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11-03-2015

Castles Donate Clarkson Family Notebook to Clarkson University

John and Sondra Castle of Potsdam, N.Y., have donated a notebook to Clarkson University that contains images of the Clarkson family's legacy of important American silver, given to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

John and Sondra CastleThe majority of the collection was given in 1923 by Emilie Clarkson Moore, the niece of Thomas S. Clarkson, for whom the University is named.

Some of the collection was given by Annie Clarkson, Emilie Clarkson Moore's sister.

Additional silver pieces were donated by other family members as well. Mimi Van Deusen, Potsdam Public Museum director and Potsdam historian, assisted with researching, organizing and presenting the notebook.

Emilie Clarkson Moore gave the images to John Castle's father, Henry. Henry Castle was Moore's chauffeur and gardener.

The collection will be housed in the Clarkson University archives.

Moore passed away in 1946. She and her husband are buried in Bayside Cemetery in Potsdam.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: From left to right, Potsdam historian and Potsdam Public Museum Director Mimi Van Deusen, Sondra Castle, John Castle and Clarkson University Dean of Admissions Brian Grant display the notebook that contains images of the Clarkson family's legacy of important American silver.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/castle-notebook.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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