Guide to the William Clark Family Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: William Clark Family
Title: William Clark Family Papers
Dates: 1740-1926 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 container. (.5 linear feet of shelf space.) (190 items.)
Collection Number: Cage 77
Summary: Correspondence, genealogies, accounts and financial records of a family which settled successively in New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and southeastern Washington.
Repository: Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Contact Information: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
100 Dairy Road
Terrell Library 5610
Pullman WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Languages: Collection materials are in English 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

This collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation :  

[Item Description]. Cage 77, William Clark Family Papers . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The William Clark family collection is arranged in three series.

Series one consists of documents, correspondence, and reminiscences arranged chronologically from 1740 through 1926. Most of this series was generated by the family from three subsequent locations: (1) that portion of Massachusetts Bay Province which became Cheshire County, New Hampshire, (2) Dane County, Wisconsin, and (3) the area of Washington Territory which formed Columbia, Garfield and Whitman counties. Six personal and business account books of William Clark and W. I. Clark, dated 1852 through 1891, comprise the second series. Series three consists of communications between members of the Clark family and the Washington State University Libraries dating 1949 through 1978.

Acquisition Information :  

Ellen Clark (Mrs. Oliver) Ricketts deposited the William Clark family collection (77-49) in the Washington State University Libraries in November 1949. Mrs. Bernard Ricketts made an additional deposit in August 1977, and donated the collection to the Libraries.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

1-5 Series 1: Papers. Family and business correspondence, genealogical records, mortgages, wills, promissory notes, receipts, 1740-1926
175 items.
6-11 Series 2: Account Books. Personal and business records of William Clark and W. I. Clark, 1852-1891
6 items.
12 Series 3: Donor File. Correspondence and agreements between Washington State University Librarians and Mrs. Oliver (Ellen Clark) Ricketts and Mrs. Bernard Ricketts, 1949-1978
10 items.


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.

  • Personal Names :
  • Ricketts, Ellen Clark, donor. waps  ( donor)
  • Family Names :
  • Clark family --Archives
  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life--Sources

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