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Clark Family Papers

Clark Family Papers

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Ogdensburg, NY
1820 to 1967
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The Clark Family of Ogdensburg

The Clark family has North Country roots that go back to Edwin Clark, who settled in the then village of Ogdensburgh in 1820.  His wife, Sarah Hasbrouck Clark, was the daughter of Louis Hasbrouck, one of the founders of the village and the first clerk of St. Lawrence County.  The Clark mansion, known later as Locust Lawn, still stands at 324 State Street in Ogdensburg.  The Clark's son, Richard Frederick, was born in 1848 and was in the manufacturing business in Chicago, Where his son, Edwin was born in 1888.  Edwin attended Cornell University and joined his father in his manufacturing business until Frederick's death in 1916.  A short time later, following the deaths of two paternal aunts, Edwin inherited Locust Lawn and returned to his ancestral home in 1921.  He married Dorette Burgemann in 1933.  The Clark's were active in the Episcopal Church and contributed to both St. Lawrence University and Potsdam College.  Mrs. Clark was given a North Country Citation from St. Lawrence in 1977.  Edwin Clark died in 1965 at the age of 76.  Dorette Clark passed away at age 90 in 1981.


The contents of the collection includes correspondence, business-related documents, photographs and other paper ephemera of several generations of the Clark family.  The contents are largely unprocessed but have been placed in archival folders and boxes organized by type of material.


The collection was given to St. Lawrence University by the estate of Dorette B. Clark in 1982.