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1.05 linear feet (2 + 1/2 file boxes)
Series I, Biography (#1.1-1.8), contains birth certificates, reminiscences, obituaries, and diaries written while Clarke was a Radcliffe student. Also included is sheet music and lyrics to The Bounty of Athena, composed by Henry Leland Clarke, in celebration of the thirteen subjects taught at the Harvard Annex in 1879 (#1.8).
Series II, Correspondence (#1.9-1.27), contains correspondence between Clarke and her family including her mother, Elizabeth, her sister, Alice (Lise), and her brother Clayton. There is also additional correspondence with her husband, the Reverend Ward Robinson Clarke and Carrie Chapman Catt, president of the National American Woman Suffrage Assocation (#1.20). Letters pertaining to Radcliffe are also present (#1.27).
Series III, Writings (#2.1-3.5), contains her English themes and German exams from the Harvard Annex (#2.2), as well as writings on suffrage, poems, and short stories submitted for publication for both local and national magazines. Also included are poems by Margaret Browning Barber.
Following graduation, Annie Barber Clarke and her classmate, Abbie Parsons, taught at the Parsons school in Greenfield, Masssachusetts (later the MacDuffie school). She then joined the staff at Miss Anne Brown’s school, on Fifth Avenue, New York City. From 1896 to 1901 she was secretary to Professor Warren in Harvard's Oriental Languages Department.
In 1901, Clarke married the Reverend Ward Robinson Clarke, a Unitarian minister in Dover, New Hampshire. Their son, composer Henry Leland Clarke, was born in 1907. While in Dover, Clarke was active in the suffrage movement, often organizing lectures.
The Clarkes moved to Oklahoma City for three years, then to Montpelier, Vermont, and finally settled in Saco, Maine. In 1944 they returned to Cambridge.
Clarke was the first president of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association, 1887-1890, and an alumna trustee, 1894-1900. Throughout her life she was an avid writer and often submitted poems and short stories to local and national publications.
Annie Barber Clarke died November 19, 1956.
- Series I. Biography
- Series II. Correspondence
- Series III. Writings
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers were given to the Radcliffe Archive by the Reverend Ward Clarke, October, 1957 and Henry Leland Clarke, June 1984; other papers were donated by the Memorial Library, Deerfield Massachusetts, July 1998.
By: Jane S. Knowles and Lindsay M. Skay
- Clarke, Annie Barber, 1861-1956. Papers of Annie Barber Clarke, 1875 - 1978: A Finding Aid
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