Fonds 1143 - Clark family fonds

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UTA 1143


Clark family fonds


  • [ca. 1888]-1994 (Creation)

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5.9 m of textual, graphic and cartographic records (31 boxes)

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Herbert Clark was a student in the Faculty of Arts (Political Science, 1895), who was involved in the Student Strike of 1895. He was President of the class in 1893-1894.

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William Herbert David Clark (BASc 1924) was born in Toronto in 1902, the eldest son of Herbert Abraham Clark. After graduation he moved to Montreal where he joined Combustion Engineering-Superheater Ltd. He died in 1970.

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BComm, 1933

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Born and raised in Toronto, Martha Maud Isabel (Mattie) Clark was the daughter of Herbert A. Clark, KC and Laura (MacNicol) Clark. Ms. Clark, a life-long resident of Toronto, graduated in 1934 from the University of Toronto with a BA in English; received her MA from the same university in 1936, having written a thesis on Governor Simcoe’s Land Policy; and entered the teaching profession. After teacher training, she taught at Branksome Hall, Tilbury High School, Danforth Technical School, and Monarch Park Collegiate where she became head of the Guidance Department. She twice served as president of the Ontario School Counsellors' Association (OSCA), published articles on a variety of subjects, and was described as “magnificent” by both her guidance colleagues and her niece.

During World War II, she worked for the Canadian government’s Selective Service, helping to find people jobs. During retirement, she volunteered at the University of Toronto, was active in the formation of the Sesquicentennial Museum and Archives of the Board of Education. For many years she sang in the choir of Deer Park United Church, was an avid follower of theatre, and belonged to many organizations, including the University Women’s Club, the Champlain Society, the York Pioneers, the Canadian Historical Society, the Empire Club, and the Business and Professional Women’s Club.

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Harriet Clark, BA (hons) Home Economics (University College), 1934, is a daughter of Herbert Abraham Clark (BA, 1895). A sister, Martha (Mattie) and two brothers, Ritchie and David, also graduated from the University. Always interested in writing, she was a member of the Varsity news staff in her second and third years. In 1932 she joined the Women's Press Club, becoming its secretary the following year. Her articles and poems were published under the name "Hal Clark". She was also, during her second year, a member of the League of Nations Club.

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Records documenting the activities of two generations of the Clark family who attended the University of Toronto between 1892 and 1937, as well as Osgoode Hall Law School: Herbert Abraham and his children: William Herbert David, E. Ritchie, Harriet A.L. and Martha (Mattie) Isabel.

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Finding aids for accessions B1991-0016, B1994-0027, and B1996-0032 only.

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