Roger D. Sharpe Papers

1965-2015
Manuscript Collection #1256
Creator(s)
Sharpe, Roger Dean, Dr.
Physical description
4 Cubic Feet, 10 archival boxes, consisting of correspondence, scholarly addresses, editorials, and manuscripts
Preferred Citation
Roger D. Sharpe Papers (#1256), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

Correspondence (1965-2015) with state and national public figures including Maya Angelou, Will Campbell, Bill Moyers, John Ehle, and Rosemary Harris; Governors James B. Hunt and Michael Dukakis; Congressman James McClure Clark and Elspeth Clark, the Rev. Dr. William Finlator, the Rev. Dr. Donald W. Shriver, feminist Hebrew scholar Phyllis Trible; North Carolina legislators J. McNeill Smith of Greensboro and Willis Whichard of Durham; Civil Rights leader Dr. Anna Arnold Hedgeman, et al. Scholarly addresses delivered before national assemblies and editorials written for N.C. newspapers including the Winston-Salem Journal, the Charlotte Observer, the Greensboro Record, and the Raleigh News and Observer. Early draft of manuscript Ceremony of Innocence, published by Mercer University Press, 2005.


Biographical/historical information

Dr. Roger Dean Sharpe, born August 29, 1947, in Harmony (Iredell County), North Carolina, is the son of Henry Woodrow Sharpe, Sr., and Hattie Bell Shore Sharpe. He was educated at East Carolina University, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, the University of Oxford, and Union Theological Seminary in New York City, New York. He is a North Carolina educator and former state senator, historian, author, and national public policy advocate for civil rights and education.


Administrative information
Custodial History

June 26, 2015, (unprocessed), 4.0 cu. ft.; Correspondence (1965-2015) with state and national public figures including Maya Angelou, Will Campbell, Bill Moyers, John Ehle, and Rosemary Harris; Governors James B. Hunt and Michael Dukakis; Congressman James McClure Clark and Elspeth Clark, the Rev. Dr. William Finlator, the Rev. Dr. Donald W. Shriver, feminist Hebrew scholar Phyllis Trible; North Carolina legislators J. McNeill Smith of Greensboro and Willis Whichard of Durham; Civil Rights leader Dr. Anna Arnold Hedgeman, et al. Scholarly addresses delivered before national assemblies and editorials written for N.C. newspapers including the Winston-Salem Journal, the Charlotte Observer, the Greensboro Record, and the Raleigh News and Observer. Early draft of manuscript Ceremony of Innocence, published by Mercer University Press, 2005. Gift of Dr. Roger D. Sharpe.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Dr. Roger D. Sharpe

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law. Donor retains copyright to the publication Ceremony of Innocence and the documentary The Boy Who Heard President Abraham Lincoln Give the Gettysburg Address, although he permits fair use quoting.


Container list
Box 1 Lincoln documentary correspondence, Roger Sharpe articles, Sermons preached on Lincoln's death, Itineraries + questions for itineraries, Compact discs, Significant papers for background research, Eyewitness Accounts, Original draft manuscript of "The boy who heard president Lincoln give the Gettysburg address: The story of Willie Curtin", 1863-2011
Box 2 Sharpe's ceremony of innocence manuscripts part 1-2, Mercer university press correspondence regarding contract, Publication, Press of Roger Sharpe's ceremony of Innocence, Photos, Newspaper articles regarding Lincoln, Magazines & Newspaper Materials on Lincoln, Pamphlets regarding president Lincoln & reprinted Photos., 1997-2013
Box 3 Materials & documents Pertaining to: (Roger Sharpe's position as visiting professor at East Carolina University and his further involvement with the university, Roger Sharpe's matriculation at ECU & his award of outstanding Alumni, Roger Sharpe's tenure as a state senator), Research and proposals on education issues., 1977-2009
Box 4 Documents & Correspondence concerning Sharpe's thesis dissertation at oxford, academic papers, Documents pertaining to Sharpe's receipt of the Frank Knox fellowship from Harvard university, Roger Sharpe's curriculum,, 1979-2003
Box 5 Roger Sharpe's : "Congressional campaign county coordinator meeting", "Materials related to Campaign for congress Prt:1-2", Correspondence and articles relating to: ("advocacy of Tabaco removal", "Gay rights"), 1977-2006
Box 6 Correspondence and documents pertaining to union theological seminary, Roger Sharpe's Theological essays, Homilies, & Sermons, 1994-2010
Box 7 Roger Sharpe's: Thesis koi onia & Homeward bound, Correspondence with Donald Shriver, Pamphlets and articles relating to theological study of Sharpe's, Collected research on Benjamin Sherwood Hedrick, articles on the 100 & 150th anniversary of the capitol building, Assorted articles and book excerpts
Box 8 Research on Justin Merrill land grant acts: ( General Lafayette's 1825 visit to Vermont meeting 15yr old Justin Morrill Part 5, Part4, Copy of memorial addresses on the life and character of Justin S. Morrill Printed 1899 Part 3, Part 1), 1825-1899
Box 9 Assorted Correspondence part 1-5, 1889-2012
Box 10 Assorted Correspondence part 6-8, Assorted Correspondence of Roger Sharpe's- professional & Personal, 1966-2013
Box 11 Correspondence and materials on: (Sharpe's work with people for the American way and work on constitutional liberties, Miriam Prichard, David Smiley, Jess Meghan part 3-4), 1967-2002
Box 12 Sharpe's Correspondence with: (Patricia Graham and his Harvard school of education involvement, James B. Hunt Jr., Jess Meghan Part 1-2, Roger Sharpe from Roger Walker, Roger Sharpe from Roger & Isabel Walker), 1981-2010
Box 13 Clippings, & poems regarding Maya Angelou, Correspondence: (With William Wallace inflator, to Richard Sharpe from Michael Dukakis, Roger Sharpe from James & Elspeth Clarke, Roger Sharpe from. Rev. Will Campbell) Original poetry by Roger Sharpe, Collected poems & Articles of poet author Edwin Markham, Event Programs & Souvenirs., 1975-2012
Box 14 Event programs and souvenirs, 1998-2014
Box 15 Research and articles on the Wilmington 10 and Sharpe's support of their release, Newspaper Clippings of Roger Sharpe, Includes: EDITORIALS, POLITICAL NEWS, Other articles pertaining to Sharpe's interests, Assorted newspaper clippings & magazines articles, Event programs & souvenirs, 1978-1980
Box 16 Picture frames, Election posters, Piece of lumber from the 2009 Presidential inaugural stands, Award from Harvard University to Roger Dean Sharpe, Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address, Books, Movies, Clothing pins, C-span bag, 1977-2012