Clarke (Edwin) General Archive

Subject strengths: General

Collected by Edwin Clarke (1919-1996), the Clarke General Collection is a run of cuttings, illustrations, manuscripts and historic documents which are organised into two sequences: a subject sequence and a biographical sequence.

Subjects range from the weather, food and actors, to Victorian 'freakshow' acts whilst items in the biographical sequence include silk in red, white and blue with a note asserting them to be “Pieces of the silk of which the flags that waved over Napoleon were made.” (St. Helena, 1843); portraits of Charlotte Brontë (1857) and Daniel Defoe; manuscript letters from John Ruskin, William Wilberforce, the Duke of Wellington and Thomas Carlyle and a letter from Maggs Bros. (antiquarian bookseller) regarding an item which had been sold and posted (10 April 1912) - the letter is a duplicate as the original is believed to have been lost on the SS. Titanic.

Finding Aid:

Currently uncatalogued. Please contact for further details.

Other Resources:

For books collected by Edwin Clarke, see also Clarke Local Collection, Clarke Medical Collection, and Clarke Miscellaneous Collection.

Material from this collection was used in our Treasures of the Month feature for November 2006, August 2011May 2012 and April 2015.