Scope and Contents
This collection contains the papers and letters of Isaac and Frederic Sharpless, and papers belonging to the Klein family, including mathematical texts and theories, and photographs. Also included in the collection are various printings of the 1903 Commencement address given by Isaac Sharpless at Hobart College.
The collection is open for research use.
Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).
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 to 1868 and 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.
Frederic Cope Sharpless was born in 1880 in Philadelphia. He graduated from Haverford College in 1900, and from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1903. Dr. Sharpless retired from active practice in 1946. During the Korean war, however, he returned to medicine for four years, serving as a community doctor in Greensboro, Vermont. He died in 1971, at the age of 91.
0.43 Linear Feet (1 box)
This collection contains papers, clippings, and photographs relating to the Sharpless family.
This collection is arranged in four series: Isaac Sharpless (1848-1920), Frederic Cope Sharpless (1880-1971), Miscellaneous, and Klein family.
The Sharpless addition was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College by Nancy Klein.
Processed by Alexandra Stern; completed March, 2019.
- Sharpless addition, 1903-2018
- Alexandra Stern
- April, 2019
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
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