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Guide to the John Davenport Clarke Papers


New York State Historical Association - Research Library
Special Collections
P.O. Box 800, 5798 State Highway 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-1470

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-02-04T11:30-0500

Repository: New York State Historical Association - Research Library
Title: John Davenport Clarke Papers
Dates: 1889-1949
Quantity: 5.75 cubic feet + 20 v.
Funding Source:This finding aid was made available electronically through a Regional Bibliographic Data Bases (RBDB) grant from the South Central Regional Library Council, Ithaca, N.Y.
Identification: Coll. No. 12
Language: English

Scope and Content Note

Political and personal papers of John Davenport Clarke include mostly correspondence, scrapbooks, and photographs, along with publications, speeches, financial records, and estate papers, 1889-1949. Also contains some papers of Clarke's sister, Eleanor Clarke Slagle, who was known for her work in occupational therapy.

Series Descriptions

Series 1. Correspondence. 2.5 cubic feet (6 boxes).

Business (subseries 1) and personal (subseries 2) correspondence of Clarke. Despite the division into subseries, there is still some mixing of both types of correspondence. Subseries 1 is arranged alphabetically. Subseries 2 is arranged both alphabetically and chronologically, as indicated in the inventory.

Series 2. Photographs, Publications, Speeches, Financial Records, Estate Papers, etc. 2.25 cubic feet (3 boxes).

The photographs are mostly Clarke's personal and family photographs. This series includes Eleanor Clarke Slagle papers. Box 6 is arranged alphabetically. The arrangement scheme in boxes 7 and 9 is unknown.

Series 3. Scrapbooks. 1 cubic foot (1 box) + 20 volumes.

The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings, photographs, programs, invitations, publications, and other items. Arranged chronologically.

Biographical/Historical note

John Davenport Clarke (1873-1933) was a U.S. Congressman who served Delaware, Otsego, Chenango, and Broome Counties in New York State from 1921 to 1925 and 1927 to 1933. He was born in Hobart, Delaware County, N.Y., graduated from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, and received a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. Prior to becoming a Congressman, he was a farmer and also worked for the mining departments of Carnegie Steel Co. and the United States Steel Corp. During his years in Congress he was closely involved with local dairy and shoemaking interests and with land conservation. As a stimulus to local 4-H activities, he turned much of his property in Fraser, Delaware County, New York into a recreation site for their benefit. Clarke died while in office in 1933 and his seat was taken over by his wife, Marian Williams Clarke, until early 1935.


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Accession Numbers

FM-44.72, NM-82.74

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