Willene B. Clark collection of gelatin dry plate negatives
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Willene B. Clark collection of gelatin dry plate negatives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Clark, Willene B.
Title: Willene B. Clark collection of gelatin dry plate negatives
Dates: circa 1898-1908
Extent: 0.4 cubic feet (1 box, 8 folders)
Identification: MS 1415

Biographical/Historical Note

Reuben Grove Clark (1833-1900) was born in Grainger County, Tennessee. He and his first wife, Susan Alice Smith (1847-1891), moved to Rome Georgia around the year 1866. Clark married his second wife, Mary Josephine (Daisy) King on January 9, 1894. Daisy was the daughter of the Rev. Charles Barrington King and Anna Wylly Habersham King of Savannah. R.G. Clark and Daisy had three children: Josephine Habersham Clark Battey (1895-1966), Reuben Grove, Jr. (1896-1968), and Nephew King (1898-1962).

Willene B. Clark is professor emeritus of art history at Marlboro College in Vermont. She received her Ph.D. from Yale and began her career at Marlboro College in 1963.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of gelatin dry plate glass negatives containing images of the Clark family. The majority of the images depict the Clark children. According to the donor (a family member), some of the unidentified children may be those of James King, who also lived in Rome, Georgia. The collection also includes images of the Clark family house, known as Clark Hill or Belle Vue, and a few images of the Clark family's wagons and carriages. The Clark family's carriage driver was Aaron Dent.

There are sixty-three glass negatives in the collection; all but one, an image of Reuben G. Clark, Sr. and Nephew Clark, were scanned to create copies for patron use. That negative was photocopied to produce a use copy.

Index Terms

Battey, Josephine Habersham Clark, 1895-1966.
Clark family.
Clark, Nephew King, 1898-1962.
Clark, Reuben Grove, 1833-1900.
Clark, Reuben Grove, 1896-1968.
Clark, Willene B.
Gelatin dry plate negatives.
King family.
Rome (Ga.)

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

Glass plate negatives are restricted from patron use.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from collector.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Willene B. Clark collection of gelatin dry plate negatives, MS 1415, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Willene B. Clark, 1988.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Josephine Habersham Clark Battey


2Nephew King Clark


3Reuben Grove Clark, Jr.


4Family and children, groups


5Unidentified people and people whose identifications are uncertain


6Beach scenes. Clark family at the beach, possibly in Charleston, S.C.


7Clark Hill House (Belle Vue) and carts and wagons




1Glass plate negatives