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Lloyd B. Sharp papers, 1918-1970 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Lloyd B. Sharp papers, 1918-1970Add to your cart.

ID: 3/RG 4/FP 16-14-F1

Primary Creator: Sharp, L. B. (Lloyd Burgess) (1895-1963)

Extent: 95.0 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: The collection is described in a basic box and folder list in the order in which it was received.  No formal arrangement has been done.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1973. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Camping - United States, Camp sites, facilities, etc. - United States, Experiential learning - United States, Outdoor education, Sharp, L. B. (Lloyd Burgess), 1895-1963

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Lloyd B. Sharp Papers document Sharp's directorship of the Outdoor Education Association, National Camp, and Life Camps.  The materials were collected and maintained by Sharp during the course of his career.  The collection consists of a wide variety of material.  There are numerous files of correspondence, survey material, reports, maps, and camper reviews concerning the operation or establishment of camps throughout the United States.  Much of the correspondence is between Sharp and religious leaders as many camps were affiliated with a variety of Christian denominations including Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and Evangelical United Brethren.  Other groups include the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), and the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA).  Other material relating to National Camp, Life Camps, and camps throughout the country includes annual reports, song books, and camp newsletters.

Several files contain minutes, agendas, itineraries, and related correspondence regard annual meetings or conferences of the Outdoor Education Association, American Camping Association, National Camp, and the American Association of School Administrators.  Related files document Sharp's trips to numerous cities for meetings with local camping organizations or Christian denominations in charge of the camps.

Some files consist of correspondence and camp surveys documenting the Outdoor Education Association's relocation to Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the development of the outdoor education laboratory at Little Grassy Lake.

Biographical Note

Lloyd B. Sharp was a pioneer in outdoor education.  He was born in Kansas in 1895 and attended Emporia Normal School.  He later worked for the Playground and Recreation Association of Michigan.  In February 1923, Sharp began graduate studies in physical education at Teachers College, Columbia, Missouri where he completed his master's degree in 1924 and his PhD in 1930.

In 1925 Sharp was hired by Life Magazine to oversee Fresh Air summer camps for New York City children, and later established similar programs in New Jersey and Connecticut.  The camps taught children self-reliance and group relationships.  He opened National Camp in 1940 and continued to operate it even after Life Magazine closed its Life Camps in 1951.  Sharp continued National Camp under the newly created Outdoor Education Association.

In 1959 Sharp accepted a faculty position at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  He relocated the Outdoor Education Association to campus and influenced the establishment of the outdoor experiential education facility Touch of Nature.  National Camp closed in 1962.  Sharp died in 1963.

Subject/Index Terms

Camping - United States
Camp sites, facilities, etc. - United States
Experiential learning - United States
Outdoor education
Sharp, L. B. (Lloyd Burgess), 1895-1963

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Accruals: Accession 1824 consisted of National Camp and Life Camp annual reports and was formally accessioned in 2002, many years after it was initially acquired.  The initial acquisition date is unknown but it likely came

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Method: The collection comprises several accessions but no clear transfer paper could be found.  Accession 686 was aquired by the University Archives c. 1973.  Accession 469 was aquired by the Manuscripts Division and transferred to University Archives in 1977.

Related Materials: Clifford E. Knapp collection of Lloyd B. Sharp papers, in the Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Preferred Citation: [after identification of item(s)], Lloyd B. Sharp Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Processing Information: Processed by Beth Martell and Matt Gorzalski in June-August 2013.


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Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Camping Records, 1942-1943Add to your cart.
National Camp Report Book, 1942-1943; New York Conservation Conference 1942; Who's Who of National Camp 1942; Method of Inquiry in camp Visitiation, Administration.
Folder 2: National Camp Teacher Applications and Syllabi, 1940-1950Add to your cart.
Folder 3: National Camp Course Syllabi, 1940-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 4: National Camp Teacher Applications, 1940sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: National Camp Materials, 1945-1951Add to your cart.
National Camp Sixth Season Brochure 1945; "Let Us Sing Together" sheet music; Camping and Outdoor Education Conference 1948; National Camp Program 1951; National Camp Programs and Evaluations 1949; National Camp Night 1950; Topics for Discussion and Questions from National  Camp 1950.
Folder 6: National and New York Camping Records, 1942-1943Add to your cart.
New York University 1943; National Camp and Institute Reunion, May 30, 1943; National Camp Promgrams, work material, etc. 1943; New Jersey 1943; New Jersey Camping Education Institute student evaluations 1942; New York State Camping Education Institute 1943.
Folder 7: Camp Conference and Correspondence, 1940-1948Add to your cart.
Conservation Conference August 1943; Camping Education Conference 1943; Todd, Edd and Sybill communication letters 1940-1948.
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1940-1942Add to your cart.
Personal communication with national campers 1942; Gertrude Toolan, Laverne Stollenwerk 1940; Patricia Thompson 1940; A. B. Walker 1940.
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1940-1950Add to your cart.
National Camp communications: Richard Warner 1940; Annelies Ritter 1950; Archie Potter 1949; Viola L Stevens 1947; Dorothy A. Stewart 1947; Nancy Wilson 1947.
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1945-1952Add to your cart.
National Camp Communication: Campbell and Opal Loughmiller 1946, 1952; Dorothy A Fisher 1946; Vera Ford 1946; Ernest s. Heeven (Anna Hill) 1945-1946;  Thomas Ladonsky 1946; Maude Traux 1946; Gertrude Drissen 1945; Clement and Lenore Tetkowski 1946
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1942-1951Add to your cart.
National Camp Communications: Nancia Thompson 1946; Gladys Van Fassen, jeanne Van Rosenbergh, Frances Tacionis 1945; Mrs. Harold A. Twist, Joyce Bea Van Oss 1945; Muriel Willoughby 1945; Mrs. Philip Towle Ginny Tripp 1944, 1945, 1951; Dorothy taeger 1944; Miriam Thompson 1942.
Folder 12: National Camp Second Institute, 1950 JuneAdd to your cart.
Camping Education Institute papers.
Folder 13: Correspondence, 1941-1950Add to your cart.
Life Camps - Paul McNiel 1949-1950; Irene Wilburn 1942; Betty M. Pierce 1948; Fred Merrill 1949-1950; Harold MacTaggart 1949; Kenneth and Erm Pike 1941.
Folder 14: First and Second Institute Evaluations, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 15: National Camp First Institute, 1950 June 8-17Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence, 1948-1955Add to your cart.
Mary Jane Stanicki 1955; Ronald Wade 1955; Howard Wearer 1955; Ann Brinley 1948-1951; Ann Cardin 1951; joan Carlson 1951; Gretchen Gasteyer 1951; William A Goellner 1951; Julian Golubski 1951.

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