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Clarke, Elizabeth Dodge Huntington, 1884-1976
Elizabeth Dodge Huntington Clarke Collection of Arabic, Persian and Turkish Calligraphy
Manuscripts Division
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7 boxes
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-7
Turkish, Ottoman Arabic


Collection of Ottoman Turkish berat (imperial certificates of award or authorization), calligraphy, mottos and tughras.

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists of 32 Ottoman Turkish berat (imperial certificates of award or authorization), five examples of calligraphy on paper, matted, and four framed mottos and tughras. The berat date from 1876-1903; each bears the tughra of the reigning sultan. The three dimensional objects include two tughras in gold (one carved from wood), a decorative hanging based on the name ʻAlī, and a motto in gilt plaster or wood in a gilt plaster frame.

Collection Creator Biography:

Clarke, Elizabeth Dodge Huntington, 1884-1976

Elizabeth Dodge Clarke was involved in several organizations in Istanbul, Turkey before World War II: Robert College, the American College for Girls, and the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). Elizabeth Wentworth Dodge was born August 10, 1884 in Riverdale, New York. After graduating from the Brearley School in Manhattan in 1903, Elizabeth Dodge became involved in the YWCA through her aunt, Grace Hoadley Dodge, a philanthropist who was active in the formation of the YWCA.

Elizabeth Dodge's father was President of the Board of Trustees of Robert College, a private American high school in Istanbul founded in 1863. In 1916, she married George H. Huntington, a teacher at Robert College. They lived in Istanbul until 1933 when they returned to the United States to seek treatment for Huntington's polio. They returned to Istanbul in 1938, still active in positions at Robert College, but then left again before World War II. Huntington died in 1953.

Throughout this time, Clarke was active on the board of Robert College; worked with the American College for Girls, a school for Christian Turkish women in Istanbul; and participated in the YWCA's Istanbul Service Center.

Clarke married her friend Dumont Clarke in 1955. She received an honorary degree from the Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio in 1963. She died January 9, 1976 in Riverdale, New York.

Collection History


Gift of Elizabeth Dodge Huntington Clarke in memory of Prof. Lewis V. Thomas, June 16, 1970.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Denise Soufi in 2010 based on earlier information. The collection title was updated by Kelly Bolding in July 2022 to include Elizabeth Dodge Huntington Clarke's full name.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Elizabeth Dodge Huntington Clarke Collection of Arabic, Persian and Turkish Calligraphy; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-7