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Personal histories

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 3024

Scope and Contents

Autobiography for Alva John Clarke details memories of his childhood in Alberta, Canada; attendance at Calgary Normal School, 1927-1928; teaching school in Canada; marriage; attendance at the University of Alberta, 1930-1936, and Brigham Young University, 1937-1942; teaching at the Brigham Young laboratory school and Brigham Young University; travels to Iran as part of the U.S. Point Four program in Iran; and other travels. Autobiography of Rissa Merkley Clarke details memories of her chilhood in Albera, Canada; marriage; attendance at Calgary Normal School, 1928-1929; and travels to Iran.


  • 1977


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Personal histories must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Clarke served in the following capacities at Brigham Young University: Instructor in Laboratory School, 1938-1925; Principal of Laboratory School, 1945-1950; Chairman of Secondary Education Department, 1950-1953; Professor of Education, 1955-1960; Assistant Dean of College of Education, 1960-1963; and Acting Dean of College of Education; 1960-1961. Clarke also served as Advisor to Ministry of Education in Tehran, Iran, 1953-1955 and 1962-1964.

Administrative History

The Calgary Pulic School System (est. 1885) functions as a public school system for grades K-12 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The first school in Calgary, Alberta was established in 1884, although it was not until March 2, 1885 that the North-West Territories Council set up Calgary Protestant Public School District No. 19, after Col. James Walker had circulated a petition. In 1889 a high school was started in Calgary, one of the first two in the North-West Territories. In 1906, when the new provincial government took over responsibility for education, there were 1600 students and 34 teachers in School District No. 19. The word "Protestant" was dropped from the name in 1914, and the district later became known as the Calgary School Board, District No. 19. In 1975 the name was changed to the Calgary Board of Education. The Board, which administers only Calgary's public schools (there is also a Catholic Board of Education) is governed by nine trustees, elected for three year terms. As of 2019, the board serves a total of 246 schools and 125,809 students.


2 folder ; (0.16 linear ft.)

Custodial History

Collection was reomoved from the University Archives faulty biographical file for A. John Clarke. Alva John Clarke, Gift.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Alva John Clarke.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Register of Personal histories
In Progress
Rose Frank
28 February 2011
Description rules
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States