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Lehigh University Presidents' Correspondence, 1866-1921

Identifier: SC MS 0003

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection includes material on admissions, alumni, athletics, entrance examinations, faculty correspondence, fraternities, faculty and staff positions, relations with other schools, parents, scholarships and tuition, relations with students, and general University business. Individuals involved include presidents Henry Coppée, John McDowell Leavitt, Robert Alexander Lamberton, Thomas Messinger Drown, Henry Sturgis Drinker, and Charles Russ Richards, as well as other faculty, students, and alumni.


  • Creation: 1866-1921


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English

Access Restrictions:

Collection housed remotely. Users need to contact 24 hours in advance.

Use Restrictions:

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice:

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Historical/Biographical Note:

Founded in 1865 by Asa Packer, Lehigh University is a private, coeducational, nondenominational four year university. Home to over 4500 undergraduates and 2000 graduate students, Lehigh offers degrees in one of its four colleges- The College of Arts and Science, the PC Rossin College of Engineering, the College of Business and Economics, and the College of Education.


67 boxes, 27.9 linear feet


This collection includes letters written to the office of the President (some to the Secretary of the Faculty or the Registrar) between 1866 and 1921. These letters cover many aspects of "Life as President of Lehigh". Also included are sixty one "Letter Books" with the replies from the President in chronological order from 1878 to 1920.

Arrangement of the Collection

This collection is arranged by year; within each year by subject.

Acquisition Information



No additions expected.

Related Material:

SC MS 0018- Henry Coppée, President of Lehigh University, 1866-1875 Manuscript Lecture Notes SC MS 0020- Speeches of Henry Sturgis Drinker President of Lehigh University, 1905 1920 SC MS 0040- Henry S. Drinker, Class of 1871 President of Lehigh University 1905-1920

Finding Aid of Lehigh University Presidents' Correspondence, 1866-1921
William Ying
February 13, 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the Lehigh University Special Collections Repository

Lehigh University
Linderman Library
30 Library Drive
Bethlehem PA 18045 USA
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