Sherman Emery and Ruth Ward Lee Family Papers

With his beloved wife Ruth by his side, Sherman Emery Lee led the Cleveland Museum of Art for twenty-five years. The couple met as students at American University in Washington, D.C. where Lee was studying history and where he first studied art history. Fellow classmate Ruth Ward appeared as one of America’s “beauties of the eastern seaboard” in the April 12, 1938 issue of Life Magazine, and Lee wasted no time marrying her in September of that year. He claimed that she ‘civilized’ him and throughout their seventy-year marriage, she was his partner and collaborator. In personal letters, photographs, family records, and memorabilia, the family papers of this dynamic couple tell the story of the love, perseverance, and success of one of the 20th century’s most esteemed art museum directors and art historians.



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