Walter Ernest Clark Journals

Identifier: AC 0060
Clark kept daily and detailed journals of his appointments, with notes of meetings and discussions with faculty, students, and regents, as well as copies of programs presented at the University during his tenure. The collection consists of these 21 bound journals, one volume per year, and primarily detail his administrative duties. They also include some references to his personal life. Also included are programs for Wolves Frolic (homecoming), Engineers Day, and the interclass competition between freshmen and sophomores known as Cane Rush as well as copies of programs for which he was a speaker or member of the audience in Reno or other Nevada communities. This includes high school commencement programs. In addition to programs, Clark also kept photos and newspaper clippings which he inserted into his journals.


  • 1918-1938


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


3 Cubic Feet (12 boxes)


Walter E. Clark served as the president of the University of Nevada from 1918-1938. The collection consists of 21 bound journals, one volume per year, with programs, photos, and newspaper clippings inserted into the journals.

Biographical Note

Walter E. Clark was born in Ohio and served as the 5th president of the University of Nevada from 1918-1938. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University and Columbia, and was known for scholarly research in economics and business. Prior to becoming the president, he taught for 15 years at the City College of New York. Under Clark’s tenure, the growth of the University’s physical facilities continued, including the expansion of the football stadium, construction of $415,000 Mackay Science Hall, and the opening of a new $250,000 library. Clark was known for his support of academic freedom, and often defended the faculty in its name.


Arranged chronologically.
A Guide to the Walter Ernest Clark Journals
Betty Glass
April 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
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University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV 89557-0322 USA
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