The Sharf collection contains thousands of rare books, view books, photograph albums, and original manuscripts graphically documenting political conflicts at the turn of the twentieth century, including the Boxer Rebellion (1898–1901); the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899–1902); the Spanish-American War of 1898 and the rising naval power of the United States; the Philippine American War (1899–1902); the Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905); and various Japanese conflicts in Manchuria, China—most of the latter from the Japanese perspective. The collection also includes diaries, sketchbooks, and photograph albums related to the building of the Panama Canal, British initiatives in India and Burma, and other colonial projects and military conflicts of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Materials in other formats, such as large works on paper, are housed in the object collection, and include architectural drawings, illustrations of the Spanish-American War, and automobile design drawings. Longtime Wolfsonian supporter and former Advisory Board member Frederic Sharf, and his wife, Jean, donated these important materials to The Wolfsonian.
Sharf Materials in the Wolfsonian Digital Images Catalog