Benjamin Sharp (1858-1915), a zoologist who was primarily affiliated
with the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, attended Swarthmore
College (1876) and earned a M.D. and Ph. D. from the University of
Pennsylvania. Travelling and studying in Europe, he received a second Ph.D.
from the University of Wurzburg, Bavaria in 1883.
A birthright member of the Society of Friends (Quakers), Dr. Sharp was
the son of Benjamin and Hannah B. (Leedom) Sharp of the Germantown section of
Philadelphia, Pa. He worked as a professor of zoology at the Academy of Natural
Sciences in Philadelphia and later at the University of Pennsylvania, and also
traveled extensively, to Europe, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and the Arctic circle.
He served as Corresponding Secretary of the Academy of Natural Sciences for
Sharp was married in 1881 to Virginia May of Ridley, Massachusetts,
and had three children, two sons, Karl and Harold, and a daughter, Dorothy.
Sharp was a member of the Green Street Monthly Meeting of Philadelphia. Sharp
and his family moved to Massachusetts (Brookline and Nantucket) in his last ten
years. There he was elected as representative for Nantucket to the
Massachusetts Legislature and served as vice-president of the Nantucket
Historical Association. He died in 1915.
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The collection consists primarily of correspondence from friends and
colleagues, memorabilia from Swarthmore College, and family materials,
including the diary of Rebecca Sharp.
The collection is divided into five series:
Biographical and genealogical
Benjamin Sharp correspondence
Swarthmore College, 1875-1879
Family papers, including the diary of Rebecca Sharp
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