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Guide to the John Allen Sharpe Papers, 1877-1981 and undated

Abstract

John Allen Sharpe was a Duke alumnus who served as editor of the ROBESONIAN newspaper from 1947-1982.

Collection includes correspondence, clippings, and photographs, along with business records for S. A. Edmund & Co.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Sharpe, John Allen, 1913-2009.
Title
John Allen Sharpe papers 1877-1981 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
2.25 Linear Feet, approx. 540 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection contains papers related to Sharpe's work as editor. Also includes personal correspondence during the periods Sharpe was a Duke student (1928-1932) and a member of the U.S. Army Air Force (1940s), as well as letters from his wife written while she was on a tour of Europe in 1951, and letters from Sharpe to his parents. There are several copies of the ROBESONIAN, along with postcards, family photographs, and a few published works. In addition, there is a ledger and other records, dated 1887-1892, for S. A. Edmund & Co, a business located in the Lumberton area. A letter and 23 other pages, all undated, containing political speeches hand copied and laid-in to the ledger.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Schoolwork, 1925 and undated
Box 1
Correspondence, personal, undated
Box 1
Correspondence, personal, 1918-1927
Box 1
Correspondence, personal, 1928-1932
Box 1
Correspondence, personal, 1941-1945
Box 1
Correspondence, personal, 1945-1946
Box 1
Correspondence, personal, 1948-1951
Box 1
Correspondence between family members, 1945-1947 and undated
Box 1
Photographs, undated
Box 1
Biographical Sketches, 1964 and undated
Box 1
Correspondence, professional, 1967-1969
Box 1
Correspondence, professional, 1970-1971
Box 1
Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, 1949
Box 1
Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, 1969 (2 folders)
Box 1
Brochures, Programs, and Informational Materials, 1951-1968
Box 1
Brochures, Programs, and Informational Materials, 1969
Box 2
Brochures, Programs, and Informational Materials, 1970-1973
Box 2
Brochures, Programs, and Informational Materials, undated
Box 2
Note to self regarding editors selected, 1981
Box 2
Draft of newspaper articles, undated
Box 2
Newspaper Clippings, 1928-1969
Box 3
Newspaper Clippings, 1979-1981
Box 3
ROBESONIAN, Historical and Pictorial Edition, 1932
Box 3
ROBESONIAN, 1951 Feb. 26
Box 3
S. A. Edmund & Co. ledger and records, speeches and letter, 1877-1891 and undated
Box 3

Historical Note

John Allen Sharpe was born Oct. 20, 1912. He attended Duke University, graduating at age 19. He served in the Air Corps during World War II. His father, John Allen Sharpe, Sr., was the editor of the ROBESONIAN newspaper from 1907-1947. Upon his father's death, John Allen Sharpe assumed the role of editor. He served in this position from 1947-1982. He was married to Helen Seawell Sharpe and the couple had two sons.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Allen Sharpe Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The John Allen Sharpe Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift before 2011 and in 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Roseberry, November 2011

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, November 2011

Guide updated to reflect addition by Alice Poffinberger, February 2014

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2013-0255

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.