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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 92Add to your cart.
Item 1: Film Reel: 1931 Girls CampAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Film Reel: 1935 Girls CampAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Film Reel: 1936 Girls CampAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Film Reel: 1936 Girls CampAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Film Reel: 1939 Girls Camp [Mashipacong, construction?]Add to your cart.
Item 6: Film Reel: 1940 Girls Camp [Mashipacong?]Add to your cart.
Item 7: Film Reel: 1935 Boys CampAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Film Reel: 1935 Boys CampAdd to your cart.
Item 9: Film Reel: 1936 Boys CampAdd to your cart.
Item 10: Film Reel: 1936 Boys CampAdd to your cart.
Item 11: Film Reel: MashipacongAdd to your cart.
Item 12: Film Reel: Mashipacong (girls and boys), 1939Add to your cart.
Item 13: Film Reel: Winter deer rescue at MashipacongAdd to your cart.
Item 14: Film Reel: Black and white cuts from Life CampsAdd to your cart.
Item 15: Film Reel: Black and white cuts from Life CampsAdd to your cart.
Item 16: Film Reel: Sharp Farm, 1939 NovemberAdd to your cart.
Item 17: Film Reel: Sharp FarmAdd to your cart.
Item 18: Film Reel: Camping at Camp RaritanAdd to your cart.
Item 19: Film Reel: Camp Raritan, circa 1940Add to your cart.
Strong cowboy and Indian flavor. Covered wagon. Cap'n Bill & Institute group.
Item 20: Film Reel: Camp Raritan, 1941Add to your cart.
Boys chopping, sawing, splitting. Chopping contest. Moccasin camp.
Item 21: Film Reel: Camp Raritan Farm ProgramAdd to your cart.
Item 22: Film Reel: Camp Raritan Farm ProgramAdd to your cart.
Item 23: Film Reel: Camp Raritan Farm ProgramAdd to your cart.
Item 24: Film Reel: Insect CatchersAdd to your cart.
Item 25: Film Reel: National Camp, Vagabond Trip, 1940Add to your cart.
Horses, covered wagon, campfire, food preparation, hiking, flag-raising ceremony.
Item 26: Film Reel: [National Camp], circa 1940Add to your cart.
Item 27: Film Reel: National and Life Camps, 1940Add to your cart.
Mostly girls. Outdoor kitchen, chopping wood, laundry line, flagpole, watermelon eaters.
Item 28: Film Reel: National Camp, 1943Add to your cart.
Girls with flowers, campfires and cookoutes, beehive frames, paddle-boats on lake, Life Hike sign.

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