Elaine Clark Papers

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Elaine Clark papers
Creator: Clark, Elaine, 1895-1986
Call Number: D.188
Dates: 1918-1947
Physical Description: 1 box, 9 folders
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Elaine Clark papers
Creator: Clark, Elaine, 1895-1986
Call Number: D.188
Dates: 1918-1947
Physical Description: 1 box, 9 folders
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Miss Clark, a native of Rochester, graduated from Wellesley College in 1917, and pursued a career in the Girl Scouts.

Scope and Content
This collection consists of the personal letters of Elaine Clark, written home to her family at 269 Alexander Street in Rochester, New York, while she was away on various trips.

Most of the letters here were written in 1928 while she was travelling to and staying in the Philippine Islands, and afterwards as she continued on a trip around the world. There are 44 letters concerning this trip, from March 7 to August 30. There is also one letter, dated November 6, from her friend Charlotte Massey, a missionary, nurse and school teacher in the Philippines. Miss Massey, a lifelong friend of Miss Clark's, was a Deaconess in the Episcopal Church. She had returned to the Philippines, and Miss Clark had accompanied her.

Miss Clark traveled aboard the steamer SS President Lincoln from San Francisco. The trip took her to cities in Japan and China, then Hong Kong, and finally Manila, where she disembarked. Letters indicate her fascination with the Oriental cities, how clean they seemed to be, how many people there were, and how friendly they all were. Leaving Manila on March 26, she, Charlotte, and several others (mostly native men as guides) traveled by train, car, truck, and horseback through the towns and jungles. They arrived in Balbalasang, Kalinga, on April 1, where she stayed for about 7 1/2 weeks. Her letters home tell of her experiences with the native people and customs, as well as her contact with the few Americans there. She writes in her letter of May 11 that an American Army officer has informed her that she was the first person ever to use a movie camera in the Philippine mountains, an honor she unknowingly took away from him.

She left Balbalasang on May 24, and by June 2 she had returned to Manila and boarded the SS President Cleveland for the next part of her trip. She stopped for a while to visit friends in Paris and London before sailing for New York in mid-August. Again she wrote home with descriptions of her adventures, fascinated by the sights and people.

There are also some 17 later letters, from 1932 to 1947, primarily concerning her work with the Girl Scouts. Included are 3 letters sent while travelling with 4 girls to Switzerland for a camp-out/get-together with Scouts from several other countries. Also included is a photocopy of a 1942 letter from Douglas MacArthur to Charlotte Massey's brother, J. Albert Massey, whose sister had been taken prisoner during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines.

One folder contains 1 or 2 typed copies of several of her 1928 letters. There are 3 collections of typed excerpts from some of those letters also. The last folder contains a few souvenirs of her trip. Included are photocopies of three newspaper clippings about a hurricane her ship had encountered, and a Western Union telegraph code book for travelers. Also, several picture-post cards may be found in her letters of March 19 and August 12, 1928.

Subject(s):
Travel
Correspondence
Clark, Elaine, 1895-1986
Girl Scouts of the United States of America
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Elaine Clark, February 23, 1984.Access
The Elaine Clark papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Elaine Clark papers, D.188, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Original correspondence from the Philippines trip, March 1928
Box 1, Folder 2Original correspondence from the Philippines trip, April 3- May 13, 1928
Box 1, Folder 3Original correspondence from the Philippines trip, June 1928
Box 1, Folder 4Original correspondence from the Philippines trip, July 1928
Box 1, Folder 5Original correspondence from the Philippines trip, August-November 1928
Box 1, Folder 6Original correspondence, 1932-1947, undated
Box 1, Folder 7Typed copies, all 1928
Includes March 14, 22; April 3, 25; May 11; June 3

Box 1, Folder 8Typed excerpts from letters, all 1928
Includes March 17, 19, 21, 22; April 3, 11, 25, 26; May 11; June 3.

Box 1, Folder 9Souvenirs and miscellaneous
"12 Snapshots of London - Real Photographs"
2 partial letters
3 envelopes
Card with penciled notes
Photocopy of 3 newspaper clippings (March 11 12, 1928)
Photograph booklet of buildings in Chartes, France (b/w)
Photograph booklet St. Wolfgang, Austria (color)
Postcard of Weggis, Switzerland (b/w)
Steamship guest list
Western Union Travelers' Cable Code book


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