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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: Camp Pole Bridge Materials, 1942-1957Add to your cart.
Song book, 1957; Pole Bridge Prospector, 1946; Songs from the Mashipacong" Life Girls Camp 1942
Folder 2: "Pole Bridge Prospector" Newsletter, 1937-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Pole Bridge Pre-camp Conference Programs, 1937-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Life Camps "The Day's Doings", 1940, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Diary, Dr. William W. Palmer and Ray D. Palmer, 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Poems from Campers - Nature, Vespers and Pole Bridge, Night, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Recommendations for Setting Pole Bridge Camp in Operation (Amenities), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: To Lumberjacks of season, 1938; Hanunas 1939; Pole Bridge Staff 1940-1946; Who's Who of National Camp 1941; Who's Who of Camp Raritan 1941, 1939-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Life Camps - Pole Bridge and Camp Raritan Salary Schedules, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 10: German Students - United States Office of Education, Gukenberger and Ley, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Memoranda, 1944, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Outdoor Education Association Inc. 1952; Teachers College Letter from Hllis Caswell, 1951; Columbia University, 1951-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Third Conference on College Training of Recreation Leaders, New York University, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Questionnaires from National Camp Replies, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 15: National Camp Evaluations Program; Outdoor Education Association Brochure, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Inventory of National Camp, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Craft Shop Inventory 1958-1960; Program Box Inventory; Conestoga Inventory; Shetler Inventory, 1957, 1957-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Buffalo Trow Information; Old Mine RoadAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Camp Songs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: National Camp Records, 1946-1950Add to your cart.
Who's Who at National Camp; Metamoras, Pennsylvania flyer; Christ in the Snow pictures; Letter to National Camp of 1944 from Canthookers of 1943; Illinois map outline.
Folder 21: National Camp General Information, 1941-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Covered Wagon Trips, 1943, 1947, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 23: National Camp Materials, 1948, 1954Add to your cart.
Financial reports, 1948; Problems and Outline 1954; Staff withholding slips 1954
Folder 24: The Story of National Camp, undatedAdd to your cart.
National Camp history.
Folder 25: Institute on Community Organization 1943; Clifford and Virginia Emanuelson 1949-1952; Professional Leadership in camp and other Letters, 1943-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 26: National Camp - Professional Leadership in Camping Applications, 1940sAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Camp Plans, undatedAdd to your cart.
Integration (New York, Atlanta, Rhode Island); Decentralization Plan at Camp Keewano; Our Youth Problem.
Folder 28: Records, 1941, undatedAdd to your cart.
Benton Cummings correspondence 1941; Outline of Integrating the 4H Camping Program; Co-op Extension work papers.
Folder 29: Records, 1940-1948Add to your cart.
Mrs. Carl Curtis correspondence 1945; camp counseling course - Virginia Bone and Allen Crowley 1948; Leslie Cark correspondence 1940; Auto Tourist Family Camp Program; Stanely Chow 1947.
Folder 30: Correspondence, 1941-1948Add to your cart.
Olive Cipman; L. E. Champion; Lydia Caliandro; Alpha Caliandro.
Folder 31: Mary Cedars Correspondence, 1943-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Correspondence, 1941-1951Add to your cart.
Elva Jane Buckingham; John Ferraro; Royce Pendleton Flandro; Charles Ed Ferguson; Elizabeth Brown; Elizabeth Mary Brown

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