Papers of William Clark, 1933-85

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      GB 161 MSS. William Clark 1-189
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Scope and Content

The Clark papers are an indispensable source for the study of the history of the Observer newspaper, the early days of political broadcasting, postwar politics in Britain and the United States and Third World issues. The papers consist of:

  • Diaries and notebooks
  • General correspondence and papers
  • Special correspondence and papers
  • Broadcasts, speeches and lectures
  • Correspondence and papers relating to publications
  • Printed memorabilia and press cuttings
  • Photographs and miscellanea
  • Additional papers (received 1990), mainly concerned with his Presidency of the International Institute for Environment and Development, 1980-5

Administrative / Biographical History

William Donaldson Clark (1916-1985) was a journalist and development worker. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Most of the collection is open to researchers but material of a recent date (generally from 1970 onwards) is at present restricted.

Acquisition Information

The papers were acquired in 1986, apart from the additional papers, which were acquired in 1990.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

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