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Guide to the Harold T. Parker Papers, 1914-2002

Abstract

Harold T. Parker taught history at Duke University from 1939-1977; he specialized in modern European history, European intellectual history and 19th century Europe.

This collection contains material concerning Parker's experiences as a faculty member at Duke University, a soldier in World War II and as an author. The papers include correspondence, including v-mail, along with diaries, volumes, memoranda, reports, speeches, articles, photographs, essays, book drafts and other records.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Parker, Harold Talbot, 1907-2002.
Title
Harold T. Parker papers, 1914-2002
Language of Material
English
Extent
24.5 Linear Feet, 16,250 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

This collection contains material concerning Parker's experiences as a faculty member at Duke University, a soldier in World War II and as an author. The papers include correspondence, including v-mail, along with diaries, volumes, memoranda, reports, speeches, articles, photographs, essays, book drafts and other records. The volume titles include Back Load and Sky Train, which are histories of troop carrier forces in the South Pacific during World War II.

Administrative Information

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Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the University Archives to use this collection.

For a period of twenty-five years from the origin of the material, permission in writing from the office of origin and the University Archivist is required for use. After twenty-five years, records that have been processed may be consulted with the permission of the University Archivist.

In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended, Duke University permits students to inspect their education records and limits the disclosure of personally identifiable information from education records.

Portions of these materials are restricted by donor request.

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

Container List, 1914-2002

24.5 Linear Feet (17 boxes)
Correspondence, including war letters, and notes, 1914-1944
Box 1
Selected schoolwork, grade school – graduate school, 1917-1931
Box 1
Photographs, 1907-1918
Box 1
Life chronologies, autobiographical essay
Box 1
Book: Sky Train
Box 1
Correspondence, including war letters, and notes, 1941-1969
Box 2
Photographs, circa 1970s-1998
Box 2
Misc. papers, 1971-1998
Box 2
Collections of articles
Box 2
Correspondence/war letters, 1942-1945
Box 3
Addresses made by Parker, 1966-1994
Box 3
Addresses on Parker as teacher, 1995
Box 3
Essays, autobiographical writings, 1980, 1995
Box 3
Personal papers, essays, notes, 1917-undated
Box 4
V-mail, 1943-1945
Box 4
Books: Back Load, Sky Train
Box 4
Photographs
Box 4
Correspondence, including scholarly articles/papers sent to Parker for his review/critique/pleasure, some with Parker’s responses/annotations, 1993-2001 and undated
Box 5
Conference materials – programs, programs, notes, correspondence, copies of articles from proceedings, 1989, 1992, 1994
Box 5
Photocopies of articles – some with notes by Parker, some grouped in folders by subject 1952-1998, bulk 1996-1998
Box 5
Articles, book chapters, book reviews, presentations written by Parker – some with related correspondence 1997, 2000-2001
Box 5
Church and Synagogue Library Association materials – correspondence, notes, book reviews 1988-1991
Box 5
Softcover books on French Army
Box 5
Genealogy notes and correspondence
Box 5
April 1962 Duke Alumni Register, in which Parker appears
Box 5
Miscellaneous magazines and articles, 2000-2001
Box 5
Miscellaneous notes, undated
Box 5
1906 Hughes High School Annual, Cincinnati, Ohio
Box 6
Scholarly articles/papers sent to Parker for his review/critique/pleasure; some with correspondence, 1998-2000
Box 6
Photocopies of articles/book segments, some with notes by Parker, 1963, 1970, undated
Box 6
Diary, 1983
Box 6
Conference materials – presentation and misc. notes, 1994
Box 6
University Prints (art reproductions), with some notes by Parker
Box 6
Printout of 1967 Ph.D. dissertation by J.M.P. McErlean (re: Napoleon)
Box 6
Misc. correspondence, 1999
Box 6
Misc. notes, mostly grouped in labeled envelopes; some with related books, undated
Box 6
Envelopes (usually labeled) full of notes, some with related books and photocopies of articles, 1969-1976, undated
Box 7
Paper written by Parker, with related photocopies
Box 7
Prints from the Company of Military Historians, circa 1986, 1988
Box 7
Mrs. Parker’s 1967 tax return
Box 7
Envelopes (usually labeled) full of notes, some with related books and photocopies of articles, undated
Box 8
Book drafts, presentations written by Parker – some with notes by Parker, 1999, undated
Box 8
Correspondence, including scholarly articles/papers sent to Parker for his review/critique/pleasure, circa 1990s-2001
Box 8
Photocopies of articles, 1946-2000, undated
Box 8
Misc. notes, circa 1990s-2001, undated
Box 8
Photocopy of 1818 book on Napoleon
Box 8
Journal volume, book inscribed to Parker
Box 8
Correspondence, including scholarly articles/papers sent to Parker for his review/critique/pleasure, 1983-1999
Box 9
Photocopies of articles, 1985-1987, undated
Box 9
Misc. notes and notebooks, some in labeled folders/envelopes, including daily meditations, 1972-1975, evolution as teacher, images for autobiography, circa 1970s-1998, undated
Box 9
Mrs. Parker’s insurance and financial information, papers and reviews she wrote, circa 1960s-1980s
Box 9
Envelopes (usually labeled) full of misc. notes including autobiography, farm papers, house, undated
Box 10
Medical correspondence, 1969, circa 1990s, undated
Box 10
Personal journals, 1919-1921, 1981-1982, undated
Box 10
Family passports
Box 10
Photographs, slides
Box 10
Misc. notes, 1973, 2000-2001, undated
Box 10
Misc. journals, magazines, and photocopied articles and book on Napoleon, 1986, 2000-2001, undated
Box 10
Mrs. Parker’s Ph.D. dissertation, 1952
Box 10
1910 Miami Bulletin, by S. Chester Parker
Box 10
Misc. photocopies, articles, notes, correspondence; some in labeled folders/envelopes (dates noted include 1979, ’90s, 2000-02)
Box 11
Photocopies of articles, book chapters written by Parker, circa 1965-1990s
Box 11
Photographs
Box 11
Baby shoes
Box 11
Envelopes (usually labeled) full of misc. notes, some with correspondence, undated

Material in boxes 12 and 13 were originally in a container labeled "lectures/intellectual history."

Box 12
7 envelopes (usually labeled) full of misc. notes, plus some loose notes, undated

Material in boxes 12 and 13 were originally in a container labeled "lectures/intellectual history."

Box 13
Other envelopes (usually labeled) full of notes, some with related photocopies of articles, undated
Box 13
Correspondence, 1999-2002
Box 13
Photocopies of articles, 1971-1983
Box 13
Misc. publications, 2002
Box 13
Misc. notes, articles, student papers
Box 13
Insurance documents
Box 13
Papers, articles, reviews, correspondence, notes written by Parker (had been stored in suitcase), circa 1952-1990s
Box 14
Folder of copied correspondence, (had been stored in suitcase), 1940-1952
Box 14
Savannah paper and correspondence, (had been stored in suitcase), 1934-1993
Box 14
Manuscript of World War II book, with no title page or date (had been stored in suitcase)
Box 14
Correspondence, including scholarly articles/papers sent to Parker for his review/critique/pleasure
Box 14
Portraits of Napoleon (slides, prints)
Box 14
Misc. publications and photocopies of articles on Napoleon, 1978-1979, undated
Box 14
Misc. notes, some in labeled folders/envelopes, undated
Box 14
Correspondence, including scholarly articles/papers sent to Parker for his review/critique/pleasure, 1990-1998
Box 15
Misc. notes, papers and prints on Napoleon, undated
Box 15
Genealogy notes, diaries, including pictures and correspondence, circa 1910-20s
Box 15
Misc. newspapers, 1963, 1996-1999)
Box 15
2 pieces broken jewelry
Box 15
Photocopies of Napoleonic material written by Parker, circa 1957-1990s
Box 16
Correspondence, 1986-2000
Box 16
Photographs, 2000
Box 16
Misc. notes, some in labeled envelopes, 2000, undated
Box 16
Photocopy of Parker’s The Bureau of Commerce in 1781, 1979
Box 16
WWII diary, addition from Robert W. Brown, 1941-1942
Box 16
Correspondence between Parker and Dr. Jane K. Burton
Box 17
Burton's writings about Parker
Box 17
Parker's reviews for the South Atlantic Quarterly
Box 17
Photographs of Parker and Louise S. Parker (his wife)
Box 17
UA2012-0062 - Parker's reflections, photographs
Box 17

Historical Note

Harold T. Parker taught history at Duke University; he specialized in modern European history, European intellectual history and 19th century Europe. Parker was born near Cincinnati, Ohio on December 26, 1907. He received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from University of Chicago in 1928 and 1934 respectively. He began teaching at Duke University in 1939 and retired in 1977, although he continued to teach after his retirement as a professor emeritus. His career at Duke was interrupted during World War II, when he served in the Pacific Theater. Parker was known for his teaching excellence according to one of his obituaries, and was awarded the Annual Distinguished Teaching Award by the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist church in 1973. In addition to being a professor, Parker published several books including The Cult of Antiquity and the French Revolutionaries (1937) and Three Napoleonic Battles (1944). He was also a longstanding member of St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Durham, NC and published a history of the church in 1996. Harold T. Parker passed away in 2002.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Harold T. Parker Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Harold T. Parker Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer starting in 1977.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff,

Encoded by Molly Bragg, May 2011

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.