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Clark family papers

Call Number: MS 679

Scope and Contents

The Clark Family Papers, 1673-1918, consist mainly of these kinds of material: deeds, surveys, commissions, and judicial records, 1673-1872, related to the Clark family of Saybrook, Ct. (1673-1810), and Darien, N.Y. (1815-72), and other inhabitants of those towns; genealogical notes, transcriptions, and correspondence, 1884-1918, related to the ancestry of Orlando Elmer Clark (1850-1919), who traced his descent from John Clark of Saybrook, Ct., Thomas Carter of Woburn, Mass., Nehemiah Wheeler of Acton, Mass., and John Drury of Boston, and of his wife, Leda A. (Ballard) Clark (1854-); personal papers of Orlando E. Clark, a lawyer, politician, and University Regent of Wisconsin; Clark, Wheeler, Drury, and Ballard family letters, 1807-54; and newspaper clippings related to genealogy and local history. The papers are mounted in a scrapbook, with the majority of non-genealogical items in rough chronological order.

A few items have an interest independent of their connection with the Clark family: a letter, 1725 May 26, from Joseph Talcott (1669-1724) (p. 130); an order of Governor Gurdon Saltonstall (1666-1724) to Major John Clark (1655-1736), 1718 Dec 4, to suppress the disturbances at Saybrook protesting the removal of Yale College to New Haven (p. 203); a Democratic broadside, [1841-44], denouncing Daniel Webster's extravagance as Secretary of State; and three letters, 1901-16, by Robert M. La Follette (1855-1925) to Orlando E. Clark (pp.418-19).

The Clark Family Papers were given to Yale University Library by Ballard Clark and Ruth M. Keeney in 1967.


  • 1673-1918


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 Ballard Clark and Ruth M. Keeney in 1967.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Scrapbook containing correspondence, legal and financial records, genealogies and newspaper clippings of the Clark family of Saybrook, Connecticut and Darien, New York. The principal figure in the scrapbook is Orlando E. Clark, lawyer, politician and University Regent of Wisconsin, among whose correspondents is Robert M. La Follette. Of special interest among the Connecticut papers is an order from Governor Gurdon Saltonstall to Major John Clark (1718) to suppress the disturbances at Saybrook protesting the removal of Yale College to New Haven.

Guide to the Clark Family Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Susan Grigg
April 1979
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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