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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 33Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Seminar on Campsite Layout and Development, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 2: National Society for Crippled Children and Adults correspondence, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 3: American Camping Association, Louisville, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Vernon L. Bowman, North Eastern Ohio Teacher's Association, 1957 OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Southern Methodist University Seminar, 1957 FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Camp Fire Girls, Minneapolis, Meeting and Trip, 1951 AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Methodist Camp, Highroad, Alexandra, Virginia, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Workshop Conference, Versaille, Indiana, 1951 AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Conference on Older Youth, Mill Lake Camp, Michigan, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 10: American Association of School Administrators, Panel on school camping, 1950 DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Toronto Trip, 1950 AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Cedar Hill, Girl Scouts, 1950 MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Buffalo Trip, 1950 MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: American Association of School Administators, Atlantic City, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Meeting of College Presidents, Buffalo, 1950 JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Outdoor Education Conference, Cleveland Heights Public Schools, 1944 MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Ted Jones, South Carolina, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 18: National Camp forms, checklists, proceduresAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: National Camp forms, checklists, proceduresAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Kentucky Society for Crippled Children Camp Survey, Carrollton,  Kentucky, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Survey of camping facilities in the Synod of Illinois, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Wesley Community House of Louisville Contract, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Survey of Kingswood, Board of Education and Missions, New York conference, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Cumberland Lake 4-H Camp Survey, Jabez, Kentucky, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Survey of Presbyterian Camp, Warren County, New Jersey, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Survey of Youth Camp, Evangelical Lutheran Breathren church, East Pennsylvania, Lebanon County, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Kansas City Municipal Camps Survey, 4-1950Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Camp Fire Girls Camp Survey, Platte County, Missouri, 10-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 29: New Camp in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Survey of Camp Ashbury, Methodist Church, Portage County Ohio, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Preliminary Survey and Master Plan, Camp Woodhaven, Lima, OhioAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Survey for Camp Development Committee, Synod of Nebraska, United Presbyterian Church, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Church Camping, Procter Conference Center, Diocese of Southern Ohio, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Camp Carew Survey, United Presbyterian Church, Southern Illinois Presbytery, Little Grassy Lake, 1964 JulyAdd to your cart.

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