The Charles Henry Parrish, Jr. papers, document the lives of his parents, wife and daughter, as well as his career in teaching, civil rights and community work. As a Louisville family whose work revolved around the local community, the Charles Henry Parrish, Jr., Papers reflect the growth of their work in human rights and community concerns in this region.
The Charles Henry Parrish, Sr., and Mary V. Cook Parrish records, 1897-1945, include insurance policies, correspondence on legal and financial matters, devotional books, receipts, statements, bank books, and some notes. Of special interest is a typed text regarding the 1904 trip to Jerusalem and a resolution adopted by board of trustees of Lincoln Institute upon the resignation of Charles Henry Parrish, Sr., from the board. As a collection, these records fail to document much of either Charles Henry Parrish, Sr., or Mary Parrish's involvement in church work, education, writing, or civil rights. However, these records provide an insight in their personal lives for a period of about fifty years.
The three boxes of the Frances Parrish papers contain material on her work in civil service and recreation. Dating from 1949-1967, the papers include professional and personal correspondence, minutes, annual reports, financial material, newspaper articles, and graduate papers. Letters of recommendation written for Frances Parrish, note cards for a speech and In-Service Training Program materials are also contained in the collection. As a member of the Committee on In-Service Education for recreation personnel for the American Recreation Association, Frances Parrish corresponded with other recreation professionals regarding in-service training. This correspondence and various reports show the extent of her involvement in recreation nationally. One box of student papers resulted from teaching sociology at Nazareth College in Nazareth, Kentucky in 1967.
As shown by the biographical sketch, from 1962 to 1964, Frances Parrish appears to work in several places at one time. Her papers fail to explain this problem. Noticeably lacking is personal material, such as extensive correspondence for the years 1949-1967.
To document the activities of Ursula Parrish West, daughter of Frances and C.H. Parrish, Jr., a few newspaper clippings, photographs, some correspondence, and assorted memorabilia outline her activities as an undergraduate and graduate from 1958-1967.
Personal and professional correspondence, drafts and final copies of papers, photographs, financial records, reports, newspaper articles, minutes, brochures, memoranda, proposals, and notes from 1954 to 1967 represent the career of Charles Henry Parrish, Jr. Covering his activities as a scholar, educator, sociologist, consultant, speaker, and organizer of academic, human rights, and community interests, these records reflect Parrish's development as a leader in Louisville, the South, and abroad.
The papers contain the records of several local and southern agencies. Some organizations are strongly represented, such as the Kentucky Constitution Revision Assembly, the Community Action Commission, and the Southern Regional Council. Materials from other organizations and agencies include newsletters, pamphlets, program announcements, reports, constitutions, memoranda, minutes, and correspondence.
Over twenty years of personal and professional correspondence constitute one of the strengths of the collection. This correspondence, for example, illustrates his avid interest in bridge, the extent of his professional contacts, and the intensity of his committments to academics and civil rights.
Teaching and class materials are the weakest section of the papers. The papers lack a complete series of tests, lecture notes, and course outlines. Furthermore, the papers do not indicate the extent of his responsibilities as a professor of sociology.
C.H. Parrish, Jr. collected newspapers clippings on various subjects, many about his wife and himself. From his trips to Africa, he brought back newspapers, several of which are included in the collection.
Drafts and final copies of papers and articles provide additional interest. In processing, loose sheets of several texts were organized. Many manuscripts had to be left incomplete because of missing pages. In addition, some papers have annotations, corrections, and insertions. These drafts are separated according to their completeness. Most are undated.
The collection includes one reel of microfilm.