Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 7080
Clarke, Frank Wigglesworth, 1847-1931
Frank Wigglesworth Clarke Papers, 1873-1921
Frank Wigglesworth Clarke (1847-1931) was a geological chemist. Clarke taught chemistry and physics at Howard University in Washington, D.C., 1873-1874, and at the University of Cincinnati, 1874-1883. While teaching at Howard University and the University of Cincinnati, Clarke collaborated with the Smithsonian Institution on atomic weight research. In 1883, Clarke joined the United States Geological Survey and served as Chief Chemist until 1925. Clarke was also Honorary Curator in the Division of Mineralogy and Petrology, Department of Geology, United States National Museum, 1883-1931, where he organized the Museum's mineral and gem collection.
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These papers consist chiefly of incoming correspondence from Joseph Henry, Spencer F. Baird, Samuel P. Langley, and other scientists concerning Clarke's Smithsonian publications; his appointment as Honorary Curator of Mineralogy and Petrology; the determination of atomic weights; publication of scientific findings on atomic weights; and the International Committee on Atomic Weights. Also included are computations and tables on the atomic weight of elements and compounds; a budget proposal for the United States Geological Survey; memorabilia; a photograph of Clarke; and an annotated copy of Clarke's "The Constants of Nature, Part I: A Table of Specific Gravity for Solids and Liquids," Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, Number 659, 1888. Some materials are in French and German.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Clarke, Frank Wigglesworth, 1847-1931
- Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878
- Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887
- Langley, S. P. (Samuel Pierpont), 1834-1906
- United States National Museum. Division of Mineralogy and Petrology
- International Committee on Atomic Weights
- Geological Survey (U.S.)
- Howard University
- University of Cincinnati
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7080, Frank Wigglesworth Clarke Papers