Guide to the Papers of Sylvia Clark, 1865 - 1961Manuscript MS-1216

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Sylvia Clark, 1865 - 1961

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1216

Collection Dates:

1865 - 1961

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft.)

Abstract:

Sylvia Clark, neighbor and colleague of poet Robert Frost. Contains many letters to her nephew Herbert Faulkner West, some concerning Frost, as well as other correspondence about Frost, photographs, poetry manuscripts, and clippings. Also included are a few items of correspondence, drawings, and writings, of Clark's family.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Sylvia Clark contain correspondence, primarily with her nephew Herbert Faulkner West, photographs, poetry manuscripts, drawings, and clippings. Many of the items document Clark's association with Robert Frost, first as a neighbor of the poet in Derry, New Hampshire, and later as a colleague while teaching at Pinkerton Academy. Also included are a few letters, manuscripts, and drawings of Sylvia Clark's mother Mary Latham Clark, her brother-in-law E.E. Pettee, and Margaret Clark.

Biography

Sylvia Clark was born in Derry, New Hampshire, in 1871. She met the poet Robert Frost early in life; her father, Dr. David S. Clark, was the physician to Frost's family while Frost was living in Derry. Sylvia Clark attended Pinkerton Academy and Wellesley College. She returned to New Hampshire to teach at Pinkerton Academy from 1905 to 1932. Robert Frost, also a teacher at Pinkerton from 1906-1911, wrote a humorous poem for Clark titled "An A No. 1 Sundown." Sylvia Clark died in 1978.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Papers, 1865-1961

Contains correspondence, photographs, poetry manuscripts, drawings, and clippings of Sylvia Clark. Also included are letters, manuscripts, and drawings of Sylvia Clark's mother Mary Latham Clark, her brother-in-law E.E. Pettee, and Margaret Clark.

Box: 1, Dates: 1865-1961

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence with Herbert Faulkner West, 1946-1954 and undated
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence with Robert S. Newdick, 1935-1939
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence with Kathleen Morrison, 1952
  • Folder: 4, Poetry Manuscripts, 1931 and undated
  • Folder: 5, Photographs, 1865-circa 1910
  • Folder: 6, Newspaper Clippings, 1961 and undated
  • Folder: 7, Correspondence and Writings of Mary Latham Clark, 1907-1947
  • Folder: 8, Correspondence of Margaret Clark, undated
  • Folder: 9, Writing and Drawing by E.E. Pettee, undated

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