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Guide to the Birge M. Clark Architectural Records and Personal Papers
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  • Overview
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Sketch
  • Description of the Collection
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0823
    Creator: Clark, Birge M. (Birge Malcolm), 1893-
    Title: Birge M. Clark architectural records and personal papers
    Dates: 1919-1990
    Physical Description: 12 linear feet (29 boxes)
    Summary: The collection has been organized into 4 series. Series 1, Office Files, contains chronological correspondence files, 1921-1979; project files containing correspondence, contracts, financial documents, notes, small-scale drawings, memoranda, and other materials, 1924-1990; and files on administrative matters, articles and talks on Palo Alto's architectural history, and other professional activities. Series 2 consists of photographs and slides of finished projects (homes, schools, municipal buildings, and businesses), 1927-1977. Series 3 contains specifications and some drawings and plans. Series 4, Personal Papers, includes files from architecture classes Clark taught at Stanford containing syllabi, exams, informational materials, lectures, and correspondence, 1950-1972; files from Stanford's Class of 1914 fundraising efforts, 1977-1979; copies of his two memoirs, 1971 and 1982; and other miscellaneous papers.
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Stanford University Libraries
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

    Administrative Information

    Provenance

    The collection was given to the Stanford University Archives by the estate of Birge M. Clark in 1996.

    Information about Access

    The class roll book at the end of Series 4 is restricted. Otherwise the collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least 48 hours in advance of intended use.

    Ownership & Copyright

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Cite As

    [Identification of item], Birge M. Clark Architectural Records and Personal Papers (SC0823). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Associated Materials

    Architectural drawings by Clark and his partners are housed in SC0838, Birge M.Clark Architectural Drawings.

    Biographical/Historical Sketch

    Birge M. Clark earned his A.B. in graphic art at Stanford in 1914 and his degree in architecture at Columbia in 1917. After his service as a balloon observer during World War I, he returned to Palo Alto and began his practice as an architect. He designed many homes and businesses in Palo Alto, including the Post Office, the Community Center, and the Hewlett-Packard plant. His contributions to Stanford's architecture include the Seeley G. Mudd Chemistry Building and the John Stauffer Chemical Laboratories.

    Description of the Collection

    This collection of papers has been organized into 4 series. Series 1, Office Files, contains chronological correspondence files, 1921-1979; project files containing correspondence, contracts, financial documents, notes, small-scale drawings, memoranda, and other materials, 1924-1990; and files on administrative matters, articles and talks on Palo Alto's architectural history, and other professional activities. Series 2 consists of photographs and slides of finished projects (homes, schools, municipal buildings, and businesses), 1927-1977. Series 3 contains specifications and some drawings and plans. Series 4, Personal Papers, includes files from architecture classes Clark taught at Stanford containing syllabi, exams, informational materials, lectures, and correspondence, 1950-1972; files from Stanford's Class of 1914 fundraising efforts, 1977-1979; copies of his two memoirs, 1971 and 1982; and other miscellaneous papers.

    Access Terms

    Clark, Birge M. (Birge Malcolm), 1893-
    Stanford University--Alumni.
    Stanford University--Buildings.
    Architects.
    Architecture, Domestic--California
    Architecture--Study and teaching.
    Palo Alto (Calif.)--History.