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The Lehigh University Summer Inspection Tour, 1922

Identifier: SC Photo-0015

Scope and Contents

In 1964 Professor Robert Gallagher had acquired 23 photographs and gave them to the Lehigh University Alumni Association. Representing the Alumni Association, Robert A. Harrier, turned the photos over to James Mack, archives librarian at the time, who designated the collection BA 31. A letter (SC Photo 0015.02.A) from Harrier thanking Gallagher is included with this small collection now designated SC Photo 0015.02 and these photos duplicate those found in the bound album. In 2011 the most complete collection of photographs was acquired by Lehigh University’s Special Collection. This larger collection was acquired mounted in a bound photo album and was more expansive in imagery of the locales and events in the trip and included a map (SC Photo 0015.01.B) made by Professor Ralph Bartlett. Because this collection has more photos (a total of 103) it is designated SC Photo 0015.01 and it is this collection that indicates what the field trip photographic record made by Paul Benz must have looked like. A letter from Paul Benz (SC Photo 0015.01.A) is included with this larger collection indicating that he was the photographer and he assembled the album.


  • Creation: July 7, 1922 to September 1, 1964


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

At the time in 1922 apparently Lehigh University was a pioneering institution in planning and carrying out such a student inspection trip. There were seven vehicles: six cars and one truck which traveled 3100 miles through northern and midwestern United States and Ontario, Canada with an additional 500 miles made by train when passable roads ran out in central Ontario. The convoy left Lehigh University on July 7, 1922 and quickly traveled northward through New York to Niagara Falls to Toronto to North Bay, Ontario, there boarding a train for a trip to Cobalt, Canada to see the native silver mines. Returning to North Bay the group resumed vehicular traveled westward to Sault Ste. Marie on to southern Lake Superior to see Wisconsin’s iron ore district, on to Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and back to Pennsylvania for a final iron ore site inspection at Cornwall Ore Banks. The convoy returned to Lehigh August 10. A total of 39 men made the trip: 36 students and three professors. During the month long trip the group camped out, had relatively little problem with the vehicles and according to Lehigh’s Brown and White, September 26, 1922 a good time was had by all. Several Lehigh alumni assisted the group by hosting them at the various mines and companies. Professor Howard Eckfeldt “Skipper” led the party, Associate Professor Ralph Lincoln Bartlett “Bart” was manager of the tour and map maker, also in the party was Assistant Professor Augustus Henry Fretz and the “Official Photographer” was Paul Frederick Benz, LU ChE’22. Benz originally entered Lehigh in 1911 left and then returned eight years later to be part of the Class of 1922. He died in 1930. The participants in the group represented chemical engineering, civil engineering, geology, mechanical engineering, mining engineering and metallurgy disciplines.

Biographical / Historical

Personal names Arter, Adelbert Allison LU EM’24 Bartlett, Ralph Lincoln Assoc. Professor “Bart” Benz, Paul Frederick LU ChE’22 Bieg, Henry Conrad LU EM’23 Bond, Louis Boutel LU ME’24 Brigham, Alexander Fay LU’94 Burgess, Charles Owen, LU Met’23 Chen, Tsung Fa LU EM’22 Conley, Thomas George LU EM’24 Crawford, James Coalter LU EM’22 Creighton, Arthur Morgan LU Met’23 Duncan, Murray Morris LU ‘80 Eckfeldt, Howard Professor LU’96 “Skipper” Eckfeldt, James Trouselle LU Bus’25 Elliott, Stuart Rhett LU ’97 Farrell, Austin LU’79 Focht, Doster LU EM’24 Frank, Paul Melville LU EM’21 Fretz, Augustus Henry Ass’t Professor “Fretz” Gallagher, Robert T. Professor Grace, Carroll Brewster LU ME’24 Graff, Wilbur Wilson LU’01 Hacker, Robert Frost LU EM’23 Handwerk, Erwin Caspar LU EM’23 Harrier, Robert Austin LU ‘27 Hauck, Adam Edward LU EM’25 Jackson, George Reifsnyder LU’99 Jacobs, Mahlon Kemmerer LU EM’22 Johnston, Byron Albert Chapman LU EM’23 Lebovitz, Samuel Llewellyn LU EM’23 Light, Joel Longnecker LU EM’23 Mack, James Decker LU ‘38 Martin, Stanley LU’16 Metzner, Russell Henry LU ME’24 Mitchell, Charles Bayard 2d LU EM’24 Pfahler, Robert Gair LU EM’23 Piersol, John Marshall LU EM’24 Rhoades, Ronald Sags LU EM’23 Rogers, John Clifford LU ‘11/12 Scheetz, Edwin Fred LU EM’24 Schrauff, Henry John LUC EM’23 Schwarzbach, Alvin Claus LU EM’23 Shearer, Walter Louis LU EM’22 Summers, Milo Whitney LU EM’22 Swartz, Ralph Christian LU ME’24 Tavenner, William Henry LU EM’22 Thompson, William Gardiner LU EM’23 Warriner, Rual Dexter LU EM’24 Whitney, Leslie Clefton LU Met’22 Wooldridge, William Potter LU EM’24


1 Linear Feet (1 Box) : 127 black and white photographs, one map, two letters, three album covers

Language of Materials



This collection depicts a pioneering field trip made in 1922 by Lehigh’s Mining Engineering department. It consists of 127 black and white photographs, one map, two letters, and three decorative album covers. Thirty of the photographs are duplicated indicating that the official photographer of the field trip made at least two sets of photographs. The acquisition of the photographs are from two separate sources; one set in 1964 and the larger set in 2011. The Mining Department field trip inspected assorted mines and civil engineering structures in Canada and the Northern United States.


When possible the two sets of photographs within the collection were arranged chronologically as originally acquired.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Original small set donated by Geology Professor Robert Gallagher to Lehigh University Alumni Association which donated the set in 1964 to Lehigh Archives. The larger set of photos was purchased by Lois Fisher Black in 2011 by an online purchase.

Related Materials

SC MS 0036 - Mine Inspection Trip Reports, 1922-1926 (reports of this album) Lehigh University. Brown and White, September 26, 1922 Lehigh University, Epitome, Book of Class of 1922, v.46.

Four photograph postcards in Lehigh Postcard collection LUPC0002 LUPC0003 LUPC0004 LUPC0005


The Lehigh University Summer Inspection Tour, 1922
Eleanor Nothelfer
September 13, 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the Lehigh University Special Collections Repository

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