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Robert Carleton Clark memorial essays

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: F979.5 C549


Robert Carleton Clark (1877–1939) was and educator and historian who served as head of the department of History at the University of Oregon until his death in 1939. The Robert Carleton Clark memorial essays collection contains unpublished works by Clark's former graduate students on a variety of 19th and early 20th century Oregon history topics.


  • 1941-1943


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room.

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Carlton Clark (1877-1939), teacher and historian, son of Sallie (McQuigg) and Addison Clark, was born at Thorp Spring, Texas, on March 4, 1877. In 1893 he graduated from Add-Ran College (later Texas Christian University). His early teaching was in the public schools of Mineral Wells and at Bay View College in Portland, Texas. While a graduate student at the University of Texas, he prepared transcripts of official documents in the national archives of Mexico. He was one of the early historians of Spanish-French relations on the Texas-Louisiana border. His earliest authoritative contribution, under the general title "The Beginnings of Texas," appeared in the January and July 1902 Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association (now the Southwestern Historical Quarterly). In 1901–02 he held a graduate scholarship at the University of Wisconsin; in 1903 he was appointed fellow in American history at the same university, where he was awarded a doctorate. He taught at Pennsylvania State College and later at the University of Oregon, where he became head of the history department. While at the University of Oregon he penned a three volume work entitled History of the Willamette Valley, Oregon. He was married first to Ann W. Wallace, with whom he had three children; he then married Marguerite Straugham, and they had two children. On December 4, 1939, he died in the classroom of a heart attack. He was buried in Eugene, Oregon.

Between 1939 and 1941 several of Clark's colleagues, including Jesse S. Gouglas, Dr. G. Verne Blue, Dr. John T. Ganoe, and Dan E. Clark, proposed and organized a volume of memorial essays dedicated to Clark on the topic of Oregon history. This work, edited by Dan E. Clark, was never published.


J. L. Clark, “Clark, Robert Carlton,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 10, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.


0.25 linear feet (1 container) : 1 half manuscript box

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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA