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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the James B. Clark Papers



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Clark, James B.
Title: James B. Clark Papers
Dates: 1858-1909
Abstract: Records maintained by James B. Clark as Proctor of the University of Texas, including expense reports, funding statements, correspondence, orders, fees and deposits, and letterpress.
Extent: ca. 6 ft.
Laguage: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

James Benjamin Clark, Civil War soldier, lawyer, and university administrator, was born in Pitt County, North Carolina, in 1831 to William and Louisa Pearce (Lanier) Clark. He attended Franklin College, Tennessee, and in 1851 entered Harvard College, where he graduated in 1855 and enrolled in the law school. In 1857 he was admitted to the bar in Jackson, Mississippi. In the spring of 1861 Clark enlisted in the Eighteenth Mississippi Regiment, C.S.A.; he served for the rest of the war and became a captain. Afterward he moved to Harrodsburg, Kentucky, where he edited a newspaper and, on November 11, 1869, married Florence Anderson. On April 9, 1875, Clark moved to Bonham, Texas, where he practiced law for ten years. On the organization of the University of Texas in 1883, Clark became a member of the Board of Regents. On July 1, 1885, he was named Proctor and Custodian General of the university, a position he held until his sudden death in Austin on December 6, 1908. Clark Field, the baseball field at the university from 1928 to 1974, was named for him.

[from the Handbook of Texas]

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Scope and Contents

Records maintained by Clark as Proctor of the University of Texas, including expense reports, funding statements, correspondence, orders, fees and deposits, and letterpress.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James B. Clark Papers, Dolph Briscoe Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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4L470 Proctor's Records
Ledger of itemized operating expenses for the Main University and the Medical Department, 1885-1899
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4M379 Financial statements concerning University funding, ca. 1858-1902
List of credits acquired by students, undated
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4P278 Proctor's correspondence, records, 1899-1902
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4Q408 Proctor's orders, 1896-1897
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4Q480 University Hall checkbooks and check stubs, 1900-1901
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4Q483 Entrance fee and library deposit stubs, 1887-1889, 1891-1893
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4Q484 Admission fee and library deposit stubs, 1886-1887
Permits to be examined (1 vol.), 1887-1888
Permits to matriculate and to enter school, special students (1 vol.), 1890-1891
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4Q485 Permits to matriculate and to enter school, special students (1 vol.), 1886-1890
Permits to matriculate and to enter school, regular students (1 vol.), 1888-1890
Check stubs, 1888, 1890
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4R102 Correspondence, receipts, 1892-1904
B. Hall Correspondence, 1900-1903
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2R281 Letterpress, April 17, 1902 - October 26, 1903
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4P279 Rules for the library
Letters from Mrs. Clark
Letters from Ashbel Smith
Letters from public schools
Personal business letters, ca. 1885
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4Q484 Personal check stubs, 1889-1890
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4Q483 Personal check stubs, 1890-1893
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2.325/K75c Daily Texan (University of Texas student newspaper) commemorating the life and career of James B. Clark, January 1, 1909

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