Articles By: Rebecca Fenning Marschall

Robbie Ross collection

Published: May 5, 2010

The Clark’s collection of material related to Robert Baldwin Ross is described in a new finding aid now available via the Online Archive of California.  The large majority of the material cataloged in this finding aid is not new — it has been described in the Clark’s finding aids to the Oscar Wilde and his…

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Joe Versus the Volcano

Published: April 23, 2010

Earlier this week, UCLA English literature professor Joseph Bristow, a great friend of the Clark’s, was  interviewed by The Chronicle of Higher Education about being stuck in Ireland because of volcanic ash.  In the interview, he mentions how students in his Oscar Wilde seminar, which meets weekly at the Clark, had to work on independent…

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Item of the Week: "My Dear Arthur Fish"

Published: April 16, 2010

The Clark has recently acquired this letter from Oscar Wilde to Arthur Fish, dated 8 August 1890, which mentions a photograph that he would like to give Fish before the latter’s wedding day.  The Clark has owned the photograph in question for some time.  A lovely large image, mounted on beveled boards, it is signed…

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Item of the Week: Cookery, with ferns

Published: April 9, 2010

Though the original purpose of this volume was recording cooking recipes for things like ginger bread and short bread (two of the recipes seen above), it also ended up being a place to press ferns and a place to copy out favorite passages of poetry and prose for a teenage girl named Helen Brackenridg.  The…

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Item of the Week: Bibliotheca Classica

Published: April 2, 2010

Bibliotheca Classica, written by John Lempriere in 1788, is a recent Clark purchase, made with funds endowed by the late Dr. Adam Wechsler, a great friend and supporter of the library. John Carter’s Printing and the Mind of Man names this particular work as “the first specialist work designed as a substitute for, rather than…

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Frank Harris, journalist and rogue

Published: March 31, 2010

So begins the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography entry for editor, writer, figure of scandal and friend of Oscar Wilde, Frank Harris.  A new finding aid describing the Clark’s Harris-related material is now available via the Online Archive of California. Born in Ireland, Harris emigrated to the United States by himself when still a teenager. …

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Item of the Week: Prayer of the Old Plodder

Published: March 25, 2010

This curious pamphlet came across our desks today. Purchased in 1948, The Prayer of Old Plodder, a Presbyterian teacher during the late election at Lancaster, in the county of Lancashire is purportedly published in Geneva and printed, for the instruction of the elect, in 1733. We thought it appropriate, with primary season upon us, to…

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Item of the Week: Clark Gardens

Published: March 15, 2010

While looking through oversize drawings last week, Clark staff discovered this lovely drawing of the original garden plan for the Clark Library and estate, probably dating from the library’s construction in the 1920s.  Rendered beautifully in colored pencil, the plan details some aspects of the Clark grounds that are familiar, and others that were never…

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Library cats!

Published: March 12, 2010

Of late, the Clark Library cats have been receiving attention from more than just the staff members and visitors who see them everyday. The February 2010 issue of Cat Fancy magazine ran an article entitled “Library Cats and their Favorite Books,” featuring none other than our very own Hannah. The Neighborhood News Online recently posted…

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The Clarks: an American story on

Published: February 26, 2010

A new article and slideshow on written and researched by Bill Dedman concerns William Andrews Clark, Sr. (our library’s namesake and founder’s father) and his youngest daughter, Huguette.  At the age of 103, Huguette has lived a reclusive life for decades and the article explores both her retirement from public life, and the story…

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