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F. B. Peck Limestone Notebook

Identifier: SC MS 0190

Scope and Contents

The document measures 22mm x 28mm x 1.5mm bound in dark gray buckram over board with leather spine binding together a total of 50 sheets: 35 numbered pages consisting of typed sheets and eleven sheets bearing pasted photographs and four other sheets. On the cover is lettered in white ink “VANPORT LIMESTONE IN LAWRENCE CO., PA. F. B. Peck.” On the inside of the cover is a bookplate of “Lehigh University Library Bethlehem, Pennsylvania” with CANCELLED stamped over the plate. On the page before the title page are penciled notes regarding the “Analyses of the limestone in the Bessemer Cement Co. at Bessemer, Pa.” heading five columns of figures. On the title page is typed “PRELIMINARY REPORT ON THE VANPORT LIMESTONE IN LAWRENCE CO., PA. By F. B. Peck.” A red stamped property mark “Lehigh University Library Nov. 11 1946” also appears on this page. There are 21 black and white photographs 10 mm x 12.5 mm pasted on single sides of unnumbered pages. The text is also typed on single side of page. On the back cover is attached a sleeve in which is a folded drawing 53 mm x 71 mm illustrating the profiles of six quarries: Lehigh Portland Cement Co. Station 1; Shenango Limestone Co. Station 5; Interstate Limestone Co. Station 13; Duck Run Limestone Co. Old Quarry Station 18; Rose Point Limestone Co. Station 36; and Clidesdale (i.e. Clydesdale) Stone Co. Station 56.


  • Creation: 1898 to 1955


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

Conditions Governing Use

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Frederick Burritt Peck (1862-1925) graduated from Amherst College in 1886. Following five years in Trinidad, Colorado at the Tillotson Academy, he developed an interest in geology and returned to Amherst in 1891 as assistant professor of geology. He lectured on geology at Amherst and Smith College during 1893-1894. After two years of study at the University of Munich, Germany, he received the degree of PhD. In 1897 he was made head of the newly created Department of Geology at Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania. In 1898 Lafayette’s Pardee Hall was destroyed by fire. The immediate need of materials was filled by loans from Lehigh University’s Professor Joseph Richards and Columbia University. In 1901 he married Cora Burr Horton and they had a daughter. He had published a number of papers specifically in the Topographic and Geologic Survey of Pennsylvania, Report No. 5, which included descriptions of minerals in Northampton County including Portland cement of the Lehigh District. He was employed by the U. S. Geological Survey and did geologic mapping of the Carnegie quadrangle (located in western Pennsylvania near to the Vanport limestone areas). He was retained by mining firms doing exploration work in Colorado, Arizona, Utah and Mexico as well as locally on cement rock. He was keenly interested in the outdoors and made many geological trips to the Rocky Mountains and the Bad Lands while on expeditions for the University of Nebraska.


4 boxes, 2 linear feet : 1 oversize map (54 x 37 cm) height x length

Language of Materials



Frederick Burritt Peck, a geologist, created a notebook detailing information regarding the Vanport Limestone in Lawrence County in Pennsylvania. His preliminary report is divided into different topics about the limestone from its availability to its general description. The destination of the report is unknown.


The text is arranged into topics: General Description of the Vanport Limestone; Availibility(sic) of the Vanport Limestone; Description of Individual Exposures or Occurrences of the Vanport Limestone. For whom this preliminary report was written is not evident.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

November 11, 1946, Unknown

Related Materials

DeWolf, F. W. 1929. “Atlas of Pennsylvania No. 5 New Castle Quadrangle Geology and Mineral Resources,” Harrisburg: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, p. 44, 178-187.

Fackenthal, Benjamin Franklin Jr. SC MS 0188

Front, Carol M.; Christopher, Joan Minton and Fox, Martha Capwell. 2005. “The Lehigh Valley Cement Industry,” Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Press, 128p.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 1906. “Topographic and Geologic Survey of Pennsylvania, Report No. 5, 1899-1906,” Harrisburg: Harrisburg Publishing Co., 308p.

Eleanor Nothelfer
November 2010
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Revision Statements

  • September 16, 2013: Revised September 16, 2013

Repository Details

Part of the Lehigh University Special Collections Repository

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