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William Dodge Lewis Papers

An inventory of his papers at the Syracuse University Archives


Creator: Lewis, William Dodge, 1870-1960.
Title: William Dodge Lewis Papers
Dates: 1910-1952
Size: 2 boxes, 0.75 linear feet
Abstract: Manuscripts of William Lewis' published works and memorabilia
Language: English
Repository: University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010


William Dodge Lewis (1870-1960) was as alumnus of Syracuse University that graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in 1892, a Master's Degree in 1895, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate in 1917 and top alumni prize, the George Arents Metal, in 1952. He was part of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and was president of his sophomore class during his attendance. Lewis is well known for his many years in the field of education as both a teacher and principal, as well as for the popularity of the over 40 English textbooks he published. He began his career in education in the Syracuse public school system where he was principal of the Prescott Grammar school, head of the English department at Syracuse High School (now Central High School), and first principal of North High School in 1908. In 1910, Lewis became principal of the William Penn High school in Philadelphia, PA until 1919. He became the Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Pennsylvania until 1923. During his time as principal at William Penn High School, Lewis developed a textbook department for the John C. Winston Company and accepted the editor-in-chief position at the company in 1923. He retired in 1942 but continued to write and publish textbooks.

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Scope and Content Note

The William Dodge Lewis Papers consist of the manuscripts of his written works including his Phrase Book, English Grade 6, and Shakespeare Said It as well as two William Penn High School scrapbooks, articles written by Lewis, and certificates he received.

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Access Restrictions

Please note that the collection is housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

The Syracuse University Archives has a clipping file on William Dodge Lewis.

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Selected Search Terms


Lewis, William Dodge, 1870-1960.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


Higher education.

Types of material

Manuscripts for publication.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

William Dodge Lewis Papers,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The William Dodge Lewis Papers were donated by Jessie Louise Lewis in January 1962.

Processing Information

Papers were placed in acid free folders.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Ariana Spatola
Date: May 2019
Revision history:

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Folders are placed in alphabetical order.

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Box 1 Articles 1912
Box 2 Certificates 1921-1922
Box 1 English grade 6 (chapters 1-6) manuscript circa 1948
Box 1 Phrase book manuscript circa 1949 (2 folders)
Box 2 Scrapbooks from William Penn High School 1910-1915 (2 scrapbooks)
Box 1 Shakespeare said it manuscript circa 1952

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