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  • Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Clark Family Second World War correspondence
    source: Clark, Paul F.
    Creator: Clark, Albert M. "Al", Private
    Creator: Clark, David J., Tech Corporal
    Creator: Clark, Donald T., Motor Machinist's Mate First Class
    Creator: Clark, George H., Boatswain's Mate Second Class
    Creator: Clark, Robert T., Lieutenant
    Creator: Clark, Stuart W., Corporal
    Creator: Clark, John Niel, Staff Sergeant
    Creator: Clark, Duncan
    Creator: Clark, Oliver "Joe"
    Creator: Clark, Rosamond
    Identifier/Call Number: 2016.191.w.r
    Physical Description: 2.75 Linear feet (32 folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1917 February 17 - 2013 March 5
    Date (bulk): 1939 April 11 - 1951 June 7
    Abstract: This collection contains letters, photographs and ephemera from nine Clark brothers: Pvt. George H. Clark, USCG; Pvt. Albert M. Clark, USA; Motor Machinist's Mate, Donald T. Clark, USN; Lt. Robert T. Clark, USA; Cpl. Stuart W. Clark, USA; Pfc. David J. Clark, USA; S/Sgt.John Neil Clark, USA; Cpl. Oliver Joseph Clark, USA, and Duncan Clark to their parents Donald Sr. and Celia Nunn Clark in Orange, CA and to other friends and family, primarily about their service during the Second World War. The bulk of the correspondence was written by Albert, David, Donald, George, Robert and Stuart Clark.
    Language of Material: English .
    Container: WWII 105
    Container: 1-6
    Container: 1-6
    Container: WWII 106
    Container: 1-8
    Container: 7-14
    Container: WWII 107
    Container: 1-8
    Container: 15-22
    Container: WWII 108

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Paul F. Clark (son of George H. Clark)


    This collection is arranged alphabetically by name of the letter writer and by material type. The arrangement within each series and folder is chronological. -- Series 1: Records of Albert M. Clark, 1939-07 - 2000-12 -- Series 2: Records of David J. Clark, 1939 - 1946 -- Series 3: Records of Donald T. Clark, 1940-03 - 1945-11 --Series 4: Records of Duncan Clark and John Neil Clark, 1941-1944 -- Series 5: Records of George H. Clark, 1941-03 - 1946-07 -- Series 6: Records of Robert T. Clark, 1941-03 - 1945-06 -- Series 7: Records of Stuart W. Clark, 1937-03 - 1945-09 -- Series 8: Records of Rosamond Clark, 1940-1945 -- Series 9: Correspondence to Donald and Celia Clark, 1917-1945 -- Series 10: Biographical material, 1877-2013 -- Series 11: Photographs, 1930-1950 -- Series 12: Ephemera, 1942-1945 -- Series 13: Financial records, 1943-1945.

    Biographical / Historical

    This collection contains correspondence from nine Clark brothers, sons of Donald Sr. and Celia Nunn Clark, as well as other Clark family members. The brothers include:
    • Private Albert M. "Al" Clark, United States Army
    • Tech Corporal David J. Clark, United States Army
    • Motor Machinist's Mate First Class Donald T. Clark, United States Navy
    • Staff Sergeant John Neil "Neil" Clark, United States Army
    • Boatswain's Mate Second Class George H. Clark, United States Coast Guard
    • Lieutenant Robert T. Clark, United States Army
    • Corporal Stuart W. Clark, United States Army
    The Clark family lived at 607 W. Palmyra, Orange, CA, where they had a citrus farm (Yale Grove). Donald Clark, Sr. was the son of Albert Barnes Clark and Mary Teegarden Clark, early citrus farmers in Orange, CA. See Series 10. -- Biographical resources include "Pioneer Ranch Life in Orange: A Victorian Woman in Southern California" by Mary Teegarden Clark. -- https://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/donald-clark_88250922 https://www.geni.com/people/Celia-Clark/6000000003456924896

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title, Box number, Folder number], Clark Family Second World War correspondence (2016.191.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Content Description

    This collection contains the correspondence of nine Clark brothers to their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Clark, Sr. (Celia Nunn Clark), in Orange, CA during the Second World War. It also includes correspondence written by the brothers to other friends and relatives during the same period as well as letters to the Clark family from friends and relatives. The bulk of the collection is correspondence from Albert, David, Donald, George, Robert, and Stuart.
    There are only three letters from John "Neil" Clark, five from Duncan (See Series 4) and only one from Oliver "Joe" Clark which is included in a round robin letter in Records of Albert Clark (See Series 1, 5/27/1943).
    There are several letters from Rosamond Clark to her parents and brothers. The collection also contains photographs and photo postcards of places the Clark brothers worked, visited or served in the military.
    Also included are ephemera, principally collected by George Clark, and artwork by Albert Clark. The collection also includes a historical biography "Pioneer Ranch Life in Orange: A Victorian Woman in Southern California" by Mary Teegarden Clark, edited by Paul F. Clark, 2013.

    Conditions Governing Use

    There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War (1939-1945)
    Correspondence -- World War, 1939-1945
    Orange (Calif.)
    World War (1939-1945) -- Homefront
    World War (1939-1945) -- Campaigns -- Northern Mariana Islands -- Tinian.
    Clark, Paul F.