Archives and Special Collections

About the Collection

The materials in the Clark University Archives are housed in the Archives and Special Collections Department, which is located on the ground floor of the Robert H. Goddard Library. The archives contains the non-current records of Clark University. As such, it serves as the home for Clark's institutional memory and an excellent place to learn about the history of Clark University.

The archives includes the papers of the founder, Jonas Clark. It also includes the papers of the Clark University's presidents, including the Dr. Wallace W. Atwood Collection and the Dr. G. Stanley Hall Collection. The Hall Collection contains information about Sigmund Freud's and Carl Jung's lectures at Clark University. These lectures by Freud were the only ones he ever gave in the Western Hemisphere.

The archives also includes the documents of the various departments of the university and the papers of some of Clark's faculty members. The most noteworthy is the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Collection, which contains 6,000 different visual materials and 107 linear feet of materials that Dr. Goddard and his wife created to document his experiments with rocketry. It also includes over 250 books about Goddard, rockets, and space flight. Robert Goddard was a physicist who is known as the "Father of Modern Rocketry" because all space rockets have parts that he devised while doing his pioneering theoretical and experimental research about rockets and space flight. He conducted his studies while a professor at Clark University from 1914 until shortly before his death in 1945. Another former professor whose papers are in the archives is the historian and diplomat George Blakeslee.

Some materials in the archives, such as the records of the Board of Trustees, are closed to public access. Most items, however, such as university catalogs, yearbooks, student newspapers, and photographs, have no access restrictions. Although most of the items housed in the archives are paper documents of some sort, there are many other types of materials here, from daguerreotypes and glass plate negatives to a brick from President Hall's house on campus, which is where Freud and Jung stayed during their visit to Clark.

The items in this collection do not circulate, but may be examined upon request.