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Personal Papers of Elaine B. Sharp

Call Number: PP 571


This collection consists of material related to Elaine Sharp's National Science Foundation grant-funded research into morality politics in various cities around the United States at the end of the 20th/beginning of the 21st centuries. Material is organized alphabetically by city and includes copies of local newspaper articles, handwritten notes, research preparation, and other related materials; there are also cassettes tapes from Sharp's fieldwork in Austin, Texas; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Memphis, Tennessee. The bulk of the collection is copies of newspaper articles. Specific moral focuses included abortion, pornography and the sex industry, gay rights, gambling, hate crimes, and illegal drugs.


  • Creation: 1978 - 2011


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Elaine B. Sharp

Elaine Bernadette Sharp received her bachelors in history and political science from Carlow College in Pittsburgh, Penn. in 1971. She received her masters the following year from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her doctorate from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1978, both these degrees in political science.

Dr. Sharp began working at the University of Kansas directly after recehving her PhD, starting as an assistant professor in the Political Science department. She became an associate professor in 1982 and full professor in 1988. For 18 months in 1984-85 she served as the director of the Center of Public Affairs at KU, and from both 1990-1994 and 2005-2011 she was chair of the Political Science Department.

Dr. Sharp's research and teaching interests have focused on urban politics, public policy, and on public opinion about public policy. She has been active in the American and Midwest Associations of Political Science and was inducted into the University of Kansas' Women's Hall of Fame in 1988.


2.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes + 1 oversize folder)

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Physical Location

PP 571

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Elaine B. Sharp, 2015.


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Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States