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Kate Upson Clark Papers, 1893-1935
2 boxes (.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 34

Abstract:
Editor, Trustee, Wheaton College, Suffragist, Journalist, Poet. Papers include diaries; correspondence with family and friends, manuscripts, lectures, biographical material and memorabilia. Her unpublished manuscript of "The Affair of William Strickland & Co.," is an account of charges of "Abolitionist connivance" brought against her father, Edwin Upson.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Unpublished works by Kate Upson Clark are in the public domain, however, copyright to other materials may be owned by a third party or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights, and permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Poem by Kate Upson Clark for her husband, Edward P. Clark, titled "New Year's Day, 1877"

Poem by Kate Upson Clark for her husband,
Edward P. Clark, titled "New Year's Day, 1877"

Catherine (Kate) Pickens Upson was born in Alabama in 1851, to Edwin Upson and Priscilla Maxwell. She was raised in Charlemont, Massachusetts and graduated from Wheaton Female Seminary (now Wheaton College), Norton, Mass., in 1869. In 1874, she married Edward P. Clark, and they had three sons, Charles, John and George. She contributed articles and columns to periodicals including Godey's Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Christian Herald, Harper's and various children's magazines. She was editor of the Springfield (Mass.) Republican, Good Cheer Magazine, and eventually the New York Evening Post. She published several books (mostly children's), short stories, and a novel.

After her husband's death in 1903, Kate Clark lectured extensively throughout U.S. on popular, cultural, literary, and political subjects including suffrage. She resided in New York City and was active in the suffrage and temperance movements, and founded the Brooklyn's Women's Republican Club. She taught courses on lecturing at Columbia University and was a trustee of Wheaton College from 1907 until her death in 1935.

[See also Clark Family Tree in reading room]

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Kate Upson Clark Papers include diaries, correspondence, published and unpublished writings (including notes, articles, lectures, and poems), biographical material and memorabilia. Correspondence from and to family, friends, and students includes intimate letters (1914-22) to her sister, Mary Upson Avery, covering personal, family, occupational, and financial matters, and including references to her activities as a Trustee of Wheaton College, persons of varying importance met through lecture engagements, and glimpses into the careers of her sons, Charles Upson and John Kirkland Clark. Her unpublished manuscript, "The Affair of William Strickland & Co.," is an account of charges of "Abolitionist connivance" brought by the booksellers' business in Mobile, Alabama in which her father Edwin Upson, a native of Connecticut, was an associate. Other writings include composition books (1862-67); diaries she kept as an adolescent and young woman (1862-68, 1888); and extensive notes on a European trip (1923-25).


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

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Unpublished works by Kate Upson Clark are in the public domain, however, copyright to other materials may be owned by a third party or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights, and permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

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

Kate Upson Clark Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Kate Upson Clark Papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by her son, Charles Upson Clark, circa 1950 and 1961.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised by Margaret Jessup, 2005.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

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

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Language
English.

Contents List



Correspondence



Kate Upson Clark to family,
1914-15

Box 1
Kate Upson Clark to Mary (sister) and Oscar Avery,
1916-22

Box 1
Friends to Kate Upson Clark,
1919-26, n.d.

Box 1
Edwin Markham to Kate Upson Clark,
1906

Box 1
Friends to Edward P. Clark (husband),
1874-89

Box 1
Friends and relatives to Mary P. Upson,
1899, n.d.

Box 1
Students to Mary P. Upson,
1897-05, n.d.

Box 1
Memorabilia



Memorial tribute from Wheaton College,
1935

Box 1
Miscellaneous memorabilia


Box 1
Writings



Miscellaneous notes


Box 1
"The Affair of William Strickland & Co." (manuscript)


Box 1
Articles for Godey's Magazine and Christian Herald,
1893, 1909

Box 1
Poems


Box 1
Notes


Box 2
"My Reminiscences,"
n.d.

Box 2
European travel journal,
1923-25

Box 2
Diaries (8),
1862-68, 1888

Box 2
History notebook,
1866

Box 2
White Butterfly by Kate Upson Clark,
1900

Box 2

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Subjects
  • Abolitionists--Indiana--Biography--Sources
  • Clark, Kate Upson, 1851-1935
  • Europe--Description and travel--Sources
  • Family--United States--History--19th century--Sources
  • Journalists--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.)--History--Sources
  • Women authors, American--20th century--Biography--Sources
  • Women editors--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Women journalists--United States--Biography--Sources


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