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Charles Upson Clark papers

Collection MS-1986-055: Charles Upson Clark papers


  • Creation: 1887-1960

Scope and Contents

These papers document the scholarly work of Charles Upson Clark through correspondence, writings, and ephemera. His writings include book reviews and an unpublished memoir, "Platform Ramblings.". Also included are his notes, likely from his student years, on topics such as biology, languages, and philosophy. His ephemera includes pre-printed greetings and announcement postcards he created to promote his lecture tours, as well as collected cards from his childhood. There is also a document in Arabic and one photograph of Clark in 1954.


Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical note

Charles Upson Clark, 1875-1960, was born to Edward Perkins Clark and Catherina Pickens Upson. He received his B.A. in 1897 and his Ph.D. in 1903, both from Yale University. After finishing his studies he worked as the principal of the Massawippi Summer School in Quebec.

Clark travelled widely in Europe and served with U.S. Military Intelligence in the First World War. He then worked in Europe as Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution. He became a professor of languages at the City College of New York and later taught history at Columbia University.

Clark was a fellow of the American Geographic Society, the Royal Historical Society, and the Medieval Academy of America. He wrote on topics ranging from classical literature to modern Romania.


"Charles Upson Clark," Revolvey, accessed 3 July, 2019.

"Clark, Charles Upson," WorldCat Identities, accessed 3 July, 2019.

Burke, William Jeremish and Howe, Will D. American Authors and Books (New York; Crown Publishers, Inc., 1962).


1.75 Linear Feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



Composed of correspondence, book reviews, typescripts, lecture announcements, and photographs of twentieth-century American author and scholar Charles Upson Clark. Includes a manuscript draft of his autobiographical "Platform Ramblings."


This collection is arranged in three series. Series I. Correspondence. Series II. Writings. Series III. Ephemera.


Because the current accessioning system was not used until January 1986, it is not possible to know exactly the dates of acquisition of materials received before that time. Notes found with the materials indicate that the lecture announcements and greeting postcards were a gift of Edward D. Little in 1962.

Related Materials

Charles Upson Clark Papers (MS 1294). Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library.

Separated Materials

Published works associated with this collection have been transferred within the Burns Library and can be found in the Boston College Library catalog.

Charles Upson Clark Papers
Thomas Osborne, 1995; revised by Rachael Young
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States