Mrs. Leila Forbes Clark Facing Camera

ID: SIA2011-0756 or 32118-11

Creator: Tolman, Ruel P (Ruel Pardee) 1878-1954

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: September 1935

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7433, Box 3, Folder: Ruel P. Tolman Scrapbook A-N

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Leila Forbes Clark sits at a desk in front of a window, facing the camera.


  • Clark, Leila Forbes
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Library


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • This image was taken by Ruel P. Tolman, former Director of the Smithsonian National Collection of Fine Arts and is included in a scrapbook of photographs of Smithsonian staff, grounds and buildings, exhibitions, and Washington, D.C. scenes (Section C).
  • Leila Gay Forbes Clark was a librarian at the Smithsonian Institution from 1929-1957. She graduated from St. Lawrence University with a B.S. in 1908 and from Pratt Institute in 1911 with a library degree. She was a librarian at Randolph Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, VA and was appointed librarian of the State Normal School in Montclair, NJ in 1921. She came to the Smithsonian in 1929 as Assistant Librarian in Charge and was promoted to Librarian in 1942. She married Austin Hobart Clark, curator of Echinoderms, in 1933. Clark was also considered a foremost expert on North American Butterflies.
  • For another image of Mrs. Leila Forbes Clark, see Negative SIA2011-0755.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7433, Box 3, Folder: Ruel P. Tolman Scrapbook A-N

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


September 1935

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  • Women
  • Desks


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

ID Number

SIA2011-0756 or 32118-11

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 2.25w x 2.25h; Type of Image: Person, Candid; Medium: Photographic print

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