Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Mark W. Clark Papers

Dates: 1945-1956.

General, U.S. Army.

The Papers of Mark W. Clark are composed mostly of correspondence between Clark and President Harry S. Truman. These papers are copies of original documents at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: Less than one linear foot (about 15 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: The Truman Library did not receive a donation of copyright from the donor of this collection. Documents created by U.S. government officials in the course of their duties are in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents presumably belongs to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Austin Trantham (2007) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1896 (May 1) Born, Madison Barracks, New York
1917 Graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point
1924 (May 17)Married Maurine Doran
1935Graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
1943Commanding General of the 5th Army in the invasion of Italy
1944Assumed command of the 15th Army Group
1945-46Chief of the U.S. Occupation Forces in Austria and U.S. High Commissioner for Austria
1952-53Commander of United Nations forces in Korea
1954-1966President of The Citadel
1967 (October 17) Married Mary Millard Applegate
1984 (April 17)Died, Charleston, South Carolina

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of Mark W. Clark are composed mostly of correspondence between Clark and President Harry S. Truman during the period from 1945 to 1952. Clark wrote to Truman on various occasions, congratulating him on his 1948 re-election victory and wishing him well on his birthdays. There are also letters from Truman to Clark congratulating him on the Allied victory in Italy and informing the general that he had been named the United States High Commissioner on the Allied Council for Austria.

The papers also include a letter from Truman to General Dwight D. Eisenhower, which discusses the need to provide housing for displaced persons after World War II. Also in the collection is a memorandum by Clark discussing Trumanís trip to California in June 1948. While visiting Italy in 1956, former President Truman criticized certain aspects of the U.S. military campaign in that country during World War II. Clark, who had commanded the 5th Army in Italy during the war, was asked by the press for his reaction to Trumanís comments. The papers include an inquiry from the press and Clarkís statement on that occasion.

Clarkís papers at the Truman Library are copied from original documents that are part of a much larger collection of his papers at Daniel Library, The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina. Further information concerning General Clark can be found at the Truman Library in the papers of Harry S. Truman (Official File 483, Presidentís Personal File 2022, and Post-Presidential Papers: Name File).

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1 CORRESPONDENCE FILE, 1945-1956
Correspondence between Mark W. Clark and Harry S. Truman, and a few other items. Arranged chronologically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST
Box 1
  • Correspondence

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