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Hiram Sanborn Chamberlain Collection


Held at: Lehigh University Special Collections [Contact Us]Lehigh University, Linderman Library, 30 Library Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18045

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Hiram Sanborn Chamberlain, Jr. (1882-1923) was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee His father Captain H. S. Chamberlain (1835-1916) who resided in northern Ohio and attended Hiram College had served in the Second Ohio Volunteer Cavalry and served in the Civil War with Gen. Ambrose Burnside. Following the Civil War, Hiram Sr. relocated to eastern Tennessee where he made a career in iron and coal manufacturing. He was a friend of U.S. President James A. Garfield. He is credited as the founder of the modern iron industry in the South. In 1871 Hiram Sr. with five Welsh iron masters created the Knoxville Iron Co. which manufactured railroad spikes, nails and iron bars. He moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee and was president of Roane Iron Company from 1880 to 1916. In 1882, he created Citico Furnace Company and served as vice-president of the Columbian Iron Works. According to the Tennessee Historical Society, the football stadium at University of Tennessee where he was president of the Board of Trustees is named for him. Hiram Sr. married Amelia I. Morrow and together they had six children - four daughters and two sons. Hiram Jr. (1882-1923) and his older brother Morrow (1879- 1959) were sent to Lehigh University. Morrow graduated Lehigh in 1900 with a BS in Metallurgy, went to work for Roane Iron Co., and eventually was chairman, Board of Directors of Knoxville Iron Company located in the Chamberlain Building, Chattanooga, TN. Hiram Jr. graduated Lehigh in 1903 with a Engineer of Mining degree and went to work with Citico Furnace Company at 42 Chamberlain Building, Chattanooga as secretary and treasurer. He married Emily Wright and their son Hiram III (1913-1996) also attended Lehigh in the Class of 1935.

The collection comprises three items: one football-shaped metal plaque commemorating a November 22, 1902 football game between Lehigh and Lafayette where Hiram Jr. is listed as manager of the team that year measuring 22 x 16 cm;

1903 Lehigh metallurgy notebook -- 200 pages, February 9 1903 to May 14, 1903,

1903 Epitome, vol. 27 yearbook editor-in-chief Hiram S. Chamberlain Jr.

Collection arranged chronologically.

Material sent to Special Collections by Hiram S. Chamberlain Jr.'s granddaughter, Ava Chamberlain, 26 December 2018.


Lehigh University Special Collections
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Eleanor Nothelfer.
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Collection Inventory

Metal Plaque - Lehigh-Lafayette Memorabilia.
Box 0365 Item 1
Scope and Contents

Metal plaque shaped like a football measuring 22 x 16 x .5 cm painted brown and silver/white: obverse side LEHIGH vs. Lafayette Easton November 22 1902 Lehigh 6 Lafayette 0: Farabaugh Half back Launt, Herman End Thomas, Landefeld Tackle Maskine, Watters Guard Trout, Earnard Center Falken, Johnson Guard Ernst, Gears Tackle Barson, Erter? End Brown, Torrey? Half back Baul?, Dornie Quarter Stitzer, Eutler? Full back Scammel?, Newton Coach Fultz, Chamberlain Manager Burrnell, Underwood Asst. Manager Bradley, Guests Thornberg Foehring, Barrell Lambert; on reverse side Dinner to Lehigh Foot Ball Team - MENU - Oysters on Half Shell, Celery, Olives, Mock Turtle Soup, Devil Crabs, Stewed Terrapin Maryland Style, Saratoga Chips, Sherbert, Shelled Peas, Water Crass, Salad, Plum Pudding West Sauce, Salted Almonds, Crackers, Cheese, Coffee, Cigars, Cigarettes, Eagle Hotel Dec. 16? 02

Metallurgy Notebook.
Box 0365 Item 2
Scope and Contents

General Metallurgy notebook H. S. Chamberlain Jr. February 9, 1903 to May 14, 1903 End of Vol. I (notation on page 199)

The Epitome 1903.
Box 0365 Item 3
Scope and Contents

The Epitome published by the Junior-Class of Lehigh University Volume 27 Board of Editors H. Sanborn Chamberlain Jr. Editor-in-Chief Tennessee Assist. Editor-in-Chief Whitmell P. Tunstall District of Columbia Business Manager Emory T. Miller Kentucky, Assistant Business Manager Henry R. Walters California; Associate Editors Harry W. Eisenhart Pennsylvania, John T. Fuller Pennsylvania, Ivan S. Rice Maryland, William H. Myers Pennsylvania, Marcus A. Walker District of Columbia, John W. Hertzler Pennsylvania, 310 pages of text, 30 pages of Advertisements of Reliable Firms. Tucked in pages a broadside: TREMBLE: 1904! The Class of 1903, (Poem of 20 lines and Drawing by H.S. Chamberlain Jr. Sept. 1900), text in green and black ink on tattered paper.

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