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Edward Strong Clark Papers

Edward Strong Clark Papers

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EDWARD STRONG CLARK PAPERS, 1922-1951





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Clark, Edward Strong
Title:Edward Strong Clark Papers
Dates:1922/1951
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Edward Strong Clark Papers contain correspondence and other work related papers.
Collection Number:MH 59

Series List


SERIES I. Correspondence
SERIES II. Other

Scope and Content Note

The Edward Strong Clark Papers contain correspondence and other work related papers. All of the materials related to Clark's interest in all things nautical. It originally thought that his photographs went to the Peabody Museum; however, that cannot be confirmed at this time. This collection has been divided into two series.


Series I. Correspondence consists of personal letters received by Clark, those from marine compiler Frederick C. Matthews, and those from marine artist Charles R. Patterson. There is also correspondence from a photographic print dealer.


Series II. Other contains notes to Clark from George Francis Dow of the Marine Research Society, regarding prints ordered, and a list of those prints. Also included is a proposal for establishing a maritime museum in San Francisco. This series also contains material related to the American Neptune, including correspondence about a meeting, meeting agenda, and report. There are also typescripts related to a variety of subjects, including an introduction to Frederick C. Matthews' book American Merchant Ships, with annotations and corrections, research notes such as descriptions of vessels, and reminiscences of a Bath, Maine sea captain. All of the typescript material appears to have been typed by Frederick Matthews.


Biographical Sketch

Edward Strong Clark was a manager for General Steamship Corporation, Ltd., in both Baltimore and San Francisco from the 1920s into the 1940s. During World War II, Clark served the government in some capacity in San Francisco, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (possibly in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps). At some point, he returned to the East Coast, relocated to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was living there in 1951.


Clark possessed an avid interest in all things nautical, and had an extensive collection of marine photographs, particularly sailing vessels. He freely lent from his accumulation to the two major correspondents represented in this collection. Clark was instrumental in the founding of the San Francisco Museum of Science and Industry in 1941 (now the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park), and served as its first director. He was also a member of the editorial advisory board of the American Neptune, a quarterly journal of maritime history, from its inception in 1941 until 1952.


Other than the name of his wife, Marion, no other family details have been found.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Matthews, Frederick C.
Patterson, Charles Robert, 1878-1958
Challenge (Ship)
Marine Research Society (Salem, Mass.)
Pacific Coast Marine Association (San Francisco, Calif.)
San Francisco Museum of Science and Industry (San Francisco, Calif.)
St. Stephen (Ship)
Star of Chile (Ship)
Three Brothers (Ship)
Triumphant (Ship)
W. R. Grace (Ship)
American neptune
Sailors
World War, 1939-1945--Public opinion

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Edward Strong Clark Papers, MH 59, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was found in the collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Robert F. Craig, October 1998. Updated by Hilary Streifer, March 2015.


Related Material

American Neptune. 1 (1941): 102, 204, 315-316.


Howe, Octavius T. and Frederick C. Matthews. American Clipper Ships: 1833-1858. vol. II. Salem, MA: Marine Research Society, 1927.


Matthews, Frederick C. American Merchant Ships: 1850-1900. vol. II. Salem, MA: Marine Research Society, 1931.


Edward S. Clark Sailing Ships Scrapbook Collection, undated. SCR 53.


Edward S. Clark International Sail and Steam Scrapbook, 1920. SCR 54.


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