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Parker-McCollester Family papers, 1764-2009
10 boxes (7.5 linear feet)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00231

Abstract:
Civic leader; intellectual; teacher; lawyer; congressman; minister. Papers include diaries of Elizabeth Parker McCollester, 1878-1925, which record Smith College life, women's clubs, Claremont (NH), Detroit, and Medford (Mass.). There is also family correspondence, travel diaries, photographs, and memorabilia of various members of the family resided in New Hampshire.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections. Collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be somewhat difficult to use. Fragile papers should not be photocopied.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

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Biographical / Historical

The papers represent several generations of the Parker- McCollester family in New Hampshire. Lovisa Southgate of Bridgewater, VT, was the daughter of a textile mill owner who taught for several years before her marriage to Hosea W. Parker of Lempster, NH, the son of a subsistence farmer who went on to be a lawyer active as a Democrat in NH state politics, serving two terms in Congress. Their daughter was Lizzie Southgate Parker McCollester born in Claremont, NH 17 May 1865. She graduated from Stevens High School in Claremont in 1884 and received her A.B. from Smith College in 1888. The following year she married Lee McCollester, a Universalist minister and the young couple moved to Detroit where McCollester served as pastor in that city's Universalist Church. In Detroit Lizzie McCollester was a founder of the Twentieth Century Club; helped organize in the Michigan Smith College Club; and was a charter member of the Fine Arts Society of Detroit. In 1912 Lee McCollester became Dean of the Crane Theology School at Tufts College and the family then moved to Medford, Massachusetts. Lizzie McCollester continued to be active in her new home where her organizational skills were put to use in many settings including the Boston Smith College Club and the Medford Shakespeare Club. Lizzie Parker McCollester gave birth to three children, one of whom died in infancy. She died in Medford, Massachusetts of cancer 1 April 1928. Other individuals represented include Catherine McCollester Gallaher (Smith 1914), her husband Hugh Gallaher, and Elizabeth Gallaher von Klemperer (Smith 1944).

Scope and Contents

Papers include diaries, family correspondence, travel diaries, photographs, and memorabilia of various members of the family resided in New Hampshire. The diaries kept by Elizabeth Parker McCollester from 1878 to 1925 (some gaps) are all "line-a-day"s. While there is little in the way of introspective prose, the diaries do record the activities of an involved club woman and include some description of Smith College life, Claremont (NH), Detroit, and Medford (Mass.) Each diary also includes a financial record in back and a few inserts including photographs and notes.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections. Collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be somewhat difficult to use. Fragile papers should not be photocopied.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Parker-McCollester Family Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, SSC-MS-00231, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The collection was donated by Elizabeth von Klemperer and Parker Emerson in 1989, 2013, and 2016.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English
Other Finding Aids

This online finding aid currently provides detailed description of only the most recent additions to this collection. Additional materials are described in unpublished lists that can be sent to you upon request by contacting specialcollections@smith.edu

Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
2013-S-0056. von Klemperer, Elizabeth Gallaher, Parker-McCollester family papers including correspondence, diaries, photographs, publications and miscellaneous materials
1764-2009 ca.1800-2009
7 linear feet(7 boxes)

Restrictions on use:

Several items on box list are marked "fragile"or "very fragile," including some correspondence in Box 1 and Southgate Family materials, Box 2.

2013-S-0056. Transcripts of correspondence of Hosea W. Parker and Lovisa Southgate Parker
1854-1861

Box 1
2013-S-0056. Lee McCollester published and unpublished sermons and essays
ca.1890-1929

Box 1
2013-S-0056. Elizabeth von Klemperer and family correspondence and photographs
1928-2009

Box 1
2013-S-0056. Lizzie Parker McCollester correspondence

Fragile
Box 1
2013-S-0056. Lee and Lizzie Parker McCollester correspondence to family
1888-1889
Fragile
Box 1
2013-S-0056. Lee McCollester and Lizzie Parker courtship letters
1888-1889
Fragile
Box 1
2013-S-0056. Knight family correspondence annotated by Elizabeth von Klemperer
1847-2005

Box 2
2013-S-0056. Southgate family correspondence, memorabilia, financial records
ca.1820-1839
"very fragile" per original box list
Box 2
2013-S-0056. Elizabeth von Klemperer, "Ancestors and Genealogy."
undated

Box 2
2013-S-0056. Correspondence, diaries and other matrerials related to Sullivan, Sophia Knight and Lee McCollester
ca.1860-1869 ca.1910-1919

Box 2
2013-S-0056. Sullivan and Sophia Knight McCollester correspondence, diaries, writings
1847-1919

Box 3
2013-S-0056. Financial documents
1767-1774

Box 3
2013-S-0056. Lee and Lizzie Parker McCollester letters to famiy
1891-1908

Box 3
2013-S-0056. Catherine McCollester Gallaher photo albums, Bride's Gift Book, passports, diaries
1913-1975 (bulk 1913-1934)

Box 3
2013-S-0056. Photographs and other materials related to Hosea W. Parker House, Claremont, NH
1888-2001

Box 4
2013-S-0056. Catharine McCollester Gallaher correspondence to Hugh Gallaher
1919-1924

Box 4
2013-S-0056. Lee and Lizzie Parker McCollester correspondence
1889-1922

Box 4
2013-S-0056. Hosea W. and Lovisa Southgate Parker correspondence, diaries, speeches and related materials
ca.1850-1919

Box 5
2013-S-0056. Lee Sullivan McCollester memoirs, diaries, account books
1894-1939 undated

Box 6
2013-S-0056. Catherine McCollester Gallaher diaries, photo album, correspondence and miscelaneous materials
1893-1987

Box 7
2016-S-0093. Emerson, Parker McCollester, Parker and Dorothea de Forest Baldwin McCollester correspondence, journals, family histories and related materials
1882-2007
3 linear feet(4 boxes)

2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester correspondence related to birth
1890

Box 1
2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester, "National Reporter."
1905

Box 1
2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester Phillips Exeter, Tufts memorabilia
1908 1913

Box 1
2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester miscellaneous personal and business correspondence
(bulk 1909-1925)1909-1952

Box 1
2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester correspondence to family, diary, memorabilia during World War service
1918-1919

Box 1
2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester diary, expenses regarding European trip
1938

Box 1
2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester correspondence, official documents, memorabilia from service around invasion of Normandy
1944

Box 1
2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester notes regarding interviews and studies of the Marshall Plan
1948

Box 1
2016-S-0093. Correspondence regarding death of Parker McCollester
1954

Box 1
2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester correspondence to Lee McCollester
1913-1942

Box 1
2016-S-0093. Lee McCollester biographical materials
1884 1909 1943

Box 1
2016-S-0093. Jessie Baldwin correspondence to Lizzie McCollester
1922

Box 1
2016-S-0093. Elizabeth Glalaher and Klemens von Klemperer miscellaneous materials
1948 1953 2000

Box 1
2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester correspondence to parents from Phillips Exeter
1907-1908

Box 2
2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester, "Miscellaneous War Papers and Correspondence, Word War I"
: Includes handwritten letter of recommendation from then Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, McCollester's former boss at Brandeis, Dunbar & Nutter, April 25, 1918
1918-1919

Box 2
2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester personal and professional correspondence
1937-1952

Box 2
2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester correspondence to wife and family
1938 1944

Box 2
2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester speeches and notes
1945-1953

Box 2
2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester materials related to Russell Lecture, Tufts University
1952

Box 2
2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester miscellaneous materials
1945-1949 undated

Box 2
2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester obituaries and tributes
1954

Box 2
2016-S-0093. Ann Parker McCollester Emerson memoir
1999

Box 2
2016-S-0093. Dorothea de Forest Baldwin McCollester letters to mother
1916 1918

Box 2
2016-S-0093. Dorothea de Forest Baldwin McCollester letters to Parker McCollester
1937

Box 2
2016-S-0093. Dorothea de Forest Baldwin McCollester concerts, opera and plays material
ca.1900 -1967

Box 2
2016-S-0093. McCollester and Emerson family histories and genealogies
undated

Box 2
2016-S-0093. Family poems and song lyrics
1924-1951

Box 2
2016-S-0093. Ann McCollester Emerson diaries
1942-1944 2001 2007

Box 2
2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester, "The Mother's Record"
1890-1896

Box 3
2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester cash book and diaries
1907-1917

Box 3
2016-S-0093. Dorothea de Forest Baldwin McCollester journals and diaries
1902-1906 1909-1913 1916 1918 undated

Box 3
2016-S-0093. Dorothea de Forest Baldwin McCollester weights and measures of Roger, Duncan and Ann
1924-1939

Box 3
2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester memoribiia
undated

Box 4
2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester US Army citation for meritorious service
1919

Box 4
2016-S-0093. Parker McCollester portrait
1921

Box 4

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Subjects
  • Claremont (N.H.)--History--19th century--Sources
  • Detroit (Mich.)--History--Sources
  • Emerson, Ann Parker McCollester
  • Emerson, Parker McCollester
  • Emerson, Parker McCollester
  • Gallaher, Catherine McCollester
  • Gallaher, Hugh
  • Leigh, Mary Gallaher
  • Massachusetts--History--20th century--Sources
  • McCollester Family
  • McCollester family
  • McCollester, Dorothea de Forest Baldwin
  • McCollester, Elizabeth Parker, 1865-1928
  • McCollester, Lee
  • McCollester, Lee Sullivan, 1859-1943
  • McCollester, Parker
  • Parker Family
  • Parker family
  • Parker, Hosea W., 1833-1922
  • Parker, Hosea Washington
  • Parker, Lizzie Southgate, 1865-1928
  • Parker, Louvisa C. Southgate
  • Parker-McCollester Family
  • Smith College--Students--History--Sources
  • Southgate, Caroline Lovisa, 1831-1904
  • Tufts University--History--Sources
  • von Klemperer, Elizabeth Gallaher
  • von Klemperer, Elizabeth Gallaher

Genre terms
  • Account books
  • Financial records
  • Genealogies
  • Legal documents
  • Notes
  • Sermons
  • Speeches
  • Writings
  • correspondence
  • diaries
  • photographs


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