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Edward Clark papers

Identifier: Clark

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Scope and Contents

Series 1 contains articles, manuscript and typescript radio program scripts, essays, talks, lectures, manuscript concert program notes and other writings by Clark in his many roles as a conductor, BBC radio music director, writer and music administrator.

Series 2 contains concert programs conductor or organized by Clark as well as others he attended. Series 3, divided into three sub-series 1. Correspondence: containing letters to or from Edward Clark as well as a catalog of Clark letters in the British Museum; 2. Biographical materials, news clippings, photographs and ephemera which also includes a photocopy of Clark’s autograph album, a diary entry by Luigi Dallapiccola and catalogs of Elizabeth Lutyens’ compositions; and 3. Poster and citations: consisting of an oversize concert poster and a citation for Clark’s 1954 Schöenberg medal.

Series 4 contains records of organizations for which Clark was a member, officer and/or founder including the Association of British Musicians, International Society of Contemporary Music, the North East Regional Orchestra, and the International Music Association among others. One folder of materials from the records of the Association of British Musicians is actually authored by Elizabeth Lutyens– to whom Clark was married.

Series 5 consists of two scrapbooks documenting Clark’s career, two diaries from Clark’s tenure as BBC Newcastle Music Director, and 26 pocket notebooks containing notes on composers, musical works, and performance times.


  • 1888 - 1962


Biographical / Historical

Edward Clark (1888-1962) was an English conductor and music administrator who championed new music and innovative radio and concert programming. He helped found the BBC Symphonic Orchestra in 1929 and his radio programs featured the likes of Stravinsky, Bartók, Hindemith and members of the Second Viennese School as well as British composers Vaughan Williams, Bridge, and Van Dieren. His work with the International Society of Contemporary Music, for which his was secretary and president from 1936-1952, and a principal founder of the Association of British Musicians were especially influential in promoting new music in Britain and abroad. While his lack of administrative prowess caused many to undervalue his contributions and tarnished his reputation, he was none-the-less profoundly influential on the development of the British musical scene in the twentieth-century.


5 Boxes

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The collection contains concert programs, lecture notes, biographical materials on Edward Clark and Elisabeth Lutyens, notebooks, photographs, and a certificate of award. There are groups of materials focused on organizations with which Clark was associated, and materials related to Clark's slander lawsuit against composer Benjamin Frankel.


The collection is arranged in five series: Series 1: Articles, radio programs, talks, lectures, concert program notes and other writing. Series 2: Concert programs, Series 3: Correspondence, biographical materials and photographs; Series 4: Affiliated Organziational Records; Series V.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was acquired as part of the Moldenhauer Archives in the 1970s. Subsequently materials by, to or otherwise regarding Edward Clark were separated into the present Edward Clark papers.

Existence and Location of Originals

The British Museum holds the original letters addressed to Clark which are referenced in a paper catalog in this collection. A note affixed to the photocopy of Clark's autographic indicates the original album was in the possession of his son at the time of acquisition of the collection.

Related Materials

Related materials may be found in Northwestern University Music Library's Moldenhauer Collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Alan Akers, 2017. Finding aid written by Alan Akers, August 2017.

Guide to the Edward Clark papers
Alan Akers
August 2017
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