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Lydia Sharpless (Perry) scrapbook


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Lydia Sharpless was born 1885, the daughter of Isaac Sharpless, then the president of Haverford College. She was prepared by Westtown Boarding School in Westtown, Pennsylvania and by private study. She attended Bryn Mawr College, graduating with the class of 1908 and holding the Foundation Scholarship from 1905-1908. While at school, she was highly involved in athletics, as the captain of the class hockey team and a member of the basketball and track teams, as well. After graduation, Sharpless worked part-time for a year in a Philadelphia settlement, then taught at Wykeham Rise, a girl's boarding school. She married Harvey C. Perry in 1911. Together they had 3 biological children, one of whom died young, and one adopted child. Sharpless died in 1932.

The Lydia Sharpless Perry scrapbook contains the one volume scrapbook of Lydia Sharpless, Bryn Mawr College class of 1908. The scrapbook contains material from 1903 to 1910 and contains the usual Bryn Mawr memorabilia, with an emphasis on hockey memorabilia.

The scrapbook consists of one volume. There are a few personal pieces in the scrapbook, mostly programs, photographs, and examinations. There are also many good quality photographs of class plays and May Day. Much of the material relates to hockey, and the scrapbook includes many photographs and scores from various seasons. Sharpless was also on the basketball and track teams, so there are also materials related to these activities. Noteworthy items in the scrapbook include: a handwritten hockey schedule, 1904; BMC class play programs 1904-1907; BMC college exams, 1904-1908; and photographs of basketball game, 1908.

This scrapbook stands as a testament to the vigorous physical education many Bryn Mawr students received in addition to their academic education. It would be of interest to those studying general Bryn Mawr history in the early twentieth century, but of special value to those interested in sports and physical education.

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Finding Aid Author
Cassidy Gruber Baruth
Finding Aid Date
2017 June 30
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