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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 (scamudd): 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

Scope and Contents

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 copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. The Trustees of Princeton University hold copyright to all materials generated by Princeton University employees in the course of their work. For instances beyond Fair Use, if copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers do not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with use of materials from the Princeton University Archives.

For instances beyond Fair Use where the copyright is not held by the University, while permission from the Library is not required, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed 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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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-9