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J. Mark Frey and

Chinese Students at Lehigh University

Held by Special Collections, Linderman Library

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015


Call No.: SC MS 0068

1 box, 0.5 linear feet




Collection of correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings gathered by J. Mark Frey, related to Lehigh University, Lehigh YMCA and Chinese students, and Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Frey was the secretary of Lehigh YMCA and involved with Americanization and naturalization classes for Bethlehem Steel’s immigrant workers.  


The collection, donated by his daughter, Carolyn Kenworthy, in 1991, provides valuable picture of one aspect of life at Lehigh University in the early 20th Century.


Contact Information:

Special Collections

Linderman Library

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015, USA

Phone: 610-758 4506

Fax: 610-758 6091



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Special Collections staff.


Processing Date




Lehigh University, Linderman Library, Special Collections


Finding aid encoded by

Ilhan Citak



Jacob Mark Frey and Chinese Students at Lehigh University


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This collection is open for research.


Preferred Citation

Cite as: [Identification of item], J. Mark Frey and Chinese Students at Lehigh University, SC MS 0068, Special Collections, Linderman Library, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA


Acquisition Information




Donated by Carolyn Kenworthy.


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Jacob Mark Frey was born in Franklin, Pennsylvania in 1880 and died in 1958.  From 1915-1920 he was the General Secretary of the YMCA at Lehigh University.  His duties (identified from the documents in the collection) included a weekly class on Christianity with the Chinese students at Lehigh and “Americanization” classes with immigrants employed by Bethlehem Steel Co., which were taught at the Quinn School in South Bethlehem to assist them in their new citizenship. 



Newspaper article: “How They Make Citizens in South Bethlehem”. Philadelphia North American or The North American (Philadelphia). Sunday May 20, 1917


Scope and Content Note

The collection of letters, postcards, photographs, books, newspaper clippings gathered by J. Mark Frey, related to Lehigh University, Lehigh YMCA and Chinese students, and Bethlehem Steel Corporation.


Organization of the Content

Letters, postcards, newspapers and clippings are organized in chronological order. Books and photographs cataloged and shelved separately.


Indexing Terms

Personal names

Frey, Jacob Mark.


Corporate names

Lehigh University—Students

Bethlehem Steel Corporation.

YMCA of the USA.

Young Men's Christian Association (Lehigh University)

Price Hall.


Geographical names

Bethlehem (Pa.)—History


Topical subject

Students, Foreign – China.

Chinese students – Pennsylvania – Bethlehem.

Naturalization – United States.

United States – Emigration and immigration.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


Genre index term




Related Material

Scrapbook of Lehigh YMCA; Young Men’s Christian Association (Lehigh University)


Separated Material

Photographs, prints and books filed separately.


Description of Collection

Box 1:  Entire contents


            Folder 1.01      Correspondence, reports, and memo book

            Folder 1.02      Teaching materials

            Folder 1.03      Lehigh University programs, invitations

            Folder 1.04      Correspondence from his students

            Folder 1.05      Christmas cards and post cards received

            Folder 1.06      Petition re Price Hall (Die Alte-Brauerie)  1916

            Folder 1.07    “Directory of Foreign Students in USA”  1919

            Folder 1.08      Clippings and newspapers



Separated material:

Following material filed separately:

            Four pictures of groups of Chinese Students  (CX388 and CY136-138)

            Four portraits of Chinese Students (F6264-67)

            Four group pictures including Mr. Frey (F6268-70 and CX389)

            One portrait of Mr. Frey  (F6271)

            Book: “Allentown, Pennsylvania, illustrated. Published & distributed by the Chamber of Commerce” 1908  (LX A433)

            Book about South Bethlehem, 1865-1915 (LX S727)

            Lehigh Campus views, ca. 1910  (LX L529)

            Five framed prints of LU Campus buildings  (hung)

            Two loose prints of Drown



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