John Willis Clark: Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Notes, extracts, transcripts and other material concerning architecture, history, book-care and other subjects, much of it compiled in preparation for published works, and concerning Cambridge and its university. Many of the documents have supporting correspondence.

MS.Add.5063: Material compiled by J.W. Clark for additions to Robert Willis, Architectural history of the University of Cambridge, Vol. I, in English and Latin, 19th century, 242 folios.

MS.Add.5065: Material for the section on Eton College in the Architectural history of the University of Cambridge collected by J.W. Clark, who rewrote the section, in English and Latin, 86 folios.

MS.Add.5066: Material for the section on Queens' College in the Architectural history of the University of Cambridge, Vol. II, collected by J.W. Clark, in Latin and English, 1854-1881, 162 folios.

MS.Add.5067: Material for the history of Catharine Hall and Jesus College collected by J.W. Clark, in Latin and English, 19th century, 195 folios.

MS.Add.5068: Material for the history of Christ's and St John's Colleges collected by J.W. Clark, in Latin and English, 19th century, 250 folios.

MS.Add.5069: Transcript of the building account of Christ's College, 5 January 1510 - 8 February 1511, presumably made for J.W. Clark, in the hand of A. Rogers, 19th century, 100 folios.

MS.Add.5070: Transcript of the building account of St John's College Library, 1623-1624, presumably made for J.W. Clark, in the hand of A. Rogers, 19th century, 54 folios.

MS.Add.5072: Extracts from the Bursar's Accounts of Trinity College, 1547-1854, made by J.W. Clark in preparation for his edition of the Architectural history of the University of Cambridge, Vol. II, in English and Latin, 19th century, 338 folios.

MS.Add.5073: Material for the section on Trinity College in the Architectural history of the University of Cambridge, Vol. II, in the hands of J.W. Clark and R. Willis, in English and Latin, 19th century, 231 folios.

MS.Add.5076: Material for the architectural history of Downing College compiled by J.W. Clark, 19th century, 62 folios.

MS.Add.5077: Material for the architectural history of the University of Cambridge Schools, Library and Senate House compiled by J.W. Clark, with some leaves in the hands of R. Willis and A. Rogers, 19th century, 234 folios.

MS.Add.5083: Bibliographical notes on the architecture of Cambridge University Library, in the hands of J.W. Clark and R. Willis, 19th century, 208 folios.

MS.Add.5084: Material collected by J.W. Clark for his Care of books (Cambridge, 1901), in English, French, German and Dutch, 19th century, 145 folios.

MS.Add.5085: Material collected by J.W. Clark for his Care of books, in English, French, Latin, Italian and Greek, 19th century, 209 folios.

MS.Add.5086: Material collected by J.W. Clark for his Care of books, in English, Italian, Latin, Spanish and French, 19th century, 136 folios.

MS.Add.5087: Material collected by J.W. Clark for his Care of books, in English and Latin, 19th century - 1908, 269 folios.

MS.Add.5088: Material collected by J.W. Clark for his Care of books, in English and French, 1901-1905, 138 folios.

MS.Add.5089: Index to MSS.Add.5083-5088, compiled by J.W. Clark, 20th century, 170 folios.

MS.Add.5090: Annals of Cambridge University Library, 1424-1908, compiled by J.W. Clark, 1908, 481 folios.

MS.Add.5091: Notes and extracts dealing with Cambridge and its history compiled by J.W. Clark, in his hand and that of R. Willis, 19th century, 211 folios.

MS.Add.5092: Notes and extracts dealing with Cambridge and its history compiled by J.W. Clark, 1876-1909, 178 folios.

MS.Add.5093: Collections made by J.W. Clark in preparation for J.W. Clark and T.M. Hughes, Life and letters of Adam Sedgwick (Cambridge, 1890), c. 1864-1890, 243 folios.

MS.Add.5094: Collections made by J.W. Clark in preparation for the Life and letters of Adam Sedgwick, c. 1889-1890, 388 folios.

MS.Add.5095: Collections made by J.W. Clark in preparation for the Life and letters of Adam Sedgwick, 19th century, 352 folios.

MS.Add.5096: Notes made by J.W. Clark in preparation for the Life and letters of Adam Sedgwick, 19th century, 78 folios.

MS.Add.5097: Notes made by J.W. Clark in preparation for the Life and letters of Adam Sedgwick, 1886-1890, 102 folios.

MS.Add.5103: Miscellaneous architectural drawings made by D.J. Stewart, with collections on seals and otaries made by J.W. Clark, in English and French, c. 1843-1895.

MS.Add.5104: Miscellaneous collections of J.W. Clark, including material on Cambridge colleges, in his and other hands, in English and Latin, 1899-1908, 455 folios.

MS.Add.5105: Miscellaneous notes and collections of J.W. Clark on subjects of general and University history, in French, English, German and Latin, c. 1882.

MS.Add.5106: Notes and extracts on ecclesiastical and University subjects compiled by J.W. Clark, in English and Latin, 19th century, 94 folios.

MS.Add.5107: Notes on 'Mr Buck's Book' by J.W. Clark, 1898, 90 folios: (fo. 5) collation of Appendix B in G. Peacock's Observations on the statutes of the University of Cambridge (London, 1841), with a copy of Mr Buck's Book on Queens' College Library; (fo. 43) continuation of the transcript of Mr Buck's Book.

MS.Add.5108: Notes and extracts on the Augustinian friars of Cambridge, including extracts from conveyances of buildings upon the site of their house, compiled by J.W. Clark, in English and Latin, c. 1898-1901, 52 folios.

MS.Add.5109: Notes and extracts concerning the English Augustinian canons, with special reference to Barnwell Priory, Cambridge, compiled by J.W. Clark in preparation for and revision of his edition of the Customs of Augustinian canons (Cambridge, 1897), in English and Latin, c. 1890-1902, 108 folios.

MS.Add.5110: Notes on libraries in Rome compiled by J.W. Clark, in Latin and English, 1899, 84 folios.

MS.Add.5111: Extracts on the libraries of ancient Rome collected by J.W. Clark, in English, Latin and Greek, 1899-1900, 92 folios.

MS.Add.5112: Copy of the Gilbertine Institutions made from Sir William Dugdale, Monasticum Anglicanum, Vol. VI, Pt 2 (1830), pp.*xxix-*xcvii, for J.W. Clark, subsequently collated with Bodleian Library MS Douce 136, being the manuscript from which the copy in Dugdale was printed, typewritten, in Latin, 1902, 226 folios.

MS.Add.5113: Draft of a translation of the Gilbertine Institutions made by J.W. Clark, c. 1902, 142 folios.

MS.Add.5114: English translation of J. Caius, Historiae Cantebrigiensis acadamiae liber I (London, 1574), pp. 1-88, made by J.W. Clark, 1907, 140 folios.

MS.Add.5115: Glossary of Latin and English building terms compiled by J.W. Clark, in English and Latin, 19th century, 166 folios.

MS.Add.5116: 'Extracts from the Correspondence between William Sandcroft and Emmanuel College 1677 [1667] - 1688 From MSS Tanner Bibl. Bodl.', transcribed by J.W. Clark, in English and Latin, 19th century, 21 folios.

MS.Add.5117: List of programmes of the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club, 1855-1875, compiled by J.W. Clark, c. 1895, 22 folios.

MS.Add.5118: List of programmes of the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club, 1876-1895, compiled by J.W. Clark, c. 1895, 22 folios.

MS.Add.5122: A series of extracts from Cole manuscripts made by J.W. Clark, in English and Latin, 19th century, 26 folios.

MS.Add.5123: Notes and transcripts, in the hands of J.W. Clark and one other, including zoological notes and extracts from Cole manuscripts, in English and Latin, 1886, 59 folios.

MS.Add.6373: Notes on the Illustrations of the University of Cambridge published by J.S. and H.S. Storer (1829), comprising lists of the contents of the four series, c. 1885, 9 folios.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Willis Clark (1833-1910), man of science and archaeologist, was born in Cambridge on 24 June 1833, the son of Dr William Clark, professor of anatomy at the university, and the nephew of Professor Robert Willis. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A., 1856), and became a fellow in 1858. He was superintendent of the Museum of Zoology, Cambridge, 1866-1891, and registrar of Cambridge University, 1891-1910. On his death in 1875 Professor Willis bequeathed his unfinished manuscript of the 'Architectural History of the University of Cambridge' to Clark, who completed the work on the book, and oversaw its publication (4 volumes, Cambridge, 1886). He died in Cambridge on 10 October 1910.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by J.W. Clark, 1910.

Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on John Willis Clark in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, 1901-1911 (Oxford University Press, 1927), pp. 361-362.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue. Parts of the collection are described in the catalogue of the papers of Robert Willis, available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library also holds correspondence of John Willis Clark, MSS.Add.8952-8955. Other material received with the Clark bequest now forms part of the collection of Robert Willis (see MSS.Add.5022-5045, 5058-5062, 5064, 5071, 5074, 5075, 5078-5082, 5127-5139 and 5141-5144).

Bibliography

MS.Add.5069: extracts from the transcript are printed in Robert Willis, Architectural history of the University of Cambridge, Vol. II, pp. 196-200.

MS.Add.5070: for further information see the Architectural history of the University of Cambridge, Vol. II, pp. 267-268.