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Henry Levy Parker Papers

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Abstract

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

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Life, Work and Activities

Berea College Related

Personal Correspondence - RESTRICTED

Day Books/Planners

Photographs/Slides by Henry Parker



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Henry Levy Parker Papers | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

By Lori Myers-Steele

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Collection Overview

Title: Henry Levy Parker PapersAdd to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1968-1979

ID: RG 09/9.34

Primary Creator: Parker, Henry Levy.

Extent: 6.0 Boxes (General)

Arrangement:

The collection is comprised of series as follows:

1. Life, Work and Activities

2. Berea College Related

3. Personal Correspondence - Restricted-

4. Day Books/Planners

5. Photographs (taken by Parker)

Subjects: African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century., Berea College -- Campus Christian Center, Berea College -- Campus organizations, Berea College -- Faculty, Religion.

Languages: English

Abstract

The first African-American Campus Minister at Berea College, Henry Levy Parker committed much of his career to bettering the lives of communities in the South and as a proponent of social change. Born in Plainfield, New Jersey in 1921, Parker received the Bachelor of Arts from Gordon College in 1949. He attended Harvard Divinity School from 1952 to 1955. He was ordained as a minister in the Episcopal Church, first as a deacon in 1955 and then a priest in 1957. He went on to pastor Episcopal congregations in South Carolina, Michigan, and Arkansas.

In Little Rock, Arkansas, Parker was involved in the work of the Opportunity Industrialization Center serving as its director in 1967. In Greenville, Mississippi, he was an active participant in the civil rights movement where from 1968 to 1971 he served the National Council of Churches as Director of Interpretation for its Delta Ministry and editor of the monthly newsletter Delta Ministry Reports. He assisted in bringing direct relief services, community development, and reconciliation to blacks and whites of Mississippi communities. While in Greenville in 1971, he also worked as director of Brethren Services.

Parker served as Berea College Campus Minister from 1971 until his death in 1982. During this time he was also active in the Berea Ministerial Association and for some of this time served as its president. Parker also authored sections of the publication The Church and Violence in Rural Areas, and was a member of the National Association of College and University Chaplains.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is comprised of the papers of Reverend Henry Levy Parker and include his personal correspondence, work materials, photographs, daily planners, and records related to Berea College.

Listen to selected Parker sermons and his speaking on other occasions.

Subject/Index Terms

African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century.
Berea College -- Campus Christian Center
Berea College -- Campus organizations
Berea College -- Faculty
Religion.

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: Federal copyright regulations apply.  Cite all information.  Series 3: Personal Correspondence is RESTRICTED as some items may contain personal information.

Preferred Citation: [Item/Folder/Box Identification], RG 09/9.34: Henry Levy Parker Papers, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Berea, Ky.

Processing Information: Finding aid created 2016.


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[Series 1: Life, Work and Activities],
[Series 2: Berea College Related],
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Series 2: Berea College RelatedAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Religious Life and Activity Questionnaire, Part 1Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Religious Life and Activity Questionnaire, Part 2Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Memos and Letters, 1971 -1979Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Photographs - Berea CollegeAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Visitors: Alpha Omega Players, 1971 - 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Visitors: Gertrude Behanna, 1968 - 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Visitors: The Cage, Drama from San Quentin, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Visitors: The Free Spirit, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Visitors: Haggai, Thomas Stephens, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Visitors: Various A - LAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Visitors: Various M - ZAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Visitors: Theatre of the Deaf, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Visitors: Sammy Hall Singers, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Visitors: Fashion and the Arts: Tela, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Visitors: The Young and Free, 1971Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Life, Work and Activities],
[Series 2: Berea College Related],
[Series 3: Personal Correspondence - RESTRICTED],
[Series 4: Day Books/Planners],
[Series 5: Photographs/Slides by Henry Parker],
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