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-- Manuscript Group 1058, Lester Harrison Clee (1888 - 1962), Presbyterian minister and legislator Papers, 1925 - 1962

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Manuscript Group 1058, Lester Harrison Clee (1888 - 1962), Presbyterian minister and legislator

Papers, 1925 - 1962, 17 linear feet

Call Number: MG 1058 + Box and folder number


Summary:

Correspondence, sermons, scrapbooks, certificates, and other materials of Lester Harrison Clee  (1888-1962), who became minister of the Second Presbyterian Church, Newark, New Jersey in 1926.  An outspoken Republican critic of Jersey City's Mayor Frank Hague, Clee served in both the New Jersey House of Assembly and State Senate.  In 1937, he ran unsuccessfully for governor.  He was also active in the affairs of the March of Dimes, Blair Academy, Bloomfield College and Seminary, and the New Jersey Synod of the Presbyterian Church.  In addition, he served as president of the New Jersey Civil Service Commission and as a member of the New Jersey Parole Board.  The collection contains clippings and material relative to Bloomfield College, Blair Academy, Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church, New Jersey Mediation Board, New Jersey Civil Service Commission, Frank Hague, race track betting in New Jersey, materials from the Second Presbyterian Church, including church news bulletins, World War II service records of church members and their children, correspondence and records of the New Jersey Parole Board, 1954-1958, including correspondence of its chairman, Homer Zink.  Also included are personal items like scrapbooks of clippings from Clee's 1937 Gubernatorial bid, sermons, appointment books, and Madeline Dreier Clee's papers.

Gift of Madeline Drier Clee, 1973.

 

Box/Folder List:

Box Folder Description Dates
1 1 Obituary clippings: Lester H., Katherine and Frank R. Clee
1 2 General correspondence 1916,1962, and n. d.
1 3 Correspondence: National Missions 1946-1948
1 4 Correspondence and clippings, papers: March of Dimes 1954-1960
1 5 Correspondence, clippings, papers: Bloomfield College 1946-1962
1 6 Correspondence, clippings, papers: Blair Academy 1951-1962
1 7 Sermons 1927-1958
1 8 Sermons n. d.
2 1 Sermons n. d.
2 2 Ministry 1951-1962
2 3 Clippings: NJ Mediation Board 1950-1951
2 4 Clippings: NJ Civil Service Commission 1951-1956
2 5 Clippings: Politics 1951-1962
2 6 Speaking engagements (programs, clippings, etc.) 1951-1962
2 7 Appointment books 1925-1950
2 8 Certificates
2 9 Tributes to Clee
2 10 Miscellaneous materials 1935-1961
2 11 Madeline Dreier Clee’s Papers
3 1 Two scrapbooks: clippings from his 1937 gubernatorial bid and Service mens records World War II
4 1 Clippings and literature from his 1937 gubernatorial bid
4 2 General political clippings 1936-1945
5 1 Frank Hague, “Last of the Big Bosses,” 1917-1949
5 2 Frank Hague 1938
5 3 The pros and cons of Race Track Betting in NJ 1935-1945
6 1 New Jersey Parole Board
6 Correspondence: Lester H. Clee 1954-1958
6 Correspondence: Homer C. Zink 1954-1958
6 Correspondence: NJ Parole Board January 1954-1958
6 Monthly Reports 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958
6 Notices of Pendency of Application for Executive Clemency 1954-1958
6 Action Memorandums 1956-1958
6 Public Notices of Release of Prisoners 1957-1958
7 1 Second Presbyterian Church
7 Clee’s “Talks” on Washington and Lincoln
7 Clee’s Sunday Night “Talks” to young people
7 Young people: receipts, letters, notices, radio programs
7 Literature and papers on young people
7 Correspondence: Second Presbyterian Church 1926-1950
7 Correspondence: Second Presbyterian’s Musical Director, Charles Black 1939-1941
7 Correspondence, papers, literature: National Music League 1941-1943
7 Clippings, papers, etc.: Second Presbyterian
7 Appreciation dinner for Clee 1950
7 135th Anniversary
7 Plays
7 Papers on Easter
7 European Restoration Fund
7 Clippings: Protestant and Catholic churches 1946
8 1 Second Presbyterian Church: Advertising Material (programs, announcements, tickets, etc.) 1922-1930
9 1 Second Presbyterian Church: Advertising Material 1931-1933
10 1 Second Presbyterian Church: Advertising Material 1934-1936
11 1 Second Presbyterian Church: Advertising Material 1936-1940
12 1 Second Presbyterian Church: Advertising Material 1940-1945
13 1 Second Presbyterian Church: Advertising material 1945-1962
Pamphlets: “Manual of the Second Presbyterian Church” and “The Sermon,” J. Fewsmith 1886
World War II records (addressees, birthdays) for members and children of members of congregation
Add 1 1 History of Second Presbyterian
Add 1 2 Biographical sketch of Dr. Clee
Add 1 3 Madelin Dreier – secretary
Add 1 4 Picture of Church
Add 1 5 Church letters and pamphlets 1938-1945
Add 1 6 Church Bulletins 1927-1939
Add 1 7 Church Bulletins 1952-1977
Add 1 8 Church News 1968-1976
Add 1 9 Plans for Church activities
Add 1 10 Programs of Church activities 1933-1962
Add 1 11 Everyman’s Bible Class 1922-1962
Add 1 12 Church publications 1940-1962
Add 1 13 Picture of Church activities 1944
Add 1 14 Robert Crames? Personal? 1939-1942
Add 1 15 Church correspondence
Add 1 16 Press releases
Add 1 17 Church business
Add 1 18 Annual Financial Reports 1952-1953
Add 1 19 Drama Worship- 1967-1968
Add 2 1 Sermons n. d.
Add 2 2 Sermons n. d.
Add 2 3 Sermons n. d.
Add 2 4 Book of Sermons, articles 1929-1933
Building of Community House 1930
Erection of new church 1932
Add 2 5 Notes, sermons
Add 2 6 Speaking engagements 1940-1953
Add 2 7 Lecture notes 1946
Add 2 8 Sermon of George Ehrhardt?
Add 3 1 Correspondence, Clee and Drier 1926-1936
Add 3 2 Correspondence, Clee and Drier 1938-1946
Add 3 3 Arizona trip Mission 1914
Add 3 4 Correspondence – Clee’s trip to Europe 1946
Add 3 5 Personal correspondence, Europe trip 1946
Add 3 6 Personal correspondence, Europe trip 1947-1961
Add 3 7 Governor Driscoll correspondence 1948
Add 3 8 Personal correspondence – Mrs. Madeline Clee 1953-1962
Add 3 9 Memorials –funeral services- obituaries 1962
Add 3 10 Sympathy letters 1962
Add 3 11 Mrs. Clees letter of appreciation regarding death of Clee
Add 3 12 Bloomfield College Memorial for Dr. Clee 1962
Add 3 13 Memorial service at Second Presbyterian Church 1969-1976
Add 3 14 Dedication of Lester Clee 1962
Add 4 1 Portraits of Dr. Clee
Add 4 2 Discharge Volunteer Military
Add 4 3 Lou Gehrig article 1939
Add 4 4 Tributes, citations- Dr. and Mrs. Clee 1944-1961
Add 4 5 American Christians Palestine Committee 1948
Add 4 6 Dr. Clee regarding book 1956
Add 4 7 Dr. Clee appointed Chaplain of Order of Masons 1958
Add 4 8 Synod Fund Campaign
Add 4 9 Political appointment and elections 1936-1952
Add 4 10 Civil Service information 1952-1953
Add 4 11 Parole Board 1954-1956
Add 4 12 Records of 1955 Senate Chairman, Dr. Clee
Add 4 13 Political Memoribilia 1935-1952
Add 4 14 Printed Articles by Dr. Clee
Add 4 15 Hameletic Reunion about Dr. Clee 1934
Add 4 16 Dr. Sly? Manuscripts
Add 4 17 Various Church bulletins 1954-1973
Add 4 18 Second Presbyterian Church bulletins 1960-1962
Add 4 19 Newspaper clippings on Clee 1926-1927
Add 4 20 Newspaper clippings on Clee 1931-1932
Add 4 21 Political newspaper clippings 1935
Add 4 22 Scrapbook of clippings 1950-1951
Add 4 23 Newspaper clippings 1950-1952
Add 5 1 Newspaper clippings 1953
Add 5 2 Newspaper clippings 1953
Add 5 3 Newspaper clippings - obituaries 1962
Add 5 4 Newspaper clippings – miscellaneous 1962-1972
Add 5 5 Newspaper clippings - Gov. Driscoll obituary 1975
Add 5 6 Giehard? H. Clee, son of Lester 1968
Add 5 7 Unknown correspondence re: Clee
Add 5 8 Miscellaneous 1928-1973

 

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