Guide to the Robert Clark papers 1940s-2005

Robert Clark papers C0292


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator Clark, Robert, 1922-2015
Title Robert Clark papers
Date 1940s-2005
Physical Characteristics 7.5 linear feet (19 boxes)
Abstract Articles and papers from Robert Clark's life and time working at ABC News.
Collection Number C0292
Language English

Biographical Information

Robert (Bob) Clark was born in May 1922 in Omaha, Nebraska. He received a B.S. and M.A. while studying journalism and politics. He went on to become a Washington and White House correspondent for ABC News throughout the 1950s and 1970s, but continued to work for ABC until the 1990s. Most notably, he covered the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy. He was a witness to both assassinations. Later in his life, around the 1990s, he was a guest commentator on C-SPAN. Bob Clark passed away in December 2015.

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Scope and Content

Series 1: JFK assassination, 1959-2005 contains articles and on-air drafts regarding the JFK assassination and the 25th anniversary of the event. There are reports of the assassination by the Review Board, autopsy reports, investigative reports, statements, and assassination theories. Included is also a binder filled with articles and reports about Kennedy's campaign and the election coverage for ABC News.

Series 2: Politics, 1950s-2004 contains articles, correspondence and on-air drafts about politicians. These include Kennedy family members, Eisenhower, Reagan, Nixon, George H.W.Bush, Billy Graham, and others.

Series 3: Foreign relations, 1965-1999 has articles and on-air drafts on topics such as Iran-Contra, relations with Cuba, Japan, Israel, Korea, India, Soviet Union, Africa and Pakistan.

Series 4: Domestic issues, 1948-1999 has articles and commentary on domestic issues such as women's rights, Medicare, religion, homosexuality, and social security.

Series 5: Personal files: 1940s-1989 has some papers written by Clark while he was a student in the 1940s as well as other materials from his life, a duplicate manuscript, and his personal correspondence.

Series 6: ABC files, 1957-1993 contains most of the drafts Clark wrote for ABC that cover a variety of topics. This series has press messages and articles, drafts from on-air commentary for ABC from the 1960s to the 1990s, perspectives written for ABC, "Issues and Answers" for ABC, negative images of the White House from 1956, radio scripts, drafts from C-SPAN shows (1990s), and interviews.

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Arrangement

Organized into six series by subject. Doug First arranged the materials before donating them to SCRC.

Series 1: JFK assassination, 1959-2005 (Boxes 1-4)
Series 2: Politics, 1950s-2004 (Boxes 5-9)
Series 3: Foreign relations, 1965-1999 (Box 9)
Series 4: Domestic issues, 1948-1999 (Box 10)
Series 5: Personal files, 1940s-1989 (Box 10)
Series 6: ABC files, 1957-1993 (Boxes 11-19)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from the Robert Clark Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center also holds many other collections on 20th century political history.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Eisenhower, Dwight D. , (Dwight David), 1890-1969
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968
Reagan, Ronald, 1911-2004

Subjects:

Journalism--United States.
Presidents--United States.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert Clark Papers, #C0292, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Douglas and Sandra First on October 7, 2016.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Brittney Falter in November 2016. EAD markup completed by Brittney Falter in December 2016.

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Contents List

Series 1: JFK assassination 1959-2005 (Boxes 1-4)
This series contains articles and on-air drafts regarding the JFK assassination and the 25th anniversary of the event.
Box Folder
1 1 Log of ABC News Nov.22-25, 1963, 1963
2 JFK 25th Anniversary 1 of 2, 1960-2003
3 JFK 25th Anniversary 1 of 2, 1963-2001
4 JFK Assassination Investigation, 1962-1998
5 JFK Assassination , 1964-1999
6 JFK Articles, 1959-1996
7 JFK Assassination Articles, 1961-1996
Box Folder
2 1 JFK Assassination Review Board 1 of 3, 1978-1997
2 JFK Assassination Review Board 2 of 3, 1996-1998
3 JFK Assassination Review Board 3 of 3, 1996
4 JFK Assassination, Cuba 1 of 2, 1963-1998
5 JFK Assassination, Cuba 2 of 2, 1979
Box Folder
3 1 JFK Investigation of Assassination, Exhibits V.1- V.3 1 of 2, 1963
2 JFK Investigation of Assassination, Supplemental Report 2 of 2, 1963
3 JFK Miscellaneous, 1988-2005
4 JFK Assassination, Theories, Articles and Reports, 1978-2001
5 JFK Assassination, Review Board to Bob Clark, 1964-1999
6 Assassination Records Review Board 1 of 3, 1962-2003
7 Assassination Records Review Board 2 of 3, 1957-2003
8 Assassination Records Review Board 3 of 3, 1962-1996
Box Folder
4 1 RFK Election Night 1964, 1960s
2 Press Tags, Kennedy Campaign, 1964
Series 2: Politics 1950s-2004 (Boxes 5-9)
This series contains articles, correspondence and on-air drafts about politicians. These include Kennedy family members, Eisenhower, Reagan, Nixon, George H.W.Bush, Billy Graham, and others.
Box Folder
5 1 Ted and Robert F. Kennedy, 1968-2004
2 Robert Kennedy, 1965-1998
3 Ted Kennedy, 1962-1990
4 Kennedy, Chappaquiddick, 1969-1980
5 Articles - Joe Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, 1969-1970s
Box Folder
6 1 Eisenhower "Fact Sheet", 1969
2 Eisenhower File for TV Special, 1950s-1960s
3 Eisenhower 1 of 2, 1950s-1960s
4 Eisenhower 2 of 2, 1950s-1960s
5 Eisenhower, Articles, 1968-1970, 1979
Box Folder
7 1 Eisenhower and Illness, circa 1950s
2 Life and Funeral of Eisenhower, 1969-1980
3 Profiles of Presidential Candidates and Results, Articles, 1990-1992
4 Assassination Attempts on Presidents, 1975-1982
5 Bush, Iran (Called 5-1-85), 1977-1994
6 Bush, White House Campaign, 1987-1991
7 H.W. Bush Administration 1 of 3, 1989-1995
8 H.W. Bush Administration 2 of 3, 1987-1992
9 H.W. Bush Administration 3 of 3, 1988-1992
10 Nixon, Articles and Documents, 1971-1999
11 Reagan, 1984-1999
12 Hank Duel, circa 1980s
13 William Buckley, 1986-1989
14 Memoirs of an American Communist Lawyer, circa 1993
Box Folder
8 1 Ford Library, Conversations with Billy Graham, 1975-1976
2 Billy Graham - Correspondence and Names, 1991-1993
3 Billy Graham - Correspondence , 1977-1980, 1991
4 Billy Graham, 1975-1995
5 Billy Graham 1 of 2, 1990-1992
6 Billy Graham 2 of 2, 1979-1991
7 Wendell Willkie, 1992-1993
8 Supreme Court, 1987-1999, 1979, 1960
9 Supreme Court Confirmation, 1986-1994
Box Folder
9 1 Politics - Past Years, 1988-1998
2 Politics - 2000, Articles, 1996,1999
Series 3: Foreign relations 1965-1999 (Box 9)
This series has articles and on-air drafts on topics such as Iran-Contra, relations with Cuba, Japan, Israel, Korea, India, Soviet Union, Africa and Pakistan.
Box Folder
9 3 Pakistan, 1965-1969, 1988-1990
4 Terrorism - Foreign and Domestic, 1995-1996
5 White House - Articles, 1994, 1988
6 Africa, Articles, 1976-1996
7 Israeli Lobby (Called 5-2-85), 1970s-1990s
8 Miscellaneous, 1979-1992
9 India, Articles, 1991, 1995
10 Korea, Articles, 1975-1994
11 Japan, 1970s-1995
12 Soviet, 1987-1996
13 Iran Contra, Reports and Roundups, 1986-1994
14 Israel - News Articles and Reports, 1981-1999
15 Background Briefing on Cuban Situation, October 22, 1962
16 Castro Memorandum, 1963
17 USS Indianapolis Testimonies, 1999
Series 4: Domestic issues 1948-1999 (Box 10)
This series has articles and commentary on domestic issues such as women's rights, Medicare, religion, homosexuality, and social security.
Box Folder
10 1 Annotated Article About World War II, Unknown
2 Women's Rights - Commentary ABC, 1975
3 Social Security, 1987-1999
4 Homosexuals (Including Military), 1990-1994
5 Religion 1 of 2, 1980-1985
6 Religion 2 of 2 , 1990-1991
7 Medicare, 1999
8 Broadcasting and Press, 1987-1998
9 Articles, 1948, 1950s
10 "The VIP's" manuscript and article, 1980
11 "Not Called", 1970s-1980s
Series 5: Personal files 1940s-1989 (Box 10)
This series has some papers written by Clark while he was a student in the 1940s as well as other materials from his life, a duplicate manuscript, and his personal correspondence.
Box Folder
10 12 School Assignments, 1940s, 1947
13 Duplicate Manuscript, 1985
14 Correspondence, 1948
15 Correspondence, 1988-1989
Series 6: ABC files 1957-1993 (Boxes 11-19)
This series contains most of the drafts Clark wrote for ABC that cover a variety of topics.
Box Folder
11 1 Press Message and Articles, circa 1957
2 Press Message and Articles 1 of 4, circa 1956, 1969
3 Press Message and Articles 2 of 4, circa 1956
4 Press Message and Articles 3 of 4, circa 1956
5 Press Message and Articles 4 of 4, circa 1957
Box Folder
12 1 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1963-1966, undated
2 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1990,1988
3 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC 1 of 2, 1992-1993
4 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC 2 of 2, 1991
5 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1991
6 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1990
7 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC: Berlin, Saigon, Seoul, 1967, 1970
8 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1988,1990,1993
9 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC 1 of 4, 1961-1973
10 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC 2 of 4, 1969-1973
11 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC 3 of 4, 1969-1970
12 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC 4 of 4, 1969-1970
13 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1969
Box Folder
13 1 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1960s-1970s
2 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1970s
3 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1979
4 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1978
5 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1975-1977
6 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1979
7 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1975-1979
8 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1974-1976, 1986
9 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1973-1974
10 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1968, 1964
11 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1966-1967
Box Folder
14 1 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1982
2 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC 1 of 2, 1981
3 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC 2 of 2, 1981
4 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1980
5 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC 1 of 2, 1982-1984
6 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC 2 of 2, 1983-1984
7 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1982-1984
8 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1982
9 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC 1 of 2, 1981-1982
10 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC 2 of 2, 1981-1982
Box Folder
15 1 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC 1 of 3, 1987, 1989
2 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC 2 of 3, 1987
3 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC 3 of 3, 1981-1984
4 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC 1 of 2, 1974, 1976-1978
5 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC 2 of 2, 1970-1976
6 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1980-1984
7 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC 1 of 2, 1980
8 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC 2 of 2, 1980
9 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1979-1981
10 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1987-1989, 1993-1995
Box Folder
16 1 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, 1982
2 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, July-December 1981
3 Drafts On-Air Commentary ABC, February-June 1981
4 Perspectives, 1976-1979
5 Perspectives, 1974-1975
6 Perspectives, 1972-1973
7 Perspectives 1 of 3, 1988-1993
8 Perspectives 2 of 3, 1990-1991
9 Perspectives 3 of 3, 1988-1989
Box Folder
17 1 Issues and Answers, 1976-1980
2 Issues and Answers, November 1960-April 1975
3 Issues and Answers 1 of 6, 1975-1976
4 Issues and Answers 2 of 6, 1974-1977
5 Issues and Answers 3 of 6, 1978-1980
6 Issues and Answers 4 of 6, 1979-1980
7 Issues and Answers 5 of 6, 1976, 1978
8 Issues and Answers 6 of 6, 1977-1978
9 Issues and Answers, 1979
10 Issues and Answers, 1974, 1979-1980
11 Negatives from White House, January 26, 1959
12 Radio Spots - Copies, April 25 - July 25, 1989
13 C-SPAN Shows, 1990
Box Folder
18 1 Radio Scripts 1 of 3, 1991, 1994
2 Radio Scripts 2 of 3, 1990
3 Radio Scripts 3 of 3, 1990
4 ABC Scripts (Perspectives, etc.), 1972-1989
5 Radio Spots; Women's Rights Spot, November 30, 1988-March 30, 1989; 1975
6 Scripts, 1983-1985
7 Clark Spots, July 27-December 5, 1989
8 ABC Spots, November 8, 1988
9 Spots, July 28-November 29, 1988
10 Original Radio Spots, 1987
Box Folder
19 1 Commentaries, 1978-1980
2 News one Scripts, 1987-1990
3 Spots, January 14-March 11, 1988
4 Spots, May 10-July 26, 1988
5 Spots, April 25-July 25, 1989; July 27-December 5, 1989
6 ABC Interviews; Issues and Answers, 1975-1982
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