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Collection Number: 03340

Collection Title: Desmond Clarke Papers, 1726-1954.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 100 items)
Abstract Desmond Clarke was a librarian of the Royal Dublin Society and biographer of Arthur Dobbs (1868-1765), colonial governor of North Carolina. The collection includes the first draft (typescript) of Clarke's biography of Arthur Dobbs, including appendices and other material omitted from the published version; copies of letters and papers (1726-1765) of Dobbs, collected by Clarke; and Clarke's correspondence, 1951-1954, relating to the book.
Creator Clarke, Desmond.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Desmond Clarke Papers, #3340, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Desmond Clarke of Dublin, Ireland, February 1958.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Desmond Clarke was a librarian of the Royal Dublin Society and biographer of Arthur Dobbs.

Arthur Dobbs (1689-1765) was the colonial governor of North Carolina, 1754-1765.

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The collection includes the first draft (typescript) of Desmond Clarke's biography of Arthur Dobbs, including appendices and other material omitted from the published version; copies of letters and papers of Dobbs, collected by Clarke; and Clarke's correspondence, 1951-1954, relating to the book. The Arthur Dobbs papers are typescripts and photocopies of the correspondence of Dobbs with various persons and bodies in Ireland and North Carolina, including Robert Walpole, William Faris, the North Carolina Assembly, and Board of Trade. The papers of Desmonde Clarke include correspondence with relatives of Arthur Dobbs, including A. E. Dobbs and F. W. Dobbs; Dobbs genealogical material; pictures; and responses to the draft of his biography.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Arthur Dobbs Papers, 1726-1765, and undated.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, May 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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