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“I cannot even begin to tell you how exciting it was to be here...”

Interviewed by Thomas Dolan on November 18, 2003.

Frances “Bitsie” Clark

Frances “Bitsie” Clark came to New Haven in 1956 from Vassar College. In the late 1950s, she worked for the Girl Scouts, and soon became involved in the New Haven arts community. She remembers how the projects going on throughout the city created an extraordinary sense of possibility, and inspired her and others in their own efforts to create the Audubon Arts District. In Clark’s view, urban renewal energized New Haven.

Law School yearbook photo
Frances Clark, pictured in the 1959 Yale Law School yearbook, lived in Yale’s temporary Quonset hut housing during her husband’s schooling. Courtesy Yale MSSA.
Audubon Street photo
Corner of Audubon Street and Whitney Avenue, 1977. Courtesy NHCHS.