Guide to the Margaret Parton papers
1885-1981

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Creator: Parton, Margaret, 1915-1981
Title: Margaret Parton papers
Dates: 1885-1981 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 58.0 linear feet (108 containers)
Collection Number: Coll 036
Summary: Margaret Parton (1915-1981) was a journalist, critic, and author. She was educated at the Lincoln School of Teachers in New York City and at Swarthmore College. The collection comprises materials that deal extensively with the personal and professional life of Parton and her family at home and abroad throughout the 20th century.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Born of journalist parents who knew many of the people that shaped twentieth century journalism, literature, and politics, Margaret Parton (1915-1981) became a journalist, critic, and author in her own right. During her childhood Parton's parents, Lemuel Parton and Mary Field Parton, moved in circles that included Sinclair Lewis, Clarence Darrow, Lincoln Steffens, sculptor Jo Davidson, Will Irwin, and Berta and Elmer Hader. Margaret's aunt, Sara Bard Filed, was a California poet who was married to Colonel Charles Erskine Scott Wood, a noted attorney, poet, satirist, and Indian fighter (later Indian friend).

The Partons moved from San Francisco in 1926 and settled at Sneden's Landing in Palisades, New York. Margaret was educated at the Lincoln School of Teachers in New York City and Swarthmore College. Upon graduation, Ms. Parton took a number of odd jobs in New York and San Francisco. After the death of her father in 1943, she was hired by the New York Herald Tribune and wrote her first book Laughter on the Hill (Whittlesey House, 1945) which dealt with her Bohemian life style in San Francisco. In 1946 she was assigned by the Herald Tribune to cover post-war Japan, and in 1947, just as the British were ending their rule, she was transferred to India. While situated in New Delhi she covered the Ghandi assassination, the partition riots, and traveled throughout the Indian provinces of Burma and Pakistan. In 1948 she married Times of London correspondent, Eric Britter. They had a son, Lemuel, in 1950. Her 1959 book The Leaf and the Flame describes her experiences as a woman journalist and mother in India. After a brief stay in Japan in 1953, Parton and Britter separated. Margaret returned with her son to New York and went back to work for the Herald Tribune. Her coverage of the Sam Sheppard murder trial and a twelve part series on juvenile delinquency were widely praised. She also did general reporting and book reviews for the Herald Tribune until 1955 when she left for an associate editor position with Ladies Home Journal. At the Journal she covered a variety of social issues as they were coming into the American consciousness. After leaving the Journal in 1963 she married Alfred Rodman Hussey, who died in November 1964 after a long illness. Throughout the middle-sixties Parton concentrated on raising her son and writing her autobiography. In 1969, both her son and her mother died. Although Margaret was devastated by her loss, by 1972 she had completed her revised memoir, Journey Through a Lighted Room. Throughout the 1970's she worked on an unpublished biography of her mother, wrote book reviews and freelanced for Woman's Day. She died of cancer in 1981.

Margaret's father, Lemuel F. Parton, was born in Plattesville, Colorado in 1880. After graduating from the University of Colorado, Parton worked for the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Herald and the San Francisco Bulletin. In between stints on these newspapers he prospected for gold in Nevada and explored South America. he married Mary Field in 1913. In 1926 he took his family to New York and in 1931 he began his syndicated column "Who's News Today," writing of the movers and shakers of the world until 1942. He died in 1943.

Mary Field Parton, Margaret's mother, was born in 1878 in Cincinnati and raised in Detroit by a strict Protestant father. Later, Mary revolted against her upbringing and attended the University of Michigan. She taught school in Ovid, Michigan for two years and after being influenced by Eugene Debs during a lecture, moved to Chicago where she worked in one of Jane Addams' settlement houses. She began working as a labor reporter around 1908 when she became acquainted with Clarence Darrow. According to Margaret Parton, they had a brief affair and remained life-long friends. The letters between Darrow and Mary Field which are mentioned in Journey Through a Lighted Room are in the Newberry Library in Chicago. Mary Field covered many labor trials, including the McNamara trial in Los Angeles. In 1913 she married Lemuel Parton and in 1915 Margaret was born. Mary continued to write; between the 1920's and 1940's she wrote fiction and many magazine articles. Her books include a biography of Mother Jones (1928?) and Your Washington (1938). Mary Field Parton died in 1969.

Martha and Robert W. Bruere were neighbors of the Partons in Sneden's Landing, New York. Robert Bruere was a member of Franklin D. Roosevelt's "brain trust" and an author, researcher, and industrial relations expert. He was an associate editor of The Survey. In 1933-1934 he was the Chairman of the Cotton Textile, National Industrial Relations Board of the National Recovery Administration. In 1938 he was Chairman of the Maritime Labor Board. Martha Bensley Bruere was a magazine writer and illustrator.

Content Description

The Margaret Parton Papers deal extensively with the personal and professional life of an American family at home and abroad throughout the twentieth century. The creative as well as the professional pursuits of the Parton family are represented by diaries, correspondence, dispatches from India and Japan and articles on growing social awareness in the United States.

The Parton Papers consist of one large general correspondence series followed by manuscripts and other material of Margaret Parton; writings of other family members, including Margaret's parents, Mary Field Parton and Lemuel F. Parton; and papers of non-family members, such as neighbors Robert and Martha Bruere.

The correspondence spans nearly 100 years (1885-1981) and is largely of a family nature. However, it does provide insight into the interrelationships of the Parton family. Arranged chronologically, the correspondence falls naturally into separate sections, such as correspondence between Lem and Mary Parton, ca. 1910 to 1920; the family's trip to France in 1923; Margaret's letters with her parents, 1932 to 1943, with Margaret and her mother corresponding between 1946 and 1952 while Margaret was in Japan and India; and a large series of letters to Margaret from her son and husbands, including a number of letters from Eric Britter, 1948, Times of London correspondent in India, and future husband. Letters from Sara Bard Field, wife of Charles Erskine Scott Wood and aunt to Margaret, span over 70 years (1900-1974). The correspondence between Alice Field Newkirk and her husband, Walter (1902-1936), includes letters from Alice's European tours (1909, 1924, and 1927) and letters from Walter who was a graduate of MIT and an engineer in the early years of auto industry. The letters between Robert Bruere and his wife, Martha Bensley Bruere, are of a personal nature but include descriptions of Mr. Bruere's western tour that dealt with labor and IWW unrest (1918) and his work for Roosevelt's National Recovery Administration (1933-1934).

The selected name index, found at the end of the inventory, includes dates of letters from notable people such as Lincoln Steffens, Fremont Older, Theodore Dreiser, Carl Sandburg, Elmer and Berta Hader, and Inez Haynes Irwin (Mrs. Will Irwin), to facilitate their location.

Following the correspondence is the section of material of Margaret Parton. It includes her diaries; journals; manuscripts of books, articles, and non-fiction works; miscellaneous notes; and personal information.

The diaries are arranged chronologically and span the years 1926-1981. Included with the diaries are typed journal entries and diary inserts.

The book length manuscripts include material on two of Parton's published works: Journey Through a Lighted Room and Leaf and the Flame. After working for seven years on various forms of her autobiography, Parton completed Journey Through a Lighted Room in 1972. The early versions were intended both as a biography of her mother and an autobiography. There are five manuscript versions of the book as well as research notes. Leaf and the Flame, published in 1959, is a book on India in diary form. There are two versions of the manuscript with an additional early version not in the form of a diary. Included with the manuscript material for Leaf and the Flame are all the remaining manuscripts, clippings and notebooks from Parton's work for the New York Herald Tribune in India (1947-1952, 1954). Also included is her work for The Reporter magazine, 1950-1952.

Three projected books Parton worked on during the 1970's are also included in the book length manuscript series. They are: a biography of Mary Field (1974); Mother/Daughter Diaries, a project juxtaposing the diaries of Mary Field Parton and Margaret Parton; and the Lem/Christie Letters (1976). The latter concerns the correspondence (which can be found in the correspondence series, August-December 1968) between Lem Britter, Margaret's son, and Christy Wilson, a girl he met at camp.

The next series, articles by Parton, is sorted alphabetically by title of article or its subject. The articles include manuscripts and clippings of work done for the New York Herald Tribune, Ladies Home Journal, and Woman's Day. Also included are a few journalistic book projects. Of interest are the subjects Japan, Sam Sheppard murder trial coverage, and United Nation Organizing Conference. Articles for Ladies Home Journal cover a wide range of social issues as they were rising above the surface of American consciousness. They include illegitimate children, refugees, Peace Corps, heroin addict mothers, and single mothers. Parton also wrote articles on the personalities Marilyn Monroe and Lyndon Johnson. In addition, there is much information on travel, as Parton covered Morocco, Scotland, Iran and other areas of the world. She also wrote extensively on her home environment, being a single working mother in the 1950's, and her personal life. At the end of the article series are manuscripts and clippings from the Herald Tribune and tearsheets from Ladies Home Journal. The series of Margaret Parton's writings conclude with her fiction and poetry, written mainly in the 1930's.

Following Parton's professional and literary ventures are three boxes of her school work, then artwork by Parton and others (such as Jo Davidson and C. E. S. Wood), and, next, miscellaneous personal information, including awards, notes and autograph books.

The final series of Margaret Parton's section of the collection is that of tape recordings. There are forty tapes of various sizes, many of which include family gatherings and interviews with Mary Field Parton on her youth and early professional and home life. Margaret's mother also discusses her relationships with Clarence Darrow, her father, Emma Goldman and others. Also of note are two stenographic tapes of an interview with Ida Raush Eastman (1964). Four records follow the tapes. Note that the Lem referred to in this section is Lem Britter.

The section of papers relating Mary Field Parton includes her diaries and manuscripts. The diaries are arranged chronologically and span the years 1911-1963. The manuscripts are divided into fiction, written in the 1920's-1940's, poetry, and non-fiction. Included in the latter section are Mary Parton's manuscripts concerning the McNamara trial (63/2) and labor articles from such publications as The Masses.

The papers of Lemuel Parton, which follow Mary's, consist of three manuscripts, a journal of a 1924 trip to the Arctic, notes, printed matter, and his newspaper column, "Who's News Today." The column, also called "Who's Who in the News," consists of dispatches, 1931-1936, and press clippings, 1937-1942. The articles are organized alphabetically by the personality Parton wrote about. Subjects include most of the public officials in the United States and Europe during the depression and military build-up prior to World War II, such as Hitler (1931) and Mountbatten (1941). There are also clippings from the column, "Edwin Hill, the Globetrotter of Hearst Metronome News," which Parton ghosted.

Other family members represented in this collection are Alice Field Newkirk, Alfred Rodman Hussey, and Lemuel Britter.

Papers of non-family members include Martha Bensley Bruere's research on prohibition (1928) and the Forest Service (1930's), and Robert Bruere's research on chain store taxation. There are also manuscripts by Lucy Freeman on women's operations and Lucille Swan on China (1930).

The family is documented extensively through scrapbooks and photograph albums. The photos range from the turn of the twentieth century through 1981, and include a large number of photographs from India and Japan, as well as family snapshots. Lem Britter's photographs, mostly of nature, are also with the collection.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Collection includes sound recordings or moving images to which access is restricted. Access to these materials is governed by repository policy and may require the production of listening or viewing copies. Researchers requiring access must notify Special Collections & University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Margaret Parton papers, Coll 036, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The collection is organized into the following series:

  • Series I. Biographical matter
  • Series II. Correspondence
  • Series III. Diaries
  • Series IV. Book-length manuscripts
  • Series V. Article-length manuscripts
  • Series VI. School material
  • Series VII. Artwork
  • Series VIII. Miscellaneous
  • Series IX. Tape recordings
  • Series X. Records
  • Series XI. Mary Field Parton papers
  • Series XII. Lemuel Parton papers
  • Series XIII. Alice Field Newkirk papers
  • Series XIV. Alfred Rodman Hussey papers
  • Series XV. Lemuel Blakney-Britter papers
  • Series XVI. Robert W. and Martha Bensley Bruere manuscripts
  • Series XVII. Photographs

Separated Materials :  

Broadsides in this collection are stored separately in the Broadside Collection.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Breslin, Jimmy
Broun, Heywood Hale
Christie, Eva Lindbergh
Considine, Robert
Davidson, Jo
Dennis, Patrick
Dreiser, Theodore
Duffus, Robert L.
Fullbright, J.W.
Field, Sara Bard
Hader, Elmer and Berta
Hayes, Helen
Hoover, Herbert
Howe, Fred
Irwin, Inez Haynes
Johnnsen, Alfred and Margaret
Johnson, Lyndon Baines
Kingman, David
Lippmann, Walter
MacLeish, Archibald
Miller, Henry
O'Brien, Frederick
Older, Fremont
Reinhardt, Ad
Rockefeller, Mrs. Nelson A.
Sandburg, Carl
Snow, Edgar
Steffans, Lincoln
Stevenson, Adlai
West, George P.
Wood, Charles Erskine Scott
Wynn, Ed

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory
Container(s)
box
folder
1 1

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Biographical Matter
Container(s)
box
folder
1 2

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Series I:  Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 3 Correspondence 1885-1895
1 4 Correspondence 1896-1899
1 5 Correspondence 1900-1901
1 6 Correspondence January 1902-October 1902
1 7 Correspondence November 1902-December 1902
1 8 Correspondence 1903
1 9 Correspondence 1904
1 10 Correspondence 1905
1 11 Correspondence 1906-1908
2 1 Correspondence January 1909-April 1909
2 2 Correspondence May 1909-July 1909
2 3 Correspondence August 1909-December 1909
2 4 Correspondence 1910
2 5 Correspondence 1911-1912
2 6-7 Correspondence 1912
2 8 Correspondence 1913-1914
2 9 Correspondence 1915-1916
3 1 Correspondence January 1917-October 1917
3 2 Correspondence November 1917-December 1917
3 3 Correspondence March 1918-December 1918 and undated
3 4 Correspondence 1918
3 5 Correspondence 1918-1919
3 6 Correspondence January 1920-July 1920
3 7 Correspondence August 1920-December 1920
3 8 Correspondence January 1921-February 1921
3 9 Correspondence March 1921-December 1921
4 1 Correspondence January 1922-July 1922
4 2 Correspondence August 1922-December 1922
4 3 Correspondence January 1923-August 1923
4 4 Correspondence September 1923-December 1923
4 5 Correspondence January 1924-May 1924
4 6 Correspondence June 1924-December 1924
4 7 Correspondence January 1925-July 1925
4 8 Correspondence August 1925-December 1925
5 1 Correspondence January 1926-August 1926
5 2 Correspondence October 1926-December 1926
5 3 Correspondence January 1927-August 1927
5 4 Correspondence September 1927-December 1927
5 5 Correspondence January 1928-July 1928
5 6 Correspondence August 1928-December 1928
5 7 Correspondence 1929
5 8 Correspondence January 1930-September 1930
5 9 Correspondence October 1930-December 1930
5 10 Correspondence January 1931-March 1931
5 11 Correspondence April 1931-July 1931
5 12 Correspondence August 1931-December 1931
6 1 Correspondence January 1932-July 1932
6 2 Correspondence August 1932-December 1932
6 3 Correspondence January 1933-July 1933
6 4 Correspondence August 1933
6 5 Correspondence September 1933-December 1933
6 6 Correspondence 1933
6 7 Correspondence January 1934-February 1934
6 8 Correspondence March 1934-April 1934
6 9 Correspondence May 1934-June 1934
7 1 Correspondence July 1934-September 1934
7 2 Correspondence October 1934
7 3 Correspondence November 1934-December 1934
7 4-6 Correspondence 1934
7 7 Correspondence January 1935-February 1935
7 8 Correspondence March 1935-April 1935
7 9 Correspondence May 1935
7 10 Correspondence June 1935
7 11 Correspondence July 1935-August 1935
7 12 Correspondence September 1935-October 1935
8 1 Correspondence November 1935-December 1935
8 2-3 Correspondence 1935
8 4 Correspondence January 1936-April 1936
8 5 Correspondence May 1936-August 1936
8 6 Correspondence September 1936-October 1936
8 7 Correspondence November 1936-December 1936
8 8 Correspondence 1936
8 9 Correspondence January 1937-February 1937
8 10 Correspondence March 1937-May 1937
8 11 Correspondence June 1937-December 1937 and undated
9 1 Correspondence January 1938-September 1938
9 2 Correspondence October 1938-December 1938 and undated
9 3 Correspondence 1939
9 4 Correspondence January 1940-September 1940
9 5 Correspondence October 1940-December 1940 and undated
9 6 Correspondence January 1941-March 1941
9 7 Correspondence April 1941-May 1941
9 8 Correspondence June 1941-July 1941
9 9 Correspondence August 1941-September 1941
9 10 Correspondence October 1941-December 1941 and undated
10 1 Correspondence January 1942-March 1942
10 2 Correspondence April 1942-June 1942
10 3 Correspondence July 1942-August 1942
10 4 Correspondence September 1942-October 1942
10 5 Correspondence November 1942-December 1942
10 6 Correspondence January 1, 1943-January 29, 1943
10 7 Correspondence January 30, 1943-January 31, 1943 and undated
10 8 Correspondence February 1, 1943
10 9 Correspondence February 2, 1943-February 4, 1943
10 10 Correspondence February 5, 1943-February 8, 1943
10 11 Correspondence February 9, 1943-February 27, 1943
11 1 Correspondence March 1943-July 1943
11 2 Correspondence August 1943-December 1943
11 3 Correspondence January 1944-May 1944
11 4 Correspondence June 1944-December 1944
11 5 Correspondence January 1945-April 1945
11 6 Correspondence May 1945
11 7 Correspondence June 1945
11 8 Correspondence July 1945
11 9 Correspondence August 1945
11 10 Correspondence September 1945-October 1945
11 11 Correspondence November 1945-December 1945 and undated
12 1 Correspondence January 1946-May 1946
12 2 Correspondence June 1946-July 1946
12 3 Correspondence August 1946-September 1946
12 4 Correspondence October 1946-November 1946
12 5 Correspondence December 1946 and undated
12 6 Correspondence January 1947-February 1947
12 7 Correspondence March 1947-June 1947
12 8 Correspondence July 1947-August 1947
12 9 Correspondence September 1947-October 1947
12 10 Correspondence November 1947-December 1947
12 11 Correspondence January 1948-March 1948
12 12 Correspondence April 1948-July 1948
13 1 Correspondence August 1948-October 1948
13 2 Correspondence November 1948-December 1948 and undated
13 3 Correspondence January 1949-March 1949
13 4 Correspondence April 1949-August 1949
13 5 Correspondence September 1949-December 1949
13 6 Correspondence January 1950-April 1950
13 7 Correspondence May 1950-August 1950
13 8 Correspondence September 1950-October 1950
13 9 Correspondence November 1950-December 1950
14 1 Correspondence January 1951-February 1951
14 2 Correspondence March 1951-April 1951
14 3 Correspondence May 1951
14 4 Correspondence June 1951-October 1951
14 5 Correspondence November 1951-December 1951
14 6 Correspondence January 1952-March 1952
14 7 Correspondence April 1952-May 1952
14 8 Correspondence June 1952-July 1952
14 9 Correspondence August 1952-December 1952
14 10 Correspondence 1953
14 11 Correspondence 1954
14 12 Correspondence 1955
15 1 Correspondence 1956
15 2 Correspondence 1957
15 3 Correspondence 1958
15 4 Correspondence January 1959-May 1959
15 5 Correspondence June 1959-September 1959
15 6 Correspondence October 1959-December 1959
15 7 Correspondence January 1960-June 1960
15 8 Correspondence July 1960-December 1960
15 9 Correspondence January 1961-June 1961
15 10 Correspondence July 1961
16 1 Correspondence August 1, 1961-August 15, 1961
16 2 Correspondence August 16, 1961-August 31, 1961
16 3 Correspondence September 1961
16 4 Correspondence October 1961
16 5 Correspondence November 1961
16 6 Correspondence December 1961 and undated
16 7 Correspondence January 1962-February 1962
16 8 Correspondence March 1962
16 9 Correspondence April 1962-May 1962
16 10 Correspondence June 1962-August 1962
17 1 Correspondence September 1962-October 1962
17 2 Correspondence November 1962-December 1962
17 3 Correspondence January 1963-February 1963
17 4 Correspondence March 1963-June 1963
17 5 Correspondence July 1963-December 1963
17 6 Correspondence January 1964-May 1964
17 7 Correspondence June 1964-October 1964
17 8 Correspondence November 1964
17 9 Correspondence December 1964 and undated
18 1 Correspondence 1965
18 2 Correspondence 1966
18 3 Correspondence 1967
18 4 Correspondence January 1968-July 1968
18 5 Correspondence August 1968-September 12, 1968
18 6 Correspondence September 13, 1968-September 30, 1968 and undated
18 7 Correspondence October 1968
18 8 Correspondence November 1968-December 1968
18 9 Correspondence January 1969
18 10 Correspondence February 1969-June 1969
18 11 Correspondence July 1969-December 1969
19 1 Correspondence 1970
19 2 Correspondence 1971
19 3 Correspondence 1972
19 4 Correspondence January 1972-May 1972
19 5 Correspondence June 1973-September 1973
19 6 Correspondence October 1973-December 1973
19 7 Correspondence January 1974-July 1974
19 8 Correspondence August 1974-December 1974
20 1 Correspondence January 1975-August 1975
20 2 Correspondence September 1975-December 1975
20 3 Correspondence January 1976-May 1976
20 4 Correspondence June 1976-September 1976
20 5 Correspondence October 1976-December 1976
20 6 Correspondence January 1977-April 1977
20 7 Correspondence May 1977-August 1977
20 8 Correspondence September 1977-November 1977
20 9 Correspondence December 1977 and undated
20 10 Correspondence January 1978-April 1978
21 1 Correspondence May 1978-July 1978
21 2 Correspondence August 1978-December 1978
21 3 Correspondence 1979
21 4 Correspondence January 1980-August 1980
21 5 Correspondence September 1980-December 1980
21 6 Correspondence January 1981-April 1981
21 7 Correspondence May 1981-August 1981 and fragments

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Series II:  Diaries
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
22 1 Diaries 1926, 1928, 1928-1929, 1930
22 2 Diaries 1931-1933
22 3 Diaries 1934-1936
22 4 Diaries 1937-1939
23 1 Diaries 1940, 1943, 1945
23 2 Diaries 1946-1948
23 3 Diaries 1949-1951
23 4 Diaries 1952-1954
24 1 Diaries 1955-1957
24 2 Diaries 1958-1960
24 3 Diaries 1961-1963
24 4 Diaries 1964-1965
25 1 Diaries 1966-1967
25 2 Diaries 1968-1970
25 3 Diaries 1971-1973
25 4 Diaries 1974-1976
26 1 Diaries 1977-1978
26 2 Diaries 1979-1980
26 3 Address book 1981
26 4-5 Miscellaneous diary inserts
27 1 Journal, 1940 cruise 1940
27 2 Journal, San Francisco years 1940-1943
27 3-4 Journal, Miscellaneous

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Series III:  Manuscripts: Book-length
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Journey Through a Lighted Room: A Memoir (New York, Viking) 1973
Go Forth Everyday (early working title)
Box
Folder
27 5 TMs, pp. 1-44; 62-92
27 6 Part One, first version, TMs, 69 pp.
27 7 Return, and other chapters, second version, TMs, 76 pp.
Miscellaneous
Box
Folder
27 8 Chapter Two, Mary at Home, 12 pp.
27 8 People, 6 pp.
27 8 Whack of the Old Night Stick, 18 pp.
27 8 Discussion of the proposed book, 8 pp. 1975
27 9-10 Fragments of chapters, notes, and correspondence, 80 pp.
Journey Through a Lighted Room. First version, TMs, with holograph revisions. Approx. 530 pp. 1971
Box
Folder
28 1 Chapters 1-2
28 2 Chapters 3-4
28 3 Chapter 5, two versions
28 4 Chapter 6
28 5 Chapter 7
28 6 Chapter 8 (TMs and AMs)
28 7 Chapter 9
28 8 Chapter 10
28 9 Chapter 11
28 10 Chapter 12-13
28 11 Chapter 14
28 12 Chapter 15
28 13 Chapter 16
28 14 Chapter 21
28 15 Chapter 22
28 16 Chapters 23-24
28 17 Final chapter, Chapter 20
Journey Through a Lighted Room. Second version, TMs, with holograph revisions, 465 pp. March 1972-June 1972
Box
Folder
29 1 Chapters 1-2
29 2 Chapters 3-5
29 3 Chapters 6-7
29 4 Chapters 8-9
29 5 Chapters 10-11
29 6 Chapters 12-14
29 7 Chapters 15-16
29 8 Chapters 17-21
Journey Through a Lighted Room, second version, TMs, (carbon) with holograph revisions, 477 pp.
Box
Folder
29 9 Chapters 1-6
29 10 Chapters 7-11
29 11 Chapters 12-13
29 12 Chapters 14-16
29 13 Chapters 17-24
Journey Through a Lighted Room. Third version, printer's copy, TMs, with holograph corrections, 313 pp. July 1972-September 1972
Box
Folder
30 1 Chapters 1-4
30 2 Chapters 5-8
30 3 Chapters 9-11
30 4 Chapters 12-15
30 5 Chapters 16-19
30 6 Chapters 20-22
30 7-8 Proofs
30 9 Bound unrevised proofs
31 1-5 Research notes
31 6 Related printed matter
31 7 Business material, royalty statements, publicity
31 8 Reviews
Leaf and the Flame (New York, Knopf)
Also includes India material.
1959
Box
Folder
32 1-5 Leaf and the Flame, early version, TMs, with holograph revisions, 347 pp.
32 6-13 Leaf and the Flame, printer's version, TMs, with holograph revisions, 306 pp.
33 1-2 TMs, 118 pp. Perhaps an early version of Leaf and the Flame, dealing also with Pakistan
33 3 General descriptions, outlines, and memoranda regarding book
33 4-6 Related correspondence
Manuscripts relating to India and Pakistan (all TMs)
Box
Folder
33 7 Aboard the "City of Calcutta," 2 pp.
33 7 Agreement on Economic Aid, 3 pp.; notes 3 pp.
33 7 Asia's Vies on Coexistence, 5 pp.
33 7 Border, Hong Kong, 3 pp. 1954
33 7 Burma, 2 pp. July 1950
33 7 Christmas at the Cecil Hotel, 4 pp. 1951
33 7 Dacca, East Pakistan, 5 pp.; interview in Dacca, 5 pp.
33 7 Delkaria, 3 pp. April 25, 1954
33 8 Education, 4 pp.
33 8 Freedom's First Year in India, 3 pp.
33 8 Friendly: Lahore, Pakistan, 3 pp. 1954
33 8 Friendships in India, 3 pp.
33 8 Fruitstand, 2 pp.
33 8 Ghandi: Review of My Ghandi by J.H. Holmes, 6 pp.; footnote on Ghandi, 9 pp.
33 8 Johnstone, 2-12 pp.
33 8 Karachi, Pakistan, 5 pp. (two versions)
33 8 Lahore, Pakistan, 5 pp. April 12, 1954
33 9 Letter from New Delhi, 9 pp.
33 9 Materialistic West in Bombay, 3 pp. December 1949
33 9 Moscow Broadcasts, 3 pp.
33 9 Nehru Death, 7 pp.
33 9 New Delhi, 5 pp.
33 9 New Political Problems Facing the Republic, 2 pp.
33 9 Oldest British Citizens in Meerut, India, 7 pp.; clipping; note, 1 p.
33 9 Pakistan journal
Also includes India and Hong Kong.
1954
33 10 Peshawar Pakistan dispatches (3) 1954
33 10 Questions by Indian Students, 3 pp.
33 10 Quiet Jubilation, 2 pp.
33 10 Restricted U.S. Embassy economic notes, Karachi, Pakistan, 6 pp. 1950
33 10 Uncertain Eden, 7 pp.
33 10 Weights of the Whirled, by Jawndee Bury
33 10 What's Wrong with India, 2 pp.
33 11 Miscellaneous fragments and notes
Work for The Reporter on India
Box
Folder
34 1 "What India Is Thinking" August 29, 1950
34 1 "Kashmir: Vale of Discord"
Includes TMs, 13 pp. of article and October 24, 1950 issue to which Parton was responding
November 7, 1950
34 2 "Propaganda War for India - and Asia" February 20, 1951
34 2 "India's Congress Party Minus Its Balance Wheel" March 20, 1951
34 2 TMs, A New Yenan in India
34 2 TMs, The Men Who Come to Dinner
34 3 Correspondence
India notebooks containing notes taken for the New York Herald Tribune
Box
Folder
34 4-5 Series A, 14 notebooks
34 6-7 Series B, 16 notebooks
35 1-2 Series C, 10 notebooks
35 1-2 Miscellaneous, 4 notebooks
Miscellaneous, India
Box
Folder
35 3-4 Addresses, health information, foreign service bulletins, royalty statements
35 3-4 Correspondence from Perry Wood, Chicago Tribune correspondent, India undated
35 6-10 Printed matter, India
36 1-3 Printed matter, India
36 4-9 Press clippings, New York Herald Tribune 1948-1954
37 1-8 Press clippings, New York Herald Tribune 1948-1954
38 1-2 Review of Leaf and the Flame
See also scrapbook, 82/2.
[Lem/Christy Letters] (projected book) 1976
Box
Folder
38 3-4 TMs, 75 pp.; 4 letters with publishers
Mary Field Biography (unpublished) 1974
Box
Folder
38 5-6 Early version with introduction, TMs with holograph revisions, 90 pp.
Also includes related correspondence (4).
38 7-8 Later version with synopsis, TMs, 66 pp.
38 7-8 Research notes
Some also pertain to Journey Through a Lighted Room and the Mother/Daughter Diaries.
Box
Folder
38 9 Transcript of conversation between Mary Field Parton and Margaret Parton Hussey, 33 pp. undated
38 10 Notes, holograph, apparently by Mary Field Parton, 19 pp.
38 10 Notes, holograph, largely concerning Alice Field Newkirk, 14 pp.
38 10 Notes, correspondence, and estate papers of Mary Field Parton
Also includes some printed matter.
ca. 1961-1963
39 1-2 Notes, and miscellaneous material relating to Sara Bard Field (Mrs. Charles Erskine Scott Wood)
39 3-5 Miscellaneous research notes, approx. 100 pp.
39 6 Printed matter
Mother/Daughter Diaries (unpublished) 1979
Box
Folder
39 7 Preliminary introduction, TMs, 30 pp. 1929-1930
39 8-10 TMs, 75 pp., including working notes
39 11 Related correspondence
39 11 Notes, holograph, 13 pp.

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Series IV:  Manuscripts: Articles
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Agoraphobia (proposed book by Ned Blume, with Margaret Parton Hussey) 1980
Box
Folder
40 1 Description of proposed book
40 1 TMs, 23 pp.
40 2 TMs, section 3, pp.11-16 (Xerox)
40 2 Correpondence
40 3 Case histories
40 3 Research material
Dorothy Arnold disappearance in 1911 1911
Box
Folder
40 4 Notes, 15 pp.
40 4 News clippings
Barbara - A Relationship 1967
Box
Folder
40 5 TMs, 9 pp.
See also correspondence from the 1930's signed "Ba".
Christmases Your Child Will Never Forget
Box
Folder
40 6 TMs, 7 pp.
40 6 Tearsheet, "The Simple Ways You Can Make Christmas Memorable for Your Child," Woman's Homelife December 12, [no year listed]
"Coping alone in Texas" about Marsha Joyce, a working single mother
Box
Folder
40 7 Tearsheet as published in Woman's Day August 23, 1977
40 7 TMs, 14 pp. with 6 pp. of inserts
40 8 Early version TMs, 32 pp.
40 9 Notes
40 9 Research material
Cross Country Trip
Box
Folder
40 10 AMs, 9 pp.
"Cuddle Your Kid Before It's Too Late" (Interview with Dr. Lee Salk published in Woman's Homelife August 1977
Box
Folder
40 11 TMs, 6 pp.
40 11 Notes, 11 pp.
Current News Item: Energy
Box
Folder
40 12 TMs, 3 pp.
Democratic Convention 1960
Box
Folder
40 12 TMs, 20 pp.
40 12 Notes, holograph, 14 pp.
40 12 Related correspondence
Deviant Women
Box
Folder
40 13 Notes, 5 pp.
Doc and Local
Box
Folder
40 13 TMs, 4 pp.
Eve of Armageddon
Box
Folder
40 13 TMs, 4 pp.
An Experience with Doctors and Hospitals
Box
Folder
40 13 TMs, 3 pp.
Federal Women's Award (proposed for a book with Janet Hart)
Box
Folder
40 14 TMs, 22 pp.
40 14 Related correspondence 1975
40 15 Notes, 20 pp.
40 16 Research material
Greek Islands Tour
Box
Folder
41 1 TMs, 1 pp.
41 1 Related correspondence (4) 1970
Hawaii Youth 1954
Box
Folder
41 1 TMs, 52 pp.
41 1 Notes, typed, 6 pp.
41 1 Related correspondence 1954
"The House I Live In ..."
Box
Folder
41 2 TMs, 3 pp.
How History Will Judge Pat Nixon
Box
Folder
41 2 TMs, 12 pp.
41 2 Related correspondence (1) 1973
41 2 Notes, 2 pp.
How I Raised a Good Boy...So Far 1968
Box
Folder
41 2 TMs, 13 pp.
41 2 Related correspondence (2)
How to Defend the Homestead on Halloween
Box
Folder
41 3 TMs, 8 pp.
41 3 Related correspondence (1) 1970
"If Only We Had Spoken-Finances and Widows"
Box
Folder
41 3 Tearsheet as published in McCalls October 1967
41 3 TMs, 12 pp., 11 pp., 5 pp.
41 3 Related correspondence
41 3 Notes, holograph, 10 pp.
Iran Tour 1975
Box
Folder
41 4 Tearsheet, "But Did You Taste...," ASTA Travel News October 1975
41 4 TMs, 8 pp.
41 4 Related correspondence (2) 1975
41 4 Notes, 3 pp.; spiral notebook
41 4 Printed matter
Japan (work as New York Herald Tribune foreign correspondent) 1946-1947
Box
Folder
41 5 This Day I Met MacArthur, TMs, 8 pp., two versions
41 5 There Is a Little Girl, TMs, 3 pp.
41 5 Modern Youth in Japan, TMs, 21 pp.
41 5 A Routine Day at the Tokyo Press Club, TMs, 5 pp.
41 6-7 Notes, approx. 85 pp.
41 8-10 Notepads (25)
42 1 Printed matter
42 2-4 Clippings from New York Herald Tribune
Juvenile delinquency
Box
Folder
42 5-6 Clippings from a series by Parton published in the New York Herald Tribune June 1955
Letter to My Lover's Wife
Box
Folder
42 7 TMs, 7 pp.
42 7 Notes, 2 pp.
42 7 Related correspondence (3) 1966
"Love Is What I Have to Give" ( Woman's Day) 1975
Box
Folder
42 7 TMs, 2-18 pp.
42 7 TMs, second version, 22 pp.
42 8 Related correspondence 1975
42 8 Notes, 38 pp.
42 9 Notebook
42 9 Printed matter
The Magic Doll House
Box
Folder
42 9 TMs, 5 pp.
42 9 Related correspondence 1968
"Marilyn Monroe: A Conversation on the Edge of Spring" (written for Ladies Home Journal) in 1961, but published in Look, February 1979 1961; 1979
Box
Folder
43 1 TMs, 11 pp. with holograph corrections made by Marilyn Monroe and Pat Newcomb
43 1 TMs, 12 pp. (Xerox)
43 2 TMs, 16 pp. (Xerox)
43 2 Author's Note, 1 pp.
43 2 Look article (Xerox)
43 2 Related correspondence (4) 1978-1979
43 2 Notes
43 2 Newsclippings
"Mommy Hale and the Mercy Seat: Shelter for Babies of Heroin Addicts" ( Woman's Day) December 1974
Box
Folder
43 3 Tearsheet from Woman's Day
43 3 TMs, 25 pp.
43 3 TMs, 16 pp.
43 3 Pamphlet reprint of article
Morocco 1957
Box
Folder
43 4 TMs, 5 pp.
43 4 Story behind Princess Story, TMs, 5 pp.
43 4 Related correspondence 1957
43 4 Notes, typed, 10 pp.
43 5 Notebooks
43 5 Printed matter
My Back and I Go for a Walk
Box
Folder
43 6 TMs, 5 pp.
43 6 Related correspondence (2) 1976
Newspapermen in My Life
Box
Folder
43 6 TMs, 8 pp.
Notes on "A Workshop in Creativity" January 1968
Box
Folder
43 7 TMs, 31 pp.
43 7 Notecards (7)
43 7 Related correspondence (1)
43 7 Newsclippings
One Woman's Energy Crisis, and How It Grew
Box
Folder
43 7 TMs, 5 pp.
43 7 Postcard
Palisades, New York and Sneden's Landing (Parton's town and home)
Box
Folder
43 8 Sneden's Landing in 1924 1924
43 8 Notes, 40 pp.
43 9 Related correspondence 1946-1978
43 10-12 Printed matter
Largely regarding the incorporation of Palisades, the Palisades flagpole, and the Palisades Free Library.
44 1-2 Newsclippings
Peace Corps ( Ladies Home Journal) April 1963
Box
Folder
44 3 Galley proof of Journal article
44 3 TMs, 26 pp., 6 pp., 4 pp., 2 pp.
44 3 TMs fragments, 13 pp.
44 4 Notes, 20 pp.
44 4 Notebook pages, 35 pp.
44 4 Notebook (1)
44 4 Related correspondence 1963
44 4 Research material
Please Go 'Way and Let Me Cook
Box
Folder
44 5 TMs, 5 pp.
44 5 Related correspondence (2) 1961, 1978
Please Go 'Way and Let Me Sleep
Box
Folder
44 5 TMs, 2 pp.
Political Year of the Grass-Rooter 1960
Box
Folder
44 5 TMs, 11 pp.
Pologamy 1957
Box
Folder
44 5 TMs, 11 pp.
44 5 Memorandum
44 5 Notes, 17 pp.
44 5 Newsclippings
Racoons Can Be Awful Nasty
Box
Folder
44 6 TMs, 13 pp., 16 pp., 12 pp.
44 6 Related correspondence (5) 1971-1972
44 6 Notes, 6 pp.
Refugees 1959
Box
Folder
44 7 Tearsheet, "Rejected USA," Ladies Home Journal September 1959
44 7 TMs, 30 pp.
44 7 Notes, typed, 22 pp.
44 8 Notes, holograph, approx. 50 pp.
44 8 Notebook
44 8 Related correspondence (63) 1959
44 8 Research material
Scotch-Irish--A Talented Minority that Tamed America's Wilderness
Box
Folder
44 9 TMs, 3 pp.
Scotland
Box
Folder
44 9 A Scottish Fantasy for Lem, TMs, 3 pp.
44 9 Notes, 23 pp.
44 9 Notebook (1)
44 9 Printed matter
The Seventh Earl of Aylesford (proposed book) 1972
Box
Folder
45 1 Proposal, TMs, 10 pp.
45 1 Related correspondence 1972
45 1 Notes, 7 pp.
45 1 Research material
Sam Sheppard trial (covered by Parton for the New York Herald Tribune) 1954
Box
Folder
45 2 "At 4:12 on that Tuesday...," pp.1-16, 21-23
45 2 Telegraph dispatch, 4 pp.
45 2 Notes, 33 pp.
45 3-4 Notebooks (8)
45 5 Related correspondence 1954-1979
45 6 Clippings
See also scrapbook, 82/3
45 6 Research material
Snow and Ice (by Peter Briggs, assisted by Margaret Parton Hussey) 1974
Box
Folder
45 7 Related correspondence 1974
45 7 Notes, 25 pp.
45 8-11 Research material
Starr Faithful
Box
Folder
46 1 Outline for a book on the death of Starr Faithful, TMs, 6 pp.
46 1 TMs fragment, 2 pp.
46 1 Notes, 5 pp.
46 1 Related correspondence 1976
46 1 Newsclippings
46 1 Research material
Surgery journal regarding ovarian cyst operation 1967
Box
Folder
46 2 TMs, 50 pp.
46 2 Related correspondence 1981
There But for the Grace of God (illegitimate children)
Box
Folder
46 3 Tearsheet, "Sometimes Life Just Happens," Ladies Home Journal 1962
46 3 TMs, 24 pp.
46 3 A Pre-Conception Prayer, TMs, 1 p.
46 3 Article by HEW Secretary A. Ribicoff, TMs, 3 pp.
46 3 Second version of Ribicoff article, TMs, 3 pp.
46 3 Do We Create Criminals? TMs, 20 pp.
46 4 Notes, 19 pp.
46 4 Notebook
46 5 Related correspondence 1962
46 5 Printed matter
United Nations Conference on International Organization, San Francisco (covered by Parton for the New York Herald Tribune) 1954
Box
Folder
46 6 TMs, 3 pp.
46 6 Notes, 20 pp.
46 7-10 Printed matter
47 1-3 Clippings from Herald Tribune
Where in the World Should a Single Woman Live
Box
Folder
47 4 TMs, 3 pp.
Why Does a Boy Play Ball
Box
Folder
47 4 TMs, 3 pp.
Women Ministers
Box
Folder
47 4 Notes, 60 pp.
47 5 Related correspondence 1975
47 5 Printed matter
Women Are Women Around the World
Box
Folder
47 6 TMs, 2 pp.; 3 pp.
World of Books 1963
Box
Folder
47 6 TMs, 6 pp.
Yes Dorothy--There Is a Lyndon Johnson 1960
Box
Folder
47 6 TMs, 20 pp.
47 6 Notebook
47 6 Galley proofs for unpublished article
You Can't Fight Progress 1960
Box
Folder
47 6 TMs, 9 pp.
Book reviews by Parton
Box
Folder
47 7 Saturday Evening Post 1959-1964
47 8 Saturday Evening Post
Also includes some related correspondence.
1965-1972
47 9 Herald Tribune 1960-1964
47 10 The New York Times 1960-1965
47 10 Book Week 1967
47 10 Miscellaneous
47 11 Notes
47 12 Published reviews
Speeches
Box
Folder
48 1 The American Dream
Box
Folder
48 1 TMs, 12 pp.
48 1 Related correspondence 1960
48 1 Notes, 5 pp.
48 1 American Women in Transition
Box
Folder
48 1 TMs, 13 pp.
48 1 India--The Land and the People 1960
Box
Folder
48 1 TMs, 21 pp.
48 1 Notes, 2 pp.
48 2 Memorial Day address May 30, 1970
Box
Folder
48 2 TMs, 10 pp.; 8 pp.
48 2 "An Old Saying Goes..." (speech on India) 1953
Box
Folder
48 2 TMs, 4 pp.
48 2 Related correspondence 1953
48 2 The Pleasure and Pitfalls of the Peace Corps March 29, 1961
Box
Folder
48 2 TMs, 2 pp.
48 2 Related correspondence 1961
48 3 Swarthmore Speech on India April 7, 1955
Box
Folder
48 3 TMs, 6 pp.
48 3 World Refugee Year
Box
Folder
48 3 TMs, 18 pp.
48 3 Notes, 13 pp.
48 3 Printed matter
48 4 Tearsheets from Ladies Home Journal 1959-1963
48 5-11 Newsclippings from New York Herald Tribune
Includes book reviews and general articles by Parton.
48 12 Reviews of Laughter on the Hill by Parton 1945
48 12 What's Going On? Newsletter for staff of Herald Tribune

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Series V:  Manuscripts: Short Stories
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
49 1 Ada Sarriera, TMs, 5 pp.
49 1 Announce the Marriage, TMs, 8 pp.
49 1 Better than wine, TMs, 4 pp.
49 1 Chapter One, TMs, 16 pp.
49 2 Chapter One: "There was a pounding..." TMs, 59 pp.
49 2 Evening in the Rain, TMs: 5 pp.; 5 pp.; 3 pp.; 2 pp.
49 2 First Crush, TMs, 4 pp.
49 2 "He was the first person..." TMs, 4 pp.
49 2 "I was sitting..." TMs, 2 pp.
49 2 "It was a rainy Monday..." TMs, 2 pp.
49 3 "Jed led the way..." TMs, 2 pp.
49 3 Lee Chumley's, TMs, 3 pp..
49 3 "Long ago the den..." TMs, 4 pp.
49 3 Love in the Open Hand, TMs, 7 pp.
49 3 "Mondays, Wednesdays..." Notes, 6 pp.
49 3 Nocturne, TMs, 8 pp.
49 3 "Once upon a time..." TMs, 3 pp.
49 3 Only child, TMs, 8 pp.
49 3 Party, TMs, 8 pp.
49 3 "Phyllis could not forget the sea..." TMs, 5 pp.
49 3 The Two Rickshaws, TMs, 3 pp.
49 3 Up Our Way, TMs, 3 pp.
49 3 World's Fair, TMs, 6 pp.
49 3 The Young Private, TMs, 3 pp.
49 4-5 Fragments, ideas, and outlines, approx. 50 pp.

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Series VI:  Manuscripts: Poetry
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
49 6-9 Poems, TMs and AMs
49 10 Bound poetry, AMs, 2 books, TMs, 1 book
49 11 Poetry by others, transcribed by Parton

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Series VII:  School material
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
50 1 Alumni information on Lincoln School: related correspondence 1967-1968
50 2-9 School papers, mostly from Swarthmore College 1932-1937
51 1-3 School papers, French
51 4-5 School papers, Philosophy
51 6 School papers, Shakespeare
51 7 School papers, Chaucer
51 8 School papers, Biology
51 9 School papers, Literature
52 1-4 School papers, Literature
52 5-7 School papers, printed miscellany
52 8 School papers, literary magazines
52 9 School papers, school publications
53 1-2 School papers, literary magazines

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Series VIII:  Artwork
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
53 3-5 Loose sketches, mostly pencil drawings, probably by Parton
53 6 Sketchbooks
Artwork by others
Box
Folder
53 7 Artwork, framed nude, "To Mary Field with love, Jo Davidson, Paris 1912 1912
53 7 Artwork, "To Lem and Mary" signed C.E.S. Wood August 15, 1917
53 7 Artwork, "For Mary Field" Aviation: Grant Park, Chicago; by Jerome S. Blume (?) 1911
53 8 Miscellaneous drawings
case
1 Oversize artwork
case
1 Illustrations and Silhouettes by Martha Bensley Bruere
1 Illustrations for Parton's Laughter on the Hill
1 Watercolor and two drawings by C.E.S. Wood August 15, 1941 1929
1 Christmas cards from Elmer and Berta Hader

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Series XIV:  Miscellaneous
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
54 1-2 Loose notes
54 3 Unidentified notepads
54 4-7 Ladies Home Journal miscellany
54 8 Material pertaining to award committees
54 9 Newsletters
54 10 Newsclippings pertaining to Parton, many being award announcements
55 1 Alumni bulletins; awards
55 2 Addresses; certificates; symposium information
55 3-4 Press cards
55 5 Autograph books (2), including autographs of C.E.S. Wood, Lincoln Steffens, Ella Winter, Fremont Older, Inez Haynes Irwin, Will Irwin, and Clarence Darrow
55 6 Printed matter
55 7 Printed matter
56 1 Printed matter
56 2 Printed matter
56 3 Printed matter
56 4 Obituaries of Parton's friends and relatives
56 5 Obituaries of Parton's friends and relatives
56 6 Obituaries of Parton's friends and relatives
56 7 Legal documents pertaining to homes
56 8 Plaques

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Series X:  Tape recordings

Other Descriptive Information

Sides identified according to markings on reels.

Tapes #32-40 are stenographic tapes. The library does not own equipment to play them, so they have been identified from the markings on their containers.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
57 Tape 1
Side 1: English country dances; Lem Britter miscellany.Side 2: Rodman Hussey aand Margaret Parton Hussey (MPH) reading from Erich Fromme and having general conversation
57 Tape 2
Side 1: "Dear Ivan" by Jimmy Dean and conversation before dinner with Aunt Alice Newkirk, Eric Britter and Lucile.Side 2: Christmas.
1956
57 Tape 3
Side 1: Grace Rotzel speech, "Textbooks."Side 2: Margaret Parton Hussey speech on refugees.
57 Tape 4
Side 1: InaudibleSide 2: Lem recording "That Was the Week That Was;" dinner conversation; young woman discussing alcoholism and family life.
57 Tape 5
Side 1: BlankSide 2: Rod and Margaret's comments during the President Kennedy funeral; Lem reading.
1963
57 Tape 6
Side 1: Discussion of relationships and early marriages.Side 2: Music; Sidney Hillman award; Introductory speech by New york Mayor Robert Wagner; award for Ladies Home Journal article, "Sometimes Life Just Happens"; MPH speaks; Keynote addresss by Howard K. Smith on overpopulation.
57 Tape 7
Side 1: Mary Field Parton (MFP) on her youth; Eric, Margaret, and Lem; MFP on women's careers and ca. 1897 college days (inaudible).Side 2: MFP discussing her youth in Detroit.
57 Tape 8
Side 1: Recreation; Childhood in Cincinnati, DetroitSide 2: MFP, college days at the University of Michigan, Ovid, Michigan; school teaching experience. Also discusses Eugene Debs, Emma Goldman and socialism.
57 Tape 9
Side 1: BlankSide 2: Dinner conversation between Sara Bard Field, Alice, Mary, Lem Britter, and Margaret.
1959
57 Tape 10
Side 1: (begins half-way through) MFP discussing her childhood; MPH speech.Side 2: (damaged) MPH India speech; Lem B. - MPH misc.; MFP on girlhood.
57 Tape 11
Side 1: Lem's television recordings.Side 2: MFP discussing going into a nursing home.
57 Tape 12
Side 1: Christmas play, 1958Side 2: Alice and MFP discussing childhood.
1958
57 Tape 13
Side 1: MFP discussing Chicago, Darrow, and Mother Jones; Political discussion, 1954.Side 2: MFP on political climate of Chicago, Darrow, and social settlements (portions damaged). Also story of burial of alledged Jewish anarchist, Chicago, early 1900s.
57 Tape 14
Side 1: Lem's birthday party.Side 2: Wallingford, Penn., Christmas, 1955
1955
57 Tape 15
Side 1: MFP on Darrow and the times, and Emma Goldman in Chicago. Also choral group.Side 2: Stories and Suez Crisis, 1956.
1956
57 Tape 16
Side 1: Paul Robeson singing "Ballad for Americans."Side 2: Singing; Mary talking (inaudible).
57 Tape 17
Side 1-2: MFP on her Victorian childhood (barely audible)
57 Tape 18
Side 1: Lem and Margaret telling tales.Side 2: Unidentified man discussing his book.
57 Tape 19
Side 1: MFP discussing suffrage and Darrow, with interruptions by Lem. Carl Sandburg recorded from television, 1962 (?).Side 2: Blank.
57 Tape 20
Side 1: Various dinner conversations.Side 2: Berta and Elmer Hader conversation with MFP and MPH.
57 Tape 21
Side 1: MFP on leaving Ovid, Mich. for social work in Chicago; also discusses Maxwell Settlement House.Side 2: India speech.
57 Tape 22
Side 1: Marriage counselor interview (?); Lem talking; Nehru interview.Side 2: Typical evening, 1961.
57 Tape 23
Side 1: MPH in Maryland doing book on justice in Maryland; interview with head of Charles Johnson defense committee (cont. from side 2); Margaret discusses her feelings about the story (barely audible).Side 2: Interview with head of Charles Johnson defense committee.
1963
57 Tape 24
Side 1: Blank.Side 2: MPH speech on America, Memorial Day, 1970; input on her early life; children's stories (inaudible).
1970
57 Tape 25
Side 1: Interview with young wife.Side 2: Blank.
57 Tape 26
Side 1: MFP describing her train trip across the country, 1910, and discussing Chicago and personalities; Lem talking.Side 2: Lem reading; MPH talking.
57 Tape 27
Side 1: Blank.Side 2: Christy Wilson reading Lem Britter's letters, 1972 (?) (indaudible).
57 Tape 28
Side 1-2: Unidentified photographer discussing William Westmoreland, Babe Ruth, Gen. Bradley, and Carl Sandburg.
57 Tape 29
Side 1: MPH's feelings about book (?).Side 2: Blank.
57 Tape 30
Side 1: Blank.Side 2: Unidentified photographer discusses Albert Einstein, Adlai Stevenson, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
57 Tape 31
Side 1: Blank.Side 2: MPH discussing intellectuals and artists.
57 Tape 32
Rod (Hussey)
57 Tape 33
Resume of interviews, 1964; Occupation of Japan.Side 2:
57 Tape 34
Family conversations, 1964; Rod on Geneva trade talks, 1964
1964
57 Tape 35
Early Sneden's Landing, Lem, 1968
1968
57 Tape 36
Rod discussing Japan.
57 Tape 37
Republican convention, 1964; birds, 1970.
57 Tape 38
Ida Raush Eastman, May 28, 1964.
1964
57 Tape 39
Ida Raush Eastman, May 28, 1964; Provincetown Playhouse.
1964
57 Tape 40
Memorial service for Rod, Nov. 1964.
1964

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Records
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
57 Lemuel Parton interview with Betsy Beatty (two discs, one broken) 1940
57 Recorded letters from William H. Wood to MPH (two discs) 1942

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Series XI:  Mary Field Parton papers
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Diaries
Box
Folder
58 1 Diary 1911 (?)
58 1 Diary (about Margaret) 1911-1922
58 2 Desk calendar 1916
58 2 Desk calendar 1917
58 2 Desk calendar 1918
58 3 Diary 1919
58 3 Diary 1920
58 4 Desk calendar 1922
58 4 Diary 1921
58 4 Diary 1923
58 5 Diary 1924
58 5 Diary 1925
59 1 Diary 1926
59 1 Diary 1927
59 2 Diary 1928
59 2 Diary 1929
59 3 Diary 1930
59 3 Diary 1931
59 4 Diary 1932
59 4 Diary 1933
60 1 Diary 1934
60 1 Diary 1935
60 2 Diary 1936
60 2 Diary 1937
60 3 Diary 1938
60 4 Desk calendar 1947
60 4 Diary 1948
60 5 Diary 1949
60 5 Diary 1950
61 1 Diary 1951
61 1 Diary 1952
61 1 Diary 1953
61 2 Diary 1954
61 2 Diary 1954
61 3 Diary 1956
61 3 Diary 1957
61 3 Diary 1958
61 4 Diary 1960
61 4 Diary 1961
61 5 Diary 1962
61 5 Diary 1963
Manuscripts: Fiction
Box
Folder
62 1 As Old as the Hills, TMs, 28 pp.; 30 pp.
62 2 Bob and Jim Green, TMs, 40 pp.
62 2 The Capitulation of T.B., AMs, 12 pp.
62 3 Chapter 2, TMs, 51 pp.
62 3 The Durable Angel, TMs, 16 pp.
62 4 Going to Jerusalem, TMs, 18 pp.
62 4 The Golden Child, TMs, 20 pp.
62 4 The Height of the Pedestal, 15 pp.
62 5 I Saw a Ship A-Sailing, TMs, 15 pp.
62 5 I'm a Landlady in Greenwich Village, TMs, 15 pp.
62 5 Introduction, fragments, TMs, 13 pp.
62 6 "Jack and Bill..." TMs, 24 pp.
62 6 Just Being with James, TMs, 17 pp.; 17 pp.
62 6 Klem's Perfect 54, TMs, 6 pp.
62 6 The Letters of Mrs. Job of Uz, TMs, 6 pp.
62 7 The Miracle in Apartment Five-Rear, TMs, 14 pp.
62 7 "The morning of the day..." TMs, 16 pp.
62 7 "On his eighteenth birthday..." TMs, 16 pp.
62 8 Poets and Peasants, TMs, 21 pp.
62 8 Red, White and Blue and Yellow, TMs, 11 pp.
62 8 Sails of Destiny, TMs, 21 pp.
62 9 Secrets of Their Skin, TMs, 16 pp.
62 9 "Si and vision...", TMs, 21 pp.
62 10 Story of Albert, 23, TMs fragment, pp. 9-18
62 10 The Terrible Dream, TMs: 4 pp.; 14 pp.
62 11 Waters of Galilee, TMs, 13 pp.
62 11 "When Nancy was born..." TMs: 27 pp.; 34 pp.
Manuscripts: Poetry
Box
Folder
62 12 America, AMs, 1 p.
62 12 Behaviorism, TMs, 1 p.
62 12 Sing a Song of Insects, TMs, 33 pp.
62 12 There's a Lot of Work, AMs, 1 p.
62 12 "There was a young lady..." AMs, 1 p.
62 12 "There was a young man..." TMs, 1 p.
62 12 Smoke, TMs; two versions, 1 p. each
Published Poems
Box
Folder
62 12 "Tis of Thee," The Masses July 3, 1913
62 12 5 poems pasted on one sheet
62 12 Poetry by others
Manuscripts: Non-fiction
Box
Folder
63 1 Story on home economics written on Department of Labor stationery, AMs, 17 pp.
63 1 Letters to "Aunt Fanny," radio commentator 1928-1930
63 2 India: A Problem for Communism, TMs, 8 pp.
63 2 India's Challenge to Communism, TMs, 7 pp.
63 2 McNamara case, TMs, 11 pp.
63 2 Why Not Preserve, TMs fragment, pp. 3-6
63 3 Notes, 15 pp.
63 4-5 Notepads (6)
Printed Matter
Box
Folder
63 6 Tearsheets, including labor reporting 1909-1920
63 7 Reviews of Your Washington (1938) by Mary Field Parton
63 7 Miscellaneous, some concerning M.F. Parton; includes "Song of the Workers," Chicago I.W.W., 1919
Published articles, not in collection
Box
Folder
63 7 "To School in a Baby Carriage," Pictorial Review December 1927
63 7 "What are Young People Coming To," Pictorial Review May 1928
63 7 "Youth Speaks for Itself," Woman's Home Companion August 1929
63 7 "Your Girl Makes Good," series in McCalls November 1930, February 1931, March 1931

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Series XII:  Lemuel Parton papers
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Manuscripts
Box
Folder
63 8 "All my life I hated travel stories..." TMs, 7 pp.
63 8 Up Jumps the Devil, TMs, 17 pp.
63 9 Miscellaneous manuscript pages and notes on people, 26 pp.
63 10 Notes and some poetry, 40 pp.
63 11 Journal of trip to Arctic. Including notes, 3 pp. 1924
63 11 Notebook
63 11 Address book
63 11 Passport
Printed matter
Box
Folder
64 1 Miscellaneous printed matter pertaining to Parton, including obituary notices
"Who's News Today" column in the New York Sun and Consolidated Press Association 1931-1942
Box
Folder
64 2-6 "A" articles
64 7-10 "B" articles
65 1-6 "B" articles
65 7-11 "C" articles
66 1-4 "C" articles
66 5-11 "D" articles
67 1-2 "E" articles
67 3-7 "F" articles
67 8-11 "G" articles
68 1-2 "G" articles
68 3-9 "H" articles
68 10 "I" articles
69 1-2 "J" articles
69 3-7 "K" articles
69 1-8 "L" articles
70 1-2 "L" articles
70 3-11 "M" articles
71 1-2 "M" articles
71 3-6 "N" articles
71 7-8 "O" articles
71 9-10 "P" articles
72 1-4 "P" articles
72 5 "Q" articles
72 6-11 "R" articles
73 1-8 "S" articles
74 1 "T" articles
74 2 "U" articles
74 3-4 "V" articles
74 5-7 "W, X" articles
75 2 "Z" articles
75 3-4 Miscellaneous articles
75 5-6 Column: "Edwin Hill, the Globtrotter of Hearst Metronome News," ghosted by Lem Parton

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Series XIII:  Alice Field Newkirk papers
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Manuscripts
Box
Folder
77 1 Tragedy Touched My Life, TMs, 31 pp.
77 1 The Society of Friends Called Quakers, TMs, 7 pp.; Ams
77 2 The Case History of Mrs. X, TMs, 3 pp. (typed by Margaret Parton)
77 2 Examination book, holograph
77 2 Chronology, AMs, 3 pp.
77 2 Horoscope, TMs, 9 pp.
77 2 Miscellaneous poetry
77 3 Notes, approx. 40 pp.
Miscellaneous
Box
Folder
77 4 Financial matter, invitations, calling cards, dance cards, remembrances
77 5-7 Will, printed European memorabilia
78 1-2 Diaries (3 items) 1927, 1928, 1929
78 1-2 Diary of Annie Stevens Field (mother of Alice and Mary) 1926
78 1-2 Financial booklets of Walter Newkirk (5 items)
78 1-2 Gradebook of Annie Underhill 1857-1858

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Series XIV:  Alfred Rodman Hussey papers
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
78 3 Some Elements Concerning the Judicial Process in the U.S., TMs, 23 pp.
78 3 Graphic showing trends of political parties in Japan October 9, 1950
79 1-2 Notes, peronal and professional (3 notebooks; 4 sets of notepads, unbound)

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Series XV:  Leumuel Blakney-Britter papers
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
79 3-6 School-related material
79 3-6 Artwork
80 1-2 Printed matter

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Series XVI:  Robert W. and Martha Bensley Bruere manuscripts
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Bruere, Martha (?). Forests and Social Science ca. 1930s
Box
Folder
80 3 Introduction, TMs, 12 pp.
80 3 TMs: 18 pp., 15 pp.
Box
Folder
80 4-6 Bruere, Martha. Middle West. TMs, 283 pp. (carbon)
80 7 Bruere, Martha. "What Will We Do With It?"
An analysis of a poll of Outlook readers on prohibition. Outlook, Oct. 10, 1928.
80 7 Bruere, Martha. Youth and the Eighteenth Amendment. Proposed article, TMs, 1 p.
Bruere, Robert. Material relating to chain store taxation 1930-1932
Box
Folder
81 1 Proposal for a book, working title: "The Other Seventy Per Cent," TMs, 6 pp.
81 1 Correspondence 1932
81 1 Notes
81 1 Research materials
81 2 Bruere, Robert (?). Park Avenue. TMs, 14 pp.
81 2 Bruere, Robert (?). Poem, Sons of Martha. AMs, 2 pp.
Manuscripts by others
Box
Folder
81 3 Freeman, Lucy. Chapter on hysterectomies from her Woman's Operation Book. Includes holograph comments by Margaret Parton.
81 4-6 Malorca Conference, May 1977. American Society for Psychical Research. Transcript of panel discussion, 251 pp.
81 7 Swan, Lucille. "My friend Betty and I arrived in China...", TMs, 66 pp. Also includes three letters, 1930-1934
Scrapbooks
Box
Volume
82 1 Margaret Parton's professional work 1938-1943
82 2 Reviews of Leaf and the Flame
82 3 Clippings from the Sam Sheppard trial
82 4 Alice Newkirk, stage bills
82 5 Schoolwork, "A History of Sculpture through the Ages"
82 6-7 Robert W. Bruere, Steel Trust clippings

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Free-standing volume
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Volume
1 Paron, Margaret. Journey Through a Lighted Room: A Memoir. New York: Viking Press, 1973. Author's copy. 1973

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Photographs (PH013), 1900-1981
15.0 linear feet
Parton, Margaret, 1915-1981
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
1-9, 12, 13 Albums
10-11 Portraits of Margaret/Portraits
14 Films and Slides
15-17 Negatives
17-19 Snapshots/Family snapshots
20 Baby pictures
21-22 Lem's work
23-24 People

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Bruere, Martha Bensley, 1879-1953
  • Bruere, Robert W. (Robert Walter),1876-1964
  • Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945
  • Field, Sara Bard, 1882-1974
  • Hussey, Alfred Rodman, d. 1964
  • Newkirk, Alice Field, d. 1965
  • Parton, Lemuel, d. 1943
  • Parton, Margaret, 1915-1981--Archives
  • Parton, Mary Field
  • Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967
  • Sheppard, Sam--Trials, litigation, etc.
  • Wood, Charles Erskine Scott, 1852-1944
  • Family Names :
  • Parton family
  • Geographical Names :
  • United States--Social life and customs--20th century
  • Subject Terms :
  • Journalists--United States
  • Women authors, American
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Diaries
    • Manuscripts for publication
    • Photographs
    • Sound recordings
    • Works of art

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