Guide to the Blanche H. Clark scrapbook, 1923-1928


Blanche Henry Clark was both an undergraduate and graduate student at Trinity College from 1923-1928. The scrapbook includes personal correspondence, photographs, clippings and assorted mementos of holidays and events held at Duke and ranges in date from 1923-1928.

Collection Details

Record Group
Blanche H. Clark scrapbook
Clark, Blanche Henry
1.3 Linear Feet, 1 Item
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains photographs, correspondence, personal notes, party mementos (dried flowers, a lock of hair, dolls, decorative pins), train tickets, clippings, report cards, class schedules, event programs and reprimands from the Student Government Association for smoking and violating quiet hours. Many of the clippings pertain to the social life for women at Duke, including the bylaws of the W.S.G.A., the Chronicle’s series My Ideal Woman, and reports of hazing rites for sorority women. Also contains 1938 signed letter from President William Few and a booklet of Trinity College building photographs. Most items are identified with handwritten captions by Clark. The scrapbook ranges in date from 1923-1928.

More Biographical / Historical Info


These items were originally included in a string-bound scrapbook created by Blanche Clark. The scrapbook was 47 pages long. The original scrapbook had been dismantled for preservation. Pages were placed in folders to protect fragile clippings and three-dimensional items. Loose items were placed in archival sleeves.

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[Identification of item], Blanche H. Clark scrapbook, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Front Cover
Folder 1
Pages 1-9
Folder 2
Pages 10-19
Folder 3
Pages 20-29
Folder 4
Pages 30-39
Folder 5
Pages 40-47
Folder 6
Back Cover
Folder 7

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

Blanche Henry Clark was the daughter of Reverend J. L. Clark, who was the president of Kentucky Wesleyan College and a Methodist minister. She grew up in Fort Thomas, Kentucky and graduated from Somerset High School before enrolling at Trinity College in 1923. While there, she excelled in student government and academics. She was president of the Y.W.C.A, assistant editor of the Chronicle, a member of the Archive's editorial board, and also belonged to Phi Beta Kappa, the Student Government Council, the Pan-Hellenic Council, the Brooks Literary Society and the League of Women Voters. She received a B.A. and an M.A. from Duke in 1927 and 1928, respectively, attended summer sessions at the University of Chicago and Cambridge University in England and eventually received a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. She taught social science at Somerset High School and history at Ward-Belmont College and Transylvania College. She was eventually appointed the Dean of Women at Vanderbilt University. She wrote the book The Tennessee Yeomen, 1840-1860, published in 1942 by Vanderbilt University Press.

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The Blanche H. Clark scrapbook was received by the University Archives as a gift in 1991.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Wood, September 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, December 2006

Accession A91-35 is described in this finding aid.