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Personal papers of Carroll D. Clark

Call Number: PP 1


Carroll Clark joined the faculty of the University of Kansas in 1930 and served as head of the sociology department for 29 years before retiring in May 1968. He was a veteran of both World War I and II and he was a jazz enthusiast, conducting a weekly radio program for KANU. Clark's personal papers include war correspondence, general correspondence, research, lectures, childhood diaries, scrapbooks, and course materials.


  • Creation: 1898 - 1982


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Biography of Carroll D. Clark

Carroll Clark joined the University of Kansas faculty in 1930 and served as head of the sociology department for 29 years before retiring from teaching in May 1968. He was born January 10, 1898, in Minneapolis, Kansas, and received his baccalaureate and masters degrees in sociology from KU. He was an instructor at KU from 1925-1927, a visiting professor at Virginia University in 1929 and an associate professor of sociological research at Connecticut Agricultural College from 1929 to 1930. He received his doctorate in sociology from Chicago University in 1931.

Clark was a research associate in human relations in the Harvard Business School and was among those who introduced that study and the case method of instruction to KU in the late 1940s. He was co-author of "Major Problems of Democracy," "People of Kansas," and "Handbook of Kansas Social Resources" and published 33 articles in academic journals. Clark was a veteran of both World War I an II. He served in the Army Coast Artillery in France during World War I and joined the Army Corps in 1942 as captain, retiring in 1944 as major. A jazz enthusiast, Clark played saxophone during college and conducted a weekly radio program called "The Professor Looks at Jazz" on KANU, the university radio station, for several years. He was president of the Southwest Sociological Society in 1939 and of the Midwest Sociological Society in 1941. He was a member of the American Sociological Society, the American Association of University Professors, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Kappa (education) and Phi Mu Alpha (music).


8 Linear Feet (8 boxes + 1 oversize folder)

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Physical Location

PP 1

Other Finding Aids

List of detailed contents of individual folders within boxes can be provided by University Archives upon request.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts of Mrs. Carroll D. Clark, Mr. Chapin D. Clark, and Mr. Eugene C. Clark

Related Materials

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Guide to the Carroll D. Clark Collection
Personal papers of Carroll D. Clark
Finding aid prepared by sk, 2004; revised by skt, 2010; Finding aid encoded by sk, 2004; revised by skt, 2010
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Carroll D. Clark Collection, University Archives, PP 1, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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

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