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Dixon-Clark family papers, 1882-1950 (Bulk: 1900-1945)
1.417 linear feet (3 containers)
Collection number: CA.MS.00368

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:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

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Biographical / Historical

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

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:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Preferred Citation

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

Dixon-Clark family papers, Smith College Archives, CA-MS-00368, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

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

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



correspondence
1925 - 1940

Box 1: folder 1
Elizabeth Marguerite Dixon Clark



correspondence
1900 - 1941

Box 1: folder 2
postcards
1905 - 1910

Box 1: folder 3
will
undated

Box 1: folder 4
"The Forest Playmates"
undated

Box 1: folder 5
poetry
undated

Box 1: folder 6
poetry collections
undated

Box 1: folder 7
"If You Only Had One More Year"
undated

Box 1: folder 8
Henry Austin Clark, Jr.



correspondence
1940 - 1945

Box 1: folder 9
Henry Austin Clark, Sr.



correspondence
1890 - 1950

Box 1: folder 10
diary
1916 - 1950

Box 1: folder 11
general
1890 - 1950

Box 1: folder 12
Photographs and Ephemera



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



pin, National Gun Association
undated

Box 3
pocketknife
undated

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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