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John C. Parker Papers 1817-1950, n.d.

2 linear feet.

Catalog Number:M143

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Agency History / Biographical Note:
John Clement Parker (Bowdoin 1886) was born in 1864, the son of John S. Parker (Medical School of Maine 1849) and Maria Caroline (Wood) Parker. Parker was principal of a high school in Kennebunk, Maine (1886-1889). He returned to Bowdoin in 1889 to serve as assistant in the Biology department and attend the Medical School of Maine. He received his medical degree in 1891.

Parker was the surgeon of the Bowdoin expedition to Labrador in 1891. The stated objective of the expedition was to explore the unknown region of interior Labrador. During the trip, Parker conducted a study of the Inuit people, making physical measurements in an attempt to determine their evolutionary history.

In 1893, Parker opened a medical practice in Farmington, New Hampshire. He moved to Providence, Rhode Island, in 1902, and practiced there until his death in 1913. Parker was the first president of Bowdoin's Providence Alumni Association, and was part of the medical department of the National Guard. He held the rank of major and surgeon in the First Squadron of Cavalry.

Parker married Jennie M. Mirrless in 1893. The couple had four children.

Scope and Content:
The collection contains family letters (1817-1931, n.d.), many written by John C. Parker to his parents during his time at Bowdoin and on the expedition to Labrador, as well as Parker's diaries and journals (two from the 1891 Labrador expedition). There are also miscellaneous family materials including wills and deeds; military records of Clement Parker (John C.'s grandfather), John S. Parker and John C. Parker; church records and missionary assignments of Rev. Clement Parker; and family photographs and newspaper clippings.

Cite as: John C. Parker Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.

Access Restrictions: None.

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