Herald R. Clark

Dean, BYU School of Business
Head of Lyceum Series bringing world personalities to BYU

Herald R. Clark, BYH Class of 1910
Herald R. Clark, BYH Class of 1910

Brigham Young High School
Class of 1910


Clark, Herald Ray
Provo, Utah US
Herald and Mable Clark
Class of 1910. Herald R. Clark. Graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1910, with a High School Diploma. Source: Annual Record, B. Y. University, Book 3, page 178. ~ ~ ~ ~ Collegiate Grad of BYU, Class of 1918. Herald R. Clark. He received an AB Degree in Commerce. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 3, page 178. ~ ~ ~ ~ In May 1937, in a single acquisition, Brigham Young University took possession of 85 paintings and drawings by Maynard Dixon. Dr. Herald R. Clark, who was at the time dean of the College of Commerce, arranged the purchase with family funds. Given the national recognition that Dixon has received over the intervening 60-plus years, one can't help but admire the adventurous and sensitive nature of this one act. Picture it: a man whose discipline is economics, working in a university whose primary objective at the time was the education of teachers, not only being attracted to the ground-breaking work of a contemporary artist but also negotiating a major acquisition for the university - all within the context of the Great Depression. His action and its effect are most remarkable. Until the time of the transaction, there had been no institutional commitment to acquiring art at Brigham Young University. A few works of art had been given to BY, but no one had ever purchased a group of works for the university, let alone on the scale of this purchase, which focused upon one significant artist. Clearly, Dr. Clark's foresight was inspired. ~ ~ ~ ~ People are very surprised to learn that Brigham Young University owns the largest Dixon collection in the United States and itís quite a wonderful story as to how that came to happen. There was an individual at BYU in the 1930s, by the name of Herald R. Clark, who was dean of the business school, who may have seen some of Dixonís paintings on exhibit in Utah. We really donít know, but what we do know is that he saw, in the St. Louis dispatch, reproductions of the Forgotten Man series and the Maritime Strike series. Herald R. Clark was an economist first and foremost. He was very, very touched by the pathos in these works and took it upon himself to make a personal and unofficial visit to Dixon in San Francisco. Finally tracks him down and the two meet, go to a bar together, Herald R. Clark has milk. I donít know what Dixon had. And they talk about a potential acquisition of the university of some of his art. I do know also that Herald R. Clark had lost money in the crash, many people had, so again he brought a very personal viewÖyou know what, letís not put that in the film because the family might not like that. They were a little, they didnít want to tell me too much about that, and the fact that it was actually somebody in the Clark family that bought the paintings because BYU didnít have money to buy art in the Ď30s. Herald R. Clark was also very interested in bringing culture to BYU. He had a lyceum series that ran for decades and he brought people like Helen Keller, Pearl S. Buck, Robert Frost, Rachmaninov to this campus, kind of a remote campus and so itís not unusual that he would start thinking letís bring some art here, but what art and why Maynard Dixon? Itís because he was so moved by that particular series of the Forgotten Man. So he travels to San Francisco and in a very short amount of time he contracts with him to buy about 85 paintings and drawings that really cover a good bit of Maynardís career, for the sum of $3,700. I always wondered was it because it was 1937 that it was $3,700. He establishes a lifelong correspondence with Maynard Dixon. Theyíre very fond of each other. Their letters back and forth until Maynardís death really, are just full of affection and Herald R. Clark tried to get Maynard Dixon to BYU to talk to the classes in front of his art and it, unfortunately, never happened. Dixon kept trying to come and his failing health prevented that from ever occurring. ~ ~ ~ ~ Herald Ray Clark was born on October 18, 1890 in Farmington, Utah. His parents were Amasa Lyman Clark and Alice Charlotte Steed Clark. Herald was a veteran of World War I. Herald married Mable Hone on June 9, 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Herald R. Clark died on May 24, 1966 in Provo, Utah. His interment, Provo City Cemetery, Utah.

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