Lawrence R. Dawson, Jr. Papers,   1970-1999, and undated
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History

Biography:

Professor Lawrence R. Dawson, Jr., was a Professor of English at Central Michigan University. He retired in 1988, receiving the status of Professor Emeritus of English. He lived in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and currently resides in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Della T. Lutes (1872-1942) was a popular Michigan author of several books and numerous magazine articles. (For further information, see the finding aid for her papers, which are housed at the Clarke Historical Library.)

Billy Clark (died 1939) was a Grand Rapids, Michigan, resident and a minstrel performer of blackface comedy routines. He worked with Primrose and West and Hammer and Fields minstrel companies, and was a featured vaudeville performer on the Keith and Orpheum circuits. Mr. Clark was a an unusual performer in that he wrote his own music, painted his owned scenery, and wrote his own comedy sketches. Following the San Francisco Earthquake in 1906, Clark, Al Jolson, and other comedians of the day were noted as having helped the citizens recover their morale. Clark died in 1939 at age 64 in Grand Rapids. He was survived by his sister, Mrs. Edgar B. Delano. (This information is from his obituary in the Grand Rapids Herald, December 2, 1939.)