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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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Folder 1: Ohio Conference at the Methodist Church, 1956-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Mike Ringenburg, Bethl, Ohio, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Reports of Camp Visits, Louisville, Kentucky, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Methodist Board of Education, Columbia, South Carolina, 1955-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Greenville South Carolina, Methodist Camp, Major Recommendations, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Greenville South Carolina, Methodist Camp, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Report, South Carolina, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Camp Chippewa Survey, Ottawa, Kansas, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Church Camping, Proctor Conference Center, Diocese of Southern Ohio, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Camp Reynoldswood, Dixion, Illinois, 1960-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Reynoldswood Camp CardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Camp Kysoc, Carrollrun, Kentucky, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Kentucky Society for Crippled Children, Camp Kysoc, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Camp Kysoc Maps and Planning, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Outdoor Education Center Planning Photographs, Southern Illinois UniversityAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Camp Planning Master NegativesAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Survey Blueprints, Prince George County, MarylandAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Maps and Blueprints, Wisconsin Camp Sites, Lake Geneva, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Camp Master PlansAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Sessions Woods Camp Master Plans and Blueprints, Burlington Township, Connecticut, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Merry Ledges Camp, Wesley Community House, Louisville, Kentucky, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Portsmouth District Camp, Ohio Conference Methodist Church, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Blueprints for National Camp in Matamoras, Pennsylvania; Pole BridgeAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Camp Wesley Maps and Master Drawings, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Ferncliff, Board of Christian Education, Presbyterian Church of the United States, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Ohio Conference of the Methodist Church, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Reynoldswood Camp, Rock River Camp Associates, Incorporated, Dixon, Lee City, Illinois, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Greenville, South Carolina Methodist, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Camp Raritan, Pottersville, New Jersey, Drawing Plans, 1936-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Survey of Youth Camp, Presbyterian Camping Association of Western Pennsylvania, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Survey of Sessions Woods Camp, Burlington TWSP, Connecticut, 1957; Camp Brewster Preliminary Report, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Camp Fire Girls, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Lodge Design for Camp Near Church Hill, Maryland; Board of Christian Education, Delaware Conference, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Design Drawings for Sessions Woods Camp, Burlington Township, Connecticut, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Cabin Design, Walnut Creek Camp, Sevier County, Tennessee, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Designs for Camp Calvin, Emlenton, Pennsylvania, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Design Drawings for Camp Todimeco, Monroeville, Ohio, 1960Add to your cart.

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