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Jane Comstock Clarke collection

Call Number: RH MS 1599


The Jane Comstock Clarke collection consists of a Clarke family photo album and loose family photographs, along with a few cards sent by Clarke and some news clippings from Honolulu, Hawaii newspapers about the poetry that Clarke published there using the pen name Jane Comstock.


  • Creation: 1908 - 1946


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Jane Comstock Clarke (1874-1958)

Later also known by her pen name of Jane Comstock, Birdie Baxter was born in Iowa on March 2, 1874. She married Adna Girard Clarke, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, in 1897. They lived in Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas in the 1890s while her husband attended the University of Kansas, from which he received degrees in 1897 and 1900. The first of their three children was born in February 1898. Adna Clarke's military service with the 20th Kansas Volunteer regiment took him to the Philippines in 1898, and the Clarkes afterward resided the rest of their lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Clarke served as territorial vice president of Hawaii, was a poet whose collected works were published in many books, and was president of the Honolulu branch of the National League of American Pen Women. Her many poems relating to Hawaii included published verse in Hawaiian with English translation. Her husband was an administrator and faculty member at the University of Hawaii for many years, served in the Hawaiian legislature, received KU's distinguished service citation in 1947, and was responsible for creation of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, where the Clarkes are buried. He died on September 21, 1953. Jane Comstock Clarke died on January 27, 1958.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case)

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Physical Location

RH MS 1599

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer out of the KB collection; gift, Mumtaz Kammerer, 2023.

Related Materials

Ozias, Joseph W., Papers concerning the 20th Kansas Volunteers, Kansas Collection, RH MS P166, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

Adna G. Clarke letters, RH MS 1520, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Processing Information

Items in folder 1 of this collection were formerly shelved at RH MS P674. Previously, they had been separated from a book in the Kansas Collection.

Guide to the Jane Comstock Clarke Collection
Jane Comstock Clarke collection
Finding aid prepared by mh, 2006. Finding aid encoded by mh, 2006. Finding aid revised by eje, 2023.
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Jane Comstock Clarke collection, RH MS 1599, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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