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Finding Aid for the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Institutional Archive 1934-2010 Clarkive Post-1934
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  • Title: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Institutional Archive,
    Identifier/Call Number: Clarkive Post-1934
    Contributing Institution: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 159.0 Linear feet 369 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1934-2010
    Abstract: Records of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and the Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies from 1934 to the present. Subjects treated by these materials include library acquisitions, academic events, fellowships, Clark buildings and grounds, publicity and press clippings, and library reference and circulation records.
    Physical location: Clark Library
    creator: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Clark Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Institutional Archive, Clarkive Post-1934, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Processing History

    Processed by Rebecca Fenning, November 2010-February 2011

    Historical Note

    The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library is one of UCLA's major libraries for rare books and manuscripts, with particular strengths in English literature and history (1641-1800), Oscar Wilde, and fine printing. It is located thirteen miles east of campus (about a half-hour drive), in the West Adams District of Los Angeles north of USC. It is administered by UCLA's Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies.
    The library and its collections were founded by William Andrews Clark, Jr., and named after his father, who had built a mining fortune in Montana. The son, a prominent Los Angeles book collector and philanthropist, had a house at the corner of Adams Blvd. and Cimarron Street, and from 1924 to 1926 he constructed the present library on the same lot. Shortly afterwards he announced his intention to donate the collection, the buildings, and the property to UCLA. When he died in 1934 the deed passed to the University.
    The Center, a member of the UCLA Humanities Consortium, provides a forum for the discussion of central issues in the field of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century studies. It organizes academic programs, bringing together scholars from the area, the nation, and the world, with the goal of encouraging research in the period from 1600 to 1800. It seeks to enlarge the Clark Library's holdings in this period in order to enhance research opportunities. The Center's publications program is dedicated to making the results of its conferences known to the larger scholarly public. It provides resident fellowships and scholarships to support research in early modern studies and other areas central to the Clark's collections. In addition it offers a variety of public programs, including chamber music concerts.


    1934 Death of William Andrews Clark, Jr. The library becomes part of UCLA.
    1934-1943 Cora Sanders, Librarian/Curator of Collections
    1944-1966 Lawrence Clark Powell, Director of Library
    1966-1978 William E. Conway, Head Librarian
    1966-1981 Robert G. Vosper, Director of Library
    1978?-1993 Thomas Wright, Head Librarian
    1981-1985 Norman Thrower, Director of Library
    1985 Formation of the Center for 17th- and 18th-century Studies
    1985-1987 Norman Thrower, Director of the Center and Clark
    1987-1991 John Brewer, Director of the Center and Clark
    1991-2011 Peter Reill, Director of the Center and Clark
    1993-1995 John Bidwell, Head Librarian
    1996-2010 Bruce Whiteman, Head Librarian

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of the institutional records of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, 1934-present. Items include materials related to library acquisitions and purchases, reference queries, fellowships, academic events and faculty, financial and administrative records, annual reports, clippings and publicity materials, building and grounds documentation, visitor records and publications. These records document the history of the Clark Library and Center as operating units at UCLA, and their roles in supporting scholarship and research both at the University and beyond.
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Correspondence and Collection Management, 1934-present
    • Series 2. Fellowships, Programs and Publications, 1945-present
    • Series 3. Administrative Records, 1934-2009
    • Series 4. Clark/Center Personnel, 1880-2010
    • Series 5. Publicity and Clippings, 1947-present
    • Series 6. Building and Grounds, 1945-1997
    • Series 7. Miscellany, 1960-2010

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Accession records--United States--20th century
    Acquisitions (Libraries)--United States--20th century
    Administrative records--United States--20th century
    Collection development (Libraries)--United States--20th century
    Congresses and conventions--United States--20th century
    Correspondence--United States--20th century
    Invoices--United States--20th century
    Library administration--United States--20th century
    Library employees--United States--20th century
    Library publications--United States--20th century
    Library records--United States--20th century