The collection includes some correspondence, personal and printed material, along with photographs and artwork. The bulk of the collection is made up of manuscript materials from her writings, including several revisions of a novel, The Voyage of the Golden Plover, some short stories and poetry, and appears to date from the 1960s-1980s.
Althea Stephens Parmenter was born in 1899 in Jacksonville, Florida. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Agnes Scott College in Georgia and a master's degree in English from the University of Louisville in 1962. She studied creative writing under Dr. Harvey Curtis Webster while at U of L. In 1963, her story "The Old Masters" won national honors and was published in Prize College Stories by Random House. She retired from teaching piano in 1980 after sixty years of instructing, including teaching at Logan College (Russellville, KY) and National Park Seminary (Maryland). Her husband, Robert, was also a musician, playing and teaching violin. Ms. Parmenter died in 1997.
Althea Stephens Parmenter papers, 2004_108-UA, Box: 1; Box: 2. University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections.
Althea Stephens Parmenter papers, 2004_108-UA, Box: 1; Box: 2. University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections. https://archivescatalog.library.louisville.edu/repositories/2/resources/290 Accessed October 19, 2021.