An Inventory of the Benjamin Sharp Family Papers, 1809-1915.

(2 boxes; 1 linear ft.)

RG 5/136


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Abstract
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. 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 was married to Virginia May of Ridley, Mass. The family moved to Massachusetts in the early 20th century, and Dr. Sharp served as Representative for Nantucket to the Massachusetts Legislature. The collection consists primarily of correspondence from friends and colleagues, memorabilia from Swarthmore College, and family materials, including the diary of Rebecca Sharp.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL 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 eleven years.

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
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.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into five series:


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Subjects
  • Diaries
  • Naturalists
  • Pennsylvania - Education - Universities and colleges
  • Philadelphia (Pa.) --Quakers
  • Quaker - Naturalists
  • Quakers - Massachusetts
  • Quakers - Pennsylvania
  • Quakers - Philadelphia (Pa.)
  • Swarthmore (Pa.) - Education - Universities and colleges
  • Swarthmore College - Students
  • Universities and colleges - Pennsylvania
  • Zoologists
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
  • Sharp, Rebecca, 1823-1853
  • Sharp, Virginia Mae Guild
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: 1989
Restrictions: Use Restrictions Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.
Sponsor: Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries


Inventory

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE RECORDS
Notes
Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

Ser. 1. Biographical and Genealogical, 1970, n.d.

General records Box 1

Guild and Dodd Families, Charts Box 1

Hutton [Janney] Family, compiled by S. Janney Hutton 1970 (photocopy) Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence, ca. 1855-1915
Letters include a description of the first elephant born in captivity (at the Philadelphia zoo), 3/23/1880, and events surrounding the death and funeral of Lucretia Mott, 12/28/1880.


From Benjamin Sharp to his grandparents 1871 Box 1

To Benjamin Sharp while he was a student at Swarthmore College, 1871-1885 Box 1

To Benjamin Sharp 1871-May 1876

To Benjamin Sharp June 1876-1878 Box 1

To Benjamin Sharp 1879-1885 Box 1

To Virginia (May) Sharp 1877-1915 Box 1

To Hannah Leedom, calling cards ca. 1855 Box 1

Ser. 3. Swarthmore Memorabilia, 1875-1879

Event Announcements 1875-1879 Box 2

“`78 Class Paper” dated May 25, 1875. Box 2

Benjamin Sharp's book, autographs of students
Also includes moss from the graves of W. Penn, I. Pennington, and Th. Ellwood, dated 1831.
1875-1876 Box 2

Ser. 4. Family Memorabilia, 1809-1853, n.d.

Diary and memorials of Rebecca Sharp 1853 Box 2

Benjamin Sharp Box 2

Family miscellany, including almanacs and wedding announcements
Almanacs dated 1809 and 1831.
Box 2

Signed title pages (photocopies) of books removed from collection Box 2

Ser. 5. Miscellaneous, n.d.

Photographs Box 2

“Charter and Bylaws of Tirard Woolen Manufacturers.” Box 2

Miscellaneous Material. Box 2