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    Marlay A. Sharp Archive of Letters, Diaries, and Photographs. Marlay Sharp (?-1959) was an accomplished and dedicated agricultural scientist who became head of the Agricultural Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1937. In 1942, together with Harold A. Arnold, Sharp helped developed a new castor bean huller that could speed up production of castor oil, needed as a lubricant for aircraft engines, hydraulic brakes, shock absorbers, and other mechanisms. This discovery aided America and her allies during World War II. In 1957, Sharp went to India to be a part of the University's teaching and research faculty.

    This large archive contains approximately 170 handwritten letters from Sharp during the time he and his wife spent in India, directed to his daughter Maywin and her husband, Robert Amis "Bob" Lauderdale, Jr., a chemical engineer. Also included are three 12mo diaries, a collection of receipts and scraps of paper with handwritten notes on them, a photo album with hundreds of images, and Sharp's handwritten will. Items vary from good to fine. Due to the large number of pieces in this archive, prospective buyers should carefully review the collection prior to bidding.

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    4th-5th Wednesday-Thursday
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