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J. C. Clark Papers, 1893-1967View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates: 1911-1956
The J. C. Clark Papers document Clark's 40-year career with the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in the United States and in China as Boy's Division Secretary and World Brotherhood Secretary. The papers also document elements of his personal life, including his marriage to former OSU Dean of Home Economics Ava Milam.
Extent: 0.7 cubic feet
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Statement on Access: The collection is open for research.
Statement on Description: This collection was fully processed in June 2016, and the Jesse C. and Ava Milam Clark Photographic Collection (P 152) was formally dissolved and integrated with this collection and the Ava Milam Clark Papers at that time.
Preferred Citation: J. C. Clark Papers (MSS ClarkJC), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
Acquisition Note: These materials were separated from the Ava Milam Clark Papers in 2016. They were originally acquired through her estate in 1975.
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Series 1: Religious Work, 1911-1967 Add to Shelf
Series 1 is comprised primarily of reports authored by Clark as Boys' Division Secretary at the Shanghai Young Men's Christian Association from 1911-1926. These detailed narrative reports include letters to individuals and to groups, which Clark calls "report letters." These document activities and developments within the organization and within the locale. Clark reports on the development of services for citizens, which include English classes, financial aid, religious services, employment and placement services, social activities, gym facilities, and public health campaigns covering sanitation, temperance, and prevention of tuberculosis and cholera. The reports also document the YMCA's establishment of day and evening schools for boys, the development of an apprentice school, citizenship courses, and the first Boy Scout troop in China, lead by Clark. Some reports include printed color ephemera such handouts and pamphlets for young boys. Other materials include publications from the YMCA in Shanghai, and a small amount of material related Clark's work with the American Baptist Assembly.
Box-Folder 1.1: YMCA reports and letters, 1911-1914 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.2: YMCA reports and letters, 1912-1914 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.3: YMCA Annual Report, 1915 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.4: YMCA reports and letters, 1915-1916 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.5: YMCA Annual Report, 1917-1918 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.6: YMCA reports and letters, 1917-1919 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.7: YMCA Annual Reports, 1918-1919 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.8: YMCA letters and reports, 1920-1922 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.9: YMCA letters and reports, 1921-1922 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.10: YMCA letters and reports, 1923-1924 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.11: YMCA letters and reports, 1925 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.12: YMCA letters and reports, 1926-1927 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.13: Articles by J. C. Clark, 1911-1952 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.14: Publications of Shanghai YMCA, 1914-1927 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.15: National YMCA reports, 1933, 1967 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.16: American Baptist Assembly, Green Lake, Wisconsin, 1933-1963 Add to Shelf
Series 2: Correspondence, 1944-1956 Add to Shelf
Series 2: Correspondence includes both incoming and outgoing letters, especially related to Clark's retirement from the YMCA in 1944 and from the American Baptist Assembly in 1952. Correspondence with family members and friends trading news and advice appear throughout the series. Of particular note is a file of letters (folder 2.4) regarding Clark's interest in spiritualism and the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship late in his life.
Box-Folder 2.1: Correspondence, 1944 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.2: Correspondence, 1951-1952 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.3: Correspondence, 1954-1956 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.4: Correspondence, 1954-1956 Add to Shelf
Series 3: Personal Materials, 1893-1956 Add to Shelf
Series 3 consists of a textbook used by Clark while attending Oregon Agricultural College, several address and appointment books, and multiple photographs of Clark, his friends, and his family.
Box-Folder 2.5: Harmony of the Gospels, 1893 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.6: Address and date books, 1923-1954 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.7: Phi Kappa Phi materials, 1928 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.8: Photographs, circa 1900-1954 Add to Shelf
Includes P152:1, P152:2, P152:3, P152:4, P152:5, P152:6, P152:7
Box-Folder 2.9: Obituaries, 1956-1957 Add to Shelf