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Marie Rankin Clarke collection

Identifier: H-Mss-0211

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of personal possessions of Marie Rankin Clarke and Chauncey D. Clarke including photographs, scrapbooks, diaries, travel guides, religious pamphlets, small handbooks, memorabilia.


  • Creation: 1842-1965



Languages represented in the collection: English, German


This collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

Biography/Administrative History

Marie Rankin Clarke was born in 1868 in Afton, Iowa. Her father moved the family to Phoenix, Arizona where she met businessman and successful gold miner Chauncy Clarke. After the two were married in 1894, they purchased land in Arizona then moved to Altadena, California in 1904. During this time they built their estate in Santa Fe Springs, CA where oil was soon discovered. After her husband's death in 1926, Marie Rankin Clarke pursued her interests in education, dance, theater productions, and reading. She founded The Hollywood Bowl. She died childless in 1948, and left most of her estate to The Claremont Colleges.


5 boxes


Collection of books, papers, and scrapbooks belonging to Marie Rankin Clarke and Chauncey D. Clark. Items include several reproductions of German religious artwork, a set of the People's Pocket Series books, and a set of travel and tourist guides to Hawaii (1935-1938) and Australia (1938).

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is arranged in five series:

Series I: Photographs

Series II: Small Handbooks

Series III: Scrapbooks

Series IV: Diaries and Personal Papers

Series V: Travel Guides

Physical location

Please consult repository.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Marie Rankin Clarke.


No additions to the collection are anticipated.

Processing Information

Processed by Kelly Connell for ARCH311, Claremont Graduate University, Spring 2011.


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Repository Details

Part of the 01 - Special Collections & Archives, The Claremont Colleges Library Repository

800 North Dartmouth Ave
Claremont CA 91711 United States