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Dixon - Clark family papers, 1900 - 1945 (Bulk: 1882 - 1945)
3 (1 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 80

Abstract:
The Dixon - Clark family papers contain photographs, newspaper articles, and correspondence regarding the private and social lives of various members of the family.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

The Dixon - Clark family papers document several members of the Dixon - Clark family and, in particular, three generations of Smith graduates.

Henry 'Harry' Austin Clark, Sr. (1865 - 1951) was one of the earliest stockholders of the Hawaiian Steamship Company, VP and Director of the Cuban-American Sugar Company, and Director of the Chaparra Sugar Company, Colonial Sugar Company, and the National Sugar Refining Company. In 1916, he and Elizabeth Marguerite Dixon married. Henry Austin Clark Jr. was born in 1917, followed shortly by Elizabeth Dixon Clark (Nicholas) in 1919.

Elizabeth 'Marguerite' Dixon Clark (1882 - 1942) served as President of the Class of 1906 during her time at Smith College. For several years she taught school in New York City before marrying Henry Austin Clark in 1916. After the birth of her two children, Marguerite continued to play a role in literary and social society. Until her death in 1942, Marguerite was active on several volunteer and philanthropic endeavors including serving on the Board of Directors for the Chistadora House (1925 - 1931) and with the Smith Club of Queens Borough.

Mary Newbury Dixon (1896 - 1978) graduated Smith College in 1917. The youngest sister of Marguerite, she also spent a year teaching school. She completed her Master of Landscape Architecture from the Cambridge School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in 1934 after working several years as a draftsman and computational assistant for the New York Central Railroad.

Henry Austin 'Austie' Clark Jr. (1917 - 1991) attended Harvard in the late-1930s. After naval service during World War II, Clark and his wife Waleta settled into a life of automobile collecting, rallies and tours and raising a family. Clark's collection of cars led him to open the Long Island Automotive Museum (LIAM) in 1948. The museum's collection was moved to the Benson Ford Research Center at The Henry Ford in 1991.

Elizabeth 'Betty' Clark Nicholas (1919 - 1979) graduated Smith College in 1941. She married John Simmons Nicholas and moved to Greenwich, Connecticut.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Dixon - Clark family papers are composed of a wide variety of documents relating to the family's personal history. The collection is heavily photographic; a wide sample of correspondence, personal journals, and writings are available.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Dixon-Clark family papers, Box #, Smith College Archives

History of the Collection

The Dixon-Clark family papers were created over a number of years by various members of the Dixon-Clark family. The collection was given to the Smith College Archives by Ann Clark Eddins, Class of 1966.

Custodial history:

Materials previously arranged and exhibited with the Henry Austin Clark Museum. The collection was transferred to the Smith College Archives in August, 2014.

Processing Information

Elizabeth Carron

Appraisal of records

Elizabeth Carron


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
Elizabeth Dixon Clark


Box 1
correspondence
1925 - 1940

Box 1: folder 1
Elizabeth Marguerite Dixon Clark


Box 1
correspondence
1900 - 1941

Box 1: folder 2
postcards
1905 - 1910

Box 1: folder 3
will
n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
"The Forest Playmates"
n.d

Box 1: folder 5
poetry
n.d

Box 1: folder 6
poetry collections
n.d

Box 1: folder 7
"If You Only Had One More Year"
n.d

Box 1: folder 8
Henry Austin Clark, Jr.


Box 1
correspondence
1940 - 1945

Box 1: folder 9
Henry Austin Clark, Sr.


Box 1
correspondence
1890 - 1950

Box 1: folder 10
diary
1916 - 1950

Box 1: folder 11
general
1890 - 1950

Box 1: folder 12
Photographs and Ephemera


Box 2
Elizabeth Dixon Clark
1919 - 1940

Box 2: folder 1
Henry Austin Clark, Jr.
1917 - 1940

Box 2: folder 2
Henry Austin Clark, Sr.
1915 - 1940

Box 2: folder 3
Elizabeth Marguerite Dixon Clark
1900 - 1940

Box 2: folder 4
general


Box 2: folder 5
Artifacts


Box 3
pin, National Gun Association
n.d.

Box 3
pocketknife
n.d.

Box 3
portrait
around 1910

Box 3
pin, Smith College Alumnae Association
around 1920

Box 3

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Cambridge School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
  • Clark, Elizabeth Marguerite, 1882 - 1942
  • Clark, Henry Austin, 1865 - 1952
  • Clark, Henry Austin, 1917-1991
  • Debutantes-United States
  • Depressions -- 1929 -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Dixon, Mary Newbury, 1896 - 1978
  • Receipts (acknowledgements)
  • Smith College -- Alumni and alumnae.
  • Smith College -- Campus.
  • Smith College -- Student life
  • Upper class women - New York - Social life and customs.
  • Women college students-Massachusetts-Northampton.
  • World War, 1939 - 1945

Genre terms
  • black-and-white photographs
  • correspondence
  • cyanotypes (photographic prints)
  • diaries
  • direct positives


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