Documents Related to Lehigh University

Centennial Celebrations, 1961-1966


Held by Special Collections

Lehigh University

Linderman Library

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015, USA

Phone: 610-758 4506

Fax: 610-758 6091



Call No.: SC MS 0228

2 boxes, 2. 5 linear feet







This collection contains documents related to Lehigh University Centennial celebrations (1961-1966) that includes Centennial Convocation Symposium titled “The Exercise of Men’s Incredible Powers”; Lehigh Development Office Centennial Fund fundraising documents, 100th Birthday; special Centennial issues of newspapers, magazines, various clippings, press releases, memos, correspondence and other publications.



Lehigh University.



Documents Related to Lehigh University Centennial Celebrations


Inclusive Dates: 



Bulk Dates:

1963, 1965



2 boxes, 2.5 linear feet



Collection materials are in English.



Lehigh University, Linderman Library, Special Collections


Historical / Biographical Note:

Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Lehigh University was founded by Asa Packer in 1865 to educate young men in technology and liberal arts. Lehigh celebrated its 100th anniversary with a series of events, including a convocation that took place in 1963. Celebration preparations started in 1961 and ended in 1966.


Scope and Contents of the Collection:

The collection divided into four series: Centennial Convocation; Centennial Fund; 100th Birthday and (oversize) publications about  Lehigh’s Centennial.


Arrangement of the Collection:

Materials arranged by topic and format, then chronological by date.


Related Material:

Centennial Reunion material in James Niemeyer collection

Asa Packer Centennial Plaque in Packer Family Collection

75th Anniversary and 125th Anniversary publications and documents

Scranton, William W. (Lehigh Collection Vertical File):  SC LVF S433



Access Restrictions:

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


Use Restrictions:

Collection is open for research.


Copyright Notice:

Please inquire about copyright information.



Personal Names:

Neville, Harvey A.

Rathbone, Monroe Jackson.

Mack, James D., 1916-
Kennedy, John F., 1917-1963.

Scranton, William W. (Governor of Pennsylvania)

Payrow, H. Gordon (Mayor of Bethlehem)


Corporate Names:

Lehigh University.

Lehigh University. Centennial Convocation.


Associated Titles:

The Brown and White special issue (Spring 1966)


Place Names:

Bethlehem (Pa.)

Hotel Bethlehem, Bethlehem (Pa.)

Grace Hall



Lehigh University – History

Education (Higher)

Colleges and universities – Anniversaries.


Genre and Forms:





Dinner menus




College Administrators




Preferred citation:

[Identification of item], Documents Related to Lehigh University Centennial Celebrations, SC MS 0228, Special Collections, Linderman Library, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA


Acquisition Information:




Created by:

Meghan Finch – inventory started, March 2010

Ali Yeager – inventory list completed – February 2012

Zion Um – Finding aid draft – May 2012



May 2012

Finding aid revision history:

May 2012 - Finding aid final draft

August 2012 – Finding revised and published





Series I: Centennial Convocation planning documents

Box 1

Folder 1

Item 1: Memos to James Mack from Warren Gould (January 23, 1963): Outline of the convocation

Item 2: Memo to Host from Charles W. Brennan- changes to be made for convocation (October 23, 1963)

Item 3: Instructions to James Mack

Item 4: Instructions to Hosts (Lehigh University Centennial Convocation)

Item 5: List of working committees for Lehigh University Centennial Convocation (October 24-25-26)- Arrangements, Citations, Hospitality, Personnel, Publicity and Speakers’ Bureau, Program and Sponsors

Item 6: Arrangements committee Instructions

Item 7: Paper Folder containing- Typescript of the Convocation, Agenda and Descriptions of the Programs


Folder 2

White House telegram from John F. Kennedy to Dr. Harvey A. Neville- Telegram and copies of telegram


Folder 3

Telegram to Dr. Harvey A. Neville from Bill Scranton (Governor of Pennsylvania)


Folder 4

Proclamation by Mayor of Bethlehem, H. Gordon Payrow, Jr. (October 17, 1963)


Folder 5

Item 1: Civic Dinner Program (2)

Item 2: Trustees’ Centennial Dinner Program (2)

Item 3: Keynote Dinner Program (2)

Item 4: Lehigh University Centennial Convocation Symposium Program


Folder 6

Lehigh Alumni Bulletin (October 1963) “The Exercise of Man’s Incredible Powers”


Folder 7

Item 1: Centennial Convocation logo with color sample

Item 2: Invitation to reception and cocktail party prior to the Trustee dinner

Item 3: Civic Dinner Table Assignment

Item 4: Business Card of Wiley J. Millyard

Item 5: Request for dinner From Joseph B. McFadden to Professor J. Mack

Item 6: Invitation to Civic Dinner of the Centennial Convocation

Item 7: Centennial Convocation Tickets

Item 8: Program: The Rare Book Room: A Centennial Exhibition

Item 9: Pamphlet / Program from The Board for Trustees of Lehigh University with participants, the convocation Agenda, How to make reservations

Item 10: The Trustees of Lehigh University pamphlet announcing the convocation participants and the Convocation Program of Events

Item 11: Centennial Convocation Calendar


Folder 8

Item 1: Memo to the Members of the Faculty and Staff, Lehigh University, from the Committee on University Exercises about the Faculty Procession at Centennial Convocation.

Item 2: Newspaper Clipping- “Lehigh University to Honor 13 for Area Community Service, Medals to be Given at Centennial Oct. 26.” Bethlehem Globe- Times. Saturday, October 19, 1963.

Item 3: Newspaper Clipping- “Lehigh Names Faculty as Convocation Hosts.” The Bethlehem Globe- Times. Wednesday, October 16, 1963.

Item 4: Press Release- From Lehigh University Office of Public Information about Nineteen Lehigh University Faculty Members to serve as Hosts to Nineteen International Leaders who will be participants in Lehigh University’s Three-Day Centennial Convocation.

Item 5: Newspaper Clipping- “Ike’s Press Chief Critical of Cuban News ‘Managing’.” The Bethlehem Globe-Times. Saturday, October 26, 1963.

Item 6: Newspaper clipping- “Gen. Taylor Answers Queries on Conflicts.” The Bethlehem Globe- Times. Saturday, October 26, 1963.

Item 7: Newspaper clipping- “Mankind’s Four Needs Outlined by A.T.&T. Chairman.” “Kennedy Commends Convocation Theme.” The Bethlehem Globe-Times. Friday, October 25, 1963.

Item 8: Newspaper clipping- “Peace by Terror ‘Not Bad’, Lord Shawcross is Hopeful.” The Bethlehem Globe-Times. Friday, October 25, 1963.

Item 9: Photocopies of all the newspaper clippings previously mentioned.


Folder 9

Item 1: Centennial Year Extras ideas (April  19, 1965)

Item 2: First draft of the Schedule for the proposed Centennial weekend, submitted by Stephen F. Goldmann

Item 3: Arrangements Committee Instructions

Item 4: List of Centennial Convocation working Committees and members.


Folder 10

The Lamp (Winter 1963, page 1) article about careers in oil industry 1964-2004, by Monroe J. Rathbone, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Oil Company and Lehigh Chairman of the Board of Trustees;

(page 2) “The Central Problem of Our Times” by Emilio G. Collado. The article was adapted from his remarks at Centennial Convocation.




Series II: 100th Birthday Party

Folder 11

Press Releases of 100th Birthday Party


Folder 12

100th Birthday Party Invitations, Lehigh Club of Allentown, Northern New York Lehigh Club, Lehigh Home Club


Folder 13

Press Releases: Lehigh Alumni Club News (100th Birthday parties)


Series III: Centennial Fund

Folder 14

Item 1: Into the Second Century Brochure (September 1965)

Item 2: Into the Next Century (September 1965)

Item 3: Lehigh… a Valley and a University (September 1965)

Item 4: The Bethlehem Globe-Times (Saturday, October 26, 1963) “News Managing, Leaks charged in Lehigh Talk” and other various articles discussing the Talks at Lehigh’s Centennial Convocation



Folder 15

Lehigh University Centennial Fund Program Portfolio of James D. Mack

Advice on getting Prospects to donate/ pledge to the Centennial Fund campaign, Brochures about donations, the Centennial Convocation, Centennial Fund, Lehigh University Centennial Fund Reporter.


Folder 16

Centennial Convocation-Letters addressed to President Harvey Neville

Names include:

Lord Shawcross

Maxwell D. Taylor

Paul Martin

K.G. Mckay

Hugh Scott

John I. Kirkpatrick

Mary Lou Brien

Joseph B. McFadden

J. N. Corriere

Mary Melhado

F.S. Cornell

K. G. McKay

P.P. Facchiano

Raymond Pitcairn

Samuel J. Macri

Beauchamp E. Smith

Adolph G. Wuethrich

Harry K. Trend

James C. Hagerty

Walser H. Allen

R. D. Billinger

Kenneth L. Issacs

Philip Drinker

L. Richards

Arthur H. Dean

Rolland L. Adams

Roger M. Blough

William G. Barthold

Russell Cohen

Raymond S. Haupert

F. R. Kappel

John J. McCloy

Lindsay Johnson

Theodore B. Dolmatch

Muriel and Philip Berman

Harrison Prosser

Lawrence Henry Gipson

Mrs. Raymond Wing

Elmer L. Mack

E.G. Scoblionko

Rev. Frederick J. Warnecke

John H. Leh

John C. Steers

Helena de S. Couch

John S. Cartwright

Wilbur A. Beck


Others communication

From L. Richards to Paul H. Franz

From Lord Shawcross to Professor Carey B. Joynt

From Harry K. Trench to Helen de S. Couch

From F.S. Cornell to C.H.H. Weikel

From C.H.H. Weikel to Monroe J. Rathbone


Folder 17

Lehigh University Centennial Fund Reporter (March 1964, September 1964, June 1965, March 1965, June 1966)


Folder 18

Item 1: Lehigh University Publication- Report of the President (1966)

Item 2: Lehigh University Thirty-first Annual Track and Field meet (Saturday, May 8, 1943)

Item 3: “Your Role in the Lehigh Centennial Development Program”

Item 4: Lehigh Alumni Bulletin (May 1961)

Item 5: This Month at Lehigh (July 1961)

Item 6: In the Forefront Brochure


Folder 19

Item 1: Bronze Tablet poster- 1963-1965

Item 2: Bronze Tablet booklet

Item 4: Lehigh University Centennial Development Program Bronze Tablet


Series IV: Publications about Lehigh’s Centennial

Flat Box

Brown and White, Spring 1966, Centennial Issue. (3 copies)

Lehigh University Centennial Convocation Report (Soft Cover)

Lehigh University Centennial Convocation Report (Hard Cover)

The Brown and White, October 22 1963: Convocation Issue 1

The Brown and White, October 25 1963: Convocation Issue 2

The Brown and White, October 29 1963: Convocation Issue 3

Globe Times, October 26, 1963 issue