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Records of the Dravo Endowment at Lehigh University

Identifier: SC MS 0319-UA

Scope and Contents

This collection contain the Estates and Trusts of members of the Dravo family. Inside the series are the wills of Fanny Dravo, Jane Dravo, Francis Dravo and Ralph Dravo. Additionally, there are correspondence for all of the aforementioned individuals and records regarding their companies.


  • 1931 - 1970

Access Restrictions

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

Use Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Ralph Marshall Dravo graduated from Lehigh in 1889 with a degree in metallurgy. He was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity, the Whist Club, the Engineering Society, the Toothpick Dining Club, and St. Andrew's Guild. Despite his engineering major, Dravo found his true calling as a financier managing the fiscal affairs for the fledgling Dravo Corporation, founded by his brother, Frank, in 1890. When a cousin left the firm in 1893, Dravo became the company's treasurer. The corporation had built a reputation for quality and customer service, and the new treasurer was able to use that reputation to secure funding for the firm's expansion. Francis Rouaud Dravo graduated from Lehigh in 1887. During his time at the university he was involved in the Equestrian Club and the Engineering Society.

Dravo House is home to 258 first-year students, approximately one-third of which are women. The residence hall, located at the south end of Taylor Street, bears the name of two brothers, Ralph M. Dravo, Class of 1889, and Francis F. Dravo, Class of 1887, who founded the Dravo Corp., a Pittsburgh-based international construction company.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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The Dravo brothers attended Lehigh University and throughout their professional careers made large donations to the school. This collection includes correspondence, business documents, and other records regarding the Dravo Family, Dravo Trust and Estates, Dravo Corporation and their relation with Lehigh University.


Series are arranged chronologically, then by the person/company's Estate or Trust and then broken down further from there in terms of correspondence, business documents, will, etc.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from Development Office (Loraine Wiedorn), October 10, 2016.

Related Materials

Vertical files on the Dravo Brothers; Dravo House and Dravo Bequests and scholarships.

Records of the Dravo Endowment At Lehigh University
Wilberto Sicard
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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
610-758-6091 (Fax)