The collection is divided into nine series most of which were created by Sharpe when he organized his files for donation to the National Agricultural Library.
Series I (Box 1) consists of typed copies of articles of interest to Sharpe. The articles include notices on mass movement phenomena in the United States, Uganda, Italy, Jamaica; articles on frost heaving, landslides, climate of the post-glacial United States based on pollen analysis, land "sculpture," potholes, loess formation, clay slips, surface configuration of South America, rock formations of the Appalachians, and Alaskan tundra; historical mentions of mass movement in the United States; and abstracts of articles from the Bulletin of the South Carolina Academy of Science relating to Soil Conservation Service gully erosion studies in South Carolina. Some of the articles are translations.
Series II (Boxes 1-2) contains translations of foreign works related to geomorphology. Translators were available to the Climatic and Physiographic Division through New Deal work programs. Titles and authors are indicated in file folder titles.
Series III (Box 2) includes loose publications, generally reprints of articles and papers collected by Sharpe, 1925-1949. Most relate to geologic and climatic research.
Series IV (Boxes 2-4) consists of correspondence to and from Sharpe (and in some cases other Climatic and Physiographic Division staff) regarding administrative activities, research work, preparation of reports, and presentation of results as academic papers.
Series V (Boxes 5-8) contains plans, data, background material, maps, illustrations, related articles, and drafts of reports for the four projects of the Climatic and Physiographic Division on which Sharpe served as a staff scientist. They include the Mississippi Loess study, the South Carolina Piedmont study, the Polacca Wash study, and the Ohio/Appalachian areas study (Muskingum watershed).
Series VI (Box 8) includes notes, drafts, and reviews of smaller publications/research projects in which Sharpe was involved while with the Soil Conservation Service.
Series VII (Box 9) contains office files, conference plans and notes, and files collected by Sharpe in preparing for an oral history interview with Anne B. W. Effland, Agricultural and Rural History Section, Economic Research Service, USDA, June 1991.
Series VIII (Box 10-11) consists of files on such media techniques as microfilm, bibliofilm, and a carbon transfer map delineation process, as well as records of photographic work, aerial photos, and lantern slides related to the research of the Climatic and Physiographic Division.
Series IX (Box 12) includes two files of research notecards related to the work of the Climatic and Physiographic Division.