For the records

By MICHELLE PERRY State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The Thomas D. Clark Center for Digital Imaging was dedicated Friday during a reception celebrating Clark's 100th birthday at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA).

Approximately 175 of Clark's supporters attended the celebration to honor Kentucky's historian laureate, who will turn 100 on Monday.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for us to say publicly to a wider audience how important Dr. Clark has been to the public archives of Kentucky," said Richard Belding, state archivist.

Clark taught history at the University of Kentucky for 37 years, after earning his master's degree there and his doctorate from Duke in 1932. He was instrumental in the preservation of many records and has written over 30 books.

He lobbied several governors to build the KDLA, named the Clark-Cooper building in honor of him and C. Vernon Cooper Jr., longtime chairman of the State Advisory Council on Libraries.

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