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Roy Franklin Sharp Papers

Manuscript Collection 2038

Special Collections Department
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Cameron Henley, 2016

Materials are in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Sharp, Roy Franklin
Roy Franklin Sharp Papers
Inclusive Dates
Bulk Dates
MC 2038
1 linear foot (1 box, 2 OV folders)
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

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

Acquisition Information

The Roy Franklin Sharp Papers were donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, on March 4, 2016 by Frank Sharp of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Processing Information

Processed by Cameron Henley; completed April 2016.

Preferred Form of Citation

Roy Franklin Sharp Papers (MC 2038), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Roy Franklin Sharp was born on January 29, 1886, to William Franklin and Mary Burilla Wright Sharp, and grew up in Ballinger, Texas. In 1917, Sharp enlisted in the United States Army as an infantry officer. He graduated from First Officer’s Training Camp, located in Leon Springs, Texas, as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 42nd Infantry Division, 167th Infantry Regiment, Company K, also known as the “Rainbow Division.”

On November 6, 1917, Sharp was sent overseas to France. The Rainbow Division was sent to the frontlines in February 1918, and on July 15, 1918 Sharp was badly wounded. After three months at a hospital in France, Sharp was sent back to Newport News, Virginia.

Roy F. Sharp met Mary Sue McCollum, a student at the Southwest Texas State Normal School in San Marcos, Texas, in 1928, and they married on June 30, 1935. The Sharps moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, and had two children, Frank and Mary Ann. In 1944, the family moved to the Ozark Mountains, and purchased a 68-acre area, today known as Mount Kessler, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Sharp began a meat smoking business in 1946, the Ozark Mountain Smokehouse and was President of the Northwest Arkansas Retired Officers Club. Roy Franklin Sharp died on April 21, 1964.

Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of correspondence, photographs, a scrapbook, and printed material documenting Roy Franklin Sharp's service in World War I.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic and in chronological order.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Biographical Material, August 8, 1917, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 2

Correspondence, April 27, 1917-April 9, 1951

Box 1 Folder 3

Notebooks, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 4

Scrapbook, May 16, 1917-March 20, 1919

Box 1 Folder 5

Newspaper Clippings, 1918-1944

Box 1 Folder 6

Photographs (Folder 1 of 2), 1955, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 7

Photographs (Folder 2 of 2), n.d.

Box 1 Folder 8

The First Camper Newsletters, August 15, 1937-September 1941

Box 1 Folder 9

U.S. Army Speedometer, November 1939

Box 1 Folder 10

First Camp's Roll Call Pamphlets, September 9, 1950-May 1959

Box 1 Folder 11

A Picture Story of the 47th Roll Call, May 3-4, 1963

Box 1 Folder 12

Cunard Line; R.M.S. Aquitania Brochure, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 13

Bible, 1917


OV_Folder Folder 1

Map of the Pacific, n.d.

OV_Folder Folder 2

2nd Lieutenant Roy Franklin Sharp Fighting with the Rainbow Division in WWI, by Mary Ann Timberlake and Frank Sharp, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 2012