Clark S. Knowlton papers

Clark S. Knowlton papers

Dates: 1916-1990

This collection contains the professional and personal papers of Clark S. Knowlton. The professional papers include his work and research as a professor of sociology at the University of Utah, which includes correspondence, memorandums, articles, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, flyers, newsletters, and other various materials, dated circa 1960-1990. Clark S. Knowlton did extensive research on minorities (especially Hispanic Americans). His personal papers include mostly correspondence with his family, dated 1916-1990. The letters from 1942-1946 as Knowlton served in the army during World War II.

  • Extent: 1 oversize box (0.5 linear ft.). -- 1 box (0.5 linear ft.). -- 13 cartons (13 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Knowlton, Clark S.
  • Call Number: MSS 6090
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged in 5 series: 1. Clark S. Knowlton correspondence. 2. University of Utah, Department of Sociology memorandums, committees minutes, policies, promotion policies. 3. Clark S. Knowlton journals. 4. Clark S. Knowlton professional papers. 5. John Birch Society publications.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Clark S. Knowlton papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 6090; Clark S. Knowlton papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6090, LTPSC.
Custodial History
First installment donated by Clark S. Knowlton in 1985. Installments continued to come until 1991.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Clark S. Knowlton; 1985-1991.
Separated Material
MSS 6092, was part of A1990-101, but was separated into its own collection because of a note in the case file.
Other Finding Aids
Similar collection also described in the Register of The Clark S. Knowlton Papers, 1949-1990 (J.Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah).
Related Material
See also The Clark S. Knowlton Papers, 1949-1990 (J.Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah; 295 SOUTH 1500 EAST SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH 84112).
Subject Terms
Knowlton, Clark S.--Archives; University of Utah. Department of Sociology and Anthropology--Faculty; Colleges and Universities; Education, Higher--Utah--Salt Lake City; Ethnic groups--United States; Home and Family; Social Life and Customs; World War, 1939-1945
Genre / Form
Articles; Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Diaries; Letters; Memorandums; Newsletters; Pamphlets
Processing Information
Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.
Appraisal Information
Ethnic and minority history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.IV, 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Knowlton (Clark S.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T11:04-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Clark Shumway Knowlton (1919-1991) was a professor of sociology. He did extensive research on minorities (especially Hispanic Americans) and ethnic studies, immigration issues, and land-grant issues.

Clark Shumway Knowlton was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 31 December 1919 to Ezra C. Knowlton and Mary Albrea Shumway Knowlton. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Argentina from 1939-1942. He then served in the US Army from 1942-1946, where he spent several years in Europe. He received his B.A. in Sociology from BYU in 1947 and then his M.A. in Sociology from BYU in 1948. He then studied from 1950-1951 at Escola Livre de Sociologia y Ciencias Socias, Sao Paulo Brazil, while working on his doctoral dissertation. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennesse, in 1955.

He married Ruth Marion Deyoung on 30 August 1948 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was an Associate Professor at Georgia Southern College from 1952-1958 and New Mexico Highlands University from 1958-1962. He then became a full professor at Texas Western College in 1962. In 1968 he joined the faculty of the University of Utah where he stayed for the rest of his career. While there he was the director for Center for the Study of Social Problems and the director of the Social Research Development Division, American West Center. He also served in the Salt Lake City community in many ways as he participated in groups including: the Central City Multipurpose Center, Committee on Desert and Arid Zones Research American Sociological Society, Rural Sociological Society, National Council on Family Relations, University Archaeology Society, the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies, and many others. Clark S. Knowlton died 20 January 1991.

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