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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1032

Diaries of Allen Reynolds Clark, 1963-1971


Typed diaries documenting Allen Reynolds Clark's life in Annapolis, Maryland, between 1963 and 1971.


  • Creation: 1963-1971

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the diaries created by Allen Reynolds Clark may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Diaries may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.83 linear feet (2 file boxes)

The diaries of Allen Reynolds Clark document Clark's life in Annapolis, Maryland, between 1963 and 1971. Entries record Clark's work at Research Analysis Corporation (RAC), including interactions with co-workers and descriptions of projects and lectures; as well as his social life, including accounts of attending cultural events such as concerts and plays, dining and having drinks with friends at local restaurants and bars, and performing in local madrigal singing groups. Entries frequently document Clark's enjoyment of watching women in miniskirts, his desire to meet attractive women, dismissal of women he found unattractive, and his generally unsuccessful efforts to develop romantic relationships with women he met. Several entries detail Clark's health, including efforts to lose weight by dieting, exercising, and fasting, and his struggles with anxiety, which he managed with psychiatric care and prescription medications. As the 1960s progressed, diaries chronicle Clark's growing disapproval of what he deemed to be the radicalism of the era--the civil rights movement, the women's rights movement, and especially the student movement. Diaries are arranged chronologically.


Allen Reynolds Clark, son of Benjamin H. and Ruth M. Reynolds Clark, was born April 8, 1920, in Atlanta, Georgia. After earning a BA (1942) and MA (1946) in history from Harvard University, he taught at several colleges before accepting a position as a research analyst at Research Analysis Corporation (RAC). Following his termination from RAC in 1968, Clark worked as a deliveryman and as a taxi driver. He married Lois Green in 1946. They had a son, Andrew, before divorcing in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Clark died of complications from a bone marrow disorder on December 2, 1999, at the Potomac Valley Nursing Home in Rockville, Maryland.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2019-M184

The diaries of Allen Reynolds Clark were acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Between the Covers in December 2019.

Processing Information

Processed: January 2019

By: Johanna Carll

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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