The Leviticus Lyon papers document the professional and personal activities of the tenor, music conductor and choral director. Letters, writings, drawings and photographs are included in this collection. Correspondence details the life of Leviticus Lyon from childhood to adulthood with personal letters from parents, siblings, and friends including the originally African American track and field athlete Howard P. Drew. Other correspondence includes letters from American blues musician W.C. Handy and Harlem lawyer Hubert T. Delany. The Professional Papers series illustrates Lyon's efforts in establishing the Negro Symphony Orchestra, his participation in the Annual Harlem Music Week, and his work as choral director in the Westchester Negro Choral Union. Personal papers include poems, illustrations, and other writings by Lyon.