Gregory, Jennifer
November 2005
Kentucky Libraries;Fall2005, Vol. 69 Issue 4, p8
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the life of Thomas Dionysius Clark, the father of Kentucky Archives. He was born in 1903 in Louisville, Mississippi. Thomas Clark was the son of a cotton farmer and a schoolteacher. He quit school in the seventh grade and went to work first on the farm, then in a sawmill, followed by a job as a hand on a river dredge boat. He eventually went back to school, graduating from the Choctaw County Agricultural High School in Weir, Mississippi. With a love of story instilled by his mother, he continued his education at the University of Mississippi. In 1928, Clark first came to Kentucky in pursuit of a Master's degree. When he left to take up doctoral studies at Duke University, Clark had no plans to ever return. However, as America entered the Great Depression, Clark found himself in need of a job and turned to his old friend Frank McVey. After a few setbacks, Clark returned to Kentucky in 1931, teaching in the history department. Still editing another book, Clark passed away in June 2005 after a short illness. He died just a few weeks before his birthday. He would have been 102.


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