Photographs, recordings, and correspondence of the Rev. Waitstill and Martha Sharp—recently honored posthumously as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority in Israel—are available in the Manuscripts and Archives Department of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.
Waitstill Sharp, a Unitarian minister, and his wife Martha Sharp, a social worker, were two of the founders of the Unitarian Service Committee. They worked during World War II to help Jews escape Nazi persecution in Europe. The Sharps are only the second and third U.S. citizens to receive this international distinction; Martha Sharp is the first woman from the United States to be so honored. To learn more about the Sharps and Yad Vashem, see the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's announcement.
Many of the records of the Unitarian Service Committee, the Universalist Service Committee, and their successor organization, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, are located in the Manuscripts and Archives Department of Andover-Harvard Theological Library. The library also has records concerning other pioneers of the Service Committee, including Robert Dexter, Charles Joy, Howard Brooks, Helen Fogg, and Noel Field. See our Service Committee page for more information.