• Women employees at Bethlehem Steel circa WWII. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
     Women employees at Bethlehem Steel circa WWII. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
  • A Bethlehem classroom circa WWII. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
     A Bethlehem classroom circa WWII. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
  • at Bethlehem Steel circa WWII. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
    Women employees at Bethlehem Steel circa WWII. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
  • Women Employees at Bethlehem Steel circa WWII. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
     Women Employees at Bethlehem Steel circa WWII. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
  • Published by Lippincott, Grambo and Co. Philadelphia. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
    Interview of Hendrick Hudson with the Indians. Published by Lippincott, Grambo and Co. Philadelphia. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
  • Published by Lippincott, Grambo and Co. Philadelphia. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
    Dakotah Village. Published by Lippincott, Grambo and Co. Philadelphia. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
  • Compare this image with the previous image which shows the finished canal. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
    The Delaware Canal Under Construction: Compare this image with the previous image which shows the finished canal. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
  • Compare this image with the next image which shows the canal under construction. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
    The Delaware Canal: Compare this image with the next image which shows the canal under construction. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
  • Note the sea dragon off the western shore of what would be Central America.            Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
    Ancient Map of the World: Note the sea dragon off the western shore of what would be Central America. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
  • Although fascinating, the mistaken juxtaposition of the Brooklyn Bridge and the types of ships in this image indicate the artist's ignorance of marine history at the time he constructed this image. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
    Artist's Conception of 19th Century New York Harbor: Although fascinating, the mistaken juxtaposition of the Brooklyn Bridge and the types of ships in this image indicate the artist's ignorance of marine history at the time he constructed this image. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
  • Note Lehigh University on the bottom of the map, center right. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
    19th Century Map of South Side Bethlehem/Fountain Hill: Note Lehigh University on the bottom of the map, center right. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
  • When Bethlehem Steel flourished, its is said that the sky could be dark at noon.   Note the steel stacks in full operation and their smoky effect over the whole image. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
    Early 20th Century View of Lehigh University with Linderman Library in the Foreground, Bethlehem Steel in the Background: When Bethlehem Steel flourished, its is said that the sky could be dark at noon. Note the steel stacks in full operation and their smoky effect over the whole image. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
  • This drawing of Lehigh University shows the main buildings of the original campus. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
    19th Century Drawing of Lehigh Campus: This drawing of Lehigh University shows the main buildings of the original campus. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
  • Published by Lippincott, Grambo and Co. Philadelphia. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries
    Indians in Council. Published by Lippincott, Grambo and Co. Philadelphia. Special Collections, Lehigh University Libraries

Welcome

The department, like the university as a whole, combines two models: the liberal arts college, strongly committed to undergraduate education, and the research institution, dedicated to the creation of new knowledge.   Small class sizes and the opportunity for individualized instruction mean that students have contact with a distinguished research faculty.  We offer students a bachelor of arts degree, as well as a masters and a doctoral degree.  In addition, the Lehigh history department offers both undergraduate and graduate students a concentration in public history, designed to provide the skills to make history accessible to the public in settings like museums, historical societies, and other non-profit institutions.

We are proud of the department’s history as the intellectual home of Lawrence Henry Gipson (1880-1971) a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian.  His legacy at Lehigh University can be found in a continued interest in the scholarship of colonial American and the Atlantic World, and in the Gipson Institute, an active sponsor of scholarship and campus programs on eighteenth-century history.  In addition, overlapping clusters of faculty have strong research and teaching interests in the areas of technology, gender, environment, industrialization, cities, and culture.