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Adelle Clark Collection

Identifier: 2008.133

Scope and Contents

The Adelle Clark collection consists of materials pertaining to Clarks’ career as professor of English and Spanish at East Texas State Teachers College and Texas Christian University, her literary works, and her personal life and interests. The collection is organized into three series: materials related to the Commerce Civic Music Association, Manuscripts, and Biographical Materials, with a subseries containing Certifications.

Series I, Commerce Civic Music Association is organized alphabetically by folder content, then chronologically within each folder. It contains campaign literature, correspondence, and membership lists from the Commerce Civic Music Association, spanning in total from 1940-1948.

Series II, Manuscripts is organized alphabetically by title of the work for which each folder is named. It contains copies of Clarks’ major works, Lebanon on the Preston (in scrapbook form, which also contains draft materials), Meet the Chileans, and Writing the Research Paper.

Series III, Biographical Materials is organized alphabetically by subject, and organized chronologically within each subject’s contents – beginning with Notebooks, followed by Photographs, and ending with a Scrapbook of Clark’s own design. Notebooks contain news clippings, entries from Adelle Clark containing thoughts and favorite quotes, pictures, and class rosters, among other miscellaneous items. Photographs contain one photo of Miss Clark, and the Scrapbook included in this series contains many highlights from Clarks’ career in education, as well as successes in her personal hobbies and authorial projects. It spans the majority of Clark’s adult life and offers a comprehensive overview of Clarks’ interests, life events, and important achievements. Subseries, Certifications is organized chronologically. It contains two certifications of membership acquired by Adelle Clark throughout her career in academia.


  • Creation: 1920-1972, inclusive
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1940-1972,


Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection are protected by applicable copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Adelle Rogers Clark was born in Lebanon, Collin County, Texas on 24 Feb 1901 to Richard Clayton Clark and Nancy May Haggard, descendants of some of the earliest settlers in Collin County. Clarks’ grandparents, Lanson and Edith Clark, who came from Tennessee in 1845, were instrumental in settling the village of Lebanon – the community which Miss Clark would go on to document in her historical book, Lebanon on the Preston. In it, Clark tells of life in Lebanon, Texas in the early 1800s through its decline after being bypassed by the railroad. Alongside her three siblings, she grew up there on the family farm, graduating from Frisco High School before she left the area to attend Texas State College for Women.

Following her graduation, Miss Clark earned her Masters from Columbia University, and taught Spanish and English at Texas Christian University. Pursuing her interests in Spanish language and culture, Clark also travelled extensively in Mexico & South America, and lived in Chile for two years, after which she returned to East Texas to teach at East Texas State Teachers College (now Texas A&M University-Commerce) as a professor of English and Spanish. While living in Commerce, she was active in several civic organizations including the Commerce Civic Music Association and the Friends of the Commerce Public Library.

In addition to teaching, Miss Clark also authored several publications, including Lebanon on the Preston (1959), Meet the Chileans (n.d.), and Writing the Research Paper (1956). She passed away on 1 Feb 1974 in Dallas, Texas, USA. Miss Clark is now the namesake of a middle school in Frisco, Texas, for which she was honored posthumously in 2000.


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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, Waters Library, Texas A&M University-Commerce Repository