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Isaac Sharpless papers

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-906

Scope and Contents

Letters, letterbook, photographs, portraits, illustrations, clippings, essays, addresses, lectures, passports, misc. printed items, and academic hood of Isaac Sharpless.

Letters (1894-1918) written by Sharpless, chiefly addressed to Henry Tatnall Brown (ca. 1871-1938), discuss Sharpless's theological views, various writing projects, and the Friends Historical Society. Collection includes letterbook (1884-1900) kept by Sharpless while Dean of faculty and President of Haverford College and letters addressed to Sharpless on such topics as the occasion of his inauguration (1887), his resignation in 1917 (1916-1917), and threatened resignations (1892, 1915).

Collection includes sympathy letters to Lydia Sharpless on the death of her husband in 1920, tributes to Isaac Sharpless, certificate and passports of Sharpless, and clippings of editorials by Sharpless appearing in "The Westonian" (1909-1910). Collection contains Sharpless's unpublished manuscripts on George Keith (1638-1716), Andrew Ellicott (1754-1820), and Friends and slavery, as well as various other articles and addresses by Sharpless on topics relating to education, Friends' history, and lectures on Quakerism given by Sharpless at Berkeley, California in 1909.

Additionally, the collection contains photographs of Sharpless and the Sharpless family as well as photographs of his birthplace and memorial tablet unveiled there in 1930. Also contains a Haverford College calendar for 1987 titled "The Sharpless Years, 1887-1917."

Dates

  • 1876-1987

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical / Historical

Isaac Sharpless (1848­-1920) was 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 1867-18­68 and 1873­-1875. He taught mathematics and astronomy at Haverford College from 1875-­1884. 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.

Extent

5 boxes (5 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

Letters, letterbook, photographs, portraits, illustrations, clippings, essays, addresses, lectures, passports, misc. printed items, and academic hood of Isaac Sharpless.

Addition

See also HC.MC.906-addition for additions to the collection.

Processing Information

Original processing information unknown.
Title
Isaac Sharpless papers, 1876-1987
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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