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September Collection of the Month: David A. Clarke Papers

Image of David A. ClarkeThe Special Collections Research Center is pleased to announce a new, more comprehensive guide to the papers of David A. Clarke, Chairman of the D.C. City Council from 1983-1991 and 1993-1997. A D.C. native who was active in the civil rights and anti-war movements as a young lawyer, Clarke brought an activist’s zeal to the Council, with a particular focus on the poor, gun control, homelessness, the death penalty, and home rule.

Clarke’s papers include over 20 years of his correspondence, as well as a rich trove of subject files on D.C. legislation, organizations, neighborhoods, businesses, and individuals, plus photos, campaign and election materials, and neighborhood-specific files. This collection came to Gelman Library in two separate donations, one in 1990 and another after Clarke’s death in 1997. The new finding aid unites the two donations in much greater detail than we had previously been able to provide. Clarke's papers relate to two of the Special Collections Research Center's focus areas: political collections and Washington, D.C. history collections.

Please browse the finding aid for more information on the David A. Clarke papers: http://library.gwu.edu/ead/ms2010.xml


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