Lehigh University

Lehigh University, Linderman Library

30 Library Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
610-758-5185 voice
610-758-6091 fax
Hours: Monday - Friday 1:00-5:00 p.m. or by appointment
Housed in the historic Linderman Library, opened in 1878, Special Collections was established to collect, preserve, and provide access to historical collections that encompass rare books, manuscripts, and the Lehigh University archives. Linderman Library benefited from an extensive 1929 addition and also an award-winning 2006 restoration.

Lehigh University's Special Collections holds a rare book collection of over 40,000 volumes, with first editions of English and American literature dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Other strengths are in travel and exploration, natural history and ornithology, and works of historical significance in science and technology. Holdings in the history of technology are actively being expanded; they focus on large scale construction, such as works on bridge building and design, and iron and steel construction. Another focus is mining and metallurgy.

Special Collections also holds manuscripts and personal papers. Frequently consulted collections include the papers of Less Whitten, successful novelist and Watergate-era investigative reporter; the Congressional papers of Francis E. Walter; and the papers of the Lehigh presidents. In 2005, Lehigh acquired the Philip I. and Muriel M. Berman Archives. A collection of autograph letters has been digitized for research and curricular use in the "I Remain" project.

The Lehigh University Archives contains documents, photographs, and publications of the University, papers of faculty members, and Lehigh memorabilia. Special Collections is also the repository for Lehigh theses and dissertations and over 15,000 photographic images.