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Clark Family Collection

Identifier: MS-Retro-023
The collection spans the mid-19th century from 1820-1876 consisting primarily of correspondence, business records, a journal of S. M. Clark (1811-1890) from a journey to Europe in 1855, personal papers, and manuscript poems of George Hunt Clark (1809-1881). The correspondence and business records primarily relate to mining. Some personal papers come from South America where the Clarks and Silliman had contacts. Manuscript poems included in the collection by George Hunt Clark include “The News” (1856). One series also consists of newspaper clippings related to the Civil War.


  • 1820 - 1870


Language of Materials

Collection is in English and some Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.


2 Cubic Feet (5 flat boxes)

Biographical / Historical

This collection derives from the activities of the Clark Family; a prominent family from Hartford and Granby, Connecticut who ran manufacturing and copper mining businesses spanning the 19th century. S. M. Clark (1811-1890) became a clerk in the Bureau of the Treasury in 1856, rising steadily to the position of Superintendent of the National Currency Bureau in 1862. Clark was removed from his position in 1868 after he put himself on a five dollar note, instead of the explorer William Clark. Also included in the collection are materials from his brother, George Hunt Clark (1809-1881), a poet, businessman, and Trustee of Watkinson Library, as well as his brother, Ezra Clark Jr., a manufacturer who frequently corresponded with Benjamin Silliman (1816-1885), professor of chemistry at Yale University who specialized in mineralogy and copper mining.


There are six series: Series I: Papers of S. M. Clark, 1851-1857; Series II: Papers of Ezra Clark Jr., 1850-1876; Series III: Papers of George Hunt Clark, 1856-1858; Series IV: Family Business Correspondence and Papers, 1848-1856; Series V: Miscellaneous Family Correspondence and Handwritten Papers, 1851-1878, and Series VI: Civil War Newspaper Clippings, 1861-1865. Correspondence are arranged alphabetically by sender.

Repository Details

Part of the Trinity College Archives Repository

Watkinson Library
300 Summit St.
Hartford CT 06106 USA