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Harry J. Atticks Photographs

Identifier: SC Photo-0030

Scope and Contents Note

The collection contains 52 photographs of assorted types of photographs: cyanotype, sepia, bromide exposure, albumen, black and white most mounted on cardstock and two postcards. Some of the photographs have a crude attempt at color and some were taken by others but found included in the Atticks collection.


  • Creation: 1897-1912
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1892-1893


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Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Harry Jacobs Atticks born May 30, 1867 in Lisburn, Pennsylvania the second son of Harry and Harriet (Greenfield) Atticks. His older brother was Charles E. Atticks (1864-1886) who was the father of Lois E. (Atticks) Zeigler - grandmother of the donor (Carmalyn Crandall), as well as Harry's nieces Hazel and Ruth Atticks with whom he lived later in life according to the 1940 census. Harry Atticks was a graduate of Lehigh University, Class of 1893 Electrical Engineering and a member of Tau Beta Pi fraternity. Reputedly, he was fluent in French and Spanish and possibly was exposed to photography in his chemistry classes. When he graduated from Lehigh he went to New York City and had his career there. According to the collection's donor (Carmalyn Crandall), he worked with lighting in the theater, especially the famous Knickerbocker Theater New York City which was the first theater on Broadway to have a moving lighted marquee. The 1918 "Annual Register of the College of the City of New York" lists Mr. Atticks among its officers of Instruction of Engineering in Compton Hall. According to a group photograph, he also was employed by (Nicholas S. Jr.) Hill & (Smith Farley) Ferguson (founded 1914) consulting engineers, 100 William Street and 50 Vanderbilt Ave. New York City which is confirmed by a membership listing with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 1930 along with Joseph G. Saltzman, Harry Atticks was awarded US Patent 1754929A "Mounting of Lamp Housing" - the patent award is also confirmed by Carmalyn Crandall, the donor. Harry Jacobs Atticks died March 5, 1949 in Mechanicsburg, PA and is buried in the Fairview Bethel Cemetery, York, Pennsylvania.


1 Linear Feet (1 flat box, 52 items, 1 foot)


A collection of turn of the late 19th century photographs from Lehigh alumnus Harry J. Atticks, Class of 1893. Most of photographs are depict Lehigh University buildings and grounds.

Harry J. Atticks photographs SC PHOTO 0030
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Repository Details

Part of the Lehigh University Special Collections Repository

Lehigh University
Linderman Library
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Bethlehem PA 18045 USA
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