Lawrence Bacon Lee (1917-2003) served as Professor of History at San Jose State
University from 1957-1983. The collection contains his correspondence primarily with fellow historians Paul W.
Gates and Donald J. Pisani. Topics discussed include their research and writings on the history of the American
West including environmental and water history and public land policy.
Lawrence Bacon Lee (1917-2003) received his B.A. from the Lewis Institute and his M.A. and Ph.D from the
University of Chicago. He served as Professor of History at San Jose State University from 1957-1983 and
specialized in environmental and water history of the Western United States. He was the author of
Reclaiming the American West: an Historiography and Guide and Kansas and the Homestead
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