Horatio Hyde Parker was born in England in 1850, and migrated to America in 1869. He moved to Portland, Oregon in 1887, where he was employed in the law firm of Williams and Wood. The Horatio Hyde Parker papers consist of diaries, letters, and other documents concerning the family of Horatio Hyde Parker and his wife, Charlotte Boykin Parker.
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Horatio Hyde Parker was born in England in 1850, and migrated to America in 1869. He clerked in stores and law offices in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama, read law, was admitted to the bar, and came to Portland, Oregon in 1887. In Oregon, he was employed in the law firm of Williams and Wood. In 1882, he married Charlotte Boykin of Tilden, Alabama.
The Horatio Hyde Parker Papers consist of diaries, letters, and other documents concerning the family of Horatio Hyde Parker and Charlotte Boykin Parker.
The papers include letters of Alfred Parker, Horatio’s father, a bookseller in Manchester, and letters of Horatio’s brothers and sisters, his children, and various friends. Among the letters are series from Richard H. Thornton, and Charles Erskine Scott Wood.
The diaries and journals in the collection are by Alfred Parker, Horatio Parker, and Horatio’s son, Jamieson. The journal of Alfred Parker describes a walking tour from Manchester to London, and from Manchester to Scotland, 1845, 1847, and 1848. One of Horatio Parker’s early diaries describes traveling from Manchester to Rouen, France, and a return, in 1867. His American diaries depict conditions in the South from 1870 to 1875. The Jamieson Parker diaries, 1916-1918, describe social life in New York during World War I, and the beginnings of the architectural career of Jamieson Parker.
One of the letter series is the so-called “Seaview Letters.” It represents a series from 1888 to 1914, written from Seaview, Washington, where the Parker family maintained a summer home. The letters describe a mode of vacationing popular at the time.
The Horatio Hyde Parker Papers consist of 26 volumes of diaries, copybooks, and similar volumes, and 821 letters, 1844-1917. In addition to the Parker family records, there is material, largely genealogical, concerning the Boykin-Scott-Bibb families of Alabama.
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Preferred Citation :
[Identification of item], Horatio Hyde Parker Papers, Ax 076, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.
Collection is organized into the following ten series: Series I. Horatio H. Parker Diaries; Series II. Horatio H. Parker Letters Received; Series III. Horatio Parker Letters Sent; Series IV. Horatio H. Parker "Seaview Letters;" Series V. Alfred Parker Journals; Series VI. Miscellaneous; Series VII. Parker Family Genealogical Documents; Series VIII. Scott-Bibb-Boykin Families Genealogical Documents; Series IX. Books; Series X. Miscellaneous.
Acquisition Information :
Gift of the estate of Van W. Anderson in 1963.
Processing Note :
Collection processed by staff.
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