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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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Volume 1: Annual Report of Life's Summer Camp for Boys, 1926Add to your cart.
Volume 2: Annual Report of Life's Summer Camp for Boys, 1927Add to your cart.
Volume 3: Annual Report of Life's Summer Camp for Boys, 1928Add to your cart.
Volume 4: Annual Report of Life's Summer Camp for Boys, 1929Add to your cart.
Volume 5: Annual Report of Life's Summer Camp for Boys, 1930Add to your cart.
Volume 6: Annual Report of Life's Summer Camp for Boys, 1931Add to your cart.
Volume 7: Annual Report of Life's Summer Camp for Boys, 1932Add to your cart.
Volume 8: Annual Report of Life's Summer Camp for Boys, 1933Add to your cart.
Volume 9: Annual Report of Life's Summer Camp for Boys, 1934Add to your cart.
Volume 10: Annual Report of Life's Summer Camp for Boys, 1935Add to your cart.
Volume 11: Annual Report of Life's Summer Camp for Boys, 1936Add to your cart.
Volume 12: Annual Report of Life's Summer Camp for Boys, 1937Add to your cart.
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Volume 14: Annual Report of Life's Summer Camp for Boys, 1939Add to your cart.

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