Interview with Thomas D. Clark, April 21, 1986

Project: University of Kentucky Oral History Project

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Thomas D. Clark discusses some of the specific collecting he did for the University of Kentucky Library, especially the Special Collection and Archives. He remembers the acquisition of the Wilson library, and describes why it took two years to move to the University of Kentucky. He discusses some of the rare books in the collection including some pertaining to the frontier movement, the early west, and the Ohio Valley. Clark talks about Judge Samuel Wilson. He recalls that Wilson became hard of hearing in his old age, and that this led to some shenanigans by the Book Thieves Club of which both Clark and Wilson were members. Clark also recalls the dedication of the Wilson library.

Clark talks about Ms. Margaret I. King and states that he is glad that the library was named for her. Clark mentions collectors for the library after he moved to teaching full-time including Hamilton Tap and Ben Wall. He states that Wall was a very good collector bringing in the Hallam Family Collection and the Barkley papers. Clark discusses the selection of Lawrence Thompson to run the library after Ms. King's retirement.

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1986oh125_af292

Interviewee Name

Thomas D. Clark

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1986-04-21

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Clark, Thomas D. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 21 Apr. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Clark, T.D. (1986, April 21). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. University of Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Clark, Thomas D., interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. April 21, 1986, University of Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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