Clark, Edward O.

Edward O. Clark papers, 1840–1990.
14 boxes, plus 1 oversize folder (16.5 linear feet).
About Edward O. Clark

Edward O. Clark (1918-1994) was a marine historian and photographer. Clark was born in New York and later lived in Chalfont, Pennsylvania. Clark traveled across the country pursuing interesting vessels and ports of call, and documenting the vanishing heritage of American steam navigation. He was a member of the Steamship Historical Society of America.

About the collection

This collection is scheduled to be arranged and described. Please stay tuned for updated collection information. This is a collection of materials assembled by Edward O. Clark concerning Delaware River steamboats. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs of vessels, engines, and engine components. There are also some photographs of interiors of vessels, passengers, and shipyards. Photographs are roughly grouped by vessel, line, or builder. There is a large collection of images related to the Wilson Line. Many of the photographs in the collection were taken by Clark. Also included in the collection are histories and chronologies of vessels and lines; clippings on vessels and lines; illustrations of engine and wheel plans; lists of vessels; lists of engines and machinery by builder; several school papers by Clark on propulsion machinery for shallow draft vessels, including his 1940 college thesis; correspondence with Edward T. Francis, 1984-1990; other research and general correspondence; newsletters from steamship and engineering history societies; files related to the sale of two Horace Pippin paintings owned by Clark; index card files of Delaware steamboats, ferries, and lines; an index of engines; notes on engines and other nautical equipment; and notes on machine and iron works. The collection also includes records on and photographs of railroad engines, steam whistles, and organs, and an 1840 map of the Baltimore Union Line.

  • Wilson Line (Wilmington, Del.)
  • Paddle steamers
  • Steam engineering
  • Steamboat lines
  • Steamboats
Types of material
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Maps
  • Newsletters
  • Photographs
  • Registers (lists)
  • Research notes
Reference files
  • Ferry Boats, J.M. Garrett Collection
  • Ferries, Delaware River
  • Ferries
  • Paddlewheelers
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