Barber Clark papers

Abstract

The Barber Clark papers (1973-2013, undated, 1.74 cubic feet, 4 boxes, 1 oversize box) comprise materials documenting the career of Lexington psychic, Barber Clark.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Barber Clark papers
Creator
Clark, Barber G.
Extent
1.74 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Celebrity.
Psychic ability
Psychics -- Kentucky
Radio broadcasting -- Kentucky
Television broadcasting
Women psychics
Arrangement
The collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Arranged and described by Ida Lucille Sell Mangum
Preferred Citation
2018ms029: [identification of item] Barber Clark papers, 1973-2013, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Barber Gedney Clark, born in Port Chester, New York, 1936, is a Lexington, Kentucky based clairvoyant and businesswoman. Barber graduated with a nursing degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1957. From 1960-1977, Barber owned and operated Barber Gross Associates and brokered high-end real estate in the Rye, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut. In the mid-1960s Barber's psychic abilities were tested by noted parapsychology researcher, J.B. Rhine. In 1977, Barber married Donald Clark and closed her real estate agency to focus on developing her psychic skills. In 1980 Barber and Donald relocated to Lexington, Kentucky. By 1981, Barber's visions about celebrities, politicians, the economy, etc. were reported on in regional newspapers. She regularly was a guest of regional radio shows and appeared on television news programs. During the mid-1980s, Barber Clark's predictions were included in national tabloid newspapers like The National Enquirer and The Sun. During the 2000s, Barber Clark offered her psychic talents and readings via websites. She also gave readings as a medium for Arieal, a woman with familial roots in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts.
Source: 2018ms029: Resume and professional statements, 1982-1989, Barber Clark papers, 1973-2013, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Scope and Content
The Barber Clark papers (1973-2013, undated, 1.74 cubic feet, 4 boxes, 1 oversize box) comprise materials documenting the career of Lexington psychic, Barber Clark. The collection primarily consists of letters from television and radio program fans asking for personal predictions from Barber. The collection also includes newspaper articles featuring Barber Clark's forecasts, marketing and publicity items like pamphlets and head shots, and production notes relating to Clark's television and radio station collaborations. There is also fourteen VHS tape recordings of Barber Clark's appearances on television and radio.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Papers and photographs, 1973-2013, undated

The Papers and photographs series comprises correspondence, drafts, printed materials, newspaper and magazine clippings, notes and printed materials documenting Barber Clark's career as a psychic from the 1980s through the 2000s. A large portion of the series includes letters from fans of radio and television shows with requests for personal readings or predictions for their future. The series contains professional records like Barber Clark's resume, correspondence with television and radio shows, pamphlets, text content for websites, ephemera from speaking engagements, professional head shot photographs, and a WKYT-TV coffee mug, presumably given to Barber Clark when she appeared as a guest on the Town & Country television show. Also included are some articles about other professional psychics and studies of the parapsychology field.

Barber Clark Associates office documents, circa 1984

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Barber film production costs and music composer, 1983, undated

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Big Toys for Big Boys exhibition, Lexington Centre, 1984-1985

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Celebrity interview brainstorming and production notes, undated

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Clients and client resources, 2005, undated

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Complaints, 1980-1983

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Correspondence, 1983-2012

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Draft paragraph about parapsychology, undated

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Expert revenue invoice, 2002 October 14

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Keen website, other psychic reading websites with content about Barbara Clark (Arieal), 2006-2013

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Kentucky basketball prediction clippings, 1986-1997

  • Box 1, folder 11
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Kentucky newspaper clippings re: Baber Clark, 1981-1985

  • Box 1, folder 12
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Lexington newspaper clippings, undated

  • Box 1, folder 13
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Missing children agency clipping, undated

  • Box 1, folder 14
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National Enquirer, National Examiner, The Sun newspaper clippings, 1983-1985

  • Box 1, folder 15
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Nichols, Oscar, prison inmate, letters, 1983

  • Box 1, folder 16
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NOVA: The Case of ESP episode booklet, 1984

  • Box 1, folder 17
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Pamphlets: Barbara Clark, 1984

  • Box 1, folder 18
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Parapsychology Foundation, Inc. guide to sources, 1979 September

  • Box 1, folder 19
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Predictions, 1983-1986

  • Box 1, folder 20
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Professional photographs, 1986, undated

  • Box 1, folder 21
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Psychic publications and fliers, 1980-1985

  • Box 1, folder 22-23
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Psychic clippings, 1973-1984

  • Box 2, folder 1
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Resume and professional statements, 1982-1989

  • Box 2, folder 2
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Shook, C. Howard article about psychics, including Barber Clark, draft, 1985

  • Box 2, folder 3
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Speaking engagements fliers and transcripts, 1982-1984, undated

  • Box 2, folder 4
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Television directory, undated

  • Box 2, folder 5
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Wayne, Gary, Psychic DJ, portfolio, 1981-1985

  • Box 2, folder 6
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What to Do Till the Psychic Comes, Bluegrass Women article by Barbara Clark, undated

  • Box 2, folder 7
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WGNT letters and production notes, 1984-1985

  • Box 2, folder 8
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WHAS letters and production notes, 1983-1985

  • Box 2, folder 9
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WKRC letters and production notes, 1983-1985

  • Box 2, folder 10
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WKYT letters and production notes, 1981-1982

  • Box 2, folder 11
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WLAP letters and production notes, 1980

  • Box 2, folder 12
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WLEX letters and production notes, 1983-1984

  • Box 2, folder 13
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WNVL letters and production notes, 1982-1983, undated

  • Box 2, folder 14
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WSM Country Music Network letters and production notes, 1984-1985

  • Box 2, folder 15
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WTKC folder, undated

  • Box 2, folder 16
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WTVQ letters and production notes, 1983

  • Box 2, folder 17
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WVLK letters and production notes, 1984-1985

  • Box 2, folder 18
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Town & Country, WKYT-TV 27 coffee mug, undated

  • Box 5, item 1
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Video cassette tapes, 1980-1986, undated

The Video cassette tapes series includes fourteen video recordings of Barber Clark's appearances on regional television news programs from 1981-1986. One cassette titled, The Barber Clark Show, WNVL, 30 min. Taped by Ray Preston, is a recording of an AM radio program Barber Clark briefly hosted.

Barber Clark , undated

  • Box 3, item 1
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Collage of TV Appearances through 1981 , 1981

  • Box 3, item 2
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College of TV appearances, Presentation of TV Appearances on Sue Wiley, Town & Country, Marylan Musnick and Eric Stevens , 1981 April

  • Box 3, item 3
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Last Town & Country , 1982 April

  • Box 3, item 4
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PM Magazine Barber Clark A Sixth Sense 2/27/85, Plus 5 segments shown in May 1985, PM Magazine WKRC Cincinnati and B.J. Gedney story , 1985

  • Box 3, item 5
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PM Magazine Barber Clark A Sixth Sense 2/27/85, Plus 5 segments shown in May 1985, PM Magazine WKRC Cincinnati and Barber Baily WKYT Sixth Sense 7/3/86 , 1985-1986

  • Box 3, item 6
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PM Magazine Barber Clark, A Sixth Sense , 1985 February 27

  • Box 3, item 7
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PM Magazine c1 Are You Psychic, c2 What to Expect, c3 Gambling, c4 Problem Solving, c5 Mayor Lukin , 1985 May 1-29

  • Box 3, item 8
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PM Magazine Haunted House Segment for Halloween , 1980

  • Box 4, item 1
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PM Magazine, 4 segments, Destiny - Airplane travel, Barney Stagner - Ghosts, Reading at Beaumont Inn, Business Decisions - Webb Building , 1982 May

  • Box 4, item 2
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Psychically Speaking with Barber Clark, WTKC , 1983 September 17

  • Box 4, item 3
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The Barber Clark Show, WNVL, 30 min. Taped by Ray Preston , 1983 May 5

  • Box 4, item 4
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Town & Country, 13 Jan 81, Sue Wiley, June 1980 , 1980-1981

  • Box 4, item 5
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WKYT-TV, Town & Country Hostage Prediction no. 595 , 1980 December 31

  • Box 4, item 6
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