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Sharpless addition


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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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.

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.

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.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Alexandra Stern
Finding Aid Date
April, 2019
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Compilation of letters of Isaac Sharpless, unknown.
Box 1
Hobart College Commencement, 1903.
Box 1
Hepplewhite Sideboard Papers, 1903-1995.
Box 1

"The Autobiography of Dr. Frederic C. Sharpless", unknown.
Box 1

"Haverford College: A Study in Pictures", unknown.
Box 1
Photo Album, 1937-1941.
Box 1

Klein Papers, 1995-2018.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Includes papers on Klein bottles, the role of "chaff" in World War II as researched by the Ensign John Klein Naval Research Laboratory, and correspondence between Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Klein family about the John S. Klein scholarship.

Travel Diary of Katherine Klein, 1971.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Documents trip to France with Edwin B. Klein, April 8th, 1971 - May 10, 1971. Includes photographs of sites in France originally tucked into the front page of the diary.

Correspondence with Bart Anderson, 1963.
Box 1
"Some Results in the Theory of Hankel Transforms", 1958.
Box 1

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