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Bernhard Fortmann collection


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

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Lehigh University Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Bernhard Fortmann was born on November 10, 1983 in Hillsdale, NJ. Fortmann attended Lehigh University as an Industrial Engineer major in the class of 1934. After college, Fortmann worked at Curtiss Wright Corporation and then at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation\ both in Connecticut. Fortmann passed away on June 4, 2012. For more information on Bernhard Fortmann, see this obituary Collins Funeral Home, Norwalk (CT)

The collection was compiled by Bernhard Fortmann and donated to Lehigh University by Peter Fortmann. This collection contains photographs, certificates, magazines, newspaper clippings, a book about Asa Packer, and some other materials such as a 50 cent from 1862.

The collection is arranged into five series: photographs, certificates, magazines, other materials, and book.

Collection was left on the Linderman Circulation Desk on November 22, 2019 by Bernard Fortmann's son Peter Fortmann.

Folder 21 - State of South Carolina 50 cents banknote Numismatic Collection SC MS 0242

Series 4 - Folder 1: Conferedate States 50 cent banknote from 1862 South Carolina filed with Numismatic Collection.

Lehigh University Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Rachel Gingrich
Finding Aid Date
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Collection housed remotely. Users need to contact 24 hours in advance.

Use Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Folder 1- One photograph.
Box 0381 Folder 01
Scope and Contents

One small picture of a group of faculty/students at an outdoor location.

Folder 2- Two large photos.
Box 0381 Folder 02
Scope and Contents

Includes two large photos of a group of students in suits along with what looks like coaches and/or advisors taken in front of the Alumni Building, an enlarged version of the photo in Folder 1, a paper map of Lehigh's campus, and a photo from the class of 1934's reunion.

Folder 3- One photograph.
Box 0381 Folder 03
Scope and Contents

This photograph is of the Class of 1934's Silver Anniversary in 1959.

Folder 4- Three certificates.
Box 0381 Folder 04
Scope and Contents

Includes a Manufacturing Engineer in the field of Manufacturing Management certificate from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, a certificate from the Board of Control of Athletics dated 1932, and a certificate from the Department of Athletics dated 1934.

Folder 5- Two certificates.
Box 0381 Folder 05
Scope and Contents

This folder includes a letter notifying Bernhard about his acceptance into Phi Club with a series of formal instructions, as well as a certificate of Bernhard becoming an official brother of Delta Upsilon in 1932.

Folder 6- "The Lehigh Burr" 1931.
Box 0381 Folder 06
Scope and Contents

The magazine entitled "The Lehigh Burr" is a collection of comedic pieces from poems, to short stories, jokes, and satires.

Folder 7- "The Lehigh Burr" Christmas Special 1932.
Box 0381 Folder 07
Scope and Contents

This is another version of "The Lehigh Burr." This one seems more to be closer to a Christmas Special, but still includes the same pieces that the previous one had.

Folder 8- Lafayette vs. Lehigh Sixty-Seventh Football Game Program 1933.
Box 0381 Folder 08
Scope and Contents

This magazine is from 1933, it is of the Lafayette vs. Lehigh Sixty-Seventh Game. Not only does it include a summary of how the game went, but also includes the full coaching staff, the line-up of both teams, numerous ads, and individual statistics for each lehigh player.

Folder 9- Lehigh vs. Lafayette 65th Football Game Program 1931.
Box 0381 Folder 09
Folder 10- Lehigh University vs. Lafayette Football Program 1932.
Box 0381 Folder 10
Folder 11- Franklin Field Illustrated 1931.
Box 0381 Folder 11
Scope and Contents

This is the 1931 version of Franklin-Field-Illustrated. This magazine follows the football atmosphere at Lehigh University which includes cartoons, the line-up, stories on individual players, and several photos of the football players in action.

Folder 12- Same copy of Franklin Field Illustrated.
Box 0381 Folder 12
Folder 13- Lehigh vs. Johns Hopkins Football Program 1931.
Box 0381 Folder 13
Scope and Contents

This magazine is from the Lehigh vs. Johns Hopkins football game of 1931. It includes several ads, the future football schedule for Lehigh, a cheat sheet for the signals that the refs call during the game, the differing colleges' line-ups, and some statistics.

Folder 14- Lehigh vs. Ursinus Football Program 1931.
Box 0381 Folder 14
Folder 15- Lehigh vs. P.M.C Football Game Program 1931.
Box 0381 Folder 15
Folder 16- Drexel Institute vs. Lehigh University Football Program 1932.
Box 0381 Folder 16
Scope and Contents

This magazine is from the Drexel Institute vs. Lehigh University football game of 1932. Includes several ads, odd and interesting football facts, previous statistics, rule changes for 1932, and what seems to be the first index of contents.

Folder 17- Lehigh University vs. Muhlenberg College 1931 Football Program.
Box 0381 Folder 17
Folder 18- Lehigh vs. Rutgers 1933 Football Program.
Box 0381 Folder 18
Scope and Contents

This magazine is from the Lehigh vs. Rutgers football game (first annual homecoming) of 1933. This includes a welcome note from the President, a summary of the physical education at Rutgers, a guess who game, a schedule for homecoming day, the Rutgers and Lehigh line-ups, and the winter sports schedule.

Folder 19- Same copy of P.M.C Football Program 1931.
Box 0381 Folder 19
Folder 20- December 1932 Lehigh Review.
Box 0381 Folder 20
Scope and Contents

This is a copy of the December 1932 Lehigh Review. It discusses elections, available jobs, wrestling, literature, a short story, and the Lehigh athletic policy.

Folder 21- State of South Carolina 50 cent banknote, 1862.
Box 0381 Folder 21
Scope and Contents

50 cent banknot from the Bank of the South Carolina, June 1862. Photocopy --the original moved to Numismatic Collection SC MS 0242.

Folder 22- One letter.
Box 0381 Folder 22
Scope and Contents

This folder includes a letter from the Bethlehem Steel Company, 1934, addressed to Bernhard Fortmann at a New York location. The letter is a job opportunity in response to an interview indicating that Bernhard has been accepted to join the crew.

Folder 23- Nine newspaper clippings.
Box 0381 Folder 23
Scope and Contents

This folder includes nine clippings from copies of The Brown and White from 1931-1933. Most of the clippings include information about Fortmann's football career at Lehigh University from injuries to wins.

Folder 24- Several various items.
Box 0381 Folder 24
Scope and Contents

Also includes several clippings from The Brown and White spanning from 1931-1934. In addition to these, this folder also has Bernhard's acceptance letter into Tau Beta Phi from 1933, one trial roster from 1933-1934, a speech, and two curriculum balance sheets from 1931 and 1932.

Folder 25- "Asa Packer A Perspective".
Box 0381 Folder 25
Scope and Contents

Asa Packer A Perspective by W. Ross Yates is a short book published in 1983 that was printed for the members of the Asa Pack Society. The book is a biography of Asa Packer and how he came to founding Lehigh University.

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