Elon Clark papers, 1958-1970

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Clark, Elon H., 1909-2001
Elon Clark was a professor in the Duke Medical Center's Division of Audiovisual Education. His collection includes drawings, sketches, correspondence and other materials used to design the Duke University shield, mace, academic gowns, flags and university colors.
2.2 Linear Feet
200 Items
Material in English
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University Archives Record Group:
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates > 02 -- Individuals


Scope and content:

Collection contains drawings, sketches, correspondence, and other materials used in the design of the Duke University shield, mace, academic gowns, flags, and university colors. Only representative examples of preliminary designs were retained. Drawings and sketches were interleaved with archival paper and placed in buffered folders for preservation. The oversize container includes drawings by Professor Ransom Patrick (Art Department) as suggested for new design for Duke Shield (1) and flag (2). Also present is an original drawing by Elon H. Clark that was presented to and accepted by the Trustees.

Biographical / historical:

Elon H. Clark was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1909, grew up in Rochester, NY and received degrees from the Rochester Institute of Technology and from the Johns Hopkins School of Medical Art in 1933. Employed at Duke Hospital from 1934 to 1974, he founded what is now the Medical Center's Division of Audiovisual Education, where he specialized in improving cosmetic prostheses, and especially facial restorations. In 1949, he took a six-month leave from Duke to serve an appointment with the Veterans Administration in Washington, D.C. Clark also designed several important University symbols including the flag, a new shield, academic apparel and the presidential mace and chain of office. Clark died in 2001 in Black Mountain, NC at the age of 91.

Acquisition information:
The Elon Clark Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1984-1985.
Processing information:

Processed by Jessica Wood, October 2006

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, November 2006

Accession A85-32 is described in this finding aid.

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Academic costume
Duke University -- Flags -- History
Clark, Elon H., 1909-2001


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[Identification of item], Elon Clark Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.