Clark-Strater-Watson Family Papers, 1850-1970

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: Clark-Strater-Watson family

Title: Papers, 1850-1970

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Special Collections.

Size of Collection: 5.28 cubic feet

Location Number: Mss./A/C595

Scope and Content Note

Papers of the allied families of Clark, Strater and Watson families of Ontario, Canada, and Louisville and Henderson, Ky. Correspondence for approximately the first 40 years of the collection centers on William Clark (1794-1881) and his sons, James (1830-1902) and David (d.1800). The elder Clark immigrated to Canada from Scotland and his sons to Kentucky. Letters discuss Canadian life, the Fenian Movement, a Canadian opinion of abolitionist, John Brown, slavery, possible union with the U.S., the Civil War, and political and economic conditions in both countries. William Clark emigrated from Scotland to Scarboro, Ontario, Canada in 1838.

The bulk of the collection focuses on James Clark’s daughters, Jessie Clark (1868-1954). Letters between her, her first husband William Strater (1866-1908), their son, Edward Strater (1894-1966), and her second husband, Col. Alexander M. Watson, and others, provide a portrait of the activities, lifestyles, and personal relationships of an affluent, socially active Louisville family.

Biographical Note

The Clark, Strater and Watson families were located in Ontario, Canada, and Louisville and Henderson, Ky. The Clark line originally hailed from Scotland, with William Clark emigrating from Scotland to Scarboro, Ontario, Canada in 1838.

Folder List

Folder 1: Correspondence, 1850-1854

Folder 2: Correspondence, 1855-1859

Folder 3: Correspondence, 1860-1864

Folder 4: Correspondence, 1865-1866

Folder 5: Correspondence, 1867-1869

Folder 6: Correspondence, 1870-1874

Folder 7: Correspondence, 1875-1879

Folder 8: Correspondence, 1880-1884

Folder 9: Correspondence, 1885-1887

Folder 10: Correspondence, 1888

Folder 11: Correspondence, 1889

Folder 12: Correspondence, 1890

Folder 13: Correspondence, 1891

Folder 14: Correspondence, 1892

Folder 15: Correspondence, January-April 1893

Folder 16: Correspondence, May 1-18, 1893

Folder 17: Correspondence, May 19-31, 1893

Folder 18: Correspondence, June-July 1893

Folder 19: Correspondence, August 1-10, 1893

Folder 20: Correspondence, August 11-31, 1893

Folder 21: Correspondence, September 1-15, 1893

Folder 22: Correspondence, September 16-30, 1893

Folder 23: Correspondence, October – December, 1893

Folder 24: Correspondence, 1894

Folder 25: Correspondence, 1895

Folder 26: Correspondence, 1896

Folder 27: Correspondence, 1897

Folder 28: Correspondence, 1898

Folder 29: Correspondence, 1899

Folder 30: Correspondence, 1900

Folder 31: Correspondence, 1901

Folder 32: Correspondence, 1902

Folder 33: Correspondence, 1903

Folder 34: Correspondence, 1904

Folder 35: Correspondence, 1905

Folder 36: Correspondence, 1906

Folder 37: Correspondence, 1907

Folder 38: Correspondence, 1908

Folder 39: Correspondence, 1909

Folder 40: Correspondence, 1910

Folder 41: Correspondence, 1911

Folder 42: Correspondence, January-March 1912

Folder 43: Correspondence, April-June 1912

Folder 44: Correspondence, July-December 1912

Folder 45: Correspondence, January 1913

Folder 46: Correspondence, February-March 1913

Folder 47: Correspondence, April 1913

Folder 48: Correspondence, May-June 1913

Folder 49: Correspondence, July-December 1913

Folder 50: Correspondence, January-October 1914

Folder 51: Correspondence, Nov.-December 1914

Folder 52: Correspondence, January-June 1915

Folder 53: Correspondence, July-December 1915

Folder 54: Correspondence, January-June 1916

Folder 55: Correspondence, July-December 1916

Folder 56: Correspondence, 1917

Folder 57: Correspondence, January-July 1918

Folder 58: Correspondence, July-December 1918

Folder 59: Correspondence, January-June 1919

Folder 60: Correspondence, July-December 1919

Folder 61: Correspondence, January-July 1920

Folder 62: Correspondence, July-December 1920

Folder 63: Correspondence, 1921

Folder 64: Correspondence, 1922

Folder 65: Correspondence, 1923

Folder 66: Correspondence, 1924

Folder 67: Correspondence, 1925

Folder 68: Correspondence, 1926

Folder 69: Correspondence, January-August 1927

Folder 70: Correspondence, September-December 1927

Folder 71: Correspondence, 1928

Folder 72: Correspondence, 1929

Folder 73: Correspondence, January-June 1930

Folder 74: Correspondence, July-December 1930

Folder 75: Correspondence, January-August 1931

Folder 76: Correspondence, September-December 1931

Folder 77: Correspondence, January-April 1932

Folder 78: Correspondence, May-December 1932

Folder 79: Correspondence, 1933

Folder 80: Correspondence, 1934

Folder 81: Correspondence, 1935

Folder 82: Correspondence, 1936

Folder 83: Correspondence, 1937

Folder 84: Correspondence, January-July 1938

Folder 85: Correspondence, August-December 1938

Folder 86: Correspondence, January-March 1939

Folder 87: Correspondence, April-December 1939

Folder 88: Correspondence, 1940-42

Folder 89: Correspondence, 1943

Folder 90: Correspondence, 1944-45

Folder 91: Correspondence, 1946-1949

Folder 92: Correspondence, 1950-1970

Folder 93: Correspondence, Undated and letter fragments

Folder 94: Newspaper clippings, 1914-1952, and undated

Folder 95: Genealogical information

Folder 96: Miscellaneous

Subject Headings

Abolitionists – Canada – History

Abolitionists – United States – History

Audobon, John James, 1785-1851

Banks and banking – Kentucky – History

Brown, John, 1800-1859

Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925

Canada – Economic conditions

Canada – History – Fenian Invasions, 1866-1870

Clark family

Clark, James, 1830-1902

Courtship – Kentucky – History

Jacob, Charles Donald, 1838-1898

Joffre, Joseph Jacques Cesaire, 1852-1931

Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875

Leakey, Mary Douglas, 1913

Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Louisville (Ky.) – Politics and government

Louisville (Ky.) – Social life and customs

Marconi, Guglielmo, marchese, 1874-1937

Mussolini, Benito, 1883-1945

Pendennis Club (Louisville, Ky.)

Postwar reconstruction

Slavery – United States – History

Spanish-American War, 1898

Stephens, Alexander Hamilton, 1812-1883

Strater, Edward LaNauze, 1894-1966

Sugar growing – Canada – History

Tobacco – Kentucky – History

Tyler, Henry Samuel, 1851-1896

United States – History – 1913-1921

United States – History – 1933-1945

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865

Women – Suffrage – United States – History

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