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Edward D. Clarkson Collection, 1916-1969 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Edward D. Clarkson Collection, 1916-1969Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1959-1962

Primary Creator: Clarkson, Edward D. (1890-1969)

Extent: 0.83 Linear Feet


This collection is arranged in the following manner: Correspondence is alphabetical and fallowed by miscellaneous folders also alphabetized by their title.

1. Correspondence to and from Edward D. Clarkson (In alphabetical order)

2. Miscellaneous

3. Clarkson Family correspondence

Subjects: Clarkson, Edward D., 1890-1969--Archives, Clarkson, Edward D., 1890-1969--Correspondence, Clarkson family, Cuba--Foreign relations--United States, United States--Foreign relations--Cuba, United States--Race relations

Forms of Material: Personal Papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Edward D. Clarkson Collection, in the form of an autograph collection, contains various correspondence, photographs, miscellaneous works, and ephemera of Clarkson’s.  The correspondence discusses a diverse array of contemporary issues, including U.S. relations with Cuba and race relations between whites and African Americans in the United States.  In a recruitment type fashion, Clarkson attempts to enlist a variety of individuals in many causes.  These individuals include both the political and artistic sphere of American life.

Clarkson spent the majority of his efforts lobbying for peace with foreign nations, mainly Cuba, in the decades of the 1950’s and 60’s.  His main efforts were directed towards United States Senators and Congressmen.  However, Clarkson did attempt to influence a number of United States Presidents, both retired and active.  Among the Presidents were, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon.

Included in Clarkson’s political endeavors are a number of other prominent figures in American society.  Among them are letters to Hubert Humphrey pertaining to peace efforts, yet directed toward the disarmament of the Soviet Union.  Clarkson inquired of Eleanor Roosevelt on the possibility of creating separate societies for blacks and whites, not excluding the possibilities of migrating the African American to Africa.

Clarkson also corresponded with many well-known American social figures like Georgia O’Keefe, Robert Oppenheimer, Gregory Peck, and Upton Sinclair.

Biographical Note

Born on November 22, 1890, Edward D. Clarkson spent many years actively campaigning for social progress towards his view of what United States government policies should be both at home and abroad.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1916 and served in both World War I and World War II.  Later in life, Clarkson took up residency in Cuba, where he spent approximately ten years in a diplomatic fashion.  Clarkson retired from the army in 1944 and earned a master’s degree in history from San Diego State College in 1958.

Clarkson spent the remainder of his life in La Jolla, California.  As a resident for more than 30 years, he was highly active not only as a correspondent but also through participation in organizations such as the American Legion, the Scottish Rite Masons, Phi Alpha Theta and even the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.  Edward D. Clarkson died in October of 1969.

Subject/Index Terms

Clarkson, Edward D., 1890-1969--Archives
Clarkson, Edward D., 1890-1969--Correspondence
Clarkson family
Cuba--Foreign relations--United States
United States--Foreign relations--Cuba
United States--Race relations

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: 1964

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Edward D. Clarkson

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Edward D. Clarkson Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

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Folder 1: Description of Material from E.D. Clarkson File on Cuba, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Memorial Day Photograph, 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Notes for Handling Cuban Situation, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Persons in the Class of 1881 Trip to Japan, 1922, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Clarkson Family Correspondence, 1834-60Add to your cart.

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