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William Bullock Clark papers

Identifier: MS-0098

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Scope and Contents

The papers of William Bullock Clark consist of correspondence, invoices, and a scrapbook spanning 1888-1925. The correspondence spans 1900-1925 and is primarily pro forma letters regarding the exchange of geological studies between Maryland Geological Survey and other similar agencies. The materials Clark received in exchange were used to build the Geological Department's library. The invoices are from G. E. Stechert and Company, book dealers. Clark ordered items from them for the departmental library. The invoices span 1903-1910, with the bulk covering 1909-1910. There are a few letters with the invoices which answer queries Clark made about the availability of certain works. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings collected by Clark which cover his personal and professional life (1888-l9l7). The clippings document Clark's wedding, his efforts to start a natural history society in his home town, directorship of the Maryland Weather Service, and his role in planning Maryland's exhibition at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. Clippings that were together, unpasted, at the end of the book, have been photocopied onto acid free paper.


  • Creation: 1888-1925


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Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical Note

William Bullock Clark was born in Brattleboro, Vermont on December 15, 1860. He received his A.B. from Amherst in 1884 and his Ph.D. from the University of Munich in 1887. While pursuing his doctorate, Clark also studied in London and Berlin, and was a field surveyor with the geological surveys of Great Britain and Prussia.

Clark came to the Hopkins Department of Geology (the present Earth and Planetary Sciences Department) in 1889, became the department chairman in 1892, and was promoted to full professor in 1894. In addition to his responsibilities at Hopkins, he served as a geologist in the United States Geological Survey, organized the Maryland State Weather Service, and established the Maryland State Geological Survey.

On October 12, 1892, Clark married Ellen C. Strong of Boston. They had four children, Helen, Marion, Edward S. and Atherton. Clark died on July 27, 1917 of a stroke, and was survived by his wife and children.


0.47 Cubic Feet (1 legal size document box)

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William Bullock Clark was an American geologist born in Brattleboro, Vermont on December 15, 1860. The papers consist of correspondence, invoices, and a scrapbook spanning 1888-1925.


The papers consist of three series: correspondence, invoices, and a scrapbook, all arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were transferred from the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department in the 1970s.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Margaret N. Burri in 1988.

William Bullock Clark papers
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Repository Details

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