Sherman C. Bishop Papers

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Sherman C. Bishop papers
Creator: Bishop, Sherman C. (Sherman Chauncey), 1887-1951
Call Number: D.339
Dates: 1887-1971
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Sherman C. Bishop papers
Creator: Bishop, Sherman C. (Sherman Chauncey), 1887-1951
Call Number: D.339
Dates: 1887-1971
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Sherman C. Bishop was born in Sloatsburg, NY on November 18, 1887. Educated at Cornell University, Bishop joined the faculty of the University of Rochester in 1928. Specializing in salamanders, spiders, and lizards, Bishop was one of the foremost authorities on salamanders in the United States. Among his accomplishments, Bishop classified most of the 150 salamanders in the United States, discovering 15 types in the Rochester area. Author of many articles and books, including Handbook of the Salamander of North America (1943), Bishop made field trips exploring the southern swamps and western deserts of the continental United States, as well as to northern Mexico, Alaska, and Canada. After years of sickness -- through which he continued his scientific work -- Sherman C. Bishop died on May 28, 1951, at the age of 63. Correspondence in this collection between his wife Alice and the Chrisp family continues through the next year, 1952.

Hugh P. Chrisp was born in Rochester, NY on March 9, 1882. An architect until after World War I when the building trades collapsed, Chrisp worked for a time as a calculator salesman, before becoming a free lance artist from his home near Albany, NY. In 1933, Chrisp became involved in the State of New York Conservation Department Watershed Survey, completing nearly fifty detailed illustrative figures for the survey reports. He became involved with the watershed survey through his work with Sherman Bishop, for whom Chrisp also continued to create specimen illustrations throughout the early 1940s. After World War II, Chrisp returned to practicing architecture in Schenectady, NY. He died on December 20, 1971.

Scope and Content
Predominant in this collection is the correspondence (1932-1952) between vertebrate zoologist Sherman C. Bishop and wildlife artist Hugh P. Chrisp. In their letters the men discuss the details of their work -- specimen collecting and illustration particulars -- as well as their personal lives. Frequent topics include: family, fellow artists, scientists, and authors; the University of Rochester biology department; the effect of World War II on the men's professional and personal lives; Bishop's declining health; and Rochester society - including the lakeside community in Naples, NY, where the Bishops had a cottage and Chrisp was visitor. The collection also contains letters from members of the Bishop family and others to both Sherman Bishop and Hugh Chrisp, as well as newspaper articles, printed ephemera, and photographs related to the life and careers of both men.

Subject(s):
Zoology
Correspondence
Bishop, Sherman C. (Sherman Chauncey), 1887-1951
Chrisp, Hugh P.
University of Rochester -- Faculty
Biologists
Illustrators
Access
The Sherman C. Bishop papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Sherman C. Bishop papers, D.339, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
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Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, 1932-1933
Box 1, Folder 2Correspondence, 1934-1935
Includes: Helen Zousch to Hugh Chrisp, February 6 [1934?]; Alice Bishop to the Chrisp family [?], no date [1934]

Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence, 1936-1939
Includes: Hugh Chrisp [?] to daughter Betty [?] (on back of Sherman Bishop to Hugh Chrisp, January 15, 1936); Jack Sullivan to Sherman Bishop, February 1, 1937

Box 1, Folder 4Correspondence, 1940-1942
Box 1, Folder 5Correspondence, 1943-1944
Includes: Alice Bishop to Hugh Chrisp, no date [1943?]; Alice Bishop to Ethel Chrisp (with postscript Sherman Bishop to Hugh Chrisp), no date [1943?]; Richard Collins to Hugh Chrisp, August 1, 1944 and August 15, 1944

Box 1, Folder 6Correspondence, 1945-1946
Includes: O.P. Looney to Sherman Bishop, March 6, 1945; Alice Bishop to Hugh Chrisp, June 1, 1945; Sherman Bishop to Governor Thomas Dewey, September 12, 1945 (attached to September 25, 1945, Bishop to Hugh Chrisp); and Claire Ruderman to Hugh Chrisp, January 29, 1946

Box 1, Folder 7Correspondence, 1947-1949
Includes: Herbert Slaslow for the University of Rochester Committee for the Biology Colloquium to Hugh Chrisp, October 6, 1948

Box 1, Folder 8Correspondence, 1950-1952
Includes: Hugh Chrisp to Alice Bishop, March 8, 1952, Alice Bishop to the Chrisp family, May 14, 1952

Box 1, Folder 9Newspaper articles
Articles related to the life and career of Sherman Bishop; arranged chronologically, with non-dated articles at the back of the folder.

Box 1, Folder 10Biology colloquium schedule, featuring a lecture by Hugh P. Chrisp, undated (1949?)
Box 1, Folder 11Nijmegen aid
Materials related to the "adoption" of the Netherlands community by Albany, New York, a campaign that the Chrisp family was involved in. Materials in this folder: a campaign tag; newspaper article from the Albany Times Union; postal address in Nijmegen, Holland; six letters from Nijmegen residents; delivery receipt from Nijmegen recipient; invitation to "The Dutch Settlers Society of Albany" party [Hugh Chrisp mentioned this party in a letter to Alice Bishop, dated March 8, 1952 (Folder 8)]; recipe for Oly-Koeken; and a Dutch lullaby

Box 1, Folder 12Photographs: Sherman Bishop, Allegheny State Park, 1942


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