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Isaac Sharpless presidential papers

 Collection
Identifier: HCB-001-004

Scope and Contents

Isaac Sharpless's papers consist of two letter books containing copies of his outgoing correspondence as President of Haverford College as well as a scrapbook containing newspaper and journal articles by and about Sharpless.

Volume One consists of Isaac Sharpless's letter book of outgoing correspondence dating from September 27, 1897, to December 18, 1902. Most of Sharpless's correspondence relates to financial matters, including the operations of the Haverford Farm, faculty pay, and income generated by board, tuition, and the purchase of books. Other topics include Haverford scholarships, faculty and staff appointments, admissions, buildings, maintenance, student academic standings, and visitors. A letter to a Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, judge dated October 9, 1899, notes the presence of a speakeasy on the edge of campus, while a letter to the Beta Rho Sigma Society dated October 15, 1900, describes the hazing of freshmen by members of the Society's local chapter.

Volume Two contains Sharpless's outgoing letters dating from October 18, 1904, to June 9, 1905. In addition to correspondence regarding student academics, faculty recruitment, and admissions, the letters in this volume focus heavily on the construction of a new dining hall and the associated fundraising campaign. A number of letters relate to the founding and early operations of the Friends Historical Society.

Volume Three is a scrapbook containing mostly journal and newspaper articles by Sharpless on astronomy dating from 1877 to 1910. Several clippings relate to events at Haverford and lectures by Philadelphia-area academics.

Dates

  • 1877-1910

Creator

Access Restrictions

Records of the Office of the President are closed for a period of 25 years from the date of the creation of the record.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Isaac Sharpless (1848­-1920) served as the president of Haverford College from 1887 until his resignation in 1917. He was the son of Aaron and Susanna (Forsythe) Sharpless and was born in Birmingham Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. In 1876, he married Lydia Trimble Cope. Sharpless taught at Westtown Boarding School from 1867 to 18­68 and from 1873­ to 1875. He taught mathematics and astronomy at Haverford College from 1875 to 18­84. In 1884, he was named Dean of the Faculty and in 1887, he was named President of the College. During his tenure as president, the College saw improvements in the areas of enrollment, academic standards, endowments, and facilities. Sharpless was a strong proponent of student self-governance, believing that students would improve their behavior if they were in charge of themselves.

Extent

3 Volumes

Language

English

Overview

Isaac Sharpless's papers consist of two letter books containing copies of his outgoing correspondence as President of Haverford College as well as a scrapbook containing newspaper and journal articles by and about Sharpless.

Processing Information

Processed by Elizabeth Jones-Minsinger; completed October, 2019.
Title
Isaac Sharpless presidential papers
Author
Elizabeth Jones-Minsinger
Date
October, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

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