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Parker McCollester Family Papers, 1764-2009
10 boxes (7.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 231

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:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the follosing caveat: the collection is unprocessed and may be difficult to use.

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Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns.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.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Inside cover of Elizabeth Parker McCollester's diary, 1878

Inside cover of Elizabeth Parker McCollester's diary, 1878

The papers represent several generations of the Parker- McCollestr 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 of the Collection

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.

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

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the follosing caveat: the collection is unprocessed and may be difficult to use.

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, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

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Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

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Language
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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Subjects
  • Claremont (N.H.)--History--19th century--Sources
  • Detroit (Mich.)--History--Sources
  • Massachusetts--History--20th century--Sources
  • McCollester Family
  • Parker Family
  • Smith College--Students--History--Sources
  • Tufts University--History--Sources

Contributors
  • McCollester, Elizabeth Parker, 1865-1928
  • McCollester, Lee Sullivan, 1859-1943
  • Parker, Hosea W., 1833-1922
  • Parker, Lizzie Southgate, 1865-1928
  • Southgate, Caroline Lovisa, 1831-1904


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