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Record Unit 7080

Clarke, Frank Wigglesworth, 1847-1931

Frank Wigglesworth Clarke Papers, 1873-1921

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Clarke, Frank Wigglesworth, 1847-1931
Title: Frank Wigglesworth Clarke Papers
Dates: 1873-1921
Quantity: 0.75 cu. ft. (1 document box) (1 half document box)
Collection: Record Unit 7080
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

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.

Historical Note

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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Introduction

This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.

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Descriptive Entry

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.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7080, Frank Wigglesworth Clarke Papers

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Container List

Series 1

Correspondence, 1873-1921. Arranged Alphabetically.

Box 1

Folder 1 A

Box 1 of 2

Folder 2 B

Box 1 of 2

Folder 3 C - G

Box 1 of 2

Folder 4 H

Box 1 of 2

Folder 5 International Committee on Atomic Weights

Box 1 of 2

Folder 6 L

Box 1 of 2

Folder 7 M

Box 1 of 2

Folder 8 N

Box 1 of 2

Folder 9 O

Box 1 of 2

Folder 10 P - R

Box 1 of 2

Folder 11 S

Box 1 of 2

Folder 12 T

Box 1 of 2

Folder 13 U - W

Box 1 of 2

Series 2

Atomic Weights and Tables.

Box 1

Folders 14-18 Atomic Weights and Tables

Box 1 of 2

Series 3

Memorabilia.

Box 1

Folder 19 Ceremonial Dinner, 1903

Box 1 of 2

Folder 20 Honorary Degree Ceremony, 1906

Box 1 of 2

Series 4

Photograph.

Box 1

Folder 21 Photograph of Frank Wigglesworth Clarke

Box 1 of 2

Series 5

The Constants of Nature.

Box 2

Folder 1 Annotated copy of Clarke's "The Constants of Nature, Part I: A Table of Specific Gravity for Solids and Liquids," Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, No. 659, 1888.

Box 2 of 2