MC:F42 Papers of Stephen Grosvenor Lee (Fellow 1920-47)
Stephen Grosvenor Lee (1889-1962), known to all as “Luggins”, was first a Commoner at Magdalen in 1908-11, but came back here as a Lecturer in 1913-14. After serving in the First World War, he was briefly an assistant master at Cheltenham College, before returning to Magdalen for good as Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Magdalen from 1920-47. He held many College offices, in particular that of acting Home Bursar in 1939-46. Two of his sons went to Magdalen, John (C. 1937-9) and Roger (C. 1938-41). Both served in the Second World War, John as a soldier and Roger as a doctor, but John was killed in 1944.
The only papers specifically to come from Lee in Magdalen archives relate to his friendship with HIH Prince Chichibu (1902-53), the younger brother of Emperor Hirohito, who came up to Magdalen for one term in 1926.
Recatalogued in June 2011.
MC:F42/P1 – PHOTOGRAPH
Signed photograph of Prince Chichibu (taken by Hay Wrightson), with a silver frame. Enclosed with the photograph is a note to Stephen Lee from John Hanham dated 5 Mar 1927 explaining that the Prince wished to have this photograph presented to Lee in memory of his time at Oxford.
MC:F42/C1 – LETTER
MC:F42/C1/1 7 Mar 1927
Letter from Prince Chichibu (address, Tokyo) to Stephen Lee, expressing his regret that he will be unable to return to Magdalen, and thanking him for his teaching. The letter’s envelope survives, although it lacks a stamp.