A Guide to the Benjamin F. Clark Papers, 1932-1937
Born to Sela Ann Clark in Union County, Mississippi, Benjamin F. "Uncle Bennie" Clark (1856-1954) married Roann Jetson and the couple lived in Cooper, Texas, by the 1930s. He was chairman of the Delta County Advisory Board of the Texas Centennial Commission and leader of the Clark Home Demonstration Club.
"B. F. 'Uncle Bennie' Clark." Find A Grave. Accessed May 11, 2011. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=62315784.
Composed of correspondence, printed material, essays, newspaper clippings, and photographs, the Benjamin F. Clark Papers, 1932-1937, document Clark’s work with the Delta County Advisory Board of the Texas Centennial Commission. Correspondence and printed material, 1934-1936, chronicle the creation of the Delta County Advisory Board, the development of the Texas tree-planting initiative, and preparations for the Texas Centennial. Essays, 1936, comprise rules, submissions, and a list of winners pertaining to Delta County school children’s participation in the Walter Woodul Essay Contest, discussing the question "When Will Texas Be One Hundred Years Old?" Newspaper clippings, 1934-1937, describe the activities of Clark, Delta County’s Advisory Board, and the Texas Centennial Commission, while two undated photographs depict Mavis Bryant of St. Patrick’s School in Dallas holding a doll as well as glasses and a book resting on a chair.
This collection is open for research use.
Benjamin F. Clark Papers, 1932-1937, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection contains unprocessed materials.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers