Clay Curran : Guide to the Clay Curran Papers At the Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies

Guide to the Clay Curran Papers At the Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Clay Curran
Title: Clay Curran Papers
Dates: 1951-1978
Quantity: 1 box(es) (0.35 cubic feet)
Collection ID: MSS.Curran, Clay
Repository: Leland D. Case Library of Western Historical Studies
E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center
Black Hills State University
Spearfish, SD 57799

Biographical Note

Clay Conley Curran was born May 20, 1887 in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. His father was Charles William Curran and his mother was Emma Florence Conley Curran. He graduated from Stevens Point high school in June 1907. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Valparaiso University, and then he attended Teachers College at Columbia University, and earned a Bachelor of Education degree. Then he attended the University of Chicago as a graduate student and earned the Masters Degree in secondary administration. He was employed as a farm hand during summers while attended high school and college and occasionally did carpenter work. He first taught rural schools. After completing his college work at Valparaiso he taught manual training (woodworking) at a high school in Glenco, Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I. He was also employed at the Lead High School as woodworking and mechanical drawing teacher and then principal. He married Louise Gleckler in Pierre, South Dakota on December 27, 1919. They had one son born in Deadwood on October 19, 1924; he later died in San Francisco, California on September 23, 1955. He helped to organize the Lead Kiwanis Club. Since retirement he has been active in the Black Hills Westerners.

Scope and Contents

Manuscript materials pertaining to Annie Tallent biography; obituaries.

Preferred Citation

Clay Curran Papers, Leland D. Case Western Historical Studies

Processing Information

Dora Jones


Manuscript materials 6 folders, 1 envelop, stationary. Jan. 1962 issue of SDEA journal, obituaries of C.C. Curran and Louis Curran.

Box File
1 1 Tallent genealogy five generations 1964-1975
2 Annie Tallent — Notes, clippings, and source material 1954-1970
3 Annie Tallent — Correspondence about teaching in the Black Hills 1951-1973
4 Annie Tallent Biography 2 Xerox copies
5 Tallent genealogy 1962-1965
6 Curran stationary
7 Conley family history 1965-1966
8 Clay & Louise Curran Obituaries 1977-1978