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John C. Parker Papers M143

Title:
John C. Parker papers
Creator:
Parker, John C., (John Clement), 1864-1913
ID:
M143
Date:
1817-1950, undated
Extent:
2.0 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
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.
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

John C. Parker Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

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.

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.

Series Description:

The correspondence is primarily to or from John C. Parker, Clement Parker (grandfather), John S. Parker (father) and Miriam Wood Parker (mother), and dates from 1822 to 1939. It includes many of John C.'s letters home during his days at Bowdoin (early 1880s). Correspondence concerning the Labrador Expedition in 1891 can be found in series M143.2.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

1822 Aug 10 - 1831 Jul 9

Box 1 Folder 1

1831 Nov 10 - 1834 Dec 3

Box 1 Folder 2

1842 Mar 13 - 1844 Mar 10

Box 1 Folder 3

1844 Apr 3 - 1848 Jul 5

Box 1 Folder 4

1851 Jan 25 - Dec 16

Box 1 Folder 5

1852 Feb 17 - Dec 13

Box 1 Folder 6

1853 Jul 3 - 1856 Apr 8

Box 1 Folder 7

1856 Jun 4 - 1859 Nov 11

Box 1 Folder 8

1860 Mar 2 - Sep 12

Box 1 Folder 9

1861 Jan 12 - 1862 Mar 25

Box 1 Folder 10

1862 Apr 30 - Jun 30

Box 1 Folder 11

1862 Jul 2 - 1863 May 10

Box 1 Folder 12

1863 Jun 14 - Aug 9

Box 1 Folder 13

1863 Nov 9 - 1864 Jul 8

Box 1 Folder 14

1864 Jul 10 - Aug 27

Box 1 Folder 15

1864 Sep 16 - 1865 Apr 8

Box 1 Folder 16

1865 Jul 12 - Aug 4

Box 1 Folder 17

1865 Aug 11 - 1866 Feb 21

Box 1 Folder 18

1866 Mar 11 - 1867 Apr 25

Box 1 Folder 19

1867 Jul 28 - Nov 4

Box 1 Folder 20

1867 Dec 2 - 1869 Aug 17

Box 1 Folder 21

1870 Aug 23 - 1874 Mar 5

Box 1 Folder 22

1877 May 6 - 1881 Sep 3

Box 1 Folder 23

1881 Sep 11 - Dec 4

Box 1 Folder 24

1881 Dec 9 - 1882 Feb 5

Box 1 Folder 25

1882 Feb 26 - Apr 16

Box 1 Folder 26

1882 Apr 28 - Oct 22

Box 1 Folder 27

1882 Oct 26 - Dec 11

Box 1 Folder 28

1883 Jan 14 - Feb 25

Box 1 Folder 29

1883 Mar 3 - May 13

Box 1 Folder 30

1883 May 19 - Oct 21

Box 1 Folder 31

1883 Oct 28 - Dec 16

Box 1 Folder 32

1884 Jan 10 - Feb 2

Box 1 Folder 33

1884 Feb 12 - Mar 30

Box 1 Folder 34

1884 May 3 - Jul 6

Box 1 Folder 35

1884 Oct 5 - Dec 13

Box 1 Folder 36

1885 Feb 8 - Apr 12

Box 1 Folder 37

1885 Apr 19 - Jun 7

Box 1 Folder 38

1885 Jun 14 - Aug 17

Box 1 Folder 39

1885 Aug 25 - Oct 25

Box 1 Folder 40

1885 Nov 8 - 1886 Jan 17

Box 1 Folder 41

1886 Jan 26 - Mar 14

Box 1 Folder 42

1886 Mar 21 - May 16

Box 1 Folder 43

1886 May 25 - Jun 16

Box 1 Folder 44

1886 Sep 4 - Oct 4

Box 1 Folder 45

1886 Oct 30 - Dec 30

Box 1 Folder 46

1887 Jan 2 - Jan 16

Box 1 Folder 47

1887 Jan 28 - Mar 12

Box 1 Folder 48

1887 Mar 18 - May 29

Box 1 Folder 49

1887 Jun 5 - Sep 25

Box 1 Folder 50

1887 Oct 1 - Nov 13

Box 1 Folder 51

1887 Nov 20 - 1888 Jan

Box 1 Folder 52

1888 Jan 15 - Feb 19

Box 1 Folder 53

1888 Feb 26 - Apr 2

Box 1 Folder 54

1888 Apr 4 - May 6

Box 1 Folder 55

1888 May 15 - Sep 30

Box 1 Folder 56

1888 Oct 14 - 1889 Jan 10

Box 1 Folder 57

1889 Jan 20 - Feb 3

Box 1 Folder 58

1889 Feb 23 - Apr 21

Box 1 Folder 59

1889 May 26 - Jan 17

Box 1 Folder 60

1890 Jan 22 - Feb 23

Box 1 Folder 61

1890 Mar 2 - Apr 9

Box 1 Folder 62

1890 Apr 14 - June 1

Box 1 Folder 63

1890 Jun 8 - Oct 12

Box 1 Folder 64

1890 Oct 19 - 1891 Jan 17

Box 1 Folder 65

1891 Jan 24 - Mar 11

Box 1 Folder 66

1891 Mar 15 - May 26

Box 1 Folder 67

1891 May 31 - Sep 25

Box 1 Folder 68

1892 Jul 8 - Jul 31

Box 1 Folder 69

1892 Aug 2 - 1893 Aug 16

Box 1 Folder 70

1893 May 1 - May 28

Box 1 Folder 71

1893 Jun 3 - Oct 17

Box 1 Folder 72

1899 Aug 18 - Nov 26

Box 1 Folder 73

1899 Dec 13 - 1901 May 24

Box 1 Folder 74

1902 Jan 23 - Oct 10

Box 1 Folder 75

1902 Oct 17 - Dec 31

Box 1 Folder 76

1902 (n.d.)

Box 1 Folder 77

1903 Feb 24 - Jul 3

Box 1 Folder 78

1903 Jul 8 - 1904 Apr 14

Box 1 Folder 79

1904 Apr 24 - Oct 2

Box 1 Folder 80

1904 Oct 27 - Dec 30

Box 1 Folder 81

1904 (n.d.)

Box 1 Folder 82

1905 (n.d.)

Box 1 Folder 83

1905 Jan 15 - Oct 5

Box 1 Folder 84

1905 Oct 9 - 1906 Jan 28

Box 1 Folder 85

1906 Oct 12 - 1909 Feb 23

Box 1 Folder 86

1909 Jul 8 - 1910 Jun 28

Box 1 Folder 87

1910 Jul 7 - Sep 2

Box 1 Folder 88

1910 Sep 15 - 1911 Aug 30

Box 1 Folder 89

1911 Sep 10 - 1912 Aug 15

Box 1 Folder 90

1913 Mar 14 - 1939 Aug 15

Box 1 Folder 91

n.d.

Box 1 Folder 92-98

Series Description:

This series includes newspaper clippings reporting the progress of the expedition, and correspondence (1891) primarily between John C. Parker (the expedition's surgeon) and his parents. Also included is Parker's journal and diary from the expedition, a poem about the people aboard the "Julia A. Decker" that was read at their Fourth of July festivities, and a theatre program from a play that the group attended in Halifax.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Clippings

Box 1 Folder 99

Correspondence (mostly John C. Parker to parents), 1891

Box 1 Folder 100

Diary of John C. Parker, 1891

Volume 1

Journal of John C. Parker, 1891

Volume 2

Miscellaneous Manuscripts

Box 1 Folder 101

Theatre Program

Box 1 Folder 102

Series Description:

This series includes several diaries of John C. Parker (1901-1904), an autograph book from his Bowdoin days, a journal from the 1820s, an account of a family excursion to Connecticut in 1865, and the notebook of Miriam Wood (1817).

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Autograph Book, 1880s

Box 1 Folder 103

Diaries, 1820s, 1901 - 1904

Box 1 Folder 104

"Journey to Connecticut" 1865

Box 1 Folder 105

Notebook of Miriam Wood, 1817

Box 1 Folder 106

Series Description:

This series contains records concerning wills and deeds; military papers of Clement Parker (John C.'s grandfather), John S. Parker and John C. Parker; Lebanon town records, including tax assessments, and other miscellaneous documents and certificates.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Authorization for John S. Parker to be Aid-de-Camp

Ovsz-Box C1

Authorization for J. S. Parker to be Justice of the Peace

Ovsz-Box C2

Documents and Certificates (Misc)

Box 1 Folder 109

Documents and Certificates (Misc)

Box 1 Folder 110

Finances, town of Lebanon, 1850,1852-1853

Box 1 Folder 111

Land tax assessments for town of Lebanon, N.H., 1870-1881 & n.d.

Box 1 Folder 112

Military papers of Clement, John S. and John C. Parker

Box 1 Folder 113

Military resignation of Clement Parker

Box 1 Folder 114

Teaching certificate of Maria Wood

Box 1 Folder 115

Will and Evaluation of John S. Parker, 1910; and Jennie Parker, 1926

Box 1 Folder 116

Will Dispute Correspondence, 1911

Box 1 Folder 117

Will Dispute Resolution, 1912

Box 1 Folder 118

Wills and Deeds, 1847 - 1910

Box 1 Folder 119

Wills, Rev. Clement Parker 1816 - 1819

Box 1 Folder 120

Series Description:

This series contains family materials including documents concerning Parker's education and his career in education (elementary, secondary, Bowdoin College, and the Medical School of Maine); funerary materials; Parker family genealogy; Rev. Clement Parker's missionary assignments; and miscellaneous announcements, certificates and newspaper clippings.

Arrangement:

This series contains family materials including documents concerning Parker's education and his career in education (elementary, secondary, Bowdoin College, and the Medical School of Maine); funerary materials; Parker family genealogy; Rev. Clement Parker's missionary assignments; and miscellaneous announcements, certificates and newspaper clippings.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Bridgham Grammar School Commencement Address re: Peary

Box 2 Folder 1

Bowdoin College Miscellaneous Materials

Box 2 Folder 2

Bowdoin College Newspaper Clippings

Box 2 Folder 3

Dissertation on Pneumonia by John S. Parker

Box 2 Folder 4

Francistown, Berwick, Lebanon, and East Lebanon Academics, 1848-1882

Box 2 Folder 5

High School & Prep. School Misc., 1879-1882 & n.d.

Box 2 Folder 6

Mr. & Mrs. John S. & Mr. & Mrs. John C.

Box 2 Folder 7

Newspaper Clippings

Box 2 Folder 8

Parker Family

Box 2 Folder 9

Parker & Howkin Families

Box 2 Folder 10

Wood, Maj. David, fact sheet of life and lineage

Box 2 Folder 11

Announcements, calling cards

Box 2 Folder 12

Certificates of membership to organizations, John C. & John E.

Box 2 Folder 13

Clippings, Civil War

Box 2 Folder 14

Clippings, Parker Family

Box 2 Folder 15

Ephemera

Box 2 Folder 16

Newspapers, 1863 - 1880

Box 2 Folder 17

"Notice of Part. Events" York, Me, 1836

Box 2 Folder 18

Papers: "The Literary Art of James Lane Allen," and "A Thanksgiving Story"

Box 2 Folder 19

Re: Teachers' Associations

Box 2 Folder 20

Volumes owned by family

Box 2 Folder 21

Clement Parker, Acton Congregational Church and Sanford South Church

Volume 1

Clement Parker Missionary Papers, 1816 - 1828

Box 2 Folder 23

Clement Parker Missionary Papers, 1828 - 1829

Box 2 Folder 24

Pamphlet, "Slander Refuted" by Rev. Guptill, 1873

Box 2 Folder 25

Series Description:

This series contains photographs of John C. Parker and family.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by size.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Chairs

Box 2 Folder 26

Ruth Parker, 6 months old

Box 2 Folder 26

Underwood, David Gleason, 18 May 1872

Box 2 Folder 26

Unidentified group of two men and four women

Box 2 Folder 26

Unidentified man, tintype

Box 2 Folder 26

Unidentified man and woman (negative)

Box 2 Folder 26

Unidentified man on horse

Box 2 Folder 26

Unidentified man on horse

Box 2 Folder 26

Unidentified man on horse, c.1, c.2

Box 2 Folder 26

Unidentified man with weapons, tintype

Box 2 Folder 26

Unidentified men in buggy

Box 2 Folder 26

Unidentified men on horses

Box 2 Folder 26

Unidentified woman, ambrotype

Box 2 Folder 26

Negatives of unidentified women in envelope addressed to Ruth Parker4

Box 2 Folder 27

John C. Parker

Box 2 Folder 27

John C. Parker

Box 2 Folder 27

John C. Parker

Box 2 Folder 27

John C. Parker

Box 2 Folder 27

John C. Parker

Box 2 Folder 27

John C. Parker and friend dressed in Inuit clothing

Box 2 Folder 27

John C. Parker dressed in Inuit clothing

Box 2 Folder 27

Unidentified baby

Box 2 Folder 27

Unidentified baby

Box 2 Folder 27

Unidentified baby

Box 2 Folder 27

Unidentified baby

Box 2 Folder 27

Unidentified baby

Box 2 Folder 27

Unidentified baby

Box 2 Folder 27

Unidentified child, c.1

Box 2 Folder 27

Unidentified child, c.2

Box 2 Folder 27

Unidentified child, c.1

Box 2 Folder 28

Unidentified child, c.2

Box 2 Folder 28

Unidentified child, c.1

Box 2 Folder 28

Unidentified child, c.2

Box 2 Folder 28

Unidentified child, c.1

Box 2 Folder 28

Unidentified child, c.2

Box 2 Folder 28

Unidentified child

Box 2 Folder 28

Unidentified child

Box 2 Folder 28

Unidentified child

Box 2 Folder 28

Unidentified child

Box 2 Folder 28

Unidentified child

Box 2 Folder 28

Unidentified child

Box 2 Folder 28

Unidentified child

Box 2 Folder 28

Unidentified child

Box 2 Folder 28

Unidentified family, c.1

Box 2 Folder 28

Unidentified family, c.2

Box 2 Folder 28

Unidentified group of 5 men 4 women

Box 2 Folder 29

Unidentified man

Box 2 Folder 29

Unidentified man

Box 2 Folder 29

Unidentified man and child

Box 2 Folder 29

Unidentified man in Inuit clothing

Box 2 Folder 29

Unidentified man, woman, child, dog in car (postcard)

Box 2 Folder 29

Unidentified man, woman, child, dog in car (postcard)

Box 2 Folder 29

Unidentified man, woman, child, dog in car (postcard)

Box 2 Folder 29

Unidentified men in car

Box 2 Folder 29

Unidentified woman, c.1

Box 2 Folder 29

Unidentified woman, c.2

Box 2 Folder 29

Unidentified woman

Box 2 Folder 29

Unidentified woman in dress clothing

Box 2 Folder 29

Unidentified women, (labled H. Gray)

Box 2 Folder 29

Unidentified women, (postcard)

Box 2 Folder 29

Unidentified women and child, c.1

Box 2 Folder 29

Unidentified women and child, c.2

Box 2 Folder 29

Album "En Route from Providence, RI to Lebanon, Me and Franklin, NH"

Box 2 Folder 30

Bowdoin men in front of Adams Hall

Box 2 Folder 30

Unidentified baby

Box 2 Folder 30

Unidentified baby

Box 2 Folder 30

Unidentified baby

Box 2 Folder 30

Unidentified baby

Box 2 Folder 30

Unidentified baby

Box 2 Folder 30

Unidentified child

Box 2 Folder 30

Unidentified child

Box 2 Folder 30

Unidentified child

Box 2 Folder 30

Unidentified child

Box 2 Folder 30

Unidentified family

Box 2 Folder 31

Unidentified man in dress uniform

Box 2 Folder 31

Unidentified man on horse, c.1

Box 2 Folder 31

Unidentified man on horse, c.2

Box 2 Folder 31

Unidentified man on horse

Box 2 Folder 31

Unidentified man on horse

Box 2 Folder 31

Unidentified woman

Box 2 Folder 31

Unidentified woman and child, c.1

Box 2 Folder 31

Unidentified woman and child, c.2

Box 2 Folder 31

Unidentified woman with child and baby, c.1

Box 2 Folder 31

Unidentified woman with child and baby, c.2

Box 2 Folder 31

Jumbo:

Box 2 Folder 31

Unidentified room

Ovsz-Box C1

Unidentified room

Ovsz-Box C1
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