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Stewart M. Lee papers

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Biographical

Correspondence

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Printed Material

Photographs

Media

Oversize

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Stewart M. Lee papers, 1928-1996 | Morse Department of Special Collections

By Cynthia A. Harris

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Collection Overview

Title: Stewart M. Lee papers, 1928-1996Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1960-1990

Primary Creator: Lee, Stewart M. (1925-2007)

Extent: 27.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement: This collection is arranged into 9 series by type of material: 1) Biographical, 1959-1996, undated; 2) Correspondence, 1965-1990; 3) Subject, 1950-1993; 4) Printed Material, 1928-1993, undated; 5) Photographs, 1980-1981, 1983, 1985, 1990; 6) Media, 1972-1992, undated; 7) Oversize, 1971, 1976-1977, undated; 8) Artifacts, 1963-1992, undated; 9) Addition-Biographical, Literary Works, Subjects, Photographs, Media (VHS tape and cassette tapes), 1947-1993, undated.

Date Acquired: 08/09/1990. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Consumer movement

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection includes biographical material, correspondence, material by subject, printed material, photographs, cassette tapes, computer disks, VHS tapes, reel-to-reel film, and artifacts.  The biographical material consists of newspaper clippings about Stewart M. Lee and his work in the consumer interest.  Correspondence is arranged alphabetically and include letters from such people at Elizabeth Hanford Dole, Betty Furness, Virginia Knauer, Nelson D. Rockefeller, and Caspar Weinberger.

The Subject series is arranged in alphabetical order with fair trade making up the builk of the series.  Other topics in this series include product advertisement, consumer interest, Ralph Nader, packaging deceptions, President Ronald Reagan's consumer activity, President George Bush's consumer activity, President Jimmy Carter's consumer activity, price fixing, alcohol and tobacco, trading stamps, weights and measures and warranties.  The printed material is arranged in alphabetical order according to type of material and newsletters make up the bulk of this series. Some newsletters included are Better Business News & Views, COCO Intercom, The Consumer Affairs Letter,  Consumer News, The Insurance Forum, Status Report, and World Consumer.

Photographs include advertisements for the 1986 Super Bowl games.  The Media series includes consumer information such as buying habits, money management, real estate tips, becoming an informed shopper, buying furniture, buying vehicles, buying a home, seat belt safety, airbag safety, helmet laws, and brand names.

Oversize items are posters explaning the Universal Product Code (UPC), grades for best and second best, and the size of olives.

The Artifacts include examples of products that Dr. Lee took with him when doing presentations or testifying before the House, Congress, and other government agencies.  Some artifacts included are cereal boxes, laundry detergent boxes, toothpaste boxes, empty vegetable cans, empty soda cans, plastic packaging for corn chips, product labels for bathroom tissue, and the suitcase he used to carry the items in.

The Addition Series consists of boxes 16-20 and includes biographical information, literary works, subjects, photographs and media.  Some topics of interests are Amway Case, Consumer Week, and a photograph of President Gerald Ford.

Biographical Note

Dr. Stewart Munro Lee (1925-2007)  was born on August 7, 1925, Beaver Falls, PA. He served in the Navy during World War II (1943-1946).  On June 11, 1947, he married Ann Gilchrist.  He received his B.A. in Economics from Geneva College in 1949, and his M. A. and Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Pittsburgh, PA.  Dr. Lee made a significant contribution to economics on a regional and national level.  He testified many times in the consumer interest before House and Senate Committees and government agencies in Washington, D.C.  Minutes of these sessions refer to Dr. Lee as an authority in the field of consumer economics.

In June 1964, Dr. Lee was selected as a delegate of the American Council on Consumer Interests to the biennial congresses of the International Organization of Consumers Union held in Oslo, Norway.  He was also selected to attend the Fourth Biennial Conference held in Nathanya, Israel in June 1966 and as a delegate to the Fifth Biennial Conference at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York in 1968.

In 1978, Dr. Lee was consumer advisor in the United States delegation to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Switzerland.  He was also a delegate to the conference in Baden, Austria; Stockholm, Sweden; London, England; and Madrid Spain.

Dr. Lee co-authored the book Economics for the Consumer published in 1967 by the American Book Company.

In 1989, Dr. Lee was part of the New Start: Consumer Insurance Project.  New Start’s aim was to educate consumers about benefits of no-fault automobile insurance, and to work for its acceptance as a solution to escalating insurance costs and the numerous auto-personal injury lawsuits that were clogging the nation’s courts.  After the members did some research, New Start amended its proposal to suggest a Personal Protection Policy designed to allow consumers to choose the coverage they personally needed.

Although, Dr. Lee was a professor at Geneva College, he also taught classes at other colleges and universities, presented lectures, and participated in panel discussions.

Stewart M. Lee died on July 1, 2007.

Subject/Index Terms

Consumer movement

Administrative Information

Repository: Morse Department of Special Collections

Accruals: Not used for this description.

Access Restrictions: No restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Restrictions may apply to the Cassette Tapes, Computer Disks, VHS Tapes, and the Reel-to-Reel films.  The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and the libel laws as they apply.  [Second sentence is standard.]

Physical Access Note: Not used for this description.

Technical Access Note: The Cassette Tapes will require an appropriate player and speakers.  The Computer Disks will require the proper disk drive on a cmputer.  The VHS tapes will require a player and a viewer.  The Reel-to-reel-films will require appropriate player, speakers, and a large screen to view them.

Acquisition Source: Stewart M. Lee

Acquisition Method: Donation

Appraisal Information: Acquired because its documents, materials, and artifacts enchances the Consumer Movement Archives.

Related Materials:

The following sources provide additional Consumer Movement information:

Agan (Anna Tessie) Papers

American Council on Consumer Interests

American Council on Consumer Interests (Metzen Addition)

Americans for Fairness in Lending

Brooks (Thomas) Collection

Brunn (George) Collection

Dartland (Walter T.) papers

Kiesling (Roy) Papers

Mason (Florence) Collection

Meyer (Louis S.) Papers

Morse (Richard L. D.) Papers

National Consumer Law center (NCLC) Records

Shields (Currin V.) Papers

Wilner (Dorothy K.) Papers

For more information please see http://www.lib.k-state.edu/finding-aids#consumer.

Preferred Citation: [Item title], [item date], Stewart M. Lee papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Consumer Movement Archives, Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

Processing Information: This collection was processed at the folder level.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical, 1959-1996, undated],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1965-1990],
[Series 3: Subject, 1950-1993, undated],
[Series 4: Printed Material, 1928-1993, undated],
[Series 5: Photographs, 1980-1981, 1983, 1985, 1990],
[Series 6: Media, 1972-1992, undated],
[Series 7: Oversize, 1971, 1975-1977, undated],
[Series 8: Artifacts, 1963-1992, undated],
[Series 9: Addition, 1947-1993, undated],
[All]

Series 9: Addition, 1947-1993, undatedAdd to your cart.
Includes biographical information, literary works, subjects, photographs and media.
Box 16: Biographical, Literary, Subjects, 1957-1990, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Biographical, Lectures, 1957, 1962, 1965, 1977, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Literary Works, Abstracts, 1981, 1984, 1987, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: ACCI, 1960-1992, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: ACCI, 1960-1992, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: ACCI, 1960-1992, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: ACCI, 1960-1992, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: ACCI, 1960-1992, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: ACCI, 1960-1992, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: ACCI, 1960-1992, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: ACCI, 1960-1992, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: ACCI, 1960-1992, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: ACCI, 1960-1992, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: ACCI, 1960-1992, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: ACCI, Conference, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 15: ACCI, History, 1961-1986, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: ACCI, Speech, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Advertising, Annuity Misleading, 1972-1978, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Advertising before Movies, 1971, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Advertising Code, 1970-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Advertising Dollars Contraol, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Alcohol, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Alcohol Problems, 1960-1966, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: American Heart Association, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 17: Subjects, 1961-1992, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Amway Case, 1978-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Amway Case, 1978-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Amway Case, 1978-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Amway Case, 1978-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Amway Case, 1978-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Automobiles, 1980-1990, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Brand Names, 1974, 1983, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Capitalism and Christianity, 1978, 1992, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Cartoons, 1967-1971, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Chautauqua, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Christians and Their Money, 1968-1989, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Companies, 1972-1973, 1989-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Complaints, 1970, 1982-1983, 1990, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Conference, NACAA, 1990Add to your cart.
NACAA stands for National Association of Consumer Agency Administration
Folder 15: Consumer Advocates Consultants, 1979-1991, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Consumer Affairs, 1968, 1982, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Consumer Alert, 1984-1985, 1987, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Consumer Economics, 1986-1987, 1992, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Consumer Education, 1969-1990, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Consumer Education Institute, 1986-1989, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Consumer Education Resource Network, 1979-1982, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Consumer Education Resource Network, 1979-1982, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Consumer Federation of America, 1967, 1981-1991, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Consumer Federation of America, 1967, 1981-1991, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Consumer Federation of America, 1967, 1981-1991, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Consumer Interest, President's Committee, 1967-1982, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Consumer Interest Research Institute, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Consumer Movement, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Consumer Organizing, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Consumer Product Safety, 1973-1975, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Consumer Protection, 1967, 1970, 1991, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Consumer Protection, Air Bags, 1991-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Consumer's Research, 1961-1989, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 18: Subjects, 1947-1993, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Consumer Week, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Consumer Week, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Consumer Week, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Consumer Week, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Consumer Week, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Consumer Week, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Consumer Week, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Consumer Week, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Consumer Week, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Consumer Week, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Consumer Week, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Consumer Wise, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Consumerism, 1971-1974, 1978, 1984, 1991, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Consumerism, 1971-1974, 1978, 1984, 1991, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Consumers Union, 1960-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Consumers Union Foundation, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Co-Ops, 1947, 1949, 1969, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Council on Consumer Information, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Credit, 1990-1991, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Eye Care Alliance, 1985, 1988-1989, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Facts, Fatality, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Fair Trade, 1963, 1965, 1974-1975, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Federal Trade Commission, 1979-1985, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Food and Drug Administration, 1978-1981, 1987, 1990, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Food Price, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Fraud, 1970, 1989-1993, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Geneva College, 1983, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Good Housekeeping Seal, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1984-1985, 1987, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Good Housekeeping Seal, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1984-1985, 1987, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Good Housekeeping Seal, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1984-1985, 1987, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Good Housekeeping Seal, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1984-1985, 1987, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Home Recording Rights Coalition, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 33: IOCU Conference, 1964Add to your cart.
IOCU stands for International Office of Consumers Union
Folder 34: IOCU Conference, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 35: IOCU Conference, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 36: IOCU Conference, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 37: IOCU Conference, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 38: IOCU Conference, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 39: IOCU Conference, 1987Add to your cart.
Box 19: Subjects and Photographs, 1958-1992, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Insurance, Life, 1977-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Insurance, Long Term, 1987-1992, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Insurance, New Start, 1986-1990, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Insurance, New Start, 1986-1990, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Insurance, New Start, 1986-1990, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Insurance, No Fault, 1984, 1988, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Interest, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: International Organization of Consumers Union, 1960, 1983-1990, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: IOCU 13th World Congress, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Investments, 1977, 1991, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Investments, 1977, 1991, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Letters to Editors, 1958-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 13: McKenna Fellowship, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 14: National Consumer of Education Institute, 1982-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Networking, 1988, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Peterson, Esther, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Products, 1987-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Replies, 1987, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Requests, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Retirement, 1979, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Subliminal, 1977, 1980, 1982-1984, 1986, 1991, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: TARP, 1975, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Women, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Weights and Measures, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Photographs: Ford, Gerald, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Photographs: Consumer Week, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Photographs: Consumer Week, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Photographs: Consumer Week, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Photographs: Lee, Stewart M., 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Photographs: Peterson, Esther, 1977, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Photographs: Officers, Consumers Union, 1980Add to your cart.
Box 20: Media Series, VHS Tape and Cassette Tapes, 1970, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 1: VHS Tape, Computer Graphics Resources Chesebrough-Ponds, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Cassette Tape: Welcome, What to do First, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 3: #1, Advertising, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 4: #1, Budgeting, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 5: #2, Comparison Shopping, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 6: #2, Borrowing, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 7: #3, Buying a Car, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 8: #3, Getting Credit, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 9: #4, Gyps and Frauds, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 10: #4, Housing, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 11: #5, Health Frauds, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 12: #5, Major Appliances, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 13: #6, Fighting Back, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 14: #6, Insurance, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 15: ACP-147 The Case for Counter-Advertising by Miles W. Kirkpatrick, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 16: Advertising-A Great Debate by Steuart H. Britt & Vance Packard, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 17: Advertising and the New Consumerism by Robert Pitofsky, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 18: Advertising-Where is it Going by Mary Gardiner Jones, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 19: Betty Furness, “The Consumer Game,” Consumer Week, Geneva College, 2 tapes, February 20, 1970Add to your cart.
Item 20: The Consumer is not a Moron, It’s Your Spouse by Dr. Carl Hawver, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 21: Consumerism and the Regulation of Advertising by G. J. Thaine, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 22: Consumerism in the Seventies by Richard D. Simpson, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 23: Consumerism in the U. S. by Robert A. Frankel, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 24: Consumerism is Good Business by Satenig St. Maria, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 25: Food Shopping to Beat Inflation by Lester C. Worden, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 26: The National Advertising Review Board, Experiment in Self-Regulation by Mary Gardiner Jones, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 27: Please, No Apologies to the Critics of Advertising by Marvin Cantz, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 28: Ralph Nader, “Consumer Protection & Corp. Responsibility,” Consumer Week, Geneva College, 2 tapes, February 13, 1970Add to your cart.
Item 29: Ralph Nader, Consumerism, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 30: Rich DeVos, Try or Cry, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 31: Some Practical Answers to Some Theoretical Attacks on Advertising by Edward L. Bond, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 32: You Can’t Get Something for Nothing by Lester C. Worden, undatedAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical, 1959-1996, undated],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1965-1990],
[Series 3: Subject, 1950-1993, undated],
[Series 4: Printed Material, 1928-1993, undated],
[Series 5: Photographs, 1980-1981, 1983, 1985, 1990],
[Series 6: Media, 1972-1992, undated],
[Series 7: Oversize, 1971, 1975-1977, undated],
[Series 8: Artifacts, 1963-1992, undated],
[Series 9: Addition, 1947-1993, undated],
[All]


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