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William Paul Starkey, Class of 1900 Correspondence, 1937-1958

Identifier: SC MS 0012
The material deals with Mr. Starkey's contributions of approximately $75,000 (through an endowment named for his late wife) to effect improvements, including a new altar and organ, in Packer Memorial Church in the early 1950s, and continuing discussions over the possibility of further contributions to expand religious education at Lehigh.


  • 1937-1958


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1 Linear Feet (2 Manuscript Boxes)


Collection of correspondence between William Paul Starkey, Lehigh Class of 1900, and various Lehigh University officials concerning the observance and teaching of religion at the University. Original letters from Starkey and copies of replies from the officials, including president Martin Dewey Whitaker, vice president E. Kenneth Smiley, board of trustees president Eugene Grace, and others. Discussion includes proposed renovations to Packer Memorial Church.

Biographical / Historical

Starkey graduated from Lehigh University in 1900 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was president and treasurer of Starkey Farms Co., Morrisville, Pennsylvania.

References: “Packer Chapel Project” Lehigh Alumni Bulletin. Vol. 38. November 1950: p.9
William Paul Starkey, Class of 1900, Correspondence, 1937-1958
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  • 2011-11-17: Finding aid revised by Arielle Willett
  • 2017-04-04: Added to ArchivesSpace

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