DC/FC Papers of Sir Fred Clarke
Reference code: GB/366/DC/FC
Title: Papers of Sir Fred Clarke
Dates of creation: 1910-1950
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 14 boxes; loose material
Biographical history: Sir Fred Clarke (1880-1952) was an eminent educationist. Having qualified as a teacher and gained a degree in History from Oxford University, Clarke held a number of posts in teacher education and university departments in Britain and abroad, including as Senior Master of Method at York Diocesan Training College, 1903-1906, Professor of Education at Hartley University College, Southampton, 1906-1911, Professor of Education, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1911-1929 and Professor of Education, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1929-1934. In 1935, Clarke was appointed as Adviser to Oversea Students at the Institute of Education, University of London and in 1936 he became Director of the the Institute, a position which he held until his retirement in 1945. Clarke also served on numerous committees, including for the British Council and Colonial Office and was influential in the establishment of the National Foundation for Educational Research and the McNair Committee. After his retirement he remained connected with the Institute, becoming once again Adviser to Oversea Students and also undertook other advisory roles, notably for the National Union of Teachers. Sir Fred Clarke was an influential figure in the development of teacher education, colonial and comparative education and he also promoted the application of sociology to educational theory.
Content and Structure
Scope and content: Small collection of published and unpublished papers of Sir Fred Clarke,1910-1950, mainly relating to educational issues, including articles, addresses, lectures and speeches, most dating from the late 1920s onwards. Included are some papers written for the discussion group, The Moot (see also DC/MOO).
Subject terms: Educational sciences; Teacher educators; Educational sociology; Colonial countries; Teacher education; South Africa
Personal names: Clarke, Fred
Corporate names: The Moot; University of Cape Town, South Africa
Conditions of Access and Use
Access conditions: Generally available for study, though some papers containing personal information are closed.
Finding aids: Available on the on-line catalogue. Paper list is available on request
Related units of description: Clarke's set of the papers of The Moot are also held (DC/MOO).