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Allen J. Barthold Papers (1914-1984)

Identifier: SC MS 0138

Scope and Contents

The collection contains both personal and profession papers of Allen J. Barthold. These include correspondences, publications, and writings. The collection also includes clippings and memorabilia as well as photographs of his undergraduate years at Lehigh University, his graduate years at Yale and Lehigh University, his years as faculty at Lehigh, and his time abroad in the Dominican Republic.


  • Creation: 1914-1984


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Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Allen Jennings Barthold was born August 6, 1900 in Philadelphia. He attended Bethlehem High School with Mildred Cleveland, whom he later married in 1927. They both graduated from B.H.S. in 1917. Barthold then attended Lehigh University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts on June 14, 1921. While at Lehigh he was also a member of the fraternity, Alpha Chi Rho. He was then an instructor of French and Spanish at Lehigh from 1921-22 and 1923-24. He also did graduate work and was a lecturer at LyceeBlaise Pascal, at Clermont-Ferrand, France from 1922-23. He then did graduate work and instructed at Yale University from 1924-39. He received his Ph.D. in 1931 from Yale and was an assistant Professor from 1936-39. He then returned to Lehigh University as head of the Department of Romance Languages in 1939. He remained a Professor at Lehigh until his retirement in 1961. From 1951-53 he was granted a two year leave of absence and traveled to the Dominican Republic where he served as Director of the Instituto Cultural Dominico-Americano.


0.75 Linear Feet (2 Manuscript Boxes)


The collection includes papers from his undergraduate work at Lehigh as well as his graduate and professional work at Yale and Lehigh. The collection also includes photographs and memorabilia from his life as well as papers regarding his two year leave of absence to the Dominican Republic and his work involving the Richards Harding Davis Collection at Lehigh's Linderman Library.


Series I. Personal Material Early Education Material related to Mildred Barthold (Cleveland)’s career in higher education Series II. Professional Material Lehigh Dominican Republic Richard Harding Davis Collection

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Allen J. Barthold's granddaughter, Elizabeth O'Brien of Alexandria, Virginia in March and July 2007.

Related Materials

Barthold, Allen J. Gazette Francoise. 1934. Lehigh University Library call number: L B287g.

Barthold, Allen J. Vertical file that contains biographical information and documents related to his career as professor and Chair of the Romance Department at Lehigh University. Call number: SC L VF B286.

Richard Harding Davis Miscellaneous Correspondence. Call number: SC MS 0001.

Separated Materials

The book, Bethlehem of Pennsylvania, The First One Hundred Years 1741 to 1841, was also included in the collection donated by Elizabeth O'Brien, but is now located in the circulating collection of Lehigh's Linderman Library.

Allen J. Barthold Papers (1914-1984) SC MS 0138
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