Sam Lillard Clark Papers

Identifier: EBL-0095

  • Staff Only

Content Description

Former head of Anatomy and Dean of the School of Medicine. Records consist of research records, manuscripts, and correspondence.


  • 1930-1960


Conditions Governing Access

All collections are subject to applicable Vanderbilt privacy and confidentiality policies. Collection specific restrictions: No Restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by History of Medicine Collections, Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University.

Biographical / Historical

Sam Lillard Clark, M.D., Ph.D., was an anatomist, scientist, and medical educator. He was born in Nashville on October 5, 1898. Clark's grandfather, Dr. William Martin Clark, was a founder and one-time owner of the Nashville Banner.

Clark received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1922, his M.S. degree in anatomy from Northwestern University, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in anatomy from Washington University in St. Louis. In 1930, he was awarded the Doctor of Medicine degree from Vanderbilt.

Clark served as Assistant Professor of Anatomy at Washington University and at Northwestern University. In 1930 he was appointed to the faculty at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He rose through the ranks to be appointed full Professor and Head of the Department of Anatomy in 1937. For many years Sam Clark brought distinction to VUSM as an educator, researcher, lecturer, and writer on his specialty and as an administrator. He established a diagnostic electroencephalographic laboratory. From 1945 to 1950 he was associate dean of the medical school and in June 1958 was named acting dean until the appointment of a permanent successor. Additionally, Clark was a director of the Bill Wilkerson Hearing and Speech Center and served many years as a member of the state anatomical board. Dr. Clark died on July 1, 1960 after a long illness. He was 61.


5.93 Cubic Feet (16 Hollinger boxes) : Collection consists of correspodence, research records, notes, and printed material.

Language of Materials



Papers beloging to Dr. Sam Lilliard Clark documenting his research, teaching and administrative activities. Dr. Clark served on the faculty in the Department of Anatomy at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine from his appointment in 1930 until his death in 1960.

Physical Location

EBL Vault

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition unknown at present. Likely can be determined by reviewing departmental correspondence files.

Physical Description

All materials are in good condition.

Sam Lillard Clark Papers
History of Medicine Collections Staff
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Repository Details

Part of the Eskind Biomedical Library Manuscripts Collection Repository

Eskind Biomedical Library
2209 Garland Ave.
Nashville TN 37232


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