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The papers of Virginia painter Eliot Candee Clark measure 6.1 linear feet and date from 1839 to 1984. The papers include biographical materials, correspondence, 21 diaries and notebooks, writings and notes, personal business records, photographs, 9 sketchbooks, and artwork and artifacts. Many of the materials relate to Clark's travels in Europe, India, and throughout the United States.
Scattered biographical materials include awards, an address book, printed material relating to various memberships, and resumes. Records of the Fowler family are also found. Clark's correspondence is with family including Walter Clark, friends, colleagues, and galleries and institutions. Notable correspondents include Leon Sparks and Andrew Wyeth.
Twenty-one volumes of diaries and notebooks are written by Clark and his wife, Margaret Fowler Clark. The diaries contain traditional dated diary entries; others document travels. The notebooks include drafts of writings, lists of artists, financial notes, sketches, and school assignments.
Writings include drafts of articles, book manuscripts, plays, and essays by Clark. A small amount of personal business records consist of legal records, price lists, receipts for personal purchases, and sales and consignment records for Clark's works of art.
Printed materials include books containing works of art by Clark, clippings, a dismantled clippings scrapbook, exhibition announcements and catalogs, magazines, and blank postcards. Photographs are of Clark, the Clark family, friends, colleagues, events, homes, and of works of art. Travel photographs are from Clark's trips to Europe, India, Morocco, and the United States.
Nine sketchbooks depict Nova Scotia, Canada, Albemarle County, Virginia, and India. Artwork and artifacts consist of scattered sketches by Clark, and prints by others.
Eliot Candee Clark papers, 1839-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Portions of the papers were microfilmed onto reel 2027 shortly upon receipt. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the papers on microfilm does not match the arrangement of the papers after processing, and the film is incomplete.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund.
The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries also holds Eliot Candee Clark papers.
Eliot Candee Clark (1883-1980) was a landscape painter, writer, and art historian who worked primarily in Virginia. Walter Clark born 1848 was Eliot Clark's father.
The Eliot Candee Clark papers were donated by his widow Margaret Fowler Clark between 1980 and 1984.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001