Scoville Clark Collection Finding Aid




Letters and invitations involved in the Sayre wedding.


1 box


The collection is arranged in four folders of letters to and from Clark, divided by their sender.

Biography or History

Dewitt Scoville Clark, Jr. was a doctor living in Salem, Massachusetts at the time of the wedding of Jessie Woodrow Wilson and Francis B. Sayre, Jr. As an old friend of the groom, Clark was asked to be an usher for the wedding at the White House on November 25, 1913.



Scope and Content

The first folder contains the formal invitation to the wedding of Jessie Woodrow Wilson and Francis B. Sayre, Jr. The second folder contains letters from Jessie Wilson in response to Clark's congratulations on her engagement in 1913 and condolences on her mother's death in 1914. The third folder contains another invitation to the rehearsal dinner aboard the USS Mayflower and a full account of the wedding in a letter from Clark to his sister. The final folder contains the letters from Francis Sayre to Clark revealing his engagement to Jessie, inviting Clark to the wedding, and asking him to be an usher.



Emma Diduch, “Scoville Clark Collection Finding Aid,” 1913-1914, Scoville Clark Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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