Charles Edward Lee: S.C. historian dies at 90

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Charles Edward Lee, a former historic preservation officer for South Carolina and director of its Archives and History Department, died Friday. He was 90.

Lee, a native of Asheville, N.C., began his career in 1946, teaching history at his alma mater, the University of South Carolina.

In the following decade, Lee established himself in the publishing industry. He held editor- ships with the USC Press and the Journal of Modern American History.

In 1961, Lee became director of the S.C. Department of Archives and History. In addition, he was appointed the state historic preservation officer in 1969.

Lee's work as an archivist and historian was widely acclaimed.

He served as a consultant for the National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings and, in 1972, was elected president of the Society of American Archivists.
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