Biography and History

Kenneth Sherman Clark was born in Pittsburgh, PA on May 25, 1882. He attended Kiskiminetas School and Shadyside Academy, and graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. degree in 1905. While at Princeton, Clark was active as a composer and conductor for the Princeton Triangle Club. He went on to write songs for Broadway productions, to write for concert and operetta, and to compose songs for Princeton University.

Clark served on the editorial staff of Musical America from 1912-1917. In 1917, he joined the army, where he served as Army Song Leader with the 79th Division at Camp Meade and in France until 1919. He was in charge of the Bureau of Community Music for War Camp Community Service from 1919-1923. Between 1923 and 1928, he served as the Assistant Secretary of the National Music Week Committee while working on the editorial staff of the National Bureau for the Advancement of Music. Clark ended his career as a Supervising Editor at Paull Pioneer Music Corporation, where he worked from 1928 until his death in 1945.

Clark and his wife Florence lived in Princeton, NJ, where he was active in alumni affairs, including helping to compile an edition of the “Carmina Princetonia.” He died in Princeton following an extended illness, in January of 1945.

Source: From the finding aid for AC311

  • Kenneth S. Clark Papers. 1901-1950 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC311

    Kenneth Sherman Clark was a member of the Princeton Class of 1905 and an active participant in Triangle Club during his time at Princeton. Consists of the personal papers and sheet music of Kenneth Sherman Clark spanning his time at Princeton as well as his later career.

  • Kenneth S. Clark Papers. 1901-1950 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC311

    Kenneth Sherman Clark was a member of the Princeton Class of 1905 and an active participant in Triangle Club during his time at Princeton. Consists of the personal papers and sheet music of Kenneth Sherman Clark spanning his time at Princeton as well as his later career.