Guide to the Elon Clark Papers, 1958-1970
Elon Clark was a professor in the Duke Medical Center's Division of Audiovisual Education. His collection includes drawings, sketches, correspondence and other materials used to design the Duke University shield, mace, academic gowns, flags and university colors.
- Record Group
- Elon Clark papers
- Clark, Elon H., 1909-2001
- 2.2 Linear Feet, 200 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
Collection contains drawings, sketches, correspondence, and other materials used in the design of the Duke University shield, mace, academic gowns, flags, and university colors. Only representative examples of preliminary designs were retained. Drawings and sketches were interleaved with archival paper and placed in buffered folders for preservation. The oversize container includes drawings by Professor Ransom Patrick (Art Department) as suggested for new design for Duke Shield (1) and flag (2). Also present is an original drawing by Elon H. Clark that was presented to and accepted by the Trustees.
Access to the Collection
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Use & Permissions
Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
How to Cite
[Identification of item], Elon Clark Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Elon H. Clark was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1909, grew up in Rochester, NY and received degrees from the Rochester Institute of Technology and from the Johns Hopkins School of Medical Art in 1933. Employed at Duke Hospital from 1934 to 1974, he founded what is now the Medical Center's Division of Audiovisual Education, where he specialized in improving cosmetic prostheses, and especially facial restorations. In 1949, he took a six-month leave from Duke to serve an appointment with the Veterans Administration in Washington, D.C. Clark also designed several important University symbols including the flag, a new shield, academic apparel and the presidential mace and chain of office. Clark died in 2001 in Black Mountain, NC at the age of 91.
- Art and Artifacts (University Archives) Records, 1915-2005. (University Archives. Duke University.)
- Sports Information (Office of) Subject Files, 1932-1991. (University Archives. Duke University.)
- Elon H. Clark papers, 1940-1978. (Medical Center Archives, Duke University.)
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The Elon Clark Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1984-1985.
Processed by Jessica Wood, October 2006
Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, November 2006
Accession A85-32 is described in this finding aid.