Drinker family papers
Henry Sturgis Drinker graduated from Lehigh University in 1871 as a mining engineer, but soon turned to law. He was an attorney, general solicitor, and assistant to the president for the Lehigh Valley Railroad until his 1905 election to president of Lehigh University where he served until 1920. Dr...
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Henry Sturgis Drinker graduated from Lehigh University in 1871 as a mining engineer, but soon turned to law. He was an attorney, general solicitor, and assistant to the president for the Lehigh Valley Railroad until his 1905 election to president of Lehigh University where he served until 1920. Drinker was a founder of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, an organizer and promoter of the Military Training Camps before, through, and after World War I, a conservationist, and an appointee to various state advisory boards.
Dr. Drinker's son, Henry Sandwith Drinker, was a Philadelphia lawyer, becoming a senior partner of Drinker, Biddle & Reath in 1932. Drinker was an avid amateur musician; he hosted monthly choral music parties, translated classical music texts, and established the Drinker Library of Choral Music.
The papers of Henry Sturgis Drinker are mostly scrapbooks containing clippings and letters from political, military, and educational figures. Much of the material centers on the Lehigh University appointment and retirement, but his other interests are also represented. Of special note are some small groups of correspondence with Theodore Roosevelt on military preparedness, 1915-1917, and with William Howard Taft on fortification and administration of the Panama Canal, 1910-1912.
For Henry Sandwith Drinker there is a First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry diary, 1909-1910, and a diary, 1930, of a trip with his son to British Columbia on a bird-watching and hunting expedition. He was a frequent author of articles on law and other subjects of personal interest, and among the papers are typescripts of articles on Anthony Trollope and a history of his law firm. Drinker's musical interests and activities are represented by some miscellaneous articles, speeches, clippings, and other materials.
Sophie Lewis Hutchinson, wife of Henry Sandwith Drinker, wrote a history of her and her husband's lives. In it she relied on Henry's own records to describe his private and professional life. In recounting her own activities she told of her family life, her increasing involvement in public affairs and literary pursuits, and her growing interest in feminism.
A preliminary typescript for History of the Drinker Family is supplemented by additional family material used in its preparation: typescripts of Henry Drinker and Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker correspondence, 1777, during the Quaker exile; contemporary copies of Sandwith Drinker letters, 1838-1840, while on his voyage to Canton; an anonymous diary, 1856-1857, of an American in China and Manila; and family photographs.