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

By Cynthia A. Harris

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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

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

Access Restrictions: No access restrictions: All materials are open for research.

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.

Physical Access Note: Original materials available during open hours of repository and any digitized materials that are online are available with Internet access.

Technical Access Note: The Cassette Tapes will require an appropriate player and speakers.  The Computer Disks will require the proper disk drive on a computer.  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],

Series 2: Correspondence, 1965-1990Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 6: A-L, 1965-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Mc-S, 1968-1984Add to your cart.
Names in this folder include: Paul W. McCracken, Dianne McKaig, Frank E. Moss, Edmund S. Muskie, Michael Pertschuk, Esther Peterson, R. Davis Pittle, Sylvia Porter, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Walker Sandbach, Woody Sayer, Richard S. Schweiker, Hugh Scott, Milton J. Shapp, William E. Simon, and Nancy Harvey Steorts.
Folder 8: T-Z, 1962-1982Add to your cart.
Names in this folder include: William Taylor, Cikstib E, Warbem Casper W. Weinberger, and Jeanette White

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],

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