Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
John Marshall Clark Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: John Marshall Clark Papers,
Creator: Clark, John Marshall, 1837-
Inclusive dates: 1867-1910, and undated
Extent: 1 cubic feet (in 2 boxes)
The papers include his correspondence, diaries, notebooks, a list of Custom house employees, photographs, a printer's plate, and real estate papers for Colorado and Illinois.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# none

Access Restrictions:

John Marshall Clark Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

John Marshall Clark Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical and chronological.



John Marshall Clark was born in 1837 in White Pigeon, St. Joseph County, Michigan. He was the son of Mary E. (died 1867?) and Robert Clark, Jr. (died 1837), a Deputy U.S. land surveyor. His parents’ papers are also housed at the Clarke Historical Library (see Robert Clark, Jr. Family Papers). John grew up in White Pigeon. He moved with his mother and brother to a dairy farm on Clark Street in Cook County, Illinois, outside of Chicago, in 1849. The dairy farm made them rich.

John became an engineer, surveyor, and leading merchant. In 1889, he was appointed to the position of Collector of Customs for the Port of Chicago, a position he held from 1890-1892. He was also active in Republican Party politics in the 1890s. (This information is from the old finding aid notes and the History of St. Joseph County, Michigan.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The majority of the Papers include correspondence, 1870-1897 and undated, describing Custom House concerns, such as smuggling; the World’s Columbian Exposition (World’s Fair) in Chicago, 1893; Chicago life; stocks; real estate; and Republican Party Politics, 1890-1893.

Other materials include his diaries, 1905 and 1908; notebooks and a list of Custom House employees, 1890-1892; photographs; and a printer’s plate of his image; and a notebook of his mother’s estate, 1867-1898. Real estate papers relate to land in Colorado and Illinois, 1867-1910.

Item-level index cards are available to assist researchers.

Subject Terms

    • Clark, Mary E.
    • Clark, John Marshall, 1837-
    • Clark, Robert, Jr.
    • World's Columbian Exposition (1893: Chicago, Ill.)
    • Decedents' estates--Illinois--Cases.
    • Harbors--Illinois--Chicago.
    • Chicago (Ill.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    John Marshall Clark Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Materials, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Correspondence, 1870-1889
    Box   1 F   3
    Correspondence, January-June 1890
    Box   1 F   4
    Correspondence, July-December 1890
    Box   1 F   5
    Correspondence, January-May 1891
    Box   1 F   6
    Correspondence, June-December 1891
    Box   1 F   7
    Correspondence, January-December 1892
    Box   1 F   8
    Correspondence, January-December 1893
    Box   1 F   9
    Correspondence, 1894-1897
    Box   2 F   1
    Correspondence, undated
    Box   2 F   2
    Custom House List and Notes on Employees, 1890-1892
    Box   2 F   3
    Diaries, 1905, 1908
    Box   2 F   4
    Estate Notebook of Mary E. Clark, 1867-1898
    Box   2 F   5
    Land Papers, Colorado, 1867-1871, 1910
    Box   2 F   6
    Land Papers, Illinois, 1888-1908
    Box   2 F   7
    Photographs and Printer's Plate, undated