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Personal papers of Hector M. Clark

Call Number: PP 389


Clark taught Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kansas from 1981-1998. This collection contains correspondence, research notebooks, and class lecture notes from his time with the university.


  • Creation: 1981 - 1998


Conditions Governing Access

These materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) no less than three days in advance of a planned visit. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Hector Clark

Hector M. Clark was born in Walton, England in 1937. He received his bachelors of science in metallurgy from the University of Manchester in 1960 and his doctorate in engineering from the University of London in 1966.

Thereafter Clark's career took him to a variety of places around the world. From 1966-1968 he was a research associate in metallurgy and mining at the University of Illinois - Urbana. From 1968-1971 he was an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, and from 1971-1976 he taught the first undergraduates in mechanical engineering at the Papua New Guinea University of Technology.

From 1976-1978 Clark was department head for mining and metallurgy at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. He then went to the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, where he was a senior lecturer in chemical engineering from 1978-1981.

In 1981 Clark returned to the United States to join the University of Kansas' faculty as associate professor in mechanical engineering. He held this position until his retirement in 1998. Clark's research and professional interests lay in metal fatigue and wear on materials; application of materials in design; and developing writing skills in engineering students.

Clark was married to Borbola Sziegt Clark. They had three children, Klara, Macell, and Erika.


35.5 Linear Feet (37 boxes)

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Physical Location

PP 389

Physical Location

Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Guide to the Hector M. Clark Collection
Personal papers of Hector M. Clark
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Hector M. Clark, University Archives, PP 389, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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