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Job Clark papers

Call Number: MS 18

Scope and Contents

The Job Clark Papers consist of notes, writings, and printed material (1810-1858) relating primarily to the Yale Medical School and the practice of medicine. Clark is listed in the Catalogue of the Medical School of 1815. His medical notes on lectures by Benjamin Silliman, Eli Ives, and Nathan Smith, 1815-1816, are particularly valuable as they relate to the earliest period of medical school history--the Medical Institution was organized August 31, 1813. An addition to the collection focuses more broadly on the entire Clark family and comprises personal correspondence of its members, as well as journal entries and writings, describing their daily lives and interactions.


  • 1810-1882


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to the typed transcripts in Accession 2012-M-015 has been transferred to Yale University. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Sheldon DeForest Clark, 1968; gift of Sheldon DeForest, Dr. Lucy Swanton Clark, and Jared A. Clark, 2011.


2.25 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


Notebooks of an early student at the Yale Medical School (ca.1815) on lectures by Silliman, Ives & Smith; notebooks on his medical practice; medical reference and prescription notebooks; Ravenna, Ohio, meteorological journals; miscellaneous medical notes and printed material. An addition to the collection comprises personal correspondence of Job Clark and family members, as well as journal entries and writings.

Biographical / Historical

Job Clark grew up in Westfield, Massachusetts, and married Ruth Sheldon of that town. After attending the Yale Medical School in 1815 and 1816, he served as Surgeon's Mate with the Militia of Massachusetts until 1824. Clark later moved to Ravenna, Ohio, where he raised his family and practiced medicine until his death.

Guide to the Job Clark Papers
Under Revision
compiled by staff of Manuscripts and Archives
January 1970
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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