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Harold Pearl Sheldon papers, 1920-1950.
Sheldon, Harold Pearl, 1888-1951.
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Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 302 (cont'd in Doc 303, MSA 67, 68)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Sheldon, Harold Pearl, 1888-1951.
Title : Harold Pearl Sheldon papers, 1920-1950.
Physical Description : 3 linear ft. (4 boxes).
Summary :

The papers of Colonel Harold Pearl Sheldon, 1880-1951, self described sportsman-enthusiast, consist primarily of personal correspondence and partial and complete drafts of stories on hunting, guns, and wildlife.

The first series contains biographical material and assorted personal items. Also included in the collection are two different versions of a biography of Sheldon by his friend, P.P. Pitkin of Montpelier, entitled "Square Peg, Square Hole."

The second series includes personal and official correspondence relating to his positions in the U.S. Bureau of Biological Survey and Fish and Wildlife Service, l926-1940. A folder labelled "Mercer, Birsch & Capps Incident" relates to a murder trial involving federal fish and game employees and illegal duck hunters in 1927. The series also contains letters to publishers and gun manufacturers.

The third series contains drawings for "Frontier Stories," gun information, publications by W.L. McAtlee and C.T. Davis, and various other materials. There are three anti-communist, anti-Jewish items from the Washington, D.C. area, an unsigned letter about Middlebury politics and (Henry A.?) Wallace, a page of a diary from 1922, and a lock of hair from Chief Wahonto of the Chickasaw Nation.

The fourth series, contains articles from Sheldon's regular series "Guns and Game" and "Shooting." It also contains articles, complete and incomplete, titled and untitled, and in typescript and handwritten.

Biographical or historical data :

Harold Pearl Sheldon was born in Fair Haven, Vermont, on November 13, l888. He joined the U.S. Army in 1910 and served in World War I in Europe. He was commandant at Fort Ethan Allen until 1919. He became Vermont Commissioner of Fish and Game in 1921 and served in that post until 1926 when he was named Chief U.S. Game Warden with the Bureau of Biological Survey. In 1934 he was placed in charged of the Division of Public Relations for the Fish and Wildlife Service. Sheldon retired in 1943. He received an honorary degree from Norwich University.

Sheldon was an expert in the field of firearms. In the 1930s and 40s he was the editor of the "Guns and Game" department of "The Sportsman" and subsequently for "Country Life" and "Outdoors Magazine." He was also a contributor of hunting vignettes and antecdotes to other periodicals in the field.

Related Collections : Harry P. Sheldon artifacts are held in the Vermont Historical Society Museum (2002.16).
Subject Term : Firearms.
Added Author : Pitkin, Perley P., 1826-1891.
Added Author : United States. Bureau of Biological Survey.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.