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Mary Celestia Parler Photographs

Ozark folklore photographs, 1950s.

Manuscript Collection 896



Photo of Mary Celestia Parler
Mary Celestia Parler in Old Main office,
University of Arkansas,
Fayetteville, ca 1950s.


INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION

These photographs were donated to the Special Collections Department by Frances Lott through Ernie Deane, Fayetteville, Arkansas, September 1988.

Mary Celestia Parler was folklorist for the University of Arkansas and organized the University Folklore Research Project (1949-1965).  The photographs feature Mary Celestia Parler and others active in collecting folklore, as well as the subjects of Ozark folklore studies.

Many of the photographs were taken by professional photographers, apparently for publication in Arkansas Alumnus.  Others are snapshots.  Any captions on the verso of prints are enclosed in quotation marks in the picture descriptions that follow.  All measurements of the prints are in inches, height given first.

For more information, see the finding aid for Mary Celestia Parler Randolph Scrapbook (MC 897).
 

Processed by Nan Lawler, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries,  Fayetteville, Arkansas in July 1989.


CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION (32 photographs in 2 folders)

Folder 1

 1. "Mary C. Parler Randolph and Vance Randolph [Parler's husband], at home, Fayetteville, Leverett and Buchanan streets."  9 1/2 x 7 1/2.  University of Arkansas News Service photo.
 2. "Mary C. Parler Randolph, at home on Leverett Street & Buchanan, Fayetteville."  10 x 7 1/2.  University of Arkansas News Service photo.
 3. "Mary Celestia Parler--in 'Old Main' office, U. of Ark., Fayetteville."  10 x 6 3/4.  Photo by Robert M. Mottar, New York; printing instructions for Arkansas Alumnus.
 4. "Mary C. Parler, teaching folklore, UA F'ville, in 'Old Main' bldg."  10 x 6 3/4.  Photo by Robert M. Mottar, New York; printing instructions for Arkansas Alumnus.
 5. "Mary Celestia Parler (center) and UA students."  5 x 7.
 6. "(?) left.  Mary C. Parler (right)."  Two prints, each 3 x 2 1/2, on 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 paper.  Parler walking with another woman; perhaps taken by street photographer.
 7. "Mary C. Parler (left)" tape recording musicians in the Oriole Barbershop, taken through front window of shop.  6 3/4 x 10.  Photo by Robert M. Mottar, New York; printing instructions for Arkansas Alumnus.
 8. "Mary C. Parler (left)" tape recording musicians in barbershop.  7 x 10.  Photo by Robert M. Mottar, New York.
 9. "Wm Booth Campbell, Cane Hill, Ark."  Bearded man with banjo, woman with [autoharp?] and audience in background.  10 x 8.
 10. "[I? O?]dis Neal of Wesley."  Man with guitar.  9 1/2 x 4 1/2.
 11. Man with banjo.  5 x 4.
 12. Man with violin.  7 x 5.
 13. Man with mandolin.  7 x 5.

Folder 2

 14. Unidentified man with [rifle].  5 x 3 1/2.
 15. "Frederick G. High. Taken Nov 1, 1958. Worked 43 years for Uncle. 8 Mail Toting & 35 as Postmaster.  43 Years for Uncle Sam.  This to MARY PARLER."  5 1/2 x 3 1/2.
 16. "Mary S. Brisco 83 [sister of Fred High], Fred G. High 79, Bettie A. Shrum (?) 70 Taken Oct 20th 57.  Fred High J. P. for Uncle Sam."  Informal group portrait.  3 1/4 x 3 1/4.
 17. Unidentified woman at spinning wheel (walking wheel).  3 1/4 x 3 1/4.
18. Publicity photo?  "For Mary" handwritten.  Printed on verso:  "Fred High, age 75 years of High, Arkansas. Justice of the Peace. Singer of Folk Songs. This Photo made on April 3, 1953."  3 x 2.  Fred High with circle of thorns (?) around face.  (Another copy in Picture Collection #3391.)
 19. "Fred High."  High at split rail fence with dog, barn in background.  10 x 8.
 20. "Mary C. Parler and Fred High" talking, log building in background.  Photo by Robert M. Mottar, New York; printing instructions for Arkansas Alumnus.
 21. "Fred High (left), Mary C. Parler (center) and Mary Brisco (right)."  Parler tape recording High, Brisco spinning at walking wheel.  7 x 10.  Photo by Robert M. Mottar, New York; printing instructions for Arkansas Alumnus.
 22. Vance Randolph on horse-drawn wagon.  Written on front:  "Dear Mary Celestia: The one at the left is me, as always, Vance."  5 x 7.
 23. "Vance Randolph (left), Mary Parler (center), Max Hunter, Springfield, Mo."  3 1/4 x 3 1/4.
 24. "Joan O'Bryant (left), Vance Randolph (center), Mary Parler (right)."  3 1/4 x 3 1/4.
 25. "Vance Randolph."  3 1/4 x 3 1/4.
 26. "Vance Randolph."  3 1/4 x 3 1/4.  Print dated Oct 58.
 27. "Vance Randolph."  5 x 3.
 28. "Vance Randolph (left), Joan O'Bryant (left [sic]) Wichita, Kan." 3 1/4 x 3 1/4.
 29. "Vance Randolph."  3 1/4 x 3 1/4.
 30. Formal portrait of Richard Dorson (first head of Folklore Department, Indiana University; instrumental in establishing folklore as a discipline).  7 x 5.  Michigan State College Information Services photo.
 31. "Mary Jo Davis, Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Davis."  Informal group portrait, outdoors.  8 x 10.
 32. Informal outdoor portrait of Mary Jo Davis.  10 x 8.


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