Guide to the Donald H. Clark Yakama Agency Records 1878-1934
Cage 653

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Clark, Donald H.
Creator
Clark, Donald R.
Title
Donald H. Clark Yakama Agency Records
ID
Cage 653
Date [inclusive]
1878-1934
Extent
1.0 box
General Physical Description note
.5 feet of linear shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
This collection includes police reports, official correspondence, notarized documents, and farming and grazing leases relating to the Yakima (Yakama) Indian Reservation and Fort Simcoe in the State of Washington.

Preferred Citation note

Donald H. Clark, Yakama Agency Records, 1878-1934

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections Washington State University Libraries Pullman, WA

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Biographical/Historical note

Donald H. Clark (1890-1965) held the position of Chief Forester on the Yakama Indian Reservation in the State of Washington circa 1930 to 1935. His son, Donald R. Clark, obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in forestry at the University of Washington in 1952.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection includes police reports, official correspondence, notarized documents, and farming and grazing leases relating to the Yakima (Yakama) Indian Reservation and Fort Simcoe in the State of Washington. It also includes postcards, envelopes, photographs, and two artifacts. These materials were acquired from Fort Simcoe on April 22, 1934 by Dr. Donald H. Clark, Chief Forester and second in command on the Yakama Indian Reservation circa 1930 to 1935.

Most of the correspondence relates to criminal matters and social and economic issues such as murder, trade, theft, marital problems, etc. The envelopes are addressed from various agencies in the Department of the Interior, including the Indian School Service, the Census Office, the United States Indian Agency, and the Office of Indian Affairs. They correspond with letters present in the collection, however not all were paired together when originally processed.

The photographs included in the collection depict a bear named Cactus who was rescued and housed at Signal Peak, Washington after his mother and sister perished. The photo captions explain that Cactus had several canine companions and was the mascot of Signal Peak before he became too large and was transferred to a zoo in Yakima. Additionally, the photographs portray the year-round home and 1934 Ford automobile belonging to Donald H. Clark when he worked on the Yakama Indian Reservation. The two artifacts are a beaded watch fob and a deerskin baby doll on a cradle board, both made by the wife of the Yakima Reservation's Chief of Police and given to Donald H. Clark as a token of friendship in circa 1935. Pasted on the reverse side of the baby doll is a typed explanation by Donald R. Clark. The collection also contains a letter and a partial inventory provided by Donald R. Clark when he donated the materials in 1997.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in a single series, maintaining the original order established by Donald H. Clark and Donald R. Clark.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries 2013

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was donated to Washington State University Libraries in 1997 by Donald R. Clark, son of Dr. Donald H. Clark.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Yakama Indian Reservation (Wash.)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Fort Simcoe (Wash).
  • United States. -- Office of Indian Affairs. -- Yakima Agency.

Subject(s)

  • Native Americans
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Donald H. Clark, Yakama Agency Records 1878-1934 

1 1-2

Beaded watch fob undated 

1 3

Baby doll on cradle board undated 

1 4