Guide to the Robert W. Clark Papers
1954-1989

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Creator: Robert W. Clark, 1931-1991
Title: Papers
Dates: 1954-1989 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 4 cubic feet
Collection Number: MG359
Summary: xxxx
Repository: University of Idaho Library
Special Collections and Archives

Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Languages: English 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

A life long Idaho resident, Robert W. Clark was born September 23, 1931, in Wallace, Idaho, and graduated from Wallace High School in 1949. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954, he received his B.S. degree from the University of Idaho 1956, followed by a M.S. in Business in 1958.

Clark began teaching in the Accounting Department at the University of Idaho in 1956, and was the first person promoted to full professor before the age of 40. He served as chairman of the Accounting Department from 1969-1972. In 1970 he became the director of the Public Utilities Executives Course, and under his direction the course grew from its regional focus to an international course designed for emerging utility executives.

He was the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the university's Outstanding Faculty Award, the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council Outstanding Teacher Award, Outstanding Educator of America Award, Gamma Sigma Delta Annual Award for Excellence, and Moscow Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award.

He served on numerous boards and committees for the state. In 1972 Governor Cecil Andrus appointed him to the Idaho Health Facilities Authority Board on which he was still active at the time of his death in 1991. He also served on the Governor's Blue Ribbon Committee on Health Care from 1976-1978.

He was a member of both the American and Idaho Society of Certified Public Accountants, Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, the Wallace Elks Lodge, and the Vandal Boosters.

He died at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane from complications of pneumonia, on Sunday, January 13, 1991. He was survived by his wife, Dorothy (Anno) Clark, and a son and daughter.

Content Description

The papers of Robert W. Clark span the years 1954 to 1989, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1957 to 1987.

The papers include tests and lecture notes for his classes at the University of Idaho, other university related material, papers related to his professional activities as a Certified Public Accountant, and other papers.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The material in this Manuscript Group was in no apparent order when received, therefore a series order was imposed during processing.

The first series, Classes, contains two subseries. The first of these, Tests, 1957-1987, contains mimeographed tests which Professor Clark gave during his tenure at the University of Idaho. The second contains hand written lecture notes and outlines for his classes, and occasionally also contains mimeographed examinations with answers.

The second series concerns Clark's activities on the university campus. Included are records of his involvement with the Academic Standards Committee and the Bookstore Advisory Committee. Other papers relate to the Public Utility Executives program of which he was director, and a research project in which he was involved.

Professional activities are included in the third series. These involve the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, several state health advisory committees on which he served, and information on various seminars and workshops he attended.

The final series contains accounting exams Clark took while a student at the University of Idaho, handwritten notes for a Spanish class he took, and part of Governor Andrus's speech at the Northern Lights, Inc. annual meeting in 1973.

Another folder in this series contains the financial records of the Idaho Elwetas, Inc., from 1957 to 1971. Especially interesting are the materials concerning their management of the bank account for the repair of fire damage sustained by the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity in 1971; included are the check register, bank statements with paid checks, and statements from the general contractor.

Duplicates of mimeographed material were discarded. Published items, including University of Idaho bulletins, were sent to the Gifts Librarian for possible inclusion in the library collection. This reduced the bulk of the collection by 3 cubic feet.

Acquisition Information :  

The papers of accounting professor Robert W. Clark were transferred to the University of Idaho Library by the College of Business and Economics in April 1991.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Classes, 1957-1989
Container(s)
Description
A. Tests, 1957-1987
Box/Folder
1/1 Accounting 100 & 200, 1959-1960
8 items
1/2 Accounting 201, 1982-1987
13 items
1/3 Accounting 202, 1980-1987
20 items
1/4-5 Accounting 231, 1960-1967
37 items
1/6-8 Accounting 232, 1957-1967
85 items
1/9 Accounting 281, 1965-1969
16 items
1/10 Accounting 331, 1962-1967
25 items
1/11 Accounting 332, 1963-1964
5 items
1/12 Accounting 491, 1965
5 items
1/13-16 Accounting 493, 1959-1987
46 items
B. Lecture Notes, 1959-1989
Box/Folder
1/17-24 Business 31, 1960-1967
214 items
1/25-32 Business 32, 1959-1969
227 items
1/33-34 Business 81, 1967-1968
78 items
1/35-40 Accounting 131, 1969-1974
177 items
2/41 Accounting 131, 1974-1975
42 items
2/42-46 Accounting 132, 1971-1974
167 items
2/47 Accounting 187, 1963
46 items
2/48-55 Accounting 201, 1975-1989
401 items
2/56-62 Accounting 202, 1976-1982
432 items
3/63-64 Accounting 202, 1984-1987
117 items
3/65 Accounting 231, 1975
48 items
3/66 Accounting 239, 1968-1969
26 items
3/67 Accounting 393, 1987
36 items
3/68-78 Accounting 493, 1969-1986
422 items
3/79 Accounting 550, 1969-1970
18 items

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Series II. University, 1965-1989
Container(s)
Description
Box/Folder
3/80-81 Academic Standards Committee, 1974
46 items
3/82 Athletic Procedure Notebook, undated
4 items
3/83 Bookstore Advisory Committee, 1965-1966
56 items
3/84 Budget requests and other financial material for the Accounting Dept., 1971-1984
18 items
3/85 College of Business Faculty, 1972-1977
6 items
3/86 Correspondence, memos, etc., 1965-1986
12 items
3/87 Legislative Auditor's report on the College of Business and Economics, 1969
1 item
3/88 Management Associates, 1968
4 items
3/89 Off campus course taught at Boise (Accounting 505), 1971
27 items
3/90 Papers from students, 1971-1986
3 items
3/91-92 Public Utility Executives' Course, 1961-1989
19 items
3/93-94 Short Term Applied Research (STAR) project: Effect of taxes on plant location, 1970-1971
34 items
3/95 Vita and evaluations, 1980-1983
3 items

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Series III. Professional, 1957-1987
Container(s)
Description
Box/Folder
3/96 AICPA Committee on Auditing Procedure, 1962-1969
21 items
3/97 AICPA Accounting Principles Board, 1966-1969
16 items
3/98 AICAP Committee on Accounting Principles and Auditing Procedures. Current Information Release, 1967-1968
6 items
3/99 AICPA Conference of Securities and Exchange Commission developments, 1979-1982
9 items
3/100 American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, publicity packet, undated
3 items
3/101 Arthur Anderson & Company. Mine management manual, 1966
1 item
4/102 Audit staff training problems, 1961
5 items
4/103-114 CPA exam review sessions, 1972-1982
99 items
4/115 Consulting, 1985
4 items
4/116 Health: Governors Advisory Council on Comprehensive Health Planning, 1972-1984
20 items
4/117 State Economic Stabilization Board, 1972-1973
67 items
4/118 Idaho Health Facilities Authority, 1972-1987
5 items
4/119 Kidder, Peabody & Co. Statement of qualifications and questionnaire responses for Intermountain Health Care, Inc., 1979
1 item
4/120 Home office training school, undated
1 item
4/121 Idaho Society of Certified Public Accountants, 1970-1983
16 items
4/122 Accounting for leases, 1974
3 items
4/123 Kidder, Peabody public utility seminar, 1979
10 items
4/124 Liquid Fertilizer Dealers management conference, 1963-1965
2 items
4/125 Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., seminar, 1982
5 items
4/126 Presbyterian Church audit, 1965
6 items
4/127 Presnell, Gage & Co., & Junes, DePew & Co. Lewiston Orchards sewer contract, 1977
2 items
4/128 Public Utilities Reports, Inc. Utility financing conference, 1981
7 items
4/129 Reprints, 1957-1986
14 items
4/130 Symposium 70, Gettysburg College, 1970
5 items
4/131 Theodore Barry & Associates. Utility accounting course, 1977
7 items
4/132 Touche & Ross. Professors' seminar, 1974
14 items

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Series IV. Other Papers, 1954-1973
Container(s)
Description
Box/Folder
4/133 Accounting exams taken by Clark, 1954-1956
21 items
4/134 Idaho Elwetas, Inc., 1957-1971
34 items
(includes material on Alpha Tau Omega fire, 1971)
4/135 Northern Lights, Inc., annual meeting, 1973
4 items
4/136 Notes for Spanish 181-182
1 item
4/137 Miscellaneous, undated
3 items

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Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

      • Subject Terms :
      • Accountants -- Idaho
      • Accounting -- Study and teaching
      • Other Creators :
      • Clark, Robert William, 1931-1991--Archives.

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