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Walton Clark Papers

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Acc. 777

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Collection Summary

Walton Clark Papers


Collection ID
Acc. 777

Clark, Walton, 1856-1934

0.5 linear feet (1 box) 

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Materials in English       

Detailed Collection Information

Biographical Note

Dr. Walton Clark (1856-1934), was consulting engineer and a former Vice-President of the United Gas Improvement Company (UGI). He was active in a variety of Philadelphia organizations and served as the President of the Franklin Institute from 1907 to 1924. He received the first Walton Clark Medal, endowed by UGI, from the Franklin Institute in 1926 in recognition of his contributing to the gas industry. He also served as President of the American Gas Light Association and later the American Gas Institute.

Description of Collection

This collection contains letters and telegrams, financial records, drafts of writings, lantern slides, photographs, and publications by and related to Walton Clark.

Organization and Arrangement

Collection is arranged by type of material.

Patron Information

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Walton Clark Papers are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Walton Clark Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Tamerlane Books with funds from the Paley Endowment Fund, November 29, 1993.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in June 2015.          

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names:
Clark, Walton, 1856-1934

Corporate Names:
Franklin Institute (Philadelphia, Pa.)
United Gas Improvement Company
American Gas Light Association

Commerce -- Pennsylvania – Philadelphia
Gas companies -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Public utilities -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia

Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:
Financial records
Lantern slides


1          1          Letter to Clark from Theobald Forstall, President of Chicago Gas Light and Coal          November 6, 1888

1          2          Two letters to Clark from Alexander C. Humphreys dealing with Clark’s Appointment as Assistant General Superintendent          June 29, July 3 1888

1          3          Two telegrams to Clark from Alexander C. Humphreys dealing with Clark’s Appointment as Assistant General Superintendent          July 3, July 9, 1888

1          4          Clark financial statements, real estate holdings and life insurance policies          1926

1          5          Photograph of portrait of Clark installed at Franklin Institute, and photograph of (Lamplighter) “Station A”          undated

1          6          Twelve Lantern Slides dealing with illumination in homes and costs          circa 1915

1          7          "Esprit de Corps: Honor is the Subject of My Story," typescript draft by Walton Clark          undated

1          8           "The Gas House Terrier," Poem by Walton Clark, one copy contains manuscript note and signature          1895

1          9           Resume of Walton Clark          July 31, 1911

1          10          "Walton Clark Medal and the Presentation to Dr. Clark as its First Recipient," reprint from the Journal of the Franklin Institute (2 copies)          March 1927

1          11          Biography of Walton Clark with corrections, typescript copy from the Philadelphia Times of December 11, 1898          October 1, 1910

1          12          "A Century of Light," address delivered by Walton Clark before the New Century Club of Philadelphia (3 copies)          November 1915

1          13          Gas Convention Bulletin, Vol. 1, No. 1, October 16, 1895

1          14          Gas Convention Bulletin, Vol. 1, No. 2, October 17, 1895

1          15          Illustrated and Descriptive Souvenir History and Reference Book of the American Gas Light Association          1894

1          16          P.G.W. News          May 1939, December 1954

1          17          "Report No. 2862, Investigating Work of Doctor Walton Clark of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the Gas Industry," Franklin Institute          1926

1          18          Resolution by the Board of the Franklin Institute upon Clark’s death          October 17, 1934

1          19          "Sons of Rest Scraps," Hand published, one of twelve copies, regarding Group from UGI, including Walton Clark, William Sherril, Albertus Beadle, George Roberts, Carter Page William Gantley, and Lewis Lillie          undated