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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Ed Clark papers
    Dates: 1972-1994
    Collection Number: 2002C2
    Creator: Clark, Ed, 1930-
    Collection Size: 12 manuscript boxes, 1 card file box, 1 film reel (5.26 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: The collection includes correspondence, speeches and writings, press releases, clippings, election campaign literature, polling data, minutes, financial records, video tapes, sound recordings, and photographs related to Libertarian Party electoral activity, especially in the presidential election of 1980.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: The collection is in English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ed Clark papers, 1972-1994, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2002.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

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    Biographical/Historical Note

    1930 May 4 Born, Middleboro, Massachusetts
    1952 B.A. in international relations, Dartmouth College
    1952-1954 Lieutenant (junior grade), gunnery officer and destroyer escort, United States Navy
    1954-1965 Lieutenant, United States Naval Reserve
    1957 Graduated from Harvard Law School
    1970 Married Alicia Garcia Cobos
    1972- Founding state chair of the Libertarian Party of New York State
    1972-1974 Vice chair, Libertarian Party
    1972-1978 Member, National Committee, Libertarian Party
    1974, circa Elected state chair of the Libertarian Party of California
    1974- Attorney for Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), specializing in anti-trust law
    1977 Elected to area governing council of the Health Systems Agency in Los Angeles County
    1978 Candidate for governor of California, nominated by the Libertarian Party of California
    1980 Candidate for president of the United States on the Libertarian ticket
    2000 Received Thomas Jefferson Award from Libertarian Party

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Ed Clark was the Libertarian Party candidate for governor of California in 1978 and for president of the United States in 1980. His papers, which predominately document these two campaigns, include correspondence, speeches and writings, press releases, clippings, election campaign literature, polling data, minutes, financial records, video tapes, sound recordings, and photographs.
    In his gubernatorial campaign, Clark received more than 5 percent of the popular vote. Although he campaigned as a Libertarian candidate and was the nominee of the Libertarian Party of California, Clark appeared on the ballot as an independent candidate. Important issues in his campaign included education, taxes, and job growth. He supported Proposition 13, which sought to limit property taxation, and campaigned against Proposition 6, also known as the Briggs Initiative, a proposition that would have limited gay and lesbian rights. The California gubernatorial campaign of 1978 file, which documents Clark's campaign, includes his correspondence and statements on issues.
    In 1980, Clark campaigned for president of the United States as the Libertarian Party candidate. He appeared on the ballot in all fifty states and received more than 1 percent of the popular vote. In his campaign, Clark argued for curbing inflation, reducing taxes, and providing tax credits for education. He supported a non-interventionist foreign policy and opposed the draft and energy subsidies. The campaign ran national television advertisements that were largely funded by Clark's running mate, David Koch. The United States presidential campaign of 1980 file includes a clippings scrapbook covering Clark's campaign; correspondence between Clark and David Nolan, who was the founder of the Libertarian Party; and files of Alicia Clark, who campaigned for her husband, Ed Clark. The Audiovisual material includes a sound recording of Clark's speech upon accepting the presidential nomination as the candidate for the Libertarian Party, as well as other sound recordings and films related to his presidential campaign.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Libertarian Party.
    Libertarianism--United States.
    Presidents--United States--Election--1980.
    Free enterprise.