The Sumner Sharpe Collection documents materials collected by Sharpe in his capacity as an urban planner in Oregon and Washington. The bulk of the material is comprised of published reports by various planning agencies. Agencies that Sumner worked for that are widely represented here include: Cogan Sharpe Cogan/Cogan Owen Cogan, Pacific Rim Resources, and Parametrix. There is also correspondence, maps, a VHS cassette, a DVD, and various CD-ROMs of reports, PowerPoint presentations, and a National Public Radio broadcast of Talk of the Nation: Science Friday featuring a segment on urban planning in Portland, Oregon.
The records are organized into 8 series: I. Cascadia; II. City of Portland; III. Columbia River; IV. Oregon; V. Portland Metropolitan Area; VI. Portland Planning; VII. Washington; and VIII. Oversized.