Peter Redvers Lee was born July 2, 1960, in Estcourt, South Africa. After graduating in 1985 from the University of South Africa, he attended the University of Mississippi to obtain his M.A. in Journalism. His studies at Mississippi led him to become the editor of Living Blues, a post he held from 1987 until 1991. As part of his editorial responsibilities, he interviewed blues musicians in the South for special features in the magazine and captured those interviews on cassette tapes. The Redvers Lee collection contains many of these interviews (conducted by Peter Redvers Lee and others), as well as interviews conducted for a then-planned book on Sonny Boy Williamson (d.1965). The collections also includes transcripts of these interviews and copies of documents and press related to Sonny Boy Williamson and other blues artists.