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Collection Overview

Creator:
Clarke, Elizabeth Dodge Huntington, 1884-1976
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Elizabeth Dodge Clarke Collection of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Postcards and Photographs
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/cr56n533x
Dates:
1908-1974
Size:
3 boxes
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Boxes B-001335; B-001336; B-001337
Language:
and

Abstract

Consists of postcard correspondence, photographs, blank postcards, and some ephemera and small paintings collected and received by Elizabeth Dodge Clarke during her time in Istanbul, Turkey and after her return to the United States.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

Consists of postcard correspondence, photographs, blank postcards, and some ephemera and small paintings collected and received by Elizabeth Dodge Clarke during her time in Istanbul, Turkey in the early 1900s and after her return to the United States before World War II.

The bulk of the collection is made up of photographs and blank postcards, many of which depict places, institutions, or subjects in Turkey. Other locations represented in this collection include Cyprus, Lebanon, Greece, Palestine and Israel, Syria, Jordan, and Italy; some of the images depicted are unidentified. Photographs may have been taken during trips Clarke went on while living in Istanbul, or they could have been bought or collected from friends. Postcards include commercially produced postcards, as well as photographic postcards.

The correspondence includes notes from friends, colleagues, and former students in Turkey.

Arrangement:

As no original order was discernible, materials were arranged by subject or place.

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

Acquisition:

Gift of Elizabeth Dodge Clarke in 1970 . AM 2020-3.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were removed from the collection during 2019 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Alice Griffin in July 2019. Finding aid written by Alice Griffin in July 2019.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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 Clarke Collection of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Postcards and Photographs; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/cr56n533x
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184