Katherine Clarke fonds. [195-]-2010; predominant 1963-1965. −
6 cm of textual records and graphic material. 49 b&w photographs.
Katherine May Clarke (née McLay) was born in 1940 in Clinton, Ont. She
graduated in 1963 with an Honours BA from Trinity College, University
of Toronto, in Art & Archaeology. After graduation, she rented a
room in Peace House on the University of Toronto campus, operated by
the CUCND (the Combined Universities Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament).
After a few months, she found herself invited to become the secretary
at the CCND (Canadian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament). She worked
on behalf of the CCND between 1963 and 1965. In the summer of 1964,
she joined a student delegation to Cuba during the 5th year of the Cuban
revolution. In 1966 she worked for the Unitarian Service in Ottawa,
in 1966-67 for CJOH-TV in Ottawa, and between 1968 and 1979 for the
Royal Ontario Museum. She is married to Tom Clarke, and they have two
children. Now retired, she resides in North Toronto.
Katherine Clarke has dubbed her archives The Peace House Papers.
Digital copies of the originals and documents from 2009-10 have been
placed by her into three folders: book one, Finding Causes,
consisting of biographical information and letters to her parents between
September 1963 and June 1964; book two, Touring Cuba with 45 Canadians
in the summer of 1964
In the 5th year of La Revolución Cubana,
consisting of photographs of her time in Cuba (including photos of Fidel
Castro speaking to a large crowd and playing baseball), photographs
of Harry and other soldiers (a soldier in Castros
army, pre-1959, i.e. before the revolution photographs), and her account
(entitled Sugar Daddy); book three, letters to her parents
between September 1964 and March 1965. Originals of most of these materials
are also extant in the Clarke fonds.
Title based on the creator of the fonds.
The fonds (62-2010) was acquired from Katherine Clarke on 24 August
Finding aid available electronically at the fonds level.
There are no access restrictions.
No further accruals are expected.