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Eleanor C. Parker Papers, 1937-1995 (Bulk: 1937-1941)
5 boxes (4 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 0623 (LD 7096.6 1941 Parker)

Parker, Eleanor Clark, 1920-1995; student and secondary school teacher. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1941. Papers contain scrapbooks, an autobiography that includes excerpts from letters written while at Mount Holyoke and recollections by her father, Leander Fox Parker, biographical information, and photographs; primarily relating to her academic and social activities as a Mount Holyoke student, her later work as a high school English teacher, and travels in the Middle East and China. Also includes autobiography of her father Leander Fox Parker (1880-1956).

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Biographical Note

Eleanor Clark Parker was born on March 29, 1920 in North Woodstock, New Hampshire to Leander Fox Parker, Water Commissioner of North Woodstock, and Clarice Vinn Clark Parker. She graduated from Woodstock High School in 1937 and attended Mount Holyoke College from 1937-1941. After graduating she taught at Madison High School, Lincoln High School and New London High School, all in New Hampshire. From 1954 until her retirement in 1980 she was an English teacher at Laconia High School (also in New Hampshire). She died at age seventy-four on February 12, 1995 in Concord, New Hampshire.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Eleanor C. Parker Papers consist of scrapbooks, an autobiography, correspondence, biographical information, and photographs. The material predominantly relates to her years as a student at Mount Holyoke College, 1937-1941. Parker's four scrapbooks are chiefly comprised of programs for concerts, musical recitals, theatrical performances, and events at Mount Holyoke such as Founder's Day, Junior Show and Faculty Show. They also contain her results for physical examinations that were given to all students; copies of examinations from English, psychology, and zoology classes; tests about the College's rules; information about religious activities at Mount Holyoke; newspaper articles about the campus, buildings and faculty members; and photographs of students, Abbey Memorial Chapel and Williston Memorial Library. Parker's autobiography "Strong Currents," completed in about 1993, includes excerpts from letter written to her parents while at Mount Holyoke. She describes her course work and social activities, traditions such as Mountain Day and freshmen hazing, smoking and alcohol use by students, visiting lecturers, Junior Prom, a weekend at Senior Towne House, faculty members (particulary English professor Anna Jean Mill), the hurricane of September 1938 and events in Europe during World War II. Her autobiography reviews her career as a high school English teacher and includes an account of a controversy that arose over her decision to teach Harper Lee's novel "To Kill A Mockingbird in one of her courses. In addition, she describes trips that she took to the Middle East in 1972 and China in 1983. The autobiography also includes poetry by Parker and extensive recollections written by her father, Leander Fox Parker. Biographical information documents her career as a teacher and primarily consists of newspaper articles and obituaries. Photographs consist of portraits of Parker taken during her senior year at Mount Holyoke and in 1965.

Arranged in five series: Series 1. Scrapbooks. Series 2. Autobiography. Series 3. Excerpts from Correspondence. Series 4. Biographical Information. Series 5. Photographs.

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  • Lee, Harper. To kill a mockingbird.
  • Mill, Anna Jean.
  • Parker, Eleanor C., 1920-1995.
  • Parker, Leander Fox, 1880-1956.
  • Abbey Memorial Chapel (South Hadley, Massachusetts)
  • Challenged books - New Hampshire.
  • China - Description and travel.
  • College students - Alcohol use.
  • College students - Massachusetts.
  • Hazing - Massachusetts - South Hadley.
  • High school teachers - New Hampshire - Biography.
  • Hurricanes - Massachusetts - South Hadley.
  • Middle East - Description and travel.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Alumni and alumnae - Autobiography.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Buildings.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Campus.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Curricula.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Examinations - 1937-1941.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Faculty.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Regulations.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Religious life - 1937-1941.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Student life - 1937-1941.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Students.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Traditions.
  • Mount Holyoke College. - Senior Towne House.
  • Mountain Day - Massachusetts - South Hadley.
  • Proms - Massachusetts.
  • Smoking.
  • Student activities - Massachusetts - South Hadley.
  • Voyages and travels.
  • Williston Memorial Library (Mount Holyoke College).
  • Women college students - Alcohol use.
  • Women college students - Massachusetts.
  • Women teachers - New Hampshire - Biography.

  • Parker, Leander Fox, 1880-1956.

Genre terms
  • Autobiographies.
  • Letters.
  • Photographs.
  • Poems.
  • Scrapbooks.

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