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Sterling and Francine Clark Papers:

Reading Library

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Archives
225 South St.
Williamstown, MA 01267

March 31, 2009

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Creation: Finding aid encoded by Christopher Geissler October 27, 2008
Language: Finding aid written in English.

A Guide to the Robert Sterling Clark Reading Library

Repository:Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Archives
225 South St.
Williamstown, MA 01267
Creator:Clark, Robert Sterling, (1877-1956)
Title: Reading Library
Quantity:113.5 linear feet(ca. 1012 books)
Abstract: The personal reading library of Robert Sterling Clark includes collected works of fiction and history with significant subject development in cookery and horses.
Identification: CAI ARC 2007.49
Language: English, French

Arrangement of the Papers

The collection is arranged alphabetically by author and title.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Robert Sterling Clark reading library is comprised of ca. 800 titles that document a broad range of interests. Fiction and history predominate, though there is significant subject development in cookery and horses. The collection includes multiple volumes by a number of authors, including substantive first edition holdings of Pearl S. Buck, John Galsworthy, Sinclair Lewis, and P. G. Wodehouse. Many of the volumes include minor penciled annotations by RSC which record reading dates and brief thoughts on the volume in hand.

Biographical Note

Born in 1877, Robert Sterling Clark, along with his three brothers, was heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune. Their father, Alfred Corning Clark, was the son of Edward Corning Clark, Isaac Singer's business partner. RSC attended Yale University and graduated in 1899 with a degree in engineering. He joined the army and his service during the Boxer Rebellion earned him the commission of first lieutenant. In 1908, RSC undertook an expedition to the Shaanxi and Gansu provinces in a remote area of northern China. He intended to carry out ethnographic and zoological research, as well as conduct surveys and create maps. His partner in this undertaking was Arthur de Carle Sowerby. Sowerby, in addition to being a naturalist, explorer, artist and editor, collected specimens for the British Museum and other museums of natural history in the United States and China. The expedition came to an abrupt end when Hazrat Ali, their translator and surveyor, was murdered.

Shortly thereafter, RSC moved to Paris. In 1909 he inherited various pieces of art from his family and these pieces became the foundation of the collection he was to build over the ensuing decades. He made his first purchases in 1912 and was initially attracted primarily to Dutch, Flemish and Italian old masters. Soon, his interests expanded to include silver, prints and drawings, rare books, and more contemporary artists such as Renoir, Degas, Sargent and Homer.

During this time RSC met Francine Clary. Formerly an actress with the Comedie Francaise, Francine was the mother of a daughter, Viviane Modzelewska. Francine and RSC began seeing one another in 1910, but didn't marry until 1919. Their relationship was a source of tension with RSC's family and eventually led to a rift between him and his brother, Stephen. Stephen, the youngest of the Clark brothers, had shouldered the daily administration of the family’s fortunes. RSC felt that he was at a disadvantage because of the way the Singer trusts were constructed. Should something befall RSC, the money would pass back into the Clark family rather than to Francine and her daughter. When he was unable to resolve the issue within the family, he and Stephen had a falling out that would never be mended and RSC sued unsuccessfully in court to break up the trusts.

RSC and Francine were partners in assembling the collections that would eventually be housed at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, visiting galleries and dealers together. Another keen interest was horse breeding. RSC owned large operations that bred, raised and trained racehorses, first in Belgium and then in Virginia. In 1951, his horse, Never Say Die, won the Epsom Derby, the first American-bred horse ever to do so.

After considering various options for the eventual disposition of their artworks and objects, including donation to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and founding a museum in New York City, RSC and Francine decided to locate their collections in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Beginning in 1950 and continuing through RSC's death late in 1956, their lives were focused on building the Institute, both physically and administratively.

Index Terms


About, Edmond, 1828-1885
Acheson, Arthur, 1864-1930
Adam, Paul, 1862-1920
Adams, James Truslow, 1878-1949
Adams, Samuel Hopkins, 1871-1958
Ade, George, 1866-1944
Alcoforado, Mariana, 1640-1723
Alencar, José Martiniano de, 1829-1877
Allen, Frederick Lewis, 1890-1954
Allen, H. Warner (Herbert Warner), b. 1881
Allen, Henry Justin, 1868-1950
Allen, Hervey, 1889-1949
Allen, Robert S. (Robert Sharon), b. 1900
Ambler, Eric, 1909-1998
Ancillon, Charles, 1659-1715
Anderson, James Douglas
Andrieu, Pierre
Angly, Edward
Antoine, André, 1858-1943
Antwerp & Lamplighter
Arthur, T. S. (Timothy Shay), 1809-1885
Aubry, Octave, 1881-1946
Auscher, E. S. (Ernest Simon), b. 1857
Aytoun, William Edmonstoune, 1813-1865, ed
Bac, Ferdinand, 1859-1952
Bailly, Auguste, 1878-1967
Baker, Ray Stannard, 1870-1946
Baldwin, Monica
Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850
Barbey d'Aurevilly, J. (Jules), 1808-1889
Barine, Arvède, 1840-1908
Baring, Maurice, 1874-1945
Barras, Paul, vicomte de, 1755-1829
Barrès, Maurice, 1862-1923
Barron, Clarence Walker, 1855-1928
Basile, Giambattista, ca. 1575-1632
Batiffol, Louis, 1865-1946
Beck, James M. (James Montgomery), 1861-1936
Becker, Friedrich
Beerbohm, Max, Sir, 1872-1956
Belloc, Alexis, 1840-
Belloc, Hilaire, 1870-1953
Belmont, August, 1813-1890
Bénazet, Henry, 1897-
Benchley, Belle Jennings, 1882-
Bennett, Arnold, 1867-1931
Benoît, Pierre, 1886-1962
Benson, E. F. (Edward Frederic), 1867-1940
Benson, Stella, 1892-1933
Béraud, Henri, 1885-1958
Béroalde de Verville, b. 1556
Berry, Charles Walter
Bertaut, Jules, 1877-1959
Bertie, Francis, Sir, 1844-1919
Betts, John
Beugnot, Jacques-Claude, comte, 1761-1835
Bindley, Charles, 1796-1859
Birrell, Augustine, 1850-1933
Blasco Ibáñez, Vicente, 1867-1928
Blémont, Emile, 1839-1927
Bolitho, Hector, 1898-
Bon Homme Richard (Ship)
Bonneau, Alcide
Boret, Victor, 1872-
Boschot, Adolphe, 1871-1955
Boswell, James, 1740-1795
Boudin, Mme.
Boufflers, chevalier de, 1738-1815
Boulenger, Jacques, 1879-1944
Bouzy, Michel
Boyd, Ernest Augustus, 1887-1946
Boyd, James, 1888-1944
Brisse, Léon, baron, 1813-1876
Bromfield, Louis, 1896-1956
Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855
Brousson, Jean-Jacques, b. 1878
Brousson, Jean-Jacques, b. 1878
Bruce, Sanders Dewees, 1825-1902
Bruun, Laurids, 1864-1935
Bryce, James Bryce, Viscount, 1838-1922
Buchan, John, 1875-1940
Buck, Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973
Bülow, Bernhard, Fürst von, 1849-1929
Bursay, Aurore Domergue, Mme
Burton, Richard Francis, Sir, 1821-1890
Bury, J. B. (John Bagnell), 1861-1927
Bussigny, Henry L. de
Butcher, Harry C. (Harry Cecil), 1901-
Calderón de la Barca, Pedro, 1600-1681
Campan, Mme. (Jeanne-Louise-Henriette), 1752-1822
Canler, Louis, 1797-1865
Carstairs, Carroll
Castellane, Boni, marquis de, 1867-1932
Castelot, André
Cather, Willa, 1873-1947
Catullus, Gaius Valerius
Chambe, René, 1889-
Chamberlain, Samuel, 1895-1975
Chapman, Elisabeth Cobb
Charpentier, Armand
Chastenet, Jacques, 1893-
Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of, 1694-1773
Chesterton, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936
Chevallier, Gabriel, 1895-
Clarke, Stirling, Mrs.
Clemenceau, Georges, 1841-1929
Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910
Cocks, C. (Charles)
Coignet, Jean-Roch, 1776-1860
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1772-1834
Colette, 1873-1954
Collins, Dale, 1897-1956
Collis, John Stewart, 1900-
Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851
Corbière, Pierre
Cordelier, Suzanne F
Couchery, Jean Baptiste Claude François, 1768-1814
Courteline, Georges, pseud
Cousin d'Avallon, 1769-1840
Crébillon, Claude Prosper Jolyot de, 1707-1777
Crewe, Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes, 1st marquis of, 1858-
Crockett, Davy, 1786-1836
Cronyn, George W. (George William), b. 1888
Cross, Thomas
Cunninghame Graham, R. B. (Robert Bontine), 1852-1936
Cuppy, Will, 1884-1949
Cushing, Charles Cyprian Strong, 1879-1941
Da Ponte, Lorenzo, 1749-1838
Daingerfield, Keene, 1911-
Daudet, Alphonse, 1840-1897
Daudet, Léon, 1867-1942
Davenport, Marcia, 1903-
Day, Clarence, 1874-1935
De Trafford, Humphrey Francis, Sir, 3d bart., 1862-
Delafield, E. M., 1890-1943
Der Ling, Princess
Des Farges, George, 1847-
Des Périers, Bonaventure, 1500?-1544?
Desbordes-Valmore, Marceline, 1786-1859
Desessarts, Nicolas Toussaint Lemoyne, 1744-1810
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
Diehl, Charles, 1859-1944
Donnay, Maurice, 1859-1945
Dorgelès, Roland, 1886-1973
Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881
Douillet, Joseph
Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930
Drake, Joseph Rodman, 1795-1820
Du Deffand, Marie de Vichy Chamrond, marquise, 1697-1780
Duboin, Jacques, 1898-
Duhamel, Georges, 1884-1966
Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870
Edgar, Patrick Nisbett
Edmonds, Walter Dumaux, 1903-1998
Edwardes, Tickner, 1865-
Edwards, A. Cecil (Arthur Cecil), b. 1881
Edwards, Everett Joshua, 1871-
Edwards, Lyford Paterson, 1882-
Egger, Émile, 1813-1885
Elkins, William McIntire, 1882-1947
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882
Epinay, Louise Florence Pétronille Tardieu d'Esclavelles, marquise d', 1726-1783
Erskine, John, 1879-1951
Eustis, Célestine
Farmer, Fannie Merritt, 1857-1915
Favre, Jean Baptiste Castor, 1727-1783
Ferber, Edna, 1887-1968
Field, Eugene, 1850-1895
Field, Julian Osgood, 1849-1925
Finck, Henry Theophilus, 1854-1926
Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-
FitzGerald, Edward, 1809-1883
Flaubert, Gustave, 1821-1880
Fleury de Chaboulon, Pierre Alexandre Édouard, baron, 1779-1835
Foch, Ferdinand, 1851-1929
Ford, Corey, 1902-1969
Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902
Forest, Louis, 1872-1933
Fothergill, George Algernon, 1868-
Fouché, Joseph, duc d'Otrante, 1759-1820
France, Anatole, 1844-1924
Frank, Waldo David, 1889-1967
Franklin, Alfred, 1830-1917
Fuess, Claude Moore, 1885-1963
Fuller, Robert Higginson, 1865-1927
Funck-Brentano, Frantz, 1862-1947
Gallieni, Joseph-Simon, 1849-1916
Galsworthy, John, 1867-1933
Garros, Louis, d. 1975
Gaulot, Paul, 1852-
Gautier, Théophile, 1811-1872
Gaxotte, Pierre
Giovanni, Fiorentino, 14th cent
Giraudoux, Jean, 1882-1944
Gobineau, Arthur, comte de, 1816-1882
Goldoni, Carlo, 1707-1793
Good, Meyrick George Bruton, b. 1877
Gordon, Richard, 1921-
Graves, Robert, 1895-1985
Green, Julien, 1900-1998
Greville, Charles, 1794-1865
Grimes, Absalom Carlisle, 1834-1911
Guedalla, Philip, 1889-1944
Haggard, H. Rider (Henry Rider), 1856-1925
Hahn, Emily, 1905-
Halévy, Ludovic, 1834-1908
Hall, James Norman, 1887-1951
Hamsun, Knut, 1859-1952
Haraucourt, Edmond
Hargrave, John, 1894-
Harland, Marion, 1830-1922
Harris, Albert W. (Albert Wadsworth), 1867-1958
Harrison, G. B. (George Bagshawe), 1894-
Harte, Bret, 1836-1902
Haskell, Henry Joseph, 1874-1952
Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864
Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904
Hébert, François, 1651-1728
Heitner, Jules
Hélouis, Edouard
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961
Henry, O., 1862-1910
Hermant, Abel, 1862-1950
Hervey, John, 1870-1947
Hervieu, Paul, 1857-1915
Hewitt, Edward Ringwood, 1866-1957
Hewlett, Maurice Henry, 1861-1923
Higginson, Alexander Henry, 1876-
Hindus, Maurice Gerschon, 1891-1969
Hitchcock, Henry, 1829-1902
Holland, Henry Edward Vassall Fox, 4th baron, 1802-1859
Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920
Huc, Evariste Régis, 1813-1860
Hudleston, Francis Josiah, 1869-1927
Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885
Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963
Immanuel, Friedrich, b. 1857
Ingersoll, Ralph, 1900-
Irisson d'Hérison, Maurice, comte d', 1839-1898
Irving, John Beaufain, 1800-1881
Irving, Washington, 1783-1859
Jacob, Louis, 1879-
Jacobs, W. W. (William Wymark), 1863-1943
James, Marquis, 1891-1955
Johnson, Charles Plumptre, 1853-
Johnson, Owen, 1878-1952
Kane, Harnett Thomas, 1910-
Keene, Foxhall
Kent, John, horse trainer
Kessel, Joseph, 1898-1979
Keylock, H. E
Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936
Kitchin, C. H. B. (Clifford Henry Benn), 1895-1967
Kountz, William J., 1867?-1899
Kravchenko, Victor, 1905-1966
La Bruyère, Jean de, 1645-1696
La Fontaine, Jean de, 1621-1695
La Mothe le Vayer, François de, 1583-1672
La Rochefoucauld, François, duc de, 1613-1680
Lacretelle, Jacques de, 1888-
Lambert, Samuel W. (Samuel Waldron), 1859-1942
Larousse, Pierre, 1817-1875
Lavedan, Henri, 1859-1940
Le Blanc, Jean
Le Bon, Gustave, 1841-1931
Leacock, Stephen, 1869-1944
Leary, John Joseph, 1874-
Leblanc, Georgette, 1869-1941
Legendre, A.-F. (Aimé-François), b. 1867
Léger, Charles, b. 1880
Lemaître, Jules, 1853-1914
Lespinasse, Julie de, 1732-1776
Lévis, Pierre-Marc-Gaston, duc de, 1764-1830
Lewis, Charles Lee, 1886-
Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951
Lichtervelde, Louis de, comte, b. 1889
Littlepage, John D
Litvinne, Félia, 1860-1936
Lockhart, Robert Hamilton Bruce, Sir, 1887-1970
Loewel, Pierre, 1890-
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882
Looker, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1888-1965
Lucas, Elizabeth
Lucas-Dubreton, Jean, 1883-
Ludwig, Emil, 1881-1948
Lugné-Poe, 1869-1940
Lydekker, Richard, 1849-1915
Macaulay, Rose, Dame
MacCreagh, Gordon, 1886-
Macdonald, John, 1741-1796
Machiavelli, Niccolò, 1469-1527
Mackenzie, Compton, Sir, 1883-1972
Madelin, Louis, 1871-1956
Malcolm, James Peller, 1767-1815
Malet, Harold Esdaile
Mallet, Christian
Malo, Henri, 1868-1949
Mangourit, Michel Ange Bernard de, 1752-1829
Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955
Marivaux, Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de, 1688-1763
Marmontel, Jean François, 1723-1799
Marrot, Harold Vincent
Martin du Gard, Maurice, 1896-1970
Marvin, Charles
Masefield, John, 1878-1967
Masuyer, Valérie, 1797-1878
Mathews, F. Schuyler (Ferdinand Schuyler), 1854-1938
Matthieu, Pierre, 1563-1621
Maugras, Gaston, 1850-1927
Maupassant, Guy de, 1850-1893
Maurois, André, 1885-1967
Maxwell, W. B. (William Babington), 1866-1938
McCormick, Renée de Fontarce, b. 1899
Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956
Merwin, Henry Childs, 1853-
Miles, Henry Downes, 1806-1889
Miller, Alice Duer, 1874-1942
Mills, John, d. ca. 1885
Minnigerode, Meade, 1887-1967
Monfreid, Henri de
Monnin, Pierre
Montaigne, Michel de, 1533-1592
Montpensier, Antoine Philippe d'Orléans, duc de, 1775-1807
Moorhouse, Edward
Morand, Paul, 1888-1976
Morgan, J. de (Jacques), 1857-1924
Morison, Samuel Eliot, 1887-1976
Morris, Lloyd R., 1893-1954
Morris, Thomas F.
Morton, Charles, b. 1855?
Moss, Geoffrey, b. 1886
Mouravit, Gustave, 1840-
Murray, W. H. H. (William Henry Harrison), 1840-1904
Musset, Alfred de, 1810-1857
Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821
Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873
Nathan, Robert, 1894-
Nerval, Gérard de, 1808-1855
Ness, C. I. H
Newman, Neil
Nietlispach, Frieda
Nimrod, 1778-1843
Nordhoff, Charles, 1887-1947
North, Arthur Walbridge
Nye, Bill, 1850-1896
O'Connor, Frank, 1903-1966
O'Flaherty, Liam, 1896-
Ortega y Gasset, José, 1883-1955
O'Sullivan, Maurice
Otway, Thomas, 1652-1685
Oudard, Georges, 1890-
Owen, Frank, 1905-
Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809
Palmer, Joseph Hill, 1904-1952
Pascal, Blaise, 1623-1662
Paulding, James Kirke, 1778-1860
Perkins, Frances, 1882-1965
Perkins, James Breck, 1847-1910
Persat, Maurice, 1788-1858
Pétain, Philippe, 1856-1951
Petit, Alphonse
Peyré, Joseph, 1892-1968
Phillips, David Graham, 1867-1911
Poiret, Paul
Poliakoff, Vladimir
Portland, William John Arthur Charles James Cavendish-Bentinck, Duke of, 1857-1943
Primi Fassola di San Maiolo, Giovan Battista Feliciano, conte, 1648-1713
Pringué, Gabriel Louis
Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922
Pumpelly, Raphael, 1837-1923
Quennell, Peter, 1905-
Ramazzini, Bernardino, 1633-1714
Ramsay, David, 1749-1815
Ravage, M. E. (Marcus Eli), 1884-1965
Reboux, Paul, b. 1877
Recouly, Raymond, 1876-1950
Redlich, Josef, 1869-1936
Reed, Latham R.
Renn, Ludwig, 1889-
Restif de La Bretonne, 1734-1806
Reynolds, M. E. (Mabel Edith), b. 1871
Richardin, Edmond, 1850-1917
Riley, James Whitcomb, 1849-1916
Ritz, Marie Louise, b. 1867
Roberts, Elizabeth Madox, 1881-1941
Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957
Robinson, William M. (William Morrison), 1891-
Rochambeau, Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, comte de, 1725-1807
Rogers, Will, 1879-1935
Rollins, Philip Ashton, 1869-1950
Romains, Jules, 1885-1972
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
Rorick, Isabel Scott, 1900-
Rosebery, Albert Edward Harry Meyer Archibald Primrose, Earl of, 1882-1974
Ross, Edward Alsworth, 1866-1951
Rouff, Marcel, 1877-1936
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778
Sachs, Emanie N
Saint Denis, Louis Étienne, 1788-1856
Saint-Arnaud, Arnaud-Jacques Leroy de, 1801-1854
Saint-Elme, Ida, 1776-1845
Saint-Hilaire, Emile Marco de, d. 1887
Saintsbury, George, 1845-1933
Sanger, George, 1827-1911
Schachner, Nathan, 1895-1955
Scheibenbogen, Antoine
Schreiner, Olive, 1855-1920
Schulberg, Budd
Schwob, Marcel, 1867-1905
Scott, Robert Lee, 1908-
Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832
Scriven, George P. (George Percival), 1854-1940
Sedgwick, Henry Dwight, 1861-1957
Sérieyx, William, 1866-
Sewell, Anna, 1820-1878
Shand, P. Morton (Philip Morton), 1888-
Sharp, J. F. M. (Josiah Francis Mainwaring)
Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950
Sheridan, Carroll Mac, 1889-
Sherrod, Julian
Sieburg, Friedrich, 1893-1964
Siegfried, André, 1875-1959
Siltzer, Frank
Sitwell, Edith, Dame, 1887-1964
Skinner, Cornelia Otis, 1901-1979
Smalley, Henry R., 1880-
Smith, H. Allen (Harry Allen), 1907-1976
Smith, Thorne, 1892-1934
Somerville, E. Œ. (Edith Œnone), 1858-1949
Sowerby, Arthur de Carle, 1885-1954
Speed, John Gilmer, 1853-1909
Staub, André Pierre, abbé, b. 1815
Stockton, Frank Richard, 1834-1902
Stoddard, Henry Luther, 1861-
Stong, Phil, 1899-1957
Strachey, John, 1901-1963
Strachey, Lytton, 1880-1932
Street, James H. (James Howell), 1903-1954
Stryker, Lloyd Paul, 1885-1955
Sullivan, Mark, 1874-1952
Surtees, Robert Smith, 1805-1864
Tacitus, Cornelius
Taine, Hippolyte, 1828-1893
Tallemant Des Réaux, 1619-1690
Talmeyr, Maurice, 1850-1933
Taunton, Thomas Henry
Taylor, Rosemary, b. 1899
Tchernavin, Tatiana
Temple, William K.
Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron, 1809-1892
Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863
Tharaud, Jérôme, 1874-1953
Thomas, Lowell, 1892-1981
Thomason, John W. (John William), 1893-1944
Tilley, Arthur Augustus, 1851-1942
Tilly, Alexandre, comte de, 1764-1816
Touzalin, Lida Miller
Towne, Charles Hanson, 1877-1949
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
Tweedie, William, 1836-1914
Ullman, Joseph Frederick, 1857-
Underhill, Francis T
Ussher, Thomas, Sir, 1779-1848
Valtin, Jan, 1904-1951
Van Loan, Charles E. (Charles Emmett), 1876-1919
Van Paassen, Pierre, 1895-
Varille, Mathieu, 1885-1963
Victoria, Empress, consort of Frederick III, German Emperor, 1840-1901
Viel-Castel, Horace, comte de, 1802-1864
Villon, François, b. 1431
Vioux, Marcelle, 1895-
Vivent, Jacques, 1892-
Voltaire, 1694-1778
Voss, Franklin B. (Franklin Brooke), 1880-1953
Wall, John Furman, 1885-
Wallace, John Hankins, 1822-1903
Ward, Humphry, Mrs., 1851-1920
Watson, Alfred Edward Thomas, 1849-1922
Webb, Mary Gladys Meredith, 1881-1927
Webster, Caroline Le Roy, 1797-1882
Webster, Nesta Helen
Wecter, Dixon, 1906-1950
Weeks, Lyman Horace
Westcott, Edward Noyes, 1847-1898
Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937
White, John W
Whitehouse, Robert Treat, b. 1870
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
Whitney, William C. (William Collins), 1841-1904
Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900
Williams, Orlo, 1883-
Wodehouse, P. G. (Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975
Wortham, Hugh Evelyn, 1884-
Wyzewa, Teodor de, 1862-1917
Yeats-Brown, Francis Charles Claypon, 1886-
Zanuck, Darryl Francis, 1902-
Zweig, Stefan, 1881-1942


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Conseil interprofessionnel du vin de Bordeaux
Daily Racing Form, Inc.
Italy (Kingdom, 1805-1814)
United States. Bureau of Animal Industry
United States. Committee on Public Information


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Custodial History

Robert Sterling Clark's Collection of Rare Books was accessioned into the library in 1971. Selected volumes were incorporated into the general collection, while the remaining volumes were designated rare and housed in the old Rare Book Room. Selected rare volumes, including early editions and illustrated texts, were eventually shifted to locked compact storage. Roughly 800 titles remained in the old Rare Book Room and were accessioned into the Archive as the Reading Library series of the Sterling and Francine Clark Papers.

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[Cite the item (as appropriate)], Reading Library Series, Sterling and Francine Clark Papers, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Acquisition Information

In February 2008 the Sterling and Francine Clark reading library was transferred from the library to the archives.

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The books that comprise the Sterling and Francine Clark reading library have been individually catalogued, labeled, and reshelved. Uncatalogued volumes were catalogued and existing records were updated to document transfer to the archive.

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Related or similar material can be found in the following series in the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Archives, Williamstown, Massachusetts: Correspondence Series, Sterling and Francine Clark Papers; Diaries Series, Sterling and Francine Clark Papers; Financial Series, Sterling and Francine Clark Papers; Images Series, Sterling and Francine Clark Papers; Personal Series, Sterling and Francine Clark Papers; and Realia Series, Sterling and Francine Clark Papers; Records and Papers of David Brooke, Director, 1977-1996; Institutional Oral Histories.

Portions of Clark's original collection of rare books were sold or donated to other institutions prior to the establishement of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Clark initiated the development of a turf library at the Thoroughbred Club of America, Lexington, Kentucky, with a gift of racing manuals and studbooks. In 1961, H. P. Krause donated the Robert Sterling Clark Collection of Books of Horses and Military History to the The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

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