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Catherine Pickens Upson (Mrs. Edward P.) Clark Papers

Identifier: SMC-019

Scope and Contents

Kate Upson Clark papers include: a composition by Kate entitled “Seniors Farewell to the Seminary Belles,” 1869, an article from The Ladies’ Home Journal (1890) written by Kate entitled “Admiring the Right Things,” a transcribed letter to Dr. Cole concerning a gift of $1, 000 to the Organ Fund, a poem "Prologue," as well as several biographies.


  • 1869-1892, 1979


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No restrictions. Open for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors, or their descendants, of items in these papers as stipulated by United States copyright law.


Catherine “Kate” Pickens Upson of Milwaukee, WI, was born in 1851. She entered Wheaton Seminary in 1867 and graduated in 1869. She also studied at the Westfield Normal School and graduated in 1872. Kate taught at the Central High School in Cleveland, OH for eighteen months before marrying Edward P. Clark in 1874. In 1872 she married Edward P. Clark, managing editor of the Springfield Republican. Together they had three sons.

Kate was editor of the magazine Good Cheer (1883) and contributed to Harper’s Monthly, The Congregationalist, The Christian Union, The Epoch, and The New York Evening Post. She also published short stories, poems and books for children. She was a public speaker, lecturing on authors and their works, patriotism, and historical female figures, and was active in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Kate was one of the first women to serve on Wheaton’s Board of Trustees (1907 - 1935). In 1919, she received Wheaton’s first honorary degree, at her 50th class reunion. She died on February 17, 1935, and was succeeded on Wheaton’s Board of Trustees by her son John Kirkland Clark. Clark Residence Hall and the Clark Room in the Library were named for her in 1960.


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Immediate Aquisition Information

Found in Collection. Acquisition information not available for this collection. Collection inputted into database in 2008.

Related Archival Materials

Correspondence written and exchanged during the time when Kate Upson Clark was a trustee; the New England Wheaton Seminary Club: lecturer; New York Wheaton Seminary Club: founder; Photos: Class of 1869; Buildings: Clark Hall are all related materials.

Processing Information

Processed by: Ashley Kuhn November, 2008

Encoded using Archivist Toolkit: Hanna Juergens, W13, September 2012

Encoding edited by: Megan Wheaton-Book, Assistant Archivist, October 2012

Inventory of the Kate Upson Clark Papers
Ashley Kuhn
November 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections Repository

Wheaton College
26 East Main Street
Norton Massachusetts 02766