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Charles and Charles A. Clark family fonds


Physical Description:
2.4 m of textual records. -- 957 photographs. -- 12 audio cassettes. -- 1 audio reel

Charles Clark, 1869-1949, was born in Kincardine, Ontario. He worked for his brother on the Kincardine Review, and was a member of the Canadian Press Association delegation which travelled across Canada in 1899. He served as a clerk with the army service corps during the South African War. In 1903 he moved to the High River area of Alberta, and after a brief period of ranching founded the Okotoks Review in 1904. He sold it the following year and bought the High River Eye-Opener from Bob Edwards. He renamed it the High River Times and was publisher until his death. The newspaper won numerous national and provincial journalism awards. In 1924 he was a delegate in a Canadian press tour of Europe. In 1906 he married Mary Elizabeth "Mayme" MacDonell of Bay City, Michigan, USA, and they had two children, Charles A. and Margaret "Marnie". Charles A. Clark, 1910-1982, was born in High River. He began as a reporter for the High River Times in 1929 and took over as publisher on his father's death. He also published the Okotoks Review newspaper, which was reacquired by the Clarks in late 1947. He was a life member of both the Alberta and Canadian Weekly Newspaper Associations. In 1937 he married Grace Welch, 1910-1997, of Wainwright, and they had two sons, Charles Joseph "Joe" Clark, 1939- , who became a Prime Minister of Canada, and Peter, who became a Calgary judge. Charles A. Clark sold the High River Times and Okotoks Review to Don Tanner in 1966 and retired. For further information see High River and the Times : An Alberta Community and its Weekly Newspaper, 1905-1966 / Paul Voisey. - Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, 2004.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of Charles and Mary Clark's correspondence, scrapbooks, and other personal papers; Charles' South African War diary and photographs (1900-1902); photographs of the 1899 Canadian Press Association cross-Canada excursion; memorabilia and photographs of the 1924 press tour of Europe; High River Times scrapbooks, special issues, and financial records; Charles A. and Grace Clark's correspondence, scrapbooks, speeches, certificates and other personal papers; two interviews with Charles A. Clark about his life; miscellaneous records of High River organizations in which Charles A. and Grace Clark were members; Joe and Peter Clark's personal papers from their youth and letters to their parents; newspaper articles about Joe's career and other family members; and photographs of the family and High River area.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Charles A. Clark, 1973-1981; Peter Clark, 2000; and Joe Clark, 2004-2015.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

View finding aid / scanned documents:

The High River Times, 1905-1984, is available on microfilm at Glenbow.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-223, M-5958, M-8762, M-9027, PA-1502, PA-1533, PA-3520, PE-231, NA-2660, NA-2716, NA-4397, S-71, RCT-324, RCT-340, RCT-927

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