Joseph Sill Clark papers

Joseph Sill Clark was a Democratic reform politician from Philadelphia. Early in his career he served as campaign manager for Richardson Dilworth's mayoral campaign, 1947, and as Philadelphia city controller, 1950-1951. He served as mayor of Philadelphia, 1951-1956, and from 1957 to 1968 he wa...

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Main Author: Clark, Joseph S. (Creator)
Collection:Joseph Sill Clark Papers
Collection Number:1958
Format: Manuscript
Language:English
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Physical Description: 224.0 Linear feet 224 linear feet, 337 boxes
Summary: Joseph Sill Clark was a Democratic reform politician from Philadelphia. Early in his career he served as campaign manager for Richardson Dilworth's mayoral campaign, 1947, and as Philadelphia city controller, 1950-1951. He served as mayor of Philadelphia, 1951-1956, and from 1957 to 1968 he was a United States senator from Pennsylvania. This is a partial record of the career of Joseph Sill Clark. It consists primarily of material gathered by staff, reports, memoranda, clippings, news releases, articles, with some correspondence, all on issues and events with which Clark was involved. A small portion of the papers are concerned with Clark's early activities as campaign manager for Richardson Dilworth's mayoral campaign, 1947, and as Philadelphia city controller, 1950-1951, for which there are campaign and office files. Clark's records as mayor of Philadelphia, 1951-1956, include campaign papers, some general office files, and transcripts of speeches. The bulk of material covers Clark's years as United States senator from Pennsylvania, 1957-1968. There are papers for his three senatorial campaigns, 1956, 1962, and especially 1968. His Washington office general file reflects his interest in disarmament, the United Nations, Vietnam, and other matters before and after his appointment to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1965. Although correspondence is scattered throughout the papers, there is a correspondence series, 1966-1968, and form letters used to answer constituents. Additional congressional files include press releases, speeches, newspaper clippings; bills sponsored and co-sponsored by Clark; Clark's voting record; television scripts and tapes, 1959-1967, principally of a program done with Pennsylvania Senator Hugh Scott; clippings from the Congressional Record referring to Clark. Extra-senatorial activities for which there is material are the 1964 primary campaign of Genevieve Blatt (D.) for Senate, whom Clark supported, and the Pennsylvania State Planning Board, 1967-1968, of which Clark was a member.