Fonds - Dr. Charles Kirk (C.K.) Clarke collection

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Dr. Charles Kirk (C.K.) Clarke collection

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  • 1870-1924 (Creation)
  • 1850-1980, predominant 1870-1924 (Creation)

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1.72 m of textual records and other material

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Custodial history

The material was compiled in 1966 from donations by various members of Dr. Clarke’s extended family and by researchers—primarily Cyril Greenland—as an inaugural historical project of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry (CIP). Access was openly provided through the CIP library. In 1998 the material was transferred to CAMH custody following the (four) institutional mergers of that same year. During 2000, the collection was physically transferred to the CAMH Russell Street Library as part of the merger of the former CIP and Addiction Research Foundation (ARF) Libraries. The materials were transferred again in 2002 to the custody of the CAMH Archives and physically relocated to archives’ storage facilities at the Queen Street Site. The CAMH Archives processed it for conservation, arrangement and description in 2003.

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Fonds consists of textual records, photographs and photo blocks that were either created by Dr. C.K. Clarke or accumulated and used by him. Some limited information about Dr. Clarke, obtained posthumously, is also included. Professional textual records relate to Clarke’s tenure as psychiatrist, hospital administrator and professor and include case files, correspondence, curriculum notes, psychiatric literature, reports, newspaper clippings, publications and speeches. Some material from the Canadian National Committee for Mental Hygiene may also be found here. Clarke’s personal textual materials include sketchbooks, limericks, fiction, correspondence and ornithological writings. Non-textual materials are of both a professional and personal nature. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Biographical Clinical Professional Personal Canadian National Committee for Mental Hygiene Miscellaneous

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A detailed finding aid with file and some item level control in a MS Access 98 database is available.

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Related material can be found in the Toronto Psychiatric Hospital/Clarke Institute of Psychiatry collection.

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