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Addison Clark Family Letters

Identifier: MS - 224

Scope and Contents

Correspondence of Addison Clark and the Clark family from 1867-1910. The first box contains strictly letters from Addison Clark and his wife Sallie McQuigg Clark. In this correspondence, there is mention of Addran College, Thorp Springs, and their children: Addison (Addie) Jr., Jessie May, Bessie Clark, and Carlton Clark. These letters detail Addison Clark's travels throughout the United States as he preaches and visits various churches. He also mentions the progress of AddRan College over time as well as his relationship with his brother, Randolph Clark. Sallie McQuigg Clark's letters contain information pertaining to the Clark Family home life, local churches, and updates of their children's whereabouts and activities. The second and largest box contains correspondence from Addison Clark Jr., Jessie May Clark, Carlton Clark, Bessie Clark, Jesse McQuigg, and Fannie Abernathy. These letters are all updates on the travels, school, and home life of each individual person. They also mention the life events of the Clark family during the mid-1800s to early 1900s.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1867 - 1910


Conditions Governing Use

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Addison Clark was a teacher, minister, and cofounder of Texas Christian University. He was born December 11th, 1842 in Titus County to Esther and Joseph Addison Clark. Addison served in the 16th Cavalry Regiment of Texas of the Confederate Army during the Civil War, he enlisted as a Private in February of 1862 and by the end of the war, he was serving as a Second Lieutenant in April of 1865. Addison married Sallie McQuigg in 1869 after he graduated from Carlton College; they had eight children together. Addison and his brother Randolph Clark established Add-Ran College in 1873 in Fort Worth, Texas. He served some time as President before he stepped down in 1899 to pursue ministry work with the Christian Church as well as teach Ancient Languages at the college. Addison died on May 12th, 1911, and was buried in Thorp Springs.


1 Linear feet

Language of Materials



In three series: Correspondance, Artifacts, and Diplomas. The Clark Family correspondance is housed in boxes one and two, the artifacts are housed in box 3, and the diplomas are in box 4.

Physical Location

Vault ED3, GD1

Guide to the Clark Family Letters
Anne Dorf
November, 2020
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

TCU Box 298400
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Fort Worth, Texas 76129-0001
Fort Worth Texas 76129
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