John Alexander Clark diary

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John Alexander Clark diary

Dates: 1894-1895

Diary written by John Alexander Clark, with entries dating from between February 2, 1894 and January 12, 1895. The John Alexander Clark diary chronicles Elder Clark's mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Palestine, part of the Turkish Mission. Individual diary entries document his journey to his assigned area of service and include brief descriptions of Liverpool, London, Paris, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Prague, Vienna, Belgrade, Constantinople, Beirut, and Haifa. In his diary, Elder Clark chronicles his study of Arabic and German as well as his missionary activities. His diary also includes descriptions of the Arab and German communities in Haifa, and descriptions of local sites and the countryside.

  • Extent: 3 folders (0.15 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Clark, John Alexander, 1871-1895
  • Call Number: MSS 6295
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the John Alexander Clark diary 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 6295; John Alexander Clark diary; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6295, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Antone Clark in 2008.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Antone Clark; 2008.
Related Material
See also the John Alexander Clark correspondence collection, 1892–1895 (MS 137923, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church History Library and Archives Division).
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Palestine--History--19th century; Clark, John Alexander, 1871-1895--Diaries; Evangelistic work--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History; Material Types; Mormon families; Mormon missionaries--Palestine--Diaries
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy for 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
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John Alexander Clark diary
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by John M. Murphy, curator
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-02-17T15:51-0700
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Biographical History

John Alexander Clark (1871-1895) was an LDS missionary that served in various European cities before he unfortunately contracted smallpox and passed away.

John Alexander Clark was born in Farmington, Utah, on 28 February 1871, to Ezra Thompson Clark and Susan Leggett Clark. He graduated from the Brigham Young Academy in Provo, Utah, and taught school in Minersville, Utah. In 1894, he was called to serve an LDS mission to Turkey. He departed for his mission on 3 February 1894. To reach his assigned area he, according to his mission diary, traveled to New York City where he boarded a ship for England. He arrived in Liverpool and traveled to London, Paris, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Prague, Vienna, Belgrade, Constantinople, and Beirut. He remained in Beirut for almost five months where he studied Arabic and German. In August, 1894, he and his missionary companion traveled to Haifa where he continued his missionary activities. In February 1895, Elder Clark contracted smallpox; he died on 8 February 1895 in the home of his landlady. Elder Clark was buried in a cemetery at the foot of Mt. Carmel.

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