Edith K.O. Clark Diaries, 1904-1936

Overview of the Collection

Clark, Edith K.O.
Edith K.O. Clark Diaries
1904-1936 (inclusive)
1.07 cubic ft. (2 boxes)
Collection Number
Diaries of a Wyoming teacher, homesteader, and superintendent of public instruction.
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Edith Kirkwood Ormsby Clark was Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1915 to 1919. She arrived in Wyoming in 1906 to visit her uncle, L.R.A. Condit. She took up a teaching position at the EK School in Johnson County and was elected county superintendent of schools for Sheridan County before moving to Cheyenne to take up a state level position. In 1918 she went to France to serve with the YMCA. After retiring from state government, she homesteaded in Johnson County. She died in 1936.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains diaries created by Edith K.O. Clark from 1906-1924, 1931, and 1934-1936. In addition to a daily log of Clark's activities, the diaries contain photographs of people, churches, ranches, horses, hunting and camping trips, etc. Clark's friend, the artist Bill Gollings, made some sketches in one of her diaries. The diary of 1918-1919 includes memorabilia from her World War I service with the YMCA. Also included are a notebook, autograph album, and some biographical material.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright Information

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Alternative Forms Available

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of select material from this collection are available at http://digitalcollections.uwyo.edu:8180/luna/servlet/uwydbuwy~151~151.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by Edith K.O. Clark at the date of processing.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

This material was received from Agnes Wright Spring in 1964. Agnes Wright Spring received the Edith K.O. Clark Diaries from Mary Brown (Dutcher).

Processing Note

Processing Information

The collection was processed by D. Claudia Thompson in September 2013.

Portions of the collection were digitized by Halena Bagdonas in 2015.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 Notebook 1904
1 Diaries 1906-1918
2 Diaries 1919-1924
2 Diaries 1931-1936
2 Autograph book: GAR Veterans undated
2 Biographical Information 1936, undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Education, Rural -- Wyoming
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- War work -- Young Men's Christian associations.
  • Education -- Wyoming
  • Frontier and pioneer life -- Wyoming
  • Schools -- Wyoming

Personal Names

  • Condit, L. R. A. (Leonidas R.A.), 1858-1939
  • Gollings, Elling William, 1878-1932

Corporate Names

  • Wyoming. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Geographical Names

  • Wyoming -- History, 1890-1918
  • Wyoming
  • Wyoming -- History, 1919-1945

Form or Genre Terms

  • Diaries