Barzilla W. Clark papers, 1929-1941

Overview of the Collection

Clark, Barzilla W. (Barzilla Worth), 1881-; Idaho. Governor (1937-1938 : Clark)
Barzilla W. Clark papers
1929-1941 (inclusive)
1 linear feet
Collection Number
MG 022
Invitations to Governor Clark to attend or speak at meetings; also copies of several of his radio addresses.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Barzilla Worth Clark was born in Hadley, Indiana, December 22, 1881. He was the son of Joseph Addison and Eunice (Hadley) Clark who were among the Hoosier state's Quaker settlers. In 1885 the Clarks arrived in Eagle Rock--now called Idaho Falls--having made the trip from Indiana via narrow gauge railroad. In addition to attending public schools in Idaho Falls, Barzilla returned to Indiana where he attended Rose Polytechnic Institute in Terre Haute. When ill health forced him to cut short his education, he returned to Idaho and engaged in farming, mining and cattle raising.

In 1905 he married Ethel S. Peck, of Idaho Falls. They had four children, 3 daughters and a son. He early became interested in conservation and the development of natural resources, particularly irrigation and hydroelectric projects. His reservoir at the headwaters of the Blackfoot River was later purchased by the government and his plan for impounding Lost River was merged into the Mackay dam.

After serving two terms as councilman, he was elected mayor of Idaho Falls in 1913. During this term the city built the municipal hydroelectric plant no. 1, located just below the Broadway Bridge. Following a period of interest in central Idaho mines, he was again elected mayor in 1927 and continued in that office until he was inaugurated as governor of Idaho in January 1937. At the expiration of his single term as governor in 1939 he returned to Idaho Falls and the development of his personal interests there.

On September 21, 1943, Barzilla W. Clark died of lung cancer in Idaho Falls.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The majority of the Barzilla Clark papers are invitations to meetings of professional organizations, invitations to public events, and requests for him to speak to local organizations while he was governor of Idaho, 1937-38. There are also several radio addresses, legislative messages and some miscellaneous material. All the material is contained in a single file box.

The contents of each section are outlined in full in the following Description of Series.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Author, Description or "Title" of item, date. Collection name, collection number, box, folder. University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives, Moscow, ID.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The correspondence of Barzilla Worth Clark is arranged chronologically, each month having a separate folder. Incoming letters and their replies are housed together. Often a series of letters dealing with the same event are together; these are arranged by the latest date. Material other than correspondence has been arranged according to type.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I. CorrespondenceReturn to Top

The folders of correspondence contain both incoming and outgoing letters and are arranged by month. They consist chiefly of invitations to attend meetings and civic events, send delegates to meetings of professional organizations, or to speak to local organizations and at banquets; a few letters acknowledge the receipt of appointments made by the governor. Copies of Governor Clark's replies to invitations are usually included with the original incoming letter.

Organizations are listed in the corresponding folder where they should be found, rather than the exact date of sending or receipt. Invitations from governors of numerous states and Canadian provinces, mayors of Idaho and surrounding state's towns, presidents and officials of Idaho educational institutions, Idaho state senators and other elected officials can also be found in the Correspondence folders.

Printed invitations to which replies have been attached are included in the following list; printed invitations to which there are no replies are in a separate folder and are therefore listed separately.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
1 folder : Bonner County Planning Commission; ID Congress of Parents and Teachers; Lewiston Tribune
1 2
1 folder : Academy of Political and Social Sciences; Council of State Goverments; Democratic National Committee; Inaugural Committee; Intermountain Hardware and Implement Association; National Guard Company "E" 116th Engineers; North Gem High School; Pacific Coast International Association of Law Enforcement Officials; Salvation Army Hospital for Women; Townsend Club
January 1937
1 3
1 folder : American Legion; American Wildlife Institute; Boise Gridiron Club; Boy Scouts of America; Franklin Co. Fish and Game; Idaho Motor Transport Association; Jerome Rod and Gun Club;
February 1937
1 4
1 folder : American Legion; Bremmerton; WA Chamber of Commerce; Cassia Rod and Gun Club; Heyburn State Park CCC Camp SP-1; Conference of State and Territorial Health Officers; Democratic Women's Club; Hill Military Academy; Idaho State Planning Board; Willis Sweet Hall U of I; ID Shippers Traffic Association; Junior District Day; Nampa Business College; 161st Infantry National Guard; National Lumber Manufacturers Association; National Stream Control Meeting; New York University Hall of Fame; Payette Chamber of Commerce;
March 1937
1 5
1 folder : American Guild for German Cultural Freedom; American Legion; American Library Association; Baker County Chamber of Commerce; Council School Board; County Treasurers Association; Genessee Public Schools; ID Anti-Tuberculosis Association; Kiwanis Club; Lewiston Chamber of Commerce; Lewiston State Normal School Junior Class; Malad City Schools; Mullan School District; National Conference on Weights and Measures; Department of Commerce, Bureau of Fisheries; National Recreation Association; First Methodist Episcopal Church; Portlant Realty Board; Swedish American Tercentenary Association; Tacoma Chamber of Commerce; Twin Falls County Jefferson Club;
April 1937
1 6
1 folder : Shoshone County sportman's annual banquet; U of I Ag Club; Alturas Chamber of Commerce; American Automobile Association; American Forestry Association; American Legion; Blue Mountain Highway Banquet Committee; Boise Celebration Association; Boise Chamber of Commerce; Bonneville Sportsmen's Annual Jamboree; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; Clarkston Chamber of Commerce; Democratic Central Committee; Disabled American Veterans of the World War; Fox Movie-Tone News; Franklin Booster Club of Canyon County; Grand Army of the Republic; ID State School and Colony; ID Association of Certified Public Accountants; Idaho Pioneer Day Celebration; Idaho Progressive Society of the Blind; ID State Automobile Association; Villiage of Kamiah; Kiwanis Club; Kootenai County Democratic Committee; Lions Club International; Metro-Tone News; Pomona Grange; National Conference of Juvenile Agencies; National Conference on State Parks; National Conference on Weights and Measures; Nez Perce County Democratic Central Committee; North Idaho Chamber of Commerce; Northwest Aviation Planning Council; Paramount News; Probate Judges of the State of Idaho; Redding Chamber of Commerce; RKO Pictures Foundation; Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce; Shasta Cascade Wonderland; Union Pacific Old Timers' Club; United Spanish War Veterans; Universal Film Corporation "Idaho Marches On"; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Washington State Press Club;
May 1937
1 7
1 folder : American Legion; Boy Scouts of America; CCC Camp F-401 Cove Creek Camp; Idaho Society of Engineers; Jerome County Grange; Jerome Rod and Gun Club; Lions Club International; National Conference on Water Resources; National Parks Airways, Inc.; North Idaho Forestry Association; North Idaho Chamber of Commerce; State Normal School; Swedish Midsummer Festival; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Yakima Pioneer Days;
June 1937
1 8
1 folder : Henry Stampede and Stockmen's Reunion; American Library Association; Baker County Chamber of Commerce; Bancroft Pioneer Days; Dairymen's Cooperative Creamery; Grangeville Border Days; ID Cooperative Council; Northwest Aviation Planning Council; Northwest Territory Celebration Commission; Oregon Trail Pageant; Pacific Coast International Association of Law Enforcement Officials; Payette Chamber of Commerce; Post Office Employees of the State of Idaho; Rotary Club of Pocatello; Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association; Virginia Capital Bicentennial Commission; Western Aviation Planning Conference; Western Safety Conference; Young Democratic Club;
July 1937
1 9
1 folder : American Mining Congress; Boy Scouts of America; Caldwell Chamber of Commerce; Commissioners and Clerks Association; Democratic Central Committee; Governors' Conference; Hotel Traymore; ID State Medical Association; International Association of Governmental Labor Officials; International Four States Highway Association; Lewis County Fair and Rodeo; National Association of State Aviation Officials; National Tax Association; New York World's Fair; North Fork Ferry Monument; Seattle Junior Chamber of Commerce; Pioneer Trails and Landmarks Association; Western Association of Fish and Game Commissioners; Western Idaho State Fair; Young Democratic Club;
August 1937
1 10
1 folder : Mount Rushmore National Memorial Commission; American Legion Convention Corporation of NYC; Aviation planning conference; American Prison Association; American Public Health Association; American War Mothers; Council Community Congregational Church Cuba Municipal Tourist Department; Gold Star Mothers; Jewish War Veterans of the United States; Mackay Community Club; National Association of Assessing Officers; North American Sports, Garden and Outdoor Show; Owyhee Stampede and Malheur County Fair; Union Pacific Old Timers; Club; United States Constitution Sesquicentennial Commission; Workers Alliance of America;
September 1937
1 11
1 folder : Defense Day Demonstration Headquarters; Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary; Idaho Pilots Association; Montpelier High School; Veterans of Foreign Wars;
October 1937
1 12
1 folder : Idaho City Carnival Benefit Dance; Formal Dance at Student Union Building; U of I Senior Class; ID Education Association; Inland Empire Waterways Association; Louisiana Game Protective Association; Inc.; National Association of State Aviation Officials; Pocatello Community Chest; U.S. Congress, House of Representatives, Committee on Rivers and Harbors; College of Idaho;
November 1937
1 13
1 folder : Boise Valley Supplemental Water Advisory Committee; ID State School and Colony; World's Fair Committee; National Aeronautic Association; National Rivers and Harbors Congress; Weyerhaeuser Timber Company;
December 1937
1 14
1 folder : "The Sun Dance" New York Light Opera Guild; Idaho Meat Producers Banquet; North American Wildlife Conference; Associated General Contractors; Fox Chief Theatre; Good Neighbor League; Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce; Idaho National Guard; Idaho State Horticultural Society; International Air Show; Northwest Aviation Planning Council; Pomona Grange
January 1938
1 15
1 folder : Second Annual National Farm Institute; Fruitland Community Chamber of Commerce; Golden Gate International Exposition; Ninth Corps Area Headquarters; Ricks College; U.S. Department of Labor Children's Bureau; Works Progress Administration of Oregon; Young Democratic Club;
February 1938
1 16
1 folder : Gridiron Banquet; Rose Festival; SLC Stock Exchange 15th Anniversary; Old Timers Dinner and Dance; B.P.O. Elks; Business Advisory Council for the Department of Commerce; Heyburn State Park; Democratic Central Committee Benewah Co.; Junior District Day; Jerome Rod and Gun Club; Kiwanis Club; Portland Rose Festival Association; Salt Lake Stock Exchange; Southern Idaho Older Boys' Conference; Union Pacific Old Timers' Club; Young Men's Christian Association;
March 1938
1 17
1 folder : Federal Aid to Education Act; National Traffic Safety Contest Award Dinner; American Institute of Cooperation; Associated Engineers of the U of I; Western Association of Dairy; Food and Drug Officials; ID Department of Education; Idaho Falls Golf Association; Mackay Public Shools; National Conference on State Parks; National Conference on Weights and Measures; National Safety Council; Payette Chamber of Commerce; Portland Chamber of Commerce; Seattle Association of Classroom Teachers; Shoshone County Sportsman's Association; Twin Falls Casket Co.; Young Democratic Club;
April 1938
1 18
1 folder : Community Day Celebration Deary; ID; U of I Ag Club Agricultural Show; American Legion; Arco Civic Club; Boise Chamber of Commerce; Business and Professonal Women; Kellogg ID; Deary ID Rural High School District no. 2; Disabled American Veterans of the World War; Eastern Idaho Association of Civic Clubs; Grand Army of the Republic; ID State School and Colony; ID State Automobile Association; Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station; Interstate Commission on Crime; Midsommartingent; National Association of Postmasters; North Idaho Chamber of Commerce; Norwegion America Line Agency, Inc.; Probate Judges of the State of Idaho; Puget Sound Navy Yard; State Liquor Administrators; United Spanish War Veterans; Worley Businessmen's Association;
May 1938
1 19
1 folder : Northwest Territory Celebration; Young Democratic National Rally; Battle of Gettysburg Anniversary; Boy Scouts of America; Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce; Franklin county Board of County Commissioners; Melrose Community Club; San Antonio Chamber of Commerce; State Normal School; Western Association of State Highway Officials; Western Parole and Probation Association; Young Democratic Club;
June 1938
1 20
1 folder : Chickamaunga Celebration at Chattanooga; Young Democratic National Rally; American Public Health Association; Breithaupt's Florists; Canada Pacific Exhibition; Canyon County Grange; Democratic Central Committee; Fleet Week; Lions Club International; Mid-Columbia Bonneville Seaway Association; Order of Antelope; Seattle Junior Chamber of Commerce; Veterans of Foreign Wars; War Bonnet Round-Up; Western Association of Fish and Game Commissioners; Workers Alliance of America; Young Democratic Club;
July 1938
1 21
1 folder : Western Safety Conference; American Legion; Brawley; CA Chamber of Commerce; Democratic Central Committee; ID State Association of County Auditors; International Association of Governmental Labor Officials; Knife and Fork Club of Idaho; Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce; Mississippi Progress CommitteeNational Conference of Juvenile Agencies; National Federation of Colored Farmers, Inc.; National Recreation Association; National Tax Association; Pacific Coast Association of Port Authorities; Pocatello Chamber of Commerce; Snake River Valley Dairymen's Association; Western Safety Conference; Wood River Junior Chamber of Commerce; World Fellowship of Faiths; Young Democratic Club;
August 1938
1 22
1 folder : National Conference of Juvenile Agencies; American Prison Association; CCC Camp 5702 Camp North Fork; Dude Ranchers' Association; Humboldt NV County Chamber of Commerce; Metal Mining Convention and Exposition; National Association of Assessing Officers; Nevada Livestock Show; Pacific International Livestock Exposition; Portland Chamber of Commerce; President's Cup Regatta; San Francisco Convention and Tourist Bureau; State Association of Commissioners and Clerks; Supervisors Club; Washington State Good Roads Association;
September 1938
1 23
1 folder : Idaho Fish and Game Banquet; Idaho Annual Spud Day; Advisory Council Advocating National Monument at City of Rocks; American Planning and Civic Association; Associated Students; University of Oregon; Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Co.; Congreso Panamericano de Municipios; Habana; Consolidated Freight Lines; Forest Practice Committee of the Western Pine Association; Glenns Ferry High School Junior Class; Nampa Educational Association; National Association of State Aviation Officials; National Convention of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers of the U.S.; Village of Oakly, ID; Raft River Chamber of Commerce; Shelley Chamber of Commerce; Southern Idaho Fish and Game Association; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Washington Memorial; Young Democratic Club;
October 1938
1 24
1 folder : UIdaho homecoming; American Association for Labor Legislation; American Legion; ASUI Southern; Conference on State Defense; Hotel Bannock; Idaho Statesman; National Emergency Council; Peninsular & Occidental Steamship Company;
November 1938
1 25
1 folder : U of I Senior Class
December 1938
1 26
1 folder : Who's Who in the Western Hemisphere;
1 27
Printed invitations to various events
1 folder : Albion State Normal School; American Legion; American National Red Cross; Franklin Institute of Pennsylvania; Aviation planning conference; Bedding and Upholstery Law Enforcement Official Association of the United States; International Management Congress; Conference on Roadside Improvement; Federal Reserve System; Golden Gate International Exposition; Idaho Annual Spud Day; Idaho Shippers' Traffic Association; National Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor; Idaho State Horticultural Association; National Arts Council; National Democratic Club; New York World's Fair; Portland Rose train menu; Royal Rosarians;

Series II. Radio AddressesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 28
Governor Clark's radio address
over KIDO
1 item : 6 pages: parole and pardon policies, mental institutions, timber conservation program
4 March 1938
over KIDO
1 item : 5 pages: farm labor, unemployment, financial security
8 July 1938
over KIDO
1 item : 6 pages: defeat of election
12 August 1938+51:51
in Maine
1 item : 7 pages: early recollections of Idaho
September 1938
Series III. Miscellaneous
1 29
Miscellaneous folder 1 of 2 (legislative)
Governor's Message to the Twenty-Fourth Session of the Legislature of Idaho
1 item : 8 pages, printed. General
To the Members of the Idaho legislature Twenty-Fourth session
1 item : 2 pages, typed. Concerns the creation of public power districts
5 February 1937
House Joint Resolution ___ proposing an amendment of Section 3 Article 15, of the Constitution of the State of Idaho ... the right to divert and appropriate the unappropriated waters of the state shall be subject to regulation and control of the state...
1 item : 2 pages, typed.
Senate Bill No. ____ By State Affairs Committee
1 item : 58 pages, typed. An Act relating to Public Power Districts
1 30
Miscellaneous folder 2 of 2 (general)
Audit by the Bureau of Public Accounts
1 item : University accounts
1 July 1936
Campaign literature for primary election
1 item
Canadian American Good Neighbor Celebration
1 item : 4 pages, printed
Candidates of Democratic Party - primary
1 item : 2 pages
Candidates of Republican Party - primary
1 item : 2 pages
Clark Denies Lack of Road Audits
1 item : Newspaper clipping, Salt Lake Tribune
16 July 1938
Clarkston, (Washington) Chamber of Commerce Blue Mountain Tri-State Highway Banquet
1 item : program
15 May 1937
Council of State Governments
1 item : Notice of General Assembly
Craters of the Moon National Monument
1 item : Invitation to grand opening
23 May 1937
1 item : 2 pages, typescript
Governor Clark Making Good his Promise for State to Oil Mile of Oakley's Main Street
1 item : Newspaper clipping. Oakley Herald
25 August 1938
Governor's Day, review and military carnival in honor of the governor of the state of Idaho. Boise High School Reserve Officers' Training Corps
1 item : Programs for 1st-4th annual observation
Idaho State Chamber of Commerce comparison: all general property taxes, state revenue receipts
1 item : 2 pages, typed
1929-1935; 1929-1936
Idaho State Chamber of Commerce comparison: county expenditures for charity
1 item : 1 page, typed
Memorial from the legislature of the State of Idaho regarding the stabilizing of the level of Lake Pend d'Oreille
1 item : 1 page, typescript
National Conference of State Liquor Administrators
1 item : Announcement and program
National Probation Association
1 item : Invitation and program for conference
Department of Law Enforcement
1 item : 4 news releases
11 April 1938
Placer Mining
1 item : 5 pages, typescript
Swedish-American Tercentenary Association
1 item : Various publications dealing with the celebration
Phosphate Industry for Idaho
1 item : 8 pages, typscript. Speech given to Idaho State Planning Board by H.P. Taylor
20 May 1936
What to see in Montana and Idaho
1 item : 31 pages, tourists' handbook

Series IV. BiographyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 31
1 folder : 2 items: the first is a two-page typed biography, author unknown, written about 1936. The second is a single typed sheet of autobiographical nature, signed by B.W. Clark and dated October 16, 1937.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Correspondence

Geographical Names

  • Idaho
  • Idaho Falls (Idaho)


  • Mayor of Idaho Falls, 1913-1914, 1927-1936; governor of Idaho, 1937-1938