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Clark, Kenneth S.
Kenneth S. Clark Papers
Princeton University Archives
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9 boxes
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Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-9


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.

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists of the personal papers and music of Kenneth Sherman Clark spanning his time at Princeton as well as his later career. Included are correspondence, royalty contracts, scrapbooks, photographs, articles, and sheet music, both handwritten and published copies of Clark's own songs, along with a selection of Princeton-related songs written by others.

Collection Creator Biography:

Clark, Kenneth S.

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.

Collection History


Gift of Mrs. Kenneth S. Clark.


Appraisal has been conducted in accordance with Mudd Library guidelines.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Janet Begnoche in Spring 2000. Finding aid was written by Janet Begnoche in Spring 2000 and encoded by Christie Peterson in January 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. The Trustees of Princeton University hold copyright to all materials generated by Princeton University employees in the course of their work. If copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers will not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with non-commercial use of materials from the Mudd Library. For materials where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.

Credit this material:

Kenneth S. Clark Papers; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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