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Virginia Clarke Papers, 1944-1977 | University Archives

By Perri Hamilton

Collection Overview

Title: Virginia Clarke Papers, 1944-1977Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1953-1968
ID: 02/21/UG. 14
Primary Creator: Virginia Clarke (1907 - 1997)
Extent: 3.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Box 1373 contains printed material; Box 1374 has examples of publications and photographs; Box 3 has publications and a certificate.
Date Acquired: 00/00/1976
Languages: English

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Papers, photographs and publications focusing on the Laboratory School that were created by Virginia Clarke.  Ms. Clarke was the head of the Laboratory School.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Virgina Clarke was the head of the library at the Laboratory School at the University of North Texas.  This collection contains her publications (her thesis and printed material  reflecting her work in library service and the development of audio/visual materials in library), photographs, and information on her career.

Collection Historical Note

Virginia Clarke was the head librarian at the Laboratory School at UNT.

Biographical Note

Virginia Clarke (1907 – 1997) received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from North Texas State College, now known as the University of North Texas. Ms. Clarke served as a teacher and librarian in her hometown of Albany, Texas before joining UNT.  She served as the librarian for the Laboratory School at UNT from 1946 to 1970.  The Laboratory School was a teaching facility for students perusing a career in teaching.  It contained classes for students from kindergarten to twelfth grade.  In 1970, Ms. Clarke resigned as librarian with the Laboratory School to accept a position with the Tarrant County Junior College in Fort Worth. Ms. Clarke was named a UNT Distinguished Alumni in 1986.  This award honored her for her years of service as a librarian, her leadership in developing and promoting audiovisual collections in school libraries, and her work as a consultant for school libraries in Texas and Oklahoma.

[Information for this entry comes from the Denton Record Chronicle (January 29, 1970) and the Call Number (volume 46, number 3, Summer 1986).]

Administrative Information

Repository: University Archives
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Archives and Rare Books department.  Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.
Acquisition Source: Virginia Clarke
Acquisition Method: Gift
Related Materials: Archives and Rare Books also hold Laboratory scrapbooks and yearbooks (the Lions Roar).
Preferred Citation: Virginia Clarke Papers, University of North Texas Archives and Rare Books

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 1373: Virginia Clarke PapersAdd to your cart.
This box contains publications dealing with the library and the laboratory school.
Barcode: 2817
Item 1: Non-Book Library Materials by Virginia Clarke, 1953Add to your cart.
This is a "handbook of procedures for uniform and simplified system of handling audio-visual aids, vertical file, and other non-book materials in the school library."
Item 2: The Organizatin of Nonbook Materials in the Laboratory School Library by Virginia Clarke, 1965Add to your cart.
This book offers an outline of how to deal with non-book materials in a school library.
Folder 3: Annual Report: NTSU Library, August 31, 1968Add to your cart.
A document that shows the basic budget for the library and museum at UNT in 1968.
Folder 4: Course Oulines: LS 410 and LS 411, circa 1965Add to your cart.
Information on classes offered on practice school library service.
Folder 5: History of the Laboratory School and other materialAdd to your cart.
The contents of this folder includes: "Key to Furniture Arrangement," a list of Laboratory School faculty in the Spring of 1968, a history of the laboratory school, "A Description of The Laboratory School Library Collection" for Library Science class 411, two floor plans for the Laboratory School library in 1965 and 1956 and "Circulation Studies Compared."
Folder 6: New Titles (Lab School Library), July 10, 1968Add to your cart.
A list of new book titles in the Laboratory School Library in July, 1968.
Folder 7: Bulletin, North Texas State Teachers College Library Service Department, April 1949Add to your cart.
A booklet that describes the Library Service Department in 1949.  There are photographs of the library and classrooms in this publication.
Folder 8: Clippings, 1969 - 1970Add to your cart.
Xerox copies of clippings concerning Virginia Clarke and the closing of the Laboratory School in 1970.
Box 1374: Virginia Clarke PapersAdd to your cart.
This box contains bound publications and photographs.
Barcode: 2818
Item 1: Partial Expansion of the 980 Division of the Dewey Decimal Classification Including A Spanish Version of the Tables by Virginia Clarke, August 1944Add to your cart.
This is a bound copy of Ms. Clarke's thesis for the degree of Master of Arts.  It also contains a book plate and correspondence with the Library of Congress.
Item 2: The Organization of Nonbook Materials in the Laboratory School Library by Virginia Clarke, 1969Add to your cart.
This is the revised edition of Virginia Clarke's book.
Item 3: Some Biographies Classified, 1965Add to your cart.
"Some Biographies Classified: A list compiled at the request of Steva Harris, Teacher of Ninth Grade English" by Janis Hamilton, Wilma Berry, and Lynda Hendrick.
Folder 4: Photographs, 1953 and no dateAdd to your cart.
Fourteen pages of photographs and commentary by Virginia Clarke concerning the Laboratory School Library at the University of North Texas.
Pages: 14
Folder 5: Photographs, 1953 - 1969Add to your cart.
Black and white photographs of the Laboratory School at the University of North Texas.
Prints: 11
Box 3: Virginia Clarke PapersAdd to your cart.
This box contains publications and a certificate.
Barcode: 2819
Item 1: Manual of Policies, Techniques and Routines by Virginia Clarke, 1948Add to your cart.
The contents of the book were mimeographed at the Demonstration School.  It has a red, textured board cover with gold lettering.
Folder 2: Some Notable Books, 1968Add to your cart.
This is a stapled copy of "a graded list of some of the distinguished books purchased for the Laboratory School Libary since 1958." The books listed represent titles intended for kindergarten to senior high school students.
Folder 3: Certificate, 1977Add to your cart.
"Certificate of Award, This Certifies that Virginia CLarke is awarded this Certificate for an expression of appreciation of your years of service as Teacher, Mentor, Friend to the students of North Texas Laboratory School System; Given at Denton, Texas, this 4th day of November, A. D. 1977."  The certificate is signed by the Homecoming President and the Homecoming Secretary.

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