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Sports History at Lehigh University Collected by H.R. (Bosey) Reiter in 1941

Identifier: SC MS 0015
The first series of letters discuss various sports (including baseball, basketball, cheering, fencing, football, hockey, lacrosse, tennis, track, wrestling) at Lehigh University, and the second series discuss miscellaneous issues about specific sports.


  • 1941


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Collection is open for research.


0.5 Linear Feet (One manuscript box)


A collection of letters written in 1941 to Professor H.R. (Bosey) Reiter in response to his request to alumni for reminiscences of their undergraduate experiences in athletics. The material was to be used in a publication for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the University, but there is no record that this was ever done. Responses came from graduates from the 1880s through the 1930s, including a few who also sent photographs.

Biographical / Historical

Howard Roland "Bosey" Reiter was a football player, coach and athletic director. He played professional football as a player coach for the Philadelphia Athletics of the first National Football League in 1902. He was the head football coach at Wesleyan University from 1903–1909 and at Lehigh University from 1910–1911. Reiter has been credited by some with the development of the overhand spiral forward pass.


The materials in the collection are arranged by sport and then alphabetically by the authors.
Sports History at Lehigh University Collected by H.R. (Bosey) Reiter in 1941
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Revision Statements

  • 2011-11-28: Finding aid revised by Arielle Willett
  • 2013-11: Revised and finalized by Abby McBride
  • 2017-04-05: Added to ArchivesSpace

Repository Details

Part of the Lehigh University Special Collections Repository

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