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MS – 151: Papers of Dr. Edward F. Sipe ’26

(2 boxes, 0.70 cubic feet)

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Inclusive Dates: 1922-1976

Bulk Dates: 1922-1926

Processed by: Angela Badore

September 20, 2013


These papers were received as a bequest through the Development office.


Dr. Edward F. Sipe was a member of the Gettysburg College Class of 1926. He briefly participated in the Lincoln Club and was elected an Assistant Art Editor for the 1926 Spectrum. Dr. Sipe graduated from Gettysburg College with a degree in chemistry, and in 1928 began attending the Penn Dental School. Shortly after graduating in 1932, he opened a dental practice in Waynesboro, PA, which he ran until illness forced him to retire. In 1937, he married Mary Louise Cornwell, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sipe died on July 15, 1969.

Scope and Content Notes

This collection consists primarily of letters, photographs, and academic materials from Gettysburg College in 1922-1926, as well as miscellaneous memorabilia from that time and a small amount of alumni materials. The academic materials include textbooks and lab manuals, mostly from biology and chemistry courses, as well as class notes written by Sipe. While the letters were written during Sipe’s time as a student, they are almost entirely from female friends of Sipe, none of whom appear to have attended Gettysburg College. Most of the photographs are unidentified and lack any sort of date, with the exception of Sipe’s graduation photo and the undated photos of Penn Hall. There are course registration materials, as well as cards and invitations from various events, but with no real focus or theme uniting them. The collection provides some insight into the life of a student at Gettysburg College during the 1922-1926 period, particularly with regard to academics.

Series Description

This collection is divided into five Series.  Series 1: Coursework, Series 2: Miscellaneous Gettysburg Papers, Series 3: Pictures, Series 4: Letters to Ed Sipe, 1924-25, Series 5: Alumni Materials

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