Michael H. Lee Liberia collection, 1974-2018
- Physical description
- 1.2 linear feet (1 manuscript box; 1 large map folder and 1 half-manuscript box)
- 1 SD card containing 15.93 gigabytes of data
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|M2382 BOX 1||In-library use|
|M2382 HALF BOX 3||In-library use|
|M2382 MAP FOLDER 2||In-library use|
- Lee, Michael H., creator
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- 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).
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- Open for research; except for the contents of Box 3, which are closed until the death of Michael H. Lee. Please note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.
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- [identification of item], Michael H. Lee Liberia collection (M2382). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.
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- Gift of Michael H. Lee; 2018. Accession MSS 2018-358.
- Michael H. Lee is a photographer who has published two books of images taken in Liberia. 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 "A Silhouette of Liberia: Photographs: 1974-1977"]
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