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Grace Julian Clarke collection

Identifier: L033

Scope and Contents

The collection includes Grace Julian Clarke's papers, manuscripts, correspondence, scrapbooks, and brochures and pamphlets, dating from 1845 to 1938. The bulk of the material dates from 1901 to 1933. Her correspondence, dating from 1891 to 1934, deals with women's suffrage both in Indiana and on a national basis, women's club work, the League of Nations, the Indiana Democratic Party, and the Indianapolis City Plan Commission. Also included are papers regarding the placement of the papers of her father, George W. Julian and grandfather, Joshua R. Giddings at the Library of Congress.

Materials are arranged chronologically, including correspondence and manuscripts. Box 1 and Box 2 include the bulk of Clarke's correspondence and manuscripts. Box 3 includes some correspondence, undated materials, including letters, constitutions for various suffrage groups, manuscripts, assorted suffrage broadsides and pamphlets, Clarke's lecture notes from Butler University and scrapbooks.

There is also an oversize folder containing a copy of The Ladies Review (October 1916); the National American Woman Suffrage Association articles of the constitution (1910s); a publication titled "Madam, who keeps your house?" publication (1910s); and Butler University diplomas for Clarke, ranging from 1884 to 1920 (OBC059).

The 21 volumes (V422) in the collection, 19 of which are scrapbooks, which contain a wide of variety of clippings regarding family, friends, articles regarding women’s suffrage, women’s clubs, World War I, the League of Nations, Irvington, with several articles written by Clarke. There are also pamphlets, cards, ribbons, photos, etc. included in the scrapbooks. The other 2 volumes contain Grace Julian Clarke's freshman lecture notes (1880) and records from the Equal Suffrage Society of Indianapolis (1878-1880).


  • 1857-1932


Language of Materials

Materials are mostly in English, with a few letters in French and Latin.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Grace Giddings Julian was born on September 11, 1865 in Centerville, Wayne County. She was the daughter of U.S. Representative George W. and Laura Giddings Julian. The Julian family moved to Irvington in 1873 after Rep. Julian retired from Congress. She attended Butler University, receiving a bachelor degree in philosophy in 1884 and a master degree in philosophy in1885. She married Charles B. Clarke, an attorney, in 1887.

Clarke was active in a variety of women's organizations, including the Irvington Women's Club, the Indiana Federation of Clubs, the National American Woman Suffrage Association, and the General Federation of Women's Clubs. She was extremely active in the Suffrage and Women’s rights movement and often lectured on these subjects.

She was also involved in the Federal Employment Bureau of Indianapolis and the Indiana City Plan Commission, and was an active supporter of the League of Nations. For 18 years she was a feature writer for the Indianapolis Star. Clarke also wrote two books about her father, George W. Julian: Some Impressions and George W. Julian. She died on June 18, 1938 in Indianapolis and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery.


Wright, Martha. “Grace Julian Giddings Clarke.” The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1994.


2.06 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript boxes, 1 large oversize folder, 21 volumes)


This collection is arranged chronologically by format.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Grace Julian Clarke on 1930/03/24, 1930/04/19, 1930/06/27 and 1936/08/06.


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digitized material from the collecion is available online in the ISL Digital Collections:

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

L081: George Washington Julian papers

S3355: Women's suffrage movement collection

ISLI 973.8 B786t 1929a c. 1: The Tragic Era by Claude G. Bowers inscribed to Grace Julian Clarke and signed by the author

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1998 by Andrea Bean Hough. Finding aid created 2007/03 by Elizabeth M. Wilkinson. EAD finding aid revised 2015/11 and 2019/08/20 by Brittany Kropf.
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