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Clark Family Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2016-191-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains the correspondence of nine Clark brothers to their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Clark, Sr. (Celia Nunn Clark), in Orange, CA during the Second World War. It also includes correspondence written by the brothers to other friends and relatives during the same period as well as letters to the Clark family from friends and relatives. The bulk of the collection is correspondence from Albert, David, Donald, George, Robert, and Stuart. There are only three letters from John "Neil" Clark, five from Duncan (See Series 4) and only one from Oliver "Joe" Clark which is included in a round robin letter in Records of Albert Clark (See Series 1, 5/27/1943). -- There are several letters from Rosamond Clark to her parents and brothers. The collection also contains photographs and photo postcards of places the Clark brothers worked, visited or served in the military. -- There are ephemera, principally collected by George Clark, and artwork by Albert Clark. The collection also includes a historical biography "Pioneer Ranch Life in Orange: A Victorian Woman in Southern California" by Mary Teegarden Clark, edited by Paul F. Clark, 2013.


  • 1917 February 17-2013 March 5
  • Majority of material found within 1939 April 11-1951 June 7

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

Biographical / Historical

This collection contains correspondence from nine Clark brothers, sons of Donald Sr. and Celia Nunn Clark. The Clark family lived at 607 W. Palmyra, Orange, CA, where they had a citrus farm (Yale Grove). Donald Clark, Sr. was the son of Albert Barnes Clark and Mary Teegarden Clark, early citrus farmers in Orange, CA. See Series 10. -- Biographical resources include "Pioneer Ranch Life in Orange: A Victorian Woman in Southern California" by Mary Teegarden Clark. --


2.75 Linear feet

Language of Materials



This collection contains letters, photographs and ephemera from nine Clark brothers: Pvt. George H. Clark, USCG; Pvt. Albert M. Clark, USA; Motor Machinist's Mate, Donald T. Clark, USN; Lt. Robert T. Clark, USA; Cpl. Stuart W. Clark, USA; Pfc. David J. Clark, USA; S/Sgt.John Neil Clark, USA; Cpl. Oliver Joseph Clark, USA, and Duncan Clark to their parents Donald Sr. and Celia Nunn Clark in Orange, CA and to other friends and family, primarily about their service during the Second World War. The bulk of the correspondence was written by Albert, David, Donald, George, Robert and Stuart Clark.


This collection is arranged alphabetically by name of the letter writer and by material type. The arrangement within each series and folder is chronological. -- Series 1: Records of Albert M. Clark, 1939-07 - 2000-12 -- Series 2: Records of David J. Clark, 1939 - 1946 -- Series 3: Records of Donald T. Clark, 1940-03 - 1945-11 --Series 4: Records of Duncan Clark and John Neil Clark, 1941-1944 -- Series 5: Records of George H. Clark, 1941-03 - 1946-07 -- Series 6: Records of Robert T. Clark, 1941-03 - 1945-06 -- Series 7: Records of Stuart W. Clark, 1937-03 - 1945-09 -- Series 8: Records of Rosamond Clark, 1940-1945 -- Series 9: Correspondence to Donald and Celia Clark, 1917-1945 -- Series 10: Biographical material, 1877-2013 -- Series 11: Photographs, 1930-1950 -- Series 12: Ephemera, 1942-1945 -- Series 13: Financial records, 1943-1945.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Paul F. Clark (son of George H. Clark)
Finding Aid for the Clark Family Second World War correspondence
Sharon Clairemont
April 25, 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States