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Annetta Isabel Clark Papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00048

Scope and Contents

The Annetta Isabel Clark Papers contain biographical materials, correspondence, numerous photographs, writings, and tributes spanning Clark's career as a staff member at Smith College.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1891 - 1961


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Annetta Isabel Clark was born in Northampton, MA on April 30, 1881 to Edwin Cook Clark and Mona C. Vogel Clark. Clark attended Northampton High School and graduated from Smith College with the class of 1904. From 1904-05 Clark taught at Springfield Business College, and between 1905-07 taught high school in Perth Amboy, NJ before returning to Smith as Assistant Registrar. From 1909-46, Clark worked as secretary to the President at Smith for the first four presidents of the college, as well as Secretary to the Board of Trustees from 1919-52 and Secretary to the Faculty from 1922-24.

Clark was active in many organizations, and served as secretary and president of the Northampton Community Chest, was a member of the Board of Directors of the Northampton Red Cross, and served as secretary of the Smith Student Aid Society. She was also a member of the Business and Professional Women's Association and served as the secretary of the Hampshire County branch of the American Association of University Women for two years. In 1929, the college awarded Clark an honorary MA degree. Clark retired from her work at Smith officially in 1952.

Clark died at the age of 80 on October 9, 1961 after a lingering illness.


7.522 linear feet (11 containers)

Language of Materials



Class of 1904, Secretary to the Smith College President (1909-46) and to the Smith College Board of Trustees (1919-1952). Collection contains biographical material, correspondence, and photographs.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff or email to request the creation of and access to digital copies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Annetta I. Clark and her estate in 1942, 1961, and 1965. Some material is from other sources.

Related Material

  1. Class of 1904 Records

Processing Information

Please note that prior to 2018, folder inventories were not always updated when new material was added to the collection. As a result, folder inventories may not be complete and folder numbers may be incorrect.

Finding aid to the Annetta Isabel Clark Papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Gayla B. Spaulding
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2018-11-02: Containers added and finding aid updated as part of College Archives survey

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063