University of Notre Dame

Francis P. Clark Collection


Origination : Clark, Francis P. (Francis Patrick), 1936-1979.
Extent : 6 linear feet. 30 linear feet of photographs. 35 medals. 53 linear feet of printed material.
Repository : University of Notre Dame Archives
Address : Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Administrative Information


St. Louis Archdiocese Archives.

Baltimore Cathedral Archives.

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky.

Several of Clark's well-defined collections (e.g., Parish Histories) have been maintained separately according to the arrangement he established. These have been described elsewhere.

Preferred Citation

Francis P. Clark Collection (FCL), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556

Scope and Content

A few original manuscripts, but chiefly photocopies, transcriptions, and translations of correspondence and documents concerning the history of the Catholic Church in Kentucky; correspondents include missionary priest Stephen T. Badin and bishops John Baptist David, Benedict Joseph Flaget, Martin John Spalding, Peter Joseph Lavialle, and William George McCloskey.

Portraits of Catholic clergy and religious along with photographs and photomechanical prints of Catholic churches, schools, and other institutions (many from Kentucky), Catholic lay groups, prelates at the Second Plenary Council of Baltimore (1866), and scenes from the Notre Dame campus including buildings, the aftermath of the fire of 1879, and faculty and students; also postcards of Catholic churches and institutions, the Notre Dame campus, and buildings and scenes of local interest.

Religious and commemorative medals. Printed material consisting of pamphlets, periodicals, clippings, catalogs, directories, encyclicals, and pastoral letters; concerning Catholic history (with emphasis on the history of Kentucky), religious orders, priests, bishops, genealogy, and heraldry.


A native of Kentucky, Francis Clark worked as university microfilmer at Notre Dame; when he died, he left his many collections to the University Archives.


Clark, Francis P. (Francis Patrick), 1936-1979.
Catholic Church -- Kentucky.
Catholic Church -- United States.
Catholic Church. Archdiocese of Louisville (Ky.)
Catholic Church. Diocese of Bardstown (Ky).
Catholic Church. Plenary Council (2nd : 1866 : Baltimore, Md.)
David, John Baptist Mary, 1761-1841.
Flaget, Benedict Joseph, 1763-1850.
Spalding, M. J. (Martin John), 1810-1872.
Lavialle, Peter Joseph, 1819-1867.
McCloskey, William George, 1823-1909.
Badin, Stephen T. (Stephen Theodore), 1768-1853.
Catholic Church -- Middle West (U.S.)
Monasticism and religious orders.
University of Notre Dame -- Buildings -- Photographs.
Catholic Church -- Pastoral letters and charges.
Catholic Church -- Bishop -- Correspondence.

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