Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Clark Christian Spence  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1923 in Great Falls, Montana

-- Clark Christian Spence on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Clark Christian Spence taught at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Biographical and Professional Information

Clark C. Spence is Professor Emeritus of History from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The sinews of American capitalism: An economic history

Macmillan. 1965

The American West: A Source Book

Crowell. 1966

Terriric source book on the American West covering many aspects, by many different 19th century eyewitnesses. Great reader.

Mining Engineers and the American West: Lace-boot Brigade, 1849-1933 (Western Americana S.)
ISBN: 0300012241

Yale University Press. 1970

Though they were key figures in the development of the western mineral industry, the mining engineers of the early West have received too little attention. Drawing upon the careers of a number of individuals - some famous, some little known - Mr. Spence examines the professional mining engineer in terms of his education, life style, acual work, and impact upon the rugged environment beyond the Mississippi. He depicts the engineer's versatility in his several roles as manager of mines, consultant in the field and in the courtroom, and builder of financial empires, and traces the engineer's evolution from a generalist to a professional specialist. Mr. Spence's volume is at once technological and social history. The context is international as well as national, for the engineer moved in cosmopolitan circles, pursued his career on a global scale, and applied ideas and techniques from one area of the world to another. An extensive bibliography completes the volume.

Territorial politics and government in Montana, 1864-89
ISBN: 0252004604

University of Illinois Press. 1975

Montana: A Bicentennial History (States and the Nation)
ISBN: 0393333833

W. W. Norton & Company. 1978

At three times the size of Pennsylvania, with a county bigger than the whole state of Connecticut, Montana is a large place, once described as "bounded on the west by the Japan current, on the north by the aurora borealis, on the south by Price's Army, and on the east by the Day of Judgement."

Montana has a rich story, in which different people have sought both great fortune and modest prosperity. How well they succeeded is part of the story told in this engaging history.

The Salvation Army Farm Colonies
ISBN: 0816508976

University of Arizona Press. 1985

history of the farming collective of the Salvation Army

The Conrey Placer Miner Company: A Pioneer Gold-Dredging Enterprise in Montana, 1897-1922
ISBN: 0295969679

Montana Historical Society. 1990

The Northern Gold Fleet: Twentieth-Century Gold Dredging in Alaska
ISBN: 0252022181

University of Illinois Press. 1996

The Northern Gold Fleet is the story of how new gold-dredging technology was applied to the rich placers of the Far North from 1899 to the present, leading to mass production and economies of scale that made previously unprofitable resources profitable. The bucket-ladder dredge was a single, complex apparatus that rivaled ocean freighters in size. At once ugly, spectacular, and awesome, the dredges dug, classified materials, and performed gold-saving and tailing-disposal functions.
A richly illustrated and comprehensive history. The Northern Gold Fleet is part environmental, part technological, part corporate, part labor, and part Alaskan in its thrust, offering a picture - both dazzling and absorbing - of how new technology simultaneously helped build the economy and lay waste the resources of Alaska.

For Wood River or Bust: Idaho's Silver Boom of the 1880s (The Idaho Legacy Series)
ISBN: 0893012157

Caxton Press. 1999

Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press for the University of Idaho Press

Mining historian Clark C. Spence details the mining history of the Wood River region and captures the flavor and activities of the early camps and communities and the individuals who helped establish them.



Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (No)