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Ernest Nevin Dilworth papers

Identifier: SC MS 0146

Scope and Contents

The collection contains five manuscripts, correspondence, newspaper articles, reference citation cards, memorabilia and a photograph of Dr. Dilworth.


  • Creation: 1949-1990
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1949-1977


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Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Ernest Nevin Dilworth was born in 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania son of Edward C. and Edith (Johnson) Dilworth. In later years he acknowledged his indebtedness to his mother and two sisters: Nancy Johnson and Sylvia Fichtel for their assistance in proof-reading his many versions of manuscripts. He graduated from Kenyon College, Ohio; earned a Master Degree from University of Pittsburgh and a doctorate from Columbia University. He was a veteran of World War II. He was an authority on the 18th Century writer Laurence Sterne and 18th Century Philosophy and had published five books on topics relating to 18th century philosophy. He came to Lehigh in 1949 as an assistant professor in the English Department and was affiliated with The Gipson Institute of 18th Century Studies. He arrived at Lehigh having already been a published author. In 1960 he served as secretary of the American Association of University Professors - Lehigh Chapter during which time, he raised the question of academic freedom when the Lehigh Administration denied socialist leader Norman Thomas presenting a public speech on campus (see The Brown and White, January 8, 1960 - see box 1). In 1961 he was promoted to Associate professor; 1964 Chairman of the Board of Publications at Lehigh; 1965 served on a Poetry Quartet with David M. Greene, Frank S. Hook and John F. Vickery; 1967 became Full Professor. In 1969 he took up the cause of retagging the trees on campus because Lehigh was listed as one of the few university arboretums in the country - the reply was that it was too expensive (letter of 27 February - see box 1) In 1974 he completed 25 years at Lehigh and retired in 1977 as Emeritus Professor. During retirement, he remained in Bethlehem (PA) and gave presentations on topics of 18th Century literature to various local institutes such as the Allentown Museum of Art. He died March 7, 1996. As an author he alternately used Ernest Dilworth, Ernest Nevin Dilworth, Ernest N. Dilworth and Nevin Dilworth as nom de plumes. On occasion, he collaborated in publications with Walter Leuba (1902-1983) of Pittsburgh. He died on March 4, 1996 in Bethlehem (Pa.)


2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)


Ernest Nevin Dilworth was a professor of English at Lehigh from 1949 to 1977. Collection contains manuscript drafts of his published work and reference/citation cards, notes, and correspondence with publishers and colleagues.


Arranged in four archival boxes by topically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Related Materials

Dept. of English (vertical file) -- Books by Ernest N. Dilworth

Separated Materials

Memorabilia (shelved with Lehigh Memorabilia collection): Two fraternity keys: Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Delta Epsilon.

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Ernest Nevin Dilworth papers
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