Heslip M. Lee
Grant Application for Title III Funding, Saint Augustine's College, November, 1972 [written and compiled by "Happy" Lee]
Handbook of Community Organizations - City of Atlanta, Urban Life Center, Georgia State University, June 1974
Happy Lee Family Jewelers, sales slip, n.d.
Happy Lee Jewelers, catalog, 1982-1983
"Human Relations Night" ticket, International League Baseball game, Richmond, Virginia, August 9, 1963 [Parker Field, Richmond, Virginia - desegregation event organized by "Happy" Lee] - folder also contains two invitations to "Mr. and Mrs. Heslip Lee" to dinner and cocktail party by the Union Leader Corporation related to Baseball Dinner in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Inscription by Bobby D. Doctor to "Laura and Happy" - Doctor was interim chairman for the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights
John Deere Day 2000 itinerary
Ledgers - Two account books [Lee's bank checking account], 1977-1981, 1982-1988
Lee Family Genealogy (detailed account of the Lee family going back to Bennett B. Lee (1813-1894) and Mary Ann Sheets Lee (1835-?)
Legal Pad Notebooks - [Three notebooks, one labeled "Polk Co. Democratic Assn."]
Listing of foundations who "have a record" of giving to Black Colleges and/or causes espoused by Episcopalians - compiled by Heslip "Happy" Lee, consultant, Saint Augustine's College
"Marvelous Man, A" - paper by "Happy" Lee's granddaughter, contained in an email dated September 8, 1999.
Materials related to Congressman Bob Barr of Georgia and to the impeachment of President Clinton, n.d., 1998-2000
Metro Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Human Rights Workers, address list, n.d.
Miscellaneous items collected by Heslip "Happy" Lee, n.d., ca. 1960s-2003
Miscellaneous items written by or collected by Heslip "Happy" Lee, n.d., 1960s-1980s, ca. 2000
Miscellaneous mailing lists - n.d., 1972, 1973, ca. 1980s/1990s
Miscellaneous notes, printed material, and other materials
Miscellaneous poems and other written salutes to "Happy" Lee by colleagues and others, n.d., 1985, 1986, 2002
"Motives Stranger than Fear" - text of radio address by Ralph W. Sockman, "National Radio Pulpit," Season of 1943-1944, National Broadcasting Company, no. 22, WEAF and Network, February 27, 1944
Newspaper Clippings - see Box 16
North Carolina Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers - official program and flyer, November 1969 [Heslip "Happy" Lee was a speaker at this event]
North Carolina State University newsletter, v.1, #3, Fall 1968 [article on "Happy" Lee employment as Urban Affairs Specialist and Consultant]
Notes by Lee on demonstrations, integration, Civil Rights legislation, and other issues - written on these four legal size sheets of paper are notes by Lee: "One of many NBC-TV spots from Richmond, Virginia in 1963-64 by Heslip M. Lee."
Photograph - Images of Lee family, early 20th century
Photograph - Corretta Scott King, Gov. of Utah, Heslip "Happy" Lee, 1986
Photograph - Corretta Scott King, President Bill Clinton, Heslip "Happy" Lee, campaign rally, n.d.
Photograph - Happy Lee Family Jewelers - image of storefront; flyer: "Now Open - Happy Lee Family Jewelers in the Old Liberty National Bank Building, 411 Main Street "
Photograph - Heslip "Happy" Lee, two different images, ca. mid-1960s
Photograph - Heslip "Happy" Lee, two images ca. late 1980s/early 1990s
Photograph -- Heslip "Happy" Lee, left, receiving an award at Georgia State University, 1972
Photograph -- Heslip "Happy" Lee and the Lee family, two images ca. mid-1950s
Photograph -- Heslip "Happy" Lee and Laura Lee, ca. 1990s
Photograph -- Heslip "Happy" Lee and others, from War on Poverty ca. 1967/1968 [two different photographs]
Photograph - Heslip "Happy" Lee, Jimmy Carter, and two unidentified men, 1973
Photograph -- Heslip "Happy" Lee, Sen. Max Cleland; other political photographs
Photograph -- Heslip "Happy" Lee. Anthony Thomas (film director from England), n.d.
Photograph - Madison Avenue Baptist Church (seven photographs of the exterior of the church taken by Dr. Edward Peeples, 2003)
Photograph - Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro, campaign photograph, signed by both candidates and inscribed, c. 1984
Photograph - NAACP convention photograph, New York City, July 1959
Policemen's Institute - two programs, Saint Augustine's College, Raleigh, North Carolina, September, 1979; December, 1980
Political activity materials [miscellaneous publications, correspondence, and other items, mostly Democratic Party, Polk County, Georgia], n.d., 1990s-2001
Polk County Democratic Association [one binder of materials, 1990s-2000]
Polk County Democratic Association's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, text of speech by Laurie S. Lee about Heslip "Happy" Lee, May 25, 2001
Polk County tax receipt paid by Jim H. Lee, 1929
Postcard - Colgate-Rochester Divinity School and Chapel, n.d.
Postcard - Image of Republican House Restaurant where the "Republican Party was born"
Program - "Happy and Laura Lee's 50th Wedding Anniversary" July 7, 1991
Proposal for an Upward Bound Program to be sponsored jointly by Saint Augustine's College and North Carolina State University, 1969 [prepared by Heslip "Happy" Lee]
Proposal to the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation for Faculty Improvement January 20, 1971 - submitted by Saint Augustine's College [prepared by Heslip "Happy" Lee]
Proposal to the Max C. Fleichman Foundation for Construction of a Library Building, submitted by Saint Augustine's College, February 21, 1971 [prepared by Heslip "Happy" Lee]
Publications [Other publications donated by Lee are listed at the end of this guide and are to be catalogued by the library and housed in Special Collections and Archives. Some of the items below are duplicates of publications that are to be catalogued.]:
40 Documents of the Freedom Train, Priceless Historic Documents of Our Heritage and Freedom, Reproduced by Arrangement with the American Heritage Foundation, Sponsors of the Freedom Train, n.d. Church and State, vol. 52, no. 7, July/August 1999
Georgia Trend, The Magazine of Georgia Business and Politics Since 1985, April 2003
Intelligence Report, Published by Klanwatch, A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Issue 86, Spring 1997
KATALLAGETE Be Reconcile: Journal of the Committee of Southern Churchman, vol. 4, no2-3, Fall-Winter 1972 [Includes Heslip "Happy" Lee's vignette on his life, race and religion entitled: "A Greek Tragedy - American Style"] 3 copies
The Other Side, Christians and Homosexuality, n.d., three copies
The Present Dilemma of the Negro by Kenneth B. Clark, an address before the Annual Meeting of the Southern Regional Council, November 2, 1967
Ramparts, May 1968, includes the article "In White America: The Execution of Dr. King"
Scarce, Rare, Out of Print and Used Books on Black America Race and Racism, McBlain Books, Des Moines, Iowa
Who's Who in Training and Development, 1971, Official Membership Directory of the American Society for Training and Development
Readings for Race Relations Seminars, September 27 - November 15, 1972, Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Urban Life Center, Georgia State University
Report - North Carolina State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights concerning Fayetteville and Cumberland County, N.C., 1967 [Heslip M. Lee Chairman of the N.C. State Advisory Committee]
Report of the Executive Director to the Board of Directors of the Salisbury - Rowan Community Service Council, Inc., [two reports, march 10, 1966; May 20, 1966]
"Right-Wing Propaganda In Print from A Commentary on Regional Extremism of the Right," A Southern Regional Council Publication, n.d.
Saint Augustine's College - Policemen's Seminar, Ethics in Civil Law program, January 28 - February 1, 1974
Salisbury-Rowan Community Service Council, Inc., Salisbury, N.C. Application for Manpower Development [with introductory letter by Heslip M. Lee to Executive Director to Sargent Shriver, Office of Economic Opportunity, April 21, 1966]
Shaw Plan, The, 1967-1968 Academic Year, Official Catalog of the Shaw University, Raleigh, N.C.
Shaw University Bulletin, v.3, #2, October 1968 [article on Lee regarding his employment as Vice-President for Development]
Shaw University, Upward Bound Proposal, Submitted January 2, 1968, Dr. King v. Cheek's copy [written by Heslip "Happy" Lee]
Shiloh Baptist Church, Brunswick, Georgia, Souvenir Program, 5th Annual Race Relations and Business - Professional Day, February 8, 1970 [Heslip "Happy" Lee was a speaker at this event]
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary newsletter, 1954
State of Georgia, Board of Education certificate for Heslip Lee, 1949
State of Georgia Proclamation (photocopy), Decade for Action to Combat Racism on Racial Discrimination, September 28, 1973
Speeches and Articles on the Urban Crisis, [collected by Heslip "Happy" Lee, Urban Affairs Consultant, North Carolina State University, 1967-1968
Stationary - Seventh District Democratic Party, Happy Lee, Chairman
"Tension and Conciliation: A Report on Contributing Factors Causing Racial Disagreements and Conflicts with the Hickory, North Carolina, City Schools." Prepared by the Southern Regional Council for the Hickory Board of Education, August 11, 1974 [Happy Lee served on the SRC's Community Relations Team which investigated this conflict.]
[Various articles collected and bound by Heslip "Happy" Lee, Urban Affairs Consultant, North Carolina State University, sent to community leaders, ca. 1968]
Virginia Council on Human Relations - "The Church and the Virginia Council on Human Relations" term paper by James Hayden Howell, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, December 1964
Virginia Council on Human Relations - Concluding Report by Heslip M. Lee as Executive Director, December 4, 1964
Virginia Council on Human Relations - miscellaneous materials (all photocopies) including newsletter entitled "Things are Happening," 1963; Richmond-Petersburg area chapter Newsletter, April 1963; first page of Report of Executive Director, July- August-September, 1963; Report by Lee on Danville, Virginia; Hopewell Improvement Association and Hopewell Branch of N.A.A.C.P. document; Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Highways, Map Price List; Virginia Advisory Committee to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, ca. 1961 or 1962.
Virginia Council on Human Relations - miscellaneous publications, n.d, 1964
Virginia Council on Human Relations - newsletter, November 1961
Virginia Council on Human Relations - program for farewell dinner for Rev. Heslip M. Lee, Executive Director, Virginia Council on Human Relations, December 3, 1964 - three copies
Virginia Council on Human Relations -- Program for 68th Annual Conference, April 28 - May 1, 1970, Roanoke Virginia ["Happy" Lee was a participant]
Virginia Council on Human Relations - Report, Activities of Heslip M. Lee, Executive Director, Virginia Council on Human Relations, October, November, December 1963
Virginia Council on Human Relations - Reports, September, October, November, December 1961
Virginia Council on Human Relations - Speech for Annual Meeting, November 23-24, 1962, Heslip M. Lee, Executive Director
Virginia Council on Human Relations - survey for "owner or manager of a facility serving the public" regarding "a policy of serving on a segregated basis" n.d.
Visitor passes, U.S. House of Representatives, 1955, 1959; U.S. Senate Chamber, 1955; 1959
"Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Its Effects on Black Registration and Voting in the South," college term paper by Laurie Suzanne Lee (Lee's daughter), May 1974
Writings by Lee:
"Active Options" - article by "Happy" Lee from the September 1986 issue of the International Council of Christian Churches MagazineOversize Materials:
"Assuming a Universal Obligation" - Commencement address by Heslip "Happy" Lee, St. Paul's Episcopal College, Virginia
"Busing: As a Tool for Desegregation" n.d.
"Denominational College, The" -- student paper, by Heslip Lee, November, 1956
"A Greek Tragedy, American Style," - Vignette by Heslip Lee on his life, race and religion published in KATALLAGETE Be Reconciled; Journal of the Committee of Southern Churchman, vol. 4, no2-3, Fall-Winter 1972
"Hidden Persuaders in Human Relations" - Text of sermon by Heslip Lee given at First Unitarian Church, April 1962, [discussion of Virginia, race, and religious beliefs]
"Human Relations: Problems, Progress and Prognosis" Text of speech at the Bridgewater College, Fall 1963, by Heslip "Happy" Lee
"Individual Responsibility and the American Revolution for Rights" - text of speech given by Heslip "Happy" Lee before Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Virginia State Convention, Virginia Union University, November 15, 1963
"Problems with Confession, The" - text of sermon given by Heslip "Happy" Lee at University Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, New York, n.d.
"Profile of a Senior" - text of essay by "Heslip "Happy" Lee, n.d.
"Roots of Prejudice, The" - Convocation Address by Heslip "Happy" Lee, Virginia Union University, November 1961
"Sermon on the Resurrection" [York Baptist Church (?), n.d.]
St. Paul's College Baccalaureate Exercises, program and text of Baccalaureate Sermon delivered by the Rev. Heslip M. Lee, 1962
"Southern Regional Council as Understood by Happy Lee," February 4, 1975
Text of prayer by Rev. Happy Lee on the occasion of the opening of the Utah State Senate, February 12, 1986
"War on Poverty in the U.S., The" - by Heslip M. Lee, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, February 28, and March 1, 1966
Plaque - "Personalities of the South Award" - Heslip "Happy" Lee has been selected to appear in the 1975-76 edition of Personalities of the South in recognition of past achievements and outstanding service to community and state, Bicentennial edition 1975-76. Presented by the Editorial Board of American Biographical Institute a Division of News Publishing Company."
Plaque - "In Appreciation to Happy Lee for Outstanding Service as Principal Organizer in 1995 and Service as President, 1995-96 and 1998, the Polk County Democratic Association, April 22, 1999.
Certificate - "The United States Commission on Civil Rights having established, pursuant to Section 105(c) of Public Law 85-315 (the Civil Rights Act of 1957), the Virginia State Advisory Committee to the Commission on Civil Rights, does hereby appoint Reverend Heslip Malbert Lee a member of that Committee, to serve for the time being and at the pleasure of this Commission, and recognizing his integrity and ability, does authorize him to fulfill the duties of membership, subject to the laws of the United States of America and the Bylaws promulgated by this Commission. Signed in the City of Washington, District of Columbia, February 12, 1963."
Silver Plate - "Heslip M. Lee, For Outstanding Achievement in Human Relations,
Omega Psi Phi, 1963"
Two metal medallions - "Adolph Hitler" with a cut out of a Nazi swastika and "Member KKK [Ku Klux Klan] in Good Standing"
Plastic bag of cotton plant bolls
Two signs collected by Lee: "No Dogs, Negroes, Mexicans, - Lonestar Restaurant Assn. Dallas, Texas" and "Colored Waiting Room, Boston Sign Co., Sept. 11, 1915"
Jimmy Carter "Personal Peanut Power Souvenir Campaign Material Kit" (T-shirt and bumper stickers.)
Certificate - "The College of Philanthropy of the Virginia Council on Human Relations hereby awards the degree of Certified Philanthropist, Junior Grade, Honoris Causa to the Rev. Heslip (Happy) M. Lee in recognition of his achievements in Practical Philanthropy on behalf of Better Human Relations in Virginia, September 22, 1973" Certificate (original and color photocopy) - Distinguished Service Award to Heslip M. Lee, Virginia Teachers Association, October 29, 1964
Certificate - National University Extension Association, Creative Programming Award presented to Georgia State University State University, Urban Life Center, Heslip "Happy" Lee, "Race Relations Seminars"
Certificate (original and color photocopy) - Resolution of the Congregation in honor of Heslip "Happy" Lee, First Unitarian Church, Richmond, Virginia, November 29, 1964
Certificate (black and white photocopy) - The State of Georgia, [appointment of Lee as] "Lieutenant Colonel, Aide De Camp, Governor's Staff, January 12, 1971.
Certificate - National University Extension Association, Creative Programming Award presented to Georgia State University State University, Urban Life Center, Heslip "Happy" Lee, "Race Relations Seminars"
Certificate - Red Cross Certificate of Appreciation Presented to Heslip M. "Happy" Lee, Campaign Co-Chairman Cedartown United Fund 1979-1980, Cedartown, Georgia
Certificate - WKIX [radio station] Achievement Award to Lee concerning "Focus '69 on April 6, 1969"
Certificate - Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans, 1976-77 Bicentennial Memorial Edition
Plaque (black and white photocopy) - The State of Georgia Outstanding Citizen [proclamation], May 21, 2001
Plaque (two color photocopies, one black and white photocopy) - Biographical History of Heslip "Happy" Lee, Presented by Historical Preservations of America
Published drawings of Walter Rauschenbusch and Francis of Assisi
Look magazine, November 12, 1968 - cover: "The Story of James Earl Ray and the Conspiracy to Kill Martin Luther King "
Past Times (journal), August 1995
Life magazine, four issues: June 14, 1968 [Senator Robert F. Kennedy]; November 22, 1968 ["The Search for a Black Past: Beginning a New Series on Negro History"]; December 6, 1968 [Corruption of Chicago Police]; December 20, 1968 ["An unpublished manuscript by Mark Twain"]
Audio cassettes (3): H. "Happy" Lee, worship/sermon, April 10, 1988; H. "Heslip" Lee, April 24, 1988; Corretta Scott King, SLC Utah, February 6, 1986.
Video tapes (4): "Happy Lee Nuggets," January 11, 1997 (1 video tape); "Happy Lee Various Life Stories" (3 video tapes).
Two rolls of nickels - [These two rolls of nickels were given to Lee in 1995 by a member of the Glens Falls Baptist Church. A short a short explanation written by Lee about the nickels is included with the two rolls.]
Front page of The Washington Post, April 3, 1968 "Carter Wins [Presidency]," souvenir edition, The Atlanta Journal, November 3, 1976
"Apollo Back on Earth," The Raleigh Times, December 27, 1968
JFK assassination, The Washington Post, November 25, 1963 and November 26, 1963
"Nixon Resigns," The Atlanta Constitution, August 9, 1974, two copies, plus newspaper clippings regarding Watergate scandal from 1974
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination newspaper clippings, Raleigh newspapers, April 1968
"King's Widow Gets Cheers, No Holiday," The Salt Lake Tribune, February 7, 1986
Full page advertisements for Happy Lee Family Jewelers, Inc., The Cedartown Standard, May 2, 1978, October 12, 1978 (two different ads)
"The Problem of Farm Surpluses," by Henry A. Wallace, The Progressive Farmer, January 9, 1926 (Georgia-Alabama Edition)
Newspaper clippings - Miscellaneous clippings collected by Lee
Newspaper Clippings: [The newspaper clippings below are arranged chronologically in five folders and represent five distinct periods of Lee's work and life. Some of the clippings were undated (n.d.) but because of the topic addressed in the news article they could be placed one of the five folders. These undated articles are placed alphabetically at the beginning of the folders.]
Folder 1, Newspaper Clippings, 1949-1960
"Budget Trip Planned: Mercer Students Bound For World Youth Meet in Canada," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Families Are Guests of York Church Men In 1st Annual Meeting," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Freshman Officers," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Hancock Church Being Repaired, Sparta," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Head York Little League," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Heslip Lee at Colgate College," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Heslip Lee to Direct Mercer Religious Work," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
Image with caption: Image of Heslip Lee, unidentified newspaper, n.d.
Image with caption, Lee to serve as Director of Religious Activities at Mercer: Image of Heslip Lee, unidentified newspaper, n.d.
Image with caption: Heslip Lee dressed as Abraham Lincoln, unidentified newspaper, n.d. Image with caption: The Truitt McConnell Choir to appear at Antioch Baptist Church," unidentified newspaper, n.d. Image with caption: York Little League, unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Lee Replaces Brewster at Mercer Post," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
Letter to the editor, letter by Lemuel S.J. Smith on desegregation in Georgia, ca.1957
"Laura Lee Circle Meets With Mrs. Van Swafford," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Mercer: Religious Dinner," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Rev. H. M. Lee, New Pastor, Lists Sermon," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Rev. Lee, Grad. of Rochester Divinity School," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Rev. Lee, York Pastor to Resign," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Revival Speaker," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Students Attend Baptist Parley," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"To Sing At Antioch," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Three Polk County Students Honored," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Twenty-six Students Make Winter Quarter Dean's List," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"York Church Crops Being Worked," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"York Youngsters Publish Paper," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Forty-Four are Baptized Following 2-Week Revival At Antioch Baptist Church," The Polk County Times, August 25, 1949
"Pastor' Message," "Anticoh Baptist Church," Privileges of Christianity Misused," Cedartown Standard, April 6, 1951
Antioch Wins High Honors In Improvement Contest, unidentified newspaper, November 1951
Student-Farmer-Preacher [Mr. and Mrs. Heslip Lee], Atlanta Journal, November 24, 1951
"Polk County History," Cedartown Standard, December 23, 1951
"Polkin' Around," Cedartown Standard, December 23, 1951
"Antioch GFBF Leaders point With Pride To Community's Improvement Project," Georgia Farm Bureau News, June 1952
[Brown vs. Board decision], The Maron Telegraph, four pages of the newspaper, May 18, 1954
Image of Baptist Church, York, New York, Livingston Republican, September 1, 1955
Student, Pastor, Father of 5: Rev. Lee Finds Time to Reconcile North and South, Rochester Times-Union, April 28, 1956
"Lee is to Fill Mercer Post in September," unidentified newspaper, March 17, 1957
"140th Commencement Exercises," Colgate Rochester Divinity School Bulletin, Rochester, New York, June 1957 "York Baptist Church Gets New Rooms," The Livingston Republican, August 1, 1957
" "Happy" Lee - The Rev. Mr. Heslip (or "Happy") Lee is shown here surrounded by his usual group of B.S.U. students, The BSU Gauntlet, November 27, 1957
[Lee dressed as Abraham Lincoln as part of Mercer Univ. 125th Anniversary], The Macon News, January 10, 1958
"Lee Speaks," The BSU Gauntlet, October 1958
The Gauntlet, Mercer University, pages 1-2, Macon, GA, October 1958
"A Man With An Impossible Job - That's The Religious Director At Mercer; He's Responsible for Ministry to 1,200 Students," The Mercer Cluster, Macon, GA January 2, 1959
"New Pastor Fills Baptist Church Pulpit," The Springfield Independent, July 9, 1959
"Thanksgiving Theme Preached by Minister," Northern Virginia Sun, November 28, 1960
Folder 2, Newspaper clippings, 1961-1964:
Image with caption: "At Human Relations Institute," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Lee Resigns, Scores Va.'s Rights View," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Minister Says Words Causing Many Problems," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"N.C. Fund-Backed Project: "Rev. H. M. Lee Will Direct Council," Salisbury Post, n.d. "Race Issue Presented To Students," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Racial Solutions Termed Local Jobs," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Rev. Heslip M. Lee to leave Va. Human Relations Council," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Unitarian Group Will Hear Expert on Human Relations," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Va. Views On Mixing Criticized," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"New Human Relations Leader a Practitioner," The Evening Star, Washington, D.C., June 3, 1961
"Weekly Sermonette: Lent, Easter Times Needed by Church," Richmond News Leader, April 7, 1962
"White Virginian Flays U.S. Racist Prejudices," Journal and Guide, June 9, 1962
"Council Reports Desegregation Trends in State," Richmond Times-Dispatch, August 3, 1963
"Omega Psi Phi Honors Clergy," Richmond News Leader, November 16, 1963
"Let's Go to Church This Sunday," Northern Virginia Sun, January 18, 1964
"16 Students Arrested in Rights Case," Times-Union, April 15, 1964
"Little Change Seen as Result Of Rights Bill," Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 10, 1964
" 'Radar' Network Set Up for Civil Rights Bill Reaction," Richmond News Leader, June 4, 1964
"Relations Unit Seen Providing Meeting Ground," The Catholic Virginian, June 12, 1964
"VTA Distinguished Service Award Recipients," VTA Bulletin, November, 1964
"Battle for Negro Voting Rights: Democrats in Dixieland Vote for Goldwater," The Jutland Post, [Danish newspaper, original and translation], Inllands-Posten, November 3, 1964
"State Council Leader Takes Carolina Post," Richmond Times-Dispatch, November 8, 1964
"Myth Exploded in Danville," The Washington Post, November 10, 1964
"3 Anti-Poverty Projects Win Service Council Okay," Salisbury Sunday Post, December 13, 1964
Folder 3, Newspaper clippings, 1965-1969
"13 - Member VISTA Crew Arrives For Duty In Rowan," Salisbury Evening Post, n.d.
"Church Circuit, The," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
" '"Cosmic Swoosh' Replaces the Old '10-Mile World'" unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Dan Nicholas to the Rescue," editorial, unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Delay Tactic," editorial, The News and Observer, n.d.
" 'Head Start' Setup Expansion Slated," Salisbury Evening Post, n.d.
"Heslip Lee appointed to top post at NSCU," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
Image with caption: The Reverend Heslip M. Lee, Executive Director of the Salisbury- Rowan Community Service Center, delivering the annual Baccalaureate sermon to Shaw grads, unidentified newspaper, n.d.
Image with caption: Six Shaw instructors awarded summer fellowships, unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Lee Expresses Feelings About the War On Poverty," unidentified newspaper, ca. 1968 "Lee Named To Program For City," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Lee Resigns Post As Poverty Chief," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"More Cooperation Sought Among Public Agencies," Salisbury Evening Post, n.d.
"N.C. Fund-Backed Project: The Rev. H.M. Lee Will Direct Council, unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"N.C. Rights Body Holds Fayetteville Sessions," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Nonworking Antipoverty Board members Rapped By Chairman," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"On Committee," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Poverty Program Adds Supervisor For VISTAS," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Rowan's Poverty Program Gains Temporary Reprieve," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Service Council Without A Home? ," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
Will Provide Jobs for 186: "U.S. Gives Nod For $91, 659 Grant To Carry On Youth Corps Tasks Here," The Salisbury Post, n.d.
" 'Cosmic Swoosh' Replaces The Old '10-Mile World' ," unidentified newspaper, 1965
"VISTA- Where Age Doesn't Limit Service," Salisbury Sunday Post, December 12, 1965
"Funeral Had All Klan Trimmings," Salisbury, N.C., Post, December 15, 1965
"Tighter Program Expected In Anti-Poverty Campaign," Salisbury, N.C., Post, January 2, 1966
"Lee Answers Questions About Anti-Poverty Role," Salisbury, N.C., Post, January 21, 1966
"Escalation Marks Rowan's 'War On Poverty'," Salisbury Sunday Post, January 23, 1966
"Lee Directs Vast Rowan Anti-Poverty Drive," The Daily Independent Magazine, February 13, 1966
"Rowan Poverty? Home Managers Work To Rot It Out Every Day," Salisbury Sunday Post, February 13, 1966
"Best he Can Do Is Never Enough For Hiatt's Family," Salisbury, N.C., Post, March 4, 1966
"$16,400 Needed To Fight Poverty," Salisbury Evening Post, March 11, 1966
"Church Should Lead The War On Poverty," Salisbury Sunday Post, March 13, 1966
"Three Changes Made In Antipoverty Staff," Salisbury N.C., Post, March 16, 1966
"Creating Confidence In Anti-Poverty War," Salisbury Sunday Post, March 27, 1966
"Board Gives Cold Shoulder To Poverty Fund Requests," Salisbury Evening Post, April 5, 1966
Biracial Schools Progress in N.C. Said Satisfactory, Durham Morning Herald, May 1, 1966
"Directors Named For New Multi-Purpose Centers," Salisbury Sunday Post, May 9, 1966
"Present-Day Youth Corps Has Sounder Foundation," Salisbury Sunday Post, May 15, 1966
"Local Bakery Owner Says He Can Use Unemployed," The Salisbury Evening Post, May 23, 1966
"School Board Discusses Fate Of Poverty Program," The Salisbury Evening Post, June 21, 1966
"Nicholas Offers Aid In Anti-Poverty Fund," Salisbury Evening Post, July 6, 1966
"Why Not Use John School For Anti-Poverty Office?," Editorial, Salisbury Evening Post, July 27, 1966
"It's A Long Way From Town Creek To Prep School Life At Phillips," Salisbury Sunday Post, September 4, 1966
"Emotional Reminder Of 'Catfish' Cole," Editorial, Salisbury Sunday Post, July 31, 1966
" `Poor' Coming Here," unidentified newspaper, May 10, 1968
"Poor People Arrive Here," unidentified newspaper, May 11, 1968
"N.C. State Model Urban Plan Will Be of Immense Help Here," Raleigh Times, May 14, 1968
"NCSU, Raleigh to Cooperate In Community Development," News & Observer, NC, May 14, 1968
"Group Charges Evasion," Raleigh Times, May 28, 1968
"Lee Names To Program For City," unidentified newspaper, June 22, 1968
"Pilot Project Director Picked," Raleigh Times, June 24, 1968
"School Integration Plan Is Criticized," News and Observer, NC, January 23, 1969
"This Isn't Leadership," editorial, News and Observer, NC, January 29, 1969
"MPTC Welcomes Its New Deputy Director," MPTC Highlights, Atlanta University, September - October 1969
Folder 4, Newspaper Clippings 1970-1975
Image with caption: Rights Decade Proclaimed (image of Lee with Jimmy Carter), unidentified newspaper, n.d.
Image with caption: Metro Atlanta Chapter Chartered (image of Lee with Jimmy Carter), National Association of Human Rights Workers, n.d.
"Race Relation Day," The Coastal Advance, January 30, 1970
"OEO Training Session Attacked," The Sumpter Daily Item, March 26, 1970
"Training Session Probe Planned, The Sumpter Daily Item, April 1, 1970
"City Planning Gets $49,050 For Students," unidentified newspaper, March 30, 1972
"Mr. Lee elected to NAHRW in Atlanta," unidentified newspaper, [image with Jimmy Carter], January 17, 1973
Image with caption: Heslip Lee Presented with Award from National University Extension Association for Coordinating Race Relations Seminars at GSU," The Cedartown Standard, Cedartown, GA, May 15, 1973
Image with caption: Human Rights Workers Formed Here, The Atlanta Journal, January 16, 1974
"Race relations examined," Hickory News, April 11, 1974
"Race Relations At Hickory High Under Study," Hickory Daily Record, Hickory, NC, May 1, 1974
"Probers Seek Out Opinion Makers," Hickory Daily Record, Hickory, NC, May 2, 1974
"Workers Hope School Study Starts Dialogue," Hickory Daily Record, Hickory, NC, May 3, 1974
"Race Puzzle Pieces Mostly Small, Hard-To-Fit," Hickory Daily Record, Hickory, NC, May 4, 1974
"Hickory High Race Study Cites Shortcomings," unidentified newspaper, September 9, 1974
"Schools Report Errs On Integration Facts, unidentified newspaper," September 12, 1974
"Dates Altered; Report Stands, unidentified newspaper," November 12, 1974
"Study: Update Community Relations Work," Hickory Daily Record, Hickory, NC, November 12, 1974
Folder 5, Newspaper Clippings, 1976-2003
"Former fundamentalists have own support group," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"His Beat," newspaper column by Bob Ottum, unidentified newspaper, n.d.
Image with caption: Heslip Lee and Georgia state representatives and others gathered at "John Deere Day" at the Carroll County Ag-Ed Center on Thursday April 6, 2000, unidentified newspaper, n.d.
Image with caption: "Passing of the gavel," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Miss Lee promoted," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"New President for Board," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Rev. and Mrs. M.W. Lee celebrate anniversary," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
"Rev. Heslip Lee assigned as Interim Pastor," unidentified newspaper, n.d.
News Release by the Southern Regional Council, ca. 1976
"Happy Lee is coming," The Cedartown Standard, April 4, 1978
"Platform Assn. elects local man," The Cedartown Standard, Cedartown, GA, June 8, 1978
"Happy Lee names winners of contest," The Cedartown Standard, June 26, 1979
"Fund plans celebration," The Cedartown Standard, November 6, 1979
"$9,000 contribution/$6,000 contribution," The Cedartown Standard, November 30, 1979
"Lee conducts training school," The Cedartown Standard, January 22, 1980
Letter to the editor, from Happy Lee, The Cedartown Standard, September 16, 1980
"United Fund donation", The Cedartown Standard, December 4, 1980
Image with caption: Cedartown's United Fund Campaign, The Cedartown Standard, December 31, 1980
"United Fund breaks won record - again", The Cedartown Standard, January 8, 1981
Images with captions, United Fund, The Cedartown Standard, January 8, 1981
"Happy Lee lecturer at North Carolina State University," The Rockmart Journal, February 5, 1981
Image with caption: "All in fun for 'McWheelie' drive," The Rockmart Journal, September 16, 1981
Image with caption, 'McWheelie' drive, The Cedartown Standard, September 22, 1981
"Happy Lee to chair Polk County Jim Wood Campaign Committee," The Cedartown Standard, October 21, 1982
"Lee Named Chairman of Wood's Campaign," The Rockmart Journal, GA, October 27, 1982
Text of short article on Lee as interim pastor of First Baptist Church, Glens Falls, unidentified newspaper, 1984
Image with caption, Lee with Sen. John Glenn, unidentified newspaper, ca. 1984
Image with caption: "Judi Rogers, field coordinator for John Glen Presidential Campaign, with Happy Lee," The Cedartown Standard, January 10, 1984
Lee selected chairman of Glenn's campaign, The Rockmart Journal, February 29, 1984
"Georgian Fills Pulpit at First Baptist Church," Post-Star, Glens Falls, NY, June 22, 1984
"Baptists to See Veterans Day play," Post-Star, Glens Falls, NY, November 9, 1984
"Lee Assigned to Manhattan," Post-Star, Glens Falls, NY, April 20, 1985
"Nightly Problem in a Neighborhood," The New York Times, August 19, 1985
News release from the Madison Avenue Baptist Church, September 18, 1985
"S.L pastor calls his work with the Rev. King the most meaningful ministry he's ever had," Desert News, January 11, 1986
" 'Anti-Everything' Society Taught Reverend About Religion" The Salt Lake Tribune, January 11, 1986
"Mrs. King Encourages Recognition," Foothills People, Salt Lake City, UT, February 13, 1986
A page from the Salt Lake Tribune, March 9, 1986
"Behind the Scenes of Utah's Passage of the King Holiday Bill: The Right Move for the Wrong Reasons?," The Front Page, Salt Lake City, UT, April 1986
"Former Fundamentalists have own support group," Atlanta Journal/Atlanta Constitution, August 24, 1986
"Active Options" column by Lee in The International Council of Christian Churches Magazine, September 1986
"Rev. Heslip Lee named interim pastor at the First Baptist Church," The News Tribune, October 10, 1986
Image with caption: "Presents Kiwanis Club program," unidentified newspaper, April 6, 1987
"Fundamentalists Fight To Capture the Soul of Southern Baptists," The Wall Street Journal, March 7, 1988
"For Her, Arts Are Next Stop on the Line," North DeKalb, August 4, 1988
"SBC tied to far right," Southern Baptists Today, October 1988
"Ku Klux Klan rallies near west Cobb black church," Marietta Daily Journal, November 12, 1988
"Laurie S. Lee is Promoted to Vice-President," Cedartown Standard, Cedartown, GA, March 14, 1989
" 'Happy Lee tales': A Life of Conscience," Atlanta Journal Constitution, August 30, 1996
"Lee Named Seventh District Chairman for Democrats," The Cedartown Standard, Cedartown, GA, September 8, 1998
"Democrats laud Lee for Service," The Cedartown Standard, May 31, 2001
"Lee Honored for Role in Shaping History," The Cedartown Standard, Cedartown, GA, May 29, 2003