Guide to the Edward D. Clarkson Collection

Finding Aid Authors: Kevin M. King.
© Copyright 2007 Special Collections & University Archives. All rights reserved.
2007-12-05
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San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
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Phone: 619-594-6791

Guide to the Edward D. Clarkson Collection 1916/1969

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Edward D. Clarkson Collection
Dates: 1916-1969
Bulk Dates: 1959-1962
Identification: MS-0088
Creator: Clarkson, Edward D., 1890-1969
Physical Description: 0.83 linear ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

Born on November 22, 1890, Edward D. Clarkson spent many years actively campaigning for social progress towards his view of what United States government policies should be both at home and abroad. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1916 and served in both World War I and World War II. Later in life, Clarkson took up residency in Cuba, where he spent approximately ten years in a diplomatic fashion. Clarkson retired from the army in 1944 and earned a master’s degree in history from San Diego State College in 1958.
Clarkson spent the remainder of his life in La Jolla, California. As a resident for more than 30 years, he was highly active not only as a correspondent but also through participation in organizations such as the American Legion, the Scottish Rite Masons, Phi Alpha Theta and even the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. Edward D. Clarkson died in October of 1969.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Family Name:

Clarkson family

Genre/Form of Material:

Personal Papers

Geographic Name:

Cuba -- Foreign relations -- United States
United States -- Foreign relations -- Cuba
United States -- Race relations

Personal Name:

Clarkson, Edward D., 1890-1969 -- Archives
Clarkson, Edward D., 1890-1969 -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

Accruals:

1964

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Edward D. Clarkson Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is arranged in the following manner: Correspondence is alphabetical and fallowed by miscellaneous folders also alphabetized by their title.
1. Correspondence to and from Edward D. Clarkson (In alphabetical order)
2. Miscellaneous
3. Clarkson Family correspondence

Scope and Contents

The Edward D. Clarkson Collection, in the form of an autograph collection, contains various correspondence, photographs, miscellaneous works, and ephemera of Clarkson’s.  The correspondence discusses a diverse array of contemporary issues, including U.S. relations with Cuba and race relations between whites and African Americans in the United States.  In a recruitment type fashion, Clarkson attempts to enlist a variety of individuals in many causes.  These individuals include both the political and artistic sphere of American life.
Clarkson spent the majority of his efforts lobbying for peace with foreign nations, mainly Cuba, in the decades of the 1950’s and 60’s.  His main efforts were directed towards United States Senators and Congressmen.  However, Clarkson did attempt to influence a number of United States Presidents, both retired and active.  Among the Presidents were, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon.
Included in Clarkson’s political endeavors are a number of other prominent figures in American society.  Among them are letters to Hubert Humphrey pertaining to peace efforts, yet directed toward the disarmament of the Soviet Union.  Clarkson inquired of Eleanor Roosevelt on the possibility of creating separate societies for blacks and whites, not excluding the possibilities of migrating the African American to Africa.
Clarkson also corresponded with many well-known American social figures like Georgia O’Keefe, Robert Oppenheimer, Gregory Peck, and Upton Sinclair.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Bailey, Joshua Jr. 1962-63, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 2

Bacon, Robert 1969, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 3

Baker, Phillip 1959, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 4

Barker, Carleton C. 1967

Box 1, Folder 5

Bennet, Eugene D. 1962, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 6

Black, Eugene R. 1959-66, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 7

Bowdler, William G. 1965

Box 1, Folder 8

Bowles, Chester 1959, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 9

Briggs, Ellis O. 1962, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 10

Brown, Edmund G. 1958-63

Box 1, Folder 11

Brown, Lyle 1929, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 12

Byrd, Harry F. 1959-62, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 13

Chibas, Eduardo 1933

Box 1, Folder 14

Church, Frank 1959, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 15

Clarke, Arthur C. 1960, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 16

Coffman, Earl 1948, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 17

Collinge, Patricia 1931-37, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 18

Copley, James 1966

Box 1, Folder 19

Crowder, E.H. 1926

Box 1, Folder 20

Deford, Miriam H. 1966

Box 1, Folder 21

De Gaulle, Charles 1964-67, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 22

Demille, Cecil B. 1952-53, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 23

Devlin, Walter 1962

Box 1, Folder 24

Dock, Bill n.d.

Box 1, Folder 25

Doiz, Ricardo 1917, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 26

Donby, Edwin 1924, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 27

Douglas, Helen G. 1950-60, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 28

Douglas, Paul H. 1958-64, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 29

Driver, Robert F. 1958

Box 1, Folder 30

Early, Stephen 1933-39, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 31

Eisenhower, Dwight 1962, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 32

Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain 1958-59, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 33

Engle, Clair 1959-63, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 34

Fisher, Hugo 1962

Box 1, Folder 35

Follstad, R.T. 1963

Box 1, Folder 36

Fullbright, J.W. 1959-62, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 37

Goodwin, Richard N. 1967

Box 1, Folder 38

Gore, Albert 1959, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 39

Hartsfield, William B. 1959, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 40

Hawkins, Margaret 1966, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 41

Howe, Louis 1932-33

Box 1, Folder 42

Humphrey, Hubert H. 1966-68, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 43

Johnson, Lyndon Baines 1965, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 44

Karrh, Marion n.d.

Box 1, Folder 45

Kefauver, Estes 1957-63, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 46

Kennedy, John F. 1959-62, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 47

Kennedy, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph 1960-62

Box 1, Folder 48

Knight, Lucian L. 1959

Box 1, Folder 49

Kuchl, Thomas H. 1959-61, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 50

Lancaster, Stephen 1961

Box 1, Folder 51

Lichenberger, Arthur 1959-65, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 52

Longstreth, Marian 1961-66, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 53

Macleish, Archibald 1967

Box 1, Folder 54

Mansfield, Mike 1960-62

Box 1, Folder 55

McGovern, George 1966

Box 1, Folder 56

McKinnon, Clinton D. 1958, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 57

Millikan, Robert A. 1951, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 58

Mitchell, Margaret 1935-66, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 59

Moody, John 1947, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 60

Morgan, Thomas E. 1962

Box 1, Folder 61

Neuberger, Richard 1959, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 62

Nixon, Richard 1959-69

Box 1, Folder 63

O'Keefe, Georgia 1961-64, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 64

Oppenheimer, Robert 1959-63, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 65

Orta, Juan A. 1959, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 66

Pearson, Drew 1954

Box 1, Folder 67

Peck, Gregory 1966

Box 1, Folder 68

Pershing, John J. 1925, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 69

Persons, Wilton B. 1959-60

Box 1, Folder 70

Revelle, Roger 1956, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 71

Rhodes, Charles D. 1932

Box 1, Folder 72

Rich, Richard H. 1965

Box 1, Folder 73

Robert, Ellis 1952

Box 1, Folder 74

Rockefeller, Nelson Aldrich 1959, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 75

Roosevelt, Eleanor 1944-59, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 76

Roosevelt, Franklin D. 1932-39

Box 1, Folder 77

Roosevelt, James 1951-62

Box 1, Folder 78

Russell, Richard B. 1959-63

Box 1, Folder 79

Salinger, Pierce 1964

Box 1, Folder 80

Seldon, A.J. Jr. 1960-62

Box 1, Folder 81

Sevareid, Eric 1959-62, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 82

Sinclair, Upton 1958-62, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 83

Slater, Ilene J. 1959

Box 1, Folder 84

Smathers, George 1959

Box 1, Folder 85

Smith, Margaret Chase 1959

Box 1, Folder 86

Sorenson, Theodore C. 1962

Box 1, Folder 87

Sparkman, John 1959-62

Box 1, Folder 88

Sterling, Wallace 1951

Box 1, Folder 89

Stevenson, Adlai 1959-62

Box 1, Folder 90

Storer, George B. 1960

Box 1, Folder 91

Storm, John L. 1960

Box 1, Folder 92

Talmadge, Herman 1956-61, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 93

Truman, Harry S. 1957-59, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 94

Turnure, Pamela 1961, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 95

Urey, Harold 1960-67, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 96

Wadsworth, James J. 1959

Box 1, Folder 97

Walker, Eric A. 1959

Box 1, Folder 98

Walter, Francis A. 1959

Box 1, Folder 99

Welsh, George P. 1965

Box 1, Folder 100

Whelan, Vincent 1958

Box 1, Folder 101

Wilson, Bob 1960

Box 1, Folder 102

Wilson, Mary 1966, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 103

Wright, Truman E. 1958

Box 1, Folder 104

Young, Robert R. 1948, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 1

Description of Material from E.D. Clarkson File on Cuba 1966

Box 2, Folder 2

Memorial Day Photograph 1926

Box 2, Folder 3

Notes for Handling Cuban Situation 1964

Box 2, Folder 4

Persons in the Class of 1881 Trip to Japan 1922, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 5

Clarkson Family Correspondence 1834-60