As a scholarly society, SHARP recognizes the importance of archives for future generations.

In 2014, as the result of a three-year discussion process involving SHARP’s Recording Secretaries Jyrki Hakapää and Corinna Norrick-Rühl, Past Presidents Bob Patten and Leslie Howsam as well as longtime SHARP member and designated SHARP archivist Jim Kelly, the SHARP Board of Directors decided to give the SHARP archives to the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

SHARP’s documents are now archived in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives of the University Libraries at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The archives contain material relating to the foundation and history of SHARP, including publications, awards, and of course conferences. Past issues of SHARP News have already been made available digitally in the ScholarWorks database of the library.

We are trying to re-construct SHARP’s history and are still looking for materials relating to SHARP, especially to early conferences. If you have programs or other materials (e.g. as a former organizer or delegate), please let us know. We have prepared a list of FAQs for those interested in contributing to the archive.

Researchers interested in working with the SHARP archives may contact SHARP’s recording secretary Vincent Trott (secretary [at] or the SHARP archivist Jessica Ryan (jessicadryan [at] for further information. A description of the collection is online and a finding aid is available here.