MsC 414

Collection Dates: 1973 -- 1988
(Bulk Dates: 1970s)
216 linear ft.

Collection Guide

This document describes a Manuscript Collection held by the

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries

Addenda: 2010

Guide Contents

Administrative Information

Biographical Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Related Materials

Acquisition and Processing Information


Administrative Information

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Biographical Note

Dick Clark was born September 14, 1929, on a farm in Linn County and grew up in the town of Lamont, in nearby Buchanan County, where his father operated a general store. Clark served with the army in Germany from 1950 to 1952, and then received a Bachelor's Degree from Upper Iowa University at Fayette in 1953. He received a Master's degree in history from the University of Iowa in 1956. From 1959 to 1964, Clark was an assistant professor of history and political science at Upper Iowa University and from 1965 to 1972 he was the administrative assistant to Iowa Second District Congressman John Culver. In 1972 he was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate after a 1300 mile campaign walk across the state. He served in the Senate until January 1979.

Clark was a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Rules Committee, and the Democratic Steering Committee. He chaired Subcommittees on Rural Development and African Affairs. After leaving the Senate, Clark served as U.S. Ambassador for refugee affairs and then, in 1980, he worked in Senator Edward Kennedy's unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic nomination for the Presidency. He is now Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies in Washington, D.C.

Scope and Contents

The Dick Clark papers are arranged in nine series and three addenda. Series I is comprised of Alphabetical files of correspondence. Series II is comprised of subject files, broken down chronologically from the years 1973 to 1978. The subject files include materials from his Washington, Des Moines, and Cedar Rapids offices. Series III is made up of casework files, which includes items from his Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, and Council Bluffs offices as well as educational casework and correspondence. Culver files make up Series IV, which include memos, office files, robos, and schedules. Series VI is composed of issues statements, Series VI of clippings, and series VII of audio, visual, and film materials. Photographs and slides are found in Series VIII. Finally, Series XI contains miscellaneous materials. Most of these series are divided into subseries.

There are also three addenda and an index. The 1986 addendum is arranged into three groups: subject files, arranged alphabetically, followed by clippings and speeches. The 1994 addendum consists of appointment books, photographs, and speeches. The undated addendum consists of 1982 campaign materials, speeches, materials relating to U.S. Soviet Bank, and clippings. The index pertains to the main body of the collection, and does not reflect materials in the addenda.

Areas and subjects of special concern to Clark range from Africa and international relations to agriculture and conservation, Democratic Party politics to the aged, and education to transportation.  

Photographs:Boxes 128 – 130, 142

Film/Video: Film: Box 127; Videos: Boxes 123 – 127.

Audio Material: Audiocassettes: 122 – 123; Audio reels: Box 12

Acquisition and Processing Information

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Senator Clark in 1979.

Guide posted to Internet: 1998

Addenda: 1986, 1994, undated


Series I: Alphabetical Files

Series II: Subject Files







Series IIA: Other Miscellaneous Files -- Washington Office

Series IIB: Other Miscellaneous Files -- Des Moines Office

Series IIC: Polls

Series IID: Miscellaneous Subject Files

Series IIE: Miscellaneous Subject Files, Various Years

Series III: Casework

Series IV: Culver Files

Series V: Issue Statements

Series VI: Clippings

Series VII: Audio, Video, and Film

Series VIII: Photographs and Slides

Series IX: Miscellaneous

1986 Addendum

1994 Addendum

Undated Addendum


2010 Addendum: The Aspen Institute

Papers from the time after he left the Senate in 1979 and joined the Aspen Institute in 1982

Box 1

Dick Clark speeches on foreign policy

Newspaper clippings on congressional travel issues and the Aspen Institute

Various photographs

File on Dick Clark’s request to become a member of the Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the United States Intelligence Community

Remarks by Dick Clark, Senator Richard Lugar, Congressman George Miller to the Aspen Institute Board of Directors Meeting on April 4, 2003

National Journal Article on Dick Clark, entitled Introducing Academics and U.S. Policy Makers, February 11, 1989

Carnegie Results, a publication by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, 2005

Article entitled Carnegie Corporation and Russia: Grant Making Amidst Transformation

Transcript of interview Dick Clark gave to the Columbia University Oral History Research Office for the Carnegie Corporation Oral History Project  March 2000

Dick Clark Testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, transcript and recording

Article from Time magazine, July 15, 1974, entitled 200 Faces for the Future.  Dick Clark is listed.

List of employees of Senator Dick Clark during his time in the Senate

File on Dick Clark request to the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act for documents the FBI may have on him

NC State University, Department of History, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, file

The Clark Amendment

File on Angola

Box 2

Dick Clark correspondence from 1995 through 2008

Box 3

Dick Clark schedule from May 1989 through December 2003 (two 3-ring binders)

Box 4 and 5 

List of all conferences held during Dick Clark’s tenure at the Aspen Institute (107)

List of all Members of Congress who participated in these conferences

List of all scholars/academics who participated in these conferences

Conference notebooks (these were delivered to each participant about 10 days prior to each conference). Reports from conferences 1994 through 2010 (compiled, printed and distributed about a month after the conclusion of each conference to all participants, all Members of Congress, foundations, scholars/academics

Print out from the Aspen Institute containing it's mission statement and a short biography of Clark

Common Cause Board Meeting, June 23, 2001. Clark is stating his opposition to the group's accepting money form for-profit corporations, non-profit corporations, professional associations, labor unions, donor directed corporate matching funds, social venture funds, cooperatives, and lobbyists.

Proposed Common Cause  Contributions Policy, Third draft, June 13, 2001

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