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Warren Marion Lee Papers

Identifier: MS-088

Content Description

The Warren Marion Lee papers include Lee's play manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, business records, class outlines and other papers related to fine arts at USD and in South Dakota. Also included are materials relating to the Black Hills Playhouse.


  • Creation: 1944 - 2012


Conditions Governing Access

This collection contains some restricted material. Student information violating FERPA moved into restricted folders. Researchers are advised to contact the Archives and Special Collections prior to visiting.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers must obtain a signed Permission to Publish Form if they wish to reproduce, broadcast, or otherwise disseminate information from published and unpublished works held by ASC. Permission to reproduce, broadcast, or otherwise disseminate information materials from ASC does not constitute permission from the holder of copyright or literary rights. The researcher is responsible for securing permission from the copyright holder to publish or reproduce content from materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Warren M. Lee came to the University of South Dakota in 1938 as Director of the University Theatre. In 1946, he assisted in the creation of the Black Hills Playhouse, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He served as the Dean of the College of Fine Arts from 1952 until 1968, when he resigned to become Director of the Black Hills Fine Arts Center. He held that position until 1974. Lee retired from USD in 1975 and became professor emeritus at the dedication of the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts on the USD campus. Lee died in 1978.


129.5 Linear Feet (116 document boxes, 2 record cartons, 5 card boxes, 9 oversize boxes, 1 map drawer folder, and 23 scrapbooks)

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Repository Details

Part of the USD Archives and Special Collections Repository