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Philip Mason Palmer Manuscripts

Identifier: SC MS 0028
The material includes writing on three separate subjects: The development of a History of Lehigh University and of the College of Arts & Science, material Professor Palmer received relating to the Bethlehem Moravians and relating to development of articles about Professor Severin Ringer.


  • 1880-1951



0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)


Writings relating to the history of Lehigh University. Includes typescript on the founding of Lehigh, notes on the history of the College of Arts and Science, a biography of William Bacon Stevens (first president of the Board of Trustees), and material about Severin Ringer (professor of modern languages and literature at Lehigh from 1871-1904).

Biographical / Historical

Philip Mason Palmer was born in 1880, and was graduated from Bowdoin and Harvard. He came to Lehigh as an Instructor in Modern Foreign Languages in 1902, became a Professor and Dean of the College of Arts and Science. In the late 1930s he began assembling material for a history of Lehigh University before too many of the “old timers” such as Dr. Henry Drinker and his daughter Catherine Drinker Bowen’s recollections faded. He died in 1951.


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Philip Mason Palmer Manuscripts
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Revision Statements

  • 2012-01-23: Finding aid information revised on January 23, 2012– Finding aid revised by Arielle Willett
  • 2016-07-25: additional revisions July 25, 2016 by Eleanor Nothelfer

Repository Details

Part of the Lehigh University Special Collections Repository

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