J. Kent Clark, 1917-pres. Professor of English, CIT 1947-86. The papers include manuscripts of dramatic and musical works
(with audio casettes), biographical sketches, essays, a manuscript of Clark's biography of Thomas, Earl of Wharton, and some
correspondence (esp. with Walter Garner).
J. Kent Clark came to Caltech in 1947 as an instructor in English. He was born in 1917 in
Utah, and educated at Brigham Young University and at Stanford. At Caltech he was one of
a group of outstanding teachers of the humanities who began their tenure following World
War II, at the end of the Millikan era. His renown on campus grew with the creation of a
series of musicals on campus life and characters between 1954 and 1988, in collaboration
with Elliott Davis. The musicals were performed by the Caltech Stock Company. A number of
songs from these shows have achieved notoriety of their own. Clark also wrote musicals
and plays for organizations other than Caltech. He is the author of a novel, The
King's Agent, and biographies of Goodwin and Thomas Wharton (the Tom Wharton
biography is still in progress). Clark's life and career are described in the oral
history done for the Caltech Archives in 1990. He became Emeritus in 1986.
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