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Guide to the Edward Lambe Parsons Papers, 1865-1968 (bulk 1890-1960)
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Cartons 1-4

SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE, 1865-1962.

Scope and Content Note

The files contain both incoming and outgoing letters, and occasionally include related materials. Annotations in a hand other than Parsons' are found on many of the incoming letters; these appear to have been used to briefly summarize the subject and content of a given letter, and not as filing indicators. File headings which were added during processing include: California State Officials, United States Congress, United States Presidents and State Department Officials, and Miscellaneous Government Officials. These contain letters written to or from various government officials and agencies in support of or about social causes of interest to Parsons. At the end of the series is a miscellany listed by type of correspondence, including: anonymous letters, telegrams, letters to Parsons from soldiers fighting in World Wars I and II, a small group of letters written to Bishop Kip by various correspondents, during his years as Bishop of California, and unidentified or fragmentary letters, both incoming and outgoing. A small amount of family correspondence is found in Series 9: Personal and Family Papers. Following what appears to have been Parsons' original filing scheme, correspondence is also found in many of the other series, especially Series 5: Organizations and Subject Files, 1886-1958. In addition, Parsons selected significant amounts of his original correspondence to pull for use by Massey Shepherd in the preparation of his biography, and these letters are retained with Parsons' notes to Shepherd in Series 10.
Ctn. 1, folder 1

A miscellany 1917-1957

folder 2

Adams, Carlyle 1943-1946

folder 3

Aked, Charles F. (Charles Federic), 1864-1926 1913-1914

folder 4

Ambrose, Emily 1924-1948

folder 5

Ambruster, Howard W. 1948-1951

folder 6

Anderson, C. P. 1914-1919

folder 7

Aoki, Gladys 1928-1932

folder 8

Archbishop of Canterbury 1928-1943

folder 9

Atkinson, Henry A. (Henry Avery), b. 1877 1918-1947

folder 10

Austin, Perry G. M. 1948-1951

folder 11-13

B miscellany 1914-1956

folder 14

Bailey, Frances E. 1948-1951

folder 15

Baker, James Chamberlain, 1879-1969 1937-1948

folder 16

Baldwin, Ralph H. 1913-1918

folder 17

Baldwin, Roger Nash, 1884- 1935-1946

folder 18

Bayne, Stephen F. (Stephen Fielding), 1908-1974 1947-1951

folder 19

Beardsley, Addison S. 1913

folder 20

Bell, Bernard Iddings, 1886-1958 n.d.

folder 21

Bell, Theodore 1938-1939

folder 22

Bennett, John C. (John Coleman), 1902- 1941-1955

folder 23

Bennett, William Montgomery 1942-1951

folder 24

Benson, Eugene [K.] 1914-1950

folder 25

Besig, Ernest 1941-1959

folder 26

Bishop of Chichester 1930-1954

folder 27

Bishop of London 1926-1948

folder 28

Block, Karl Morgan 1938-1957

folder 29

Bloodgood, Francis J. 1942-1945

folder 30

Bowie, W. Russell (Walter Russell), 1882-1969 1925-1955

folder 31

Braden, Henry Robert 1917-1918

folder 32

Bradley, Ernest 1942-1950

folder 33

Brookman, Donald 1913-1954

folder 34

Brown, Alice M. (Alice Margaret), b. 1865 1939-1940

folder 35-36

C miscellany 1913-1955

folder 37

[California State Officials] 1930-1954

folder 38

Cambridge, Walter H. 1914-1937

folder 39

Castledine, Edwin 1929

folder 40

Charles Scribner's Sons 1932-1946

folder 41

The Christian Union Quarterly (by Peter Ainslie) 1927-1933

folder 42

The Churchman 1913-1915

folder 43

Clarke, Maurice / The Cloister Press 1935-1943

folder 44

Coffin, B. H. 1917-1918

folder 45

Coffin, Henry Sloane, 1877-1954 1923-1940

folder 46

Common Sense n.d.

folder 47

Count, Earl Wendell, 1899- 1936-1951

folder 48

Crocker, William H. 1927-1933

folder 49

Cummins, Alexander G. 1928-1946

folder 50

D miscellany 1914-1954

folder 51

Daly, John Narian n.d.

folder 52

Davis, Cameron F. 1943-1946

folder 53

Davis, Wellesley n.d.

folder 54

Day, Gardiner Mumford, 1900- 1942-1955

folder 55

Deems, Charles and Ruth 1944-1955

folder 56

DeMille, George E. (George Edmed), 1898- 1953-1955

folder 57

DeWitt, William A. 1913-1947

folder 58

DeWolfe, James P. 1950-1952

folder 59

Douglas, George William 1913-1920

folder 60

Dun, Angus 1934-1955

folder 61

E miscellany 1914-1950

folder 62

Ellis, James L. 1941-1942

folder 63

Evans, Allen 1940-1955

folder 64

F miscellany 1914-1956

folder 65

Fenner, Goodrick R. 1945-1955

folder 66

Field, Sara Bard, 1882-1974 1952-1954

folder 67

Fisher, Samuel Herbert, 1867- 1942-1946

folder 68

Fiske, Charles 1927-1934

folder 69

Fletcher, Joseph F. 1941-1953

Ctn. 2, folder 1-2

G miscellany 1917-1956

folder 3

Garfield, James 1952-1956

folder 4

Goodrich, Chauncey W. 1934-1955

folder 5

Grace, Paul 1934

folder 6

Grant, Frederick C. (Frederick Clifton), 1891-1974 1932-1949

folder 7

Green, Oscar F. 1937-1952

folder 8

Guerard, Albert 1954-1960

folder 9

Guthrie, William Norman, 1868-1944 1913-1956

folder 10-12

H miscellany 1912-1955

folder 13

Havenner, Franck Roberts, 1882- 1945-1951

folder 14

Hibbard, Charles H. 1922-1928

folder 15

Higgs, William 1914-1941

folder 16

Hobson, Henry W. 1935-1954

folder 17

Hodgkin, Anita Adela (Copacene) 1926-1943

folder 18

Hodgkin, W. R. H. 1913-1939

folder 19

Hodgson, Leonard, 1889- 1947-1949

folder 20

Hopkins, John Henry 1928-1944

folder 21

Huntington, W. R. 1900-1912

folder 22

I miscellany 1933-1954

folder 23

J miscellany 1913-1952

folder 24

Jackson, Eric W. 1949-1955

folder 25

Jenkins, Thomas 1933-1943

folder 26

Johnson, Hewlett, 1874-1966 1947-1948

folder 27

Johnson, Joseph H. 1913-1919

folder 28

Jones, Bayard Hale, 1887-1957 1914-1954

folder 29

K miscellany 1913-1953

folder 30

Kean, Charles D. 1947-1951

folder 31-32

Kelley, Harold H. 1910-1958

folder 33

Kniskern, Maynard 1949-1950

folder 34-35

L miscellany 1913-1953

folder 36

Lathrop, Charles N. 1916-1946

folder 37

Lawrence, William Appleton 1900-1953

folder 38

Leake, Chauncey Depew, 1896- 1942-1948

folder 39

Leffler, John Compton, 1900- 1933-1938

folder 40

Lines, Edwin L. 1914-1915

folder 41

The Living Church 1943-1954

folder 42

Ludlow, Theodore R. 1941-1950

folder 43

Lunn, Sir Henry 1927-1931

folder 44-47

M miscellany 1914-1955

folder 48

Macon, Clifton 1921-1946

folder 49

Manning, William T. 1913-1944

folder 50

Marshall, Thomas Chalmers, b. 1868 1913-1915

Ctn. 3, folder 1

Meiklejohn, Alexander, 1872-1964 1943-1949

folder 2

Melish, John Howard, 1874- 1910-1956

folder 3

Melish, J. William 1947-1952

folder 4

Merrix, A. Ronald 1942-1955

folder 5

Miller, Persis 1940-1941

folder 6

Morehouse, Clifford P. 1940-1950

folder 7

Morehouse, Frederick Cook 1913-1930

folder 8

Moulton, Arthur W. 1940-1944

folder 9

Murphy, Charles T. 1915

folder 10

N miscellany 1913-1950

folder 11

Nash, Norman B. 1947-1953

folder 12

Nichols, Harry P. 1926-1927

folder 13

Nichols, John W. 1934-1940

folder 14

Nichols, William Ford, 1849-1924 1900-1927

folder 15

Neibuhr, Reinhold and Ursula M. 1951

folder 16

O miscellany 1913-1956

folder 17

Ohlhoff, J. Harry (Henry) 1914-1956

folder 18

O'Moore, Maurice 1941-1943

folder 19

Oxford University Press 1947-1948

folder 20-21

P miscellany 1913-1956

folder 22

Page, Herman 1915-1937

folder 23

Palache, Whitney 1913-1918

folder 24

Patton, J. Lindsay 1936-1939

folder 25

Pepper, George Wharton, 1867-1961 1914-1949

folder 26

Perry, James DeWolfe, Bp., 1871- 1915-1949

folder 27

Pinchot, Gifford 1926-1946

folder 28

Porter, Noel 1930-1948

folder 29

The Protestant (by Kenneth Leslie) 1945-1947

folder 30

Q miscellany 1939-1948

folder 31-33

R miscellany 1912-1953

folder 34

Reed, Harry Lothrop 1943-1957

folder 35

Remington, William P. 1933-1945

folder 36

Riddle, Sturgis 1937

folder 37-40

Robbins, Howard Chandler, 1876-1952 1929-1943

folder 41

Roots, Logan H. 1917-1945

folder 42-45

S miscellany 1913-1955

folder 46-47

Salter, Katharine Hayden 1943-1945

folder 48

Sanford, Louis Childs, 1867-1948 1913-1955

folder 49

Savidge, J. Foster 1924-1947

folder 50-52

Scarlett, William, Bp. 1883- 1929-1955

Ctn. 4, folder 1

Schneider, Marguerite 1914

folder 2

Severance, Kendall 1914

folder 3

Shepherd, Massey Hamilton, 1913- 1947-1962

folder 4

Sherman French Company 1913-1914

folder 5

Sherrill, Henry Knox, Bp., 1890- 1946-1952

folder 6

Shipler, Guy Emery / The Churchman 1941-1952

folder 7

Shires, Henry Herbert, 1886- 1933-1947

folder 8

Slattery, Charles Lewis, 1867-1930 1915-1929

folder 9

Spaulding, John C. and Ester 1943-1951

folder 10

Spencer, Irving 1915

folder 11-12

Spofford, William B. 1933-1955

folder 13

Stanford University 1936-1951

folder 14

Stevens, W. Bertram 1922-1944

folder 15

Stone, Frank 1941-1954

folder 16

Strider, Robert Edward Lee, 1917- 1935-1947

folder 17

Suter, John W[allace?] 1916-1947

folder 18-20

T miscellany 1914-1953

folder 21

Theroux, George F. 1943

folder 22

Thomas, Henry B. 1942-1955

folder 23

Touret, Frank Hale 1921-1938

folder 24

Trelease, Richard 1918-1951

folder 25

Tsukamoto, J. K. 1942-1954

folder 26

Tucker, Beverly D. 1946-1950

folder 27

Tucker, Gardiner L. 1933-1940

folder 28

Tucker, Henry St. George, Bp., 1874- 1939-1945

folder 29

Tyrer, A. N. 1925-1937

folder 30

U miscellany 1917-1957

folder 31

Union Theological Seminary, New York, N.Y. 1914-1949

folder 32

[United States Congress] 1919-1955

folder 33

[United States Presidents and State Department Officials] 1942-1951

folder 34

University of California 1914-1950

folder 35

V miscellany 1913-1957

folder 36

Van Bokkelen, William A. M. 1914-1922

folder 37

Van Dusen, Henry P. 1940-1951

folder 38-41

W miscellany 1913-1954

folder 42

Wedel, Theodore O. 1942-1956

folder 43

Weigle, Britton D. 1919-1946, n.d.

folder 44

White, D. Lynn Jr. 1923-1946

folder 45

Whittemore, Norman C. 1914-1927

folder 46

Wickes, Thomas and Francis 1915-1918

folder 47

Williams, Francis G. 1912-1913

folder 48

Wilmer, C. B. 1913-1941

folder 49

Y-Z miscellany 1927-1944

folder 50

Yavden-Trebell [Yavdynsky], J. A. 1951-1953

folder 51

Young, Bradford 1930-1934

folder 52

Zabriskie, Alexander 1942-1953

folder 53

Anonymous Letters 1909, n.d.

folder 54

[From Miscellaneous Government Officials] 1941-1948

folder 55

[From Soldiers in WW I and II] 1918-1945

folder 56

"Open Letters" n.d.

folder 57

Telegrams 1904-1954

folder 58

Unidentified and Fragments by Parsons 1918-1954, n.d.

folder 59-60

Unidentified and Fragments to Parsons 1892-1954, n.d.

folder 61

Neither to nor from 1926-1945

folder 62

To Bishop Kip from others 1865-1907

Carton 5, folders 1-11

SERIES 2: ST. MARK'S RECTORY FILES, 1904-1953.

Scope and Content Note

A small collection of correspondence and other materials related to Parsons' early years as Rector of St. Mark's Church in Berkeley, California.

See Series 6: Sermons and Addresses for texts or notes of sermons and addresses Parsons delivered at St. Mark's.
Ctn. 5, folder 1-3

Vestry 1910-1916, n.d.

folder 4

Berkeley Municipal Policy 1914-1918

folder 5

General Board of Christian Education 1915-1918

folder 6-9

St. Mark's Club 1914-1918

folder 10

Form Letters 1916-1918

folder 11

Ephemera 1904-1953

Carton 5, folders 12-39, Carton 6, Carton 7, folders 1- 11

SERIES 3: DIOCESAN FILES, 1890-1960.

Scope and Content Note

Divided into 4 subseries: Diocese of California, Related Institutions, Parishes and Missions, and Other Diocese. Although Diocesan Files contains material collected throughout Parsons' life, the series primarily concerns Parsons' career as Coadjutor and Bishop. Includes correspondence and general administrative materials from the Diocese of California and its related institutions, as well as from other diocese in California and the West. The bulk of this series consists of files kept for each parish or mission under Parsons' care in the Diocese.
 

DIOCESE OF CALIFORNIA

Ctn. 5, folder 12-15

Correspondence 1918-1949

folder 16-18

Annual Clergy Conference 1917-1939

folder 19

Standing Committee 1917-1934

folder 20

Treasurer's Reports 1917-1937

folder 21

Board of Christian Education 1912-1953

folder 22

Committee of Diocesan Organization 1914-1916

folder 23

Committee to Study Diocesan Overhead and Policy 1935-1936

folder 24

Diocesan Statistics ca. 1910-1930

folder 25

East Bay Conference on Christian Faith, Work and Unity 1938

folder 26

General Information about Diocese 1914-1929

folder 27-33

Annual Conventions 1890-1919

folder 34

Clippings n.d.

 

RELATED INSTITUTIONS

Ctn. 5, folder 35

Canon Kip Community House 1937-1944

folder 36-40

Church Divinity School of the Pacific 1915-1960

Ctn. 6, folder 1

St. Dorothy's Rest 1943-1944

folder 2-4

St. Luke's Hospital 1924-1939

folder 5-9

St. Margaret's House 1913-1950

folder 10

Seaman's Church Institute 1938-1944

 

PARISHES AND MISSIONS

 

Convocation of San Francisco:

 

San Francisco

Ctn. 6, folder 11-15

Grace Cathedral 1926-1945

folder 16

St. James 1933-1942

folder 17-18

St. Luke's 1920-1945

folder 19-20

St. Mary the Virgin 1920-1940

folder 21-23

St. Paul's 1919-1934

folder 24

St. Peter's 1931

folder 25-27

Trinity 1920-1939

folder 28

San Rafael 1920-1939

folder 29

Sausalito 1924-1940

folder 30

Miscellaneous 1917-1950

 

Convocation of Oakland:

 

Berkeley and Oakland

folder 31

St. Clement's 1933-1949

folder 32

St. Paul's 1936-1937

folder 33

San Leandro 1932-1936

folder 34

Walnut Creek 1921-1939

 

Convocation of San Jose:

folder 35

Monterey 1924-1942

folder 36

Palo Alto 1919-1957

folder 37

San Jose 1919-1936

Ctn. 7, folder 1

San Luis Obispo 1919-1938

folder 2

San Mateo 1926-1940

folder 3

Santa Clara 1922-1932

folder 4-6

Santa Cruz 1920-1939

folder 7

Saratoga/Sunnyvale 1920-1936

folder 8

Watsonville 1920-1940

 

OTHER DIOCESE

Ctn. 7, folder 9

Diocese of Los Angeles 1931-1953

folder 10

Other Western Diocese and Missions 1917-1943

folder 11

Other United States Diocese 1935-1953

Carton 7, folders 12-50, Cartons 8-14

SERIES 4: NATIONAL EPISCOPAL CHURCH FILES, 1880-1956.

Scope and Content Note

Because of Parsons' extensive work in several areas, such as the Commission on Approaches to Unity and the Prayer Book Revisions, material from various committees and other bodies working on the same topic within the church have been brought together for accessibility, insofar as was possible. The collection covers Parsons' career within the Episcopal Church from his early days as a student.
 

PROVINCE VIII

Ctn. 7, folder 12

Correspondence 1931-1950

folder 13

Annual Synods 1929-1937

folder 14

Provincial House of Bishops 1941, n.d.

folder 15

Executive Committee - 8th Province, Chairman 1915

folder 16

Provincial Board of Religious Education 1915

folder 17

Committee on Relations of the Province to the National Church 1933-1942

folder 18

Committee on Translation of Diocesan Bishops 1930

folder 19

Provincial Commission on Christian Healing 1925

folder 20-21

San Joaquin Mission 1936-1948

folder 22-42

Journals of the Synod 1917-1940

 

GENERAL CONVENTION

Ctn. 7, folder 43-48

General Convention 1901-1914

Ctn. 8, folder 1-14

General Convention 1919-1955

 

COMMISSIONS, JOINT-COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES, AND CONFERENCES

Ctn. 8, folder 15-21

Commission on Approaches to Unity 1928-1941

Ctn. 9, folder 1-21

Commission on Approaches to Unity 1942-1957

folder 22

Notebook on Committee on Unity 1930

folder 23-25

Joint Commission on Approaches to Unity 1943-1957

Ctn. 10, folder 1-2

Joint Commission on Approaches to Unity 1941-1957

folder 3

Commission on Christian Morality and Organic Unity 1928-1935

folder 4

Joint Commission on Closer Relations Looking Toward Unity 1932-1959

folder 5

Joint Commission on Organic Unity 1937-1939

folder 6-10

Church Unity Correspondence 1919-1956

folder 11

Church Union Association 1925-1930

folder 12

Church Unity - Parsons' notes n.d.

folder 13

Committee on Church Union 1939-1941

folder 14-15

Diocesan Committee on Unity [1942]

folder 16

Conferences on Church Co-operation and Union 1925-1940

folder 17

Joint Conference on Church Unity, Atlantic City 1930

folder 18-19

Joint Conference on Organic Unity 1925-1941

folder 20

Augustana Synod Report 1935

folder 21-23

Miscellaneous Church Unity n.d.

Ctn. 11, folder 1-15

Prayer Book Commission 1908-1961

folder 16

Committee on Prayer Book Revision 1912-1916, n.d.

folder 17

Report on Book of Common Prayer 1892

folder 18

Second Report on Book of Common Prayer 1919

folder 19

Commission on Rubrics of Common Prayer 1912

folder 20-21

Liturgical Commission 1912-1961

folder 22-23

Prayer Book ca. 1880-1890

folder 24

Commission on Adapting Deaconesses 1918-1939

folder 25-26

Commission on Deaconesses 1909-1943

Ctn. 12, folder 1

Commission on Ecclesiastical Relations 1933-1946

folder 2

French-American Committee on Standards 1951

folder 3

Joint Sub-Committee on Joint Ordination 1941-1942

folder 4

Joint Commission on Marriage and Divorce 1916-1947

folder 5

National Committee 1920-1939

folder 6-7

Commission on Provinces 1925-1937

folder 8

Joint Committee to Consider the Matter of a See for the Presiding Bishop 1944-1946

folder 9

Commission on Social Reconstruction 1948

folder 10

Joint Commission on Social Service 1916-1917

folder 11

Joint Commission on Theological Education 1936

folder 12

Theological Reference Committee 1941-1943

folder 13

The War Commission 1917

folder 14

Committee on War and Religious Outlook 1918

folder 15-23

Lambeth Conference 1930-1938

folder 24-25

Universal Christian Conference on Life and Work 1924

folder 26

World Conference on Faith and Order 1914-1951

Ctn. 13, folder 1-19

World Conference on Faith and Order 1910-1951

 

BOARDS, COUNCILS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND ASSOCIATIONS

Ctn. 14, folder 1

Advisory Council to the Presiding Bishop on Ecclesicastical Relations 1943-1944

folder 2

American Ecclesiological Society 1914-1916

folder 3

Bishop's Crusade 1927

folder 4-5

Christianity & Crisis 1939-1956

folder 6

The Church Historical Society 1948-1951

folder 7-10

Church League for Industrial Democracy/The Episcopal League for Social Action 1924-1951

folder 11

Church League for Service 1919

folder 12

The Church Pension Fund 1914-1928

folder 13

Christian Institute for American Democracy 1941

folder 14

Church Publishing Association, Inc. 1941

folder 15

Confraternity of Unity 1927-1941

folder 16-21

The Episcopal Evangelical Fellowship 1940-1943

folder 22

Episcopal Pacifist Fellowship 1942-1943

folder 23-25

General Board of Religious Education 1911-1920

folder 26

Historical Magazine 1945-1946

folder 27-29

House of Bishops 1920-1943

folder 30

The Living Church 1928-1931, n.d.

folder 31

Modern Missions Movement 1935

folder 32

National Council 1924-1952

folder 33

National Student Council 1925

folder 34

New York Training School for Deaconesses 1940-1946

folder 35

Religious Education Association 1914-1915

folder 36-37

South India 1931-1947

Cartons 15-20

SERIES 5: ORGANIZATIONS AND SUBJECT FILES, 1886-1958.

Scope and Content Note

Contains materials relating to Parsons' work as a social activist outside the Episcopal church, both with secular and other religious groups. These files reflect the wide variety of organizations and interests with which Parsons was involved, including an extensive section documenting his work with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Ctn. 15, folder 1-21

American Civil Liberties Union, Inc. 1936-1957

folder 22

Albert M. Bender Memorial Trust 1943-1947

folder 23

Aid Refugee Chinese Intellectuals, Inc. 1952-1953

folder 24

Alameda County Board of Public Welfare 1915-1917

folder 25

American Committee for Armenian Syrian Relief 1916-1918

folder 26

American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born 1941-1942

folder 27-28

American Committee to Save Refugees 1940-1941

folder 29

American Friends Service Committee 1945-1951

folder 30

American Peace Mobilization 1940-1950

folder 31

American Red Cross 1941-1943

folder 32

American Rescue Ship Mission 1941-1950

folder 33

American Youth for Democracy 1944-1945

folder 34

The Anna Head School 1947

folder 35

The Baby Hospital 1914-1916

folder 36

Bay Area Council Against Discrimination 1942-1943

Ctn. 16, folder 1-3

Berkeley, Calif. Commission of Public Charities 1909-1918

folder 4

Berkeley, Calif. Federation of Churches 1916-1918

folder 5

The Berkeley Club 1911-1934

folder 6

Brent, Charles Henry 1929

folder 7

California Campaign Federation 1914-1918

folder 8

California Conference of Social Work 1926-1927

folder 9

California Housing and Planning Association 1942

folder 10

California Labor School, Inc. 1944-1948

folder 11

California State Church Federation 1914-1943

folder 12-13

California State Unemployment Committee 1930-1942

folder 14

Campaign Committee for the Red-Light Abatement Bill 1913

folder 15

Chit Chat Club 1886-1954

folder 16

Christian Action 1953-1954

folder 17

Citizens for Victory 1942

folder 18

Citizens Victory Committee for Harry Bridges 1941-1953

folder 19

Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies 1940-1941

folder 20

Committee on Militarism in Education 1917-1930

folder 21

Committee for the Repeal of the Criminal Syndication Law 1923

folder 22

Commission to Study the Organization of Peace 1950

folder 23-26

Commonwealth Club of California 1939-1954

folder 27

Community Chest 1942

folder 28

Council of Social & Health Agencies of San Francisco 1925

folder 29

Council on Foreign Relations, Inc. 1943-1945

folder 30

Council on Interchange 1937

folder 31

Emergency Peace Campaign 1928-1937

folder 32

The Family Relations Center 1941-1943

Ctn. 17, folder 1-2

The Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America 1917-1944

folder 3

Federal Union, Inc. 1941-1942

folder 4

Federation for Repeal of the Levering Act 1951-1953

folder 5

The Fellowship of Reconciliation 1915-1927

folder 6

The Fight for Freedom Committee 1941

folder 7

Foreign Policy Association, Inc. 1923-1949

folder 8

General Theological Seminary 1914-1916

folder 9

The Golden Rule Foundation 1929

folder 10

Howell, Norman S. 1946

folder 11

Industrial Association of San Francisco 1934

folder 12

The Interchurch World Movement of North America 1919

folder 13

International Center 1943-1945

folder 14-16

Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee 1939-1953

folder 17

Korean Mission 1912

folder 18

A League for Constructive Immigration Legislation 1918-1927

folder 19

League for Independent Political Action 1929-1930

folder 20

League of Free Nations Association 1918-1919

folder 21-23

The League of Nations Associations, Inc. 1922-1941

folder 24

League to Enforce Peace 1915-1919

folder 25

The Medway Plan 1949-1950

folder 26-27

The Melish Case 1951-1956

folder 28

Mexico 1926

folder 29-31

Mills College 1913-1950

folder 32

Minersville Defense Committee 1946

Ctn. 18, folder 1

National Committee to Abolish the Poll Tax 1942-1944

folder 2

National Committee to Repeal the McCarran Act 1951-1953

folder 3

The National Conference of Christians and Jews, Inc. 1943-1948

folder 4

National Conference on the Christian Way of Life 1923

folder 5

National Council for Prevention of War 1928-1938

folder 6

National Council of Churches of Christ 1951-1953

folder 7

National Sharecroppers Fund, Inc. 1943-1955

folder 8-9

Northern California Committee on Fairplay 1941-1945

folder 10

Oakland Open Forum 1914-1915

folder 11-12

Pacific Coast Council on Oriental Relations 1920-1950

folder 13-18

Pacific Coast Theological Group 1945-1958

folder 19

Pacific Japanese Mission 1920-1922

folder 20

Pacific School of Religion 1923-1938

folder 21

Pacifica Foundation 1946-1954

folder 22

Panama-Pacific Exposition 1913

folder 23

Pentacostal Movement 1924-1928

folder 24

Pestalozzi Foundation 1950

folder 25

Planned Parenthood 1944-1953

folder 26

Post War World Council 1942-1943

folder 27-28

Protestant Commission for Japanese Service 1941-1943

Ctn. 19, folder 1-13

Rosenberg Foundation 1935-1954

folder 14

Russian Theological Academy Fund 1943

folder 15

Russian War Relief, Inc. 1941-1947

folder 16

San Francisco Conference of Christians and Jews 1941-1942

folder 17

San Francisco Urban League 1946

folder 18

Save the Children Federation 1941-1944

folder 19

Social Credit Association of California, Inc. 1935-1937

folder 20

State Council of Defense of California 1918

folder 21

Tom Mooney Molders Defense Committee 1929-1932

folder 22

Unemployment and Labor Issues 1931-1954

folder 23

White House Conference on Children in Democracy 1941-1942

folder 24

World Affairs Council of Northern California 1947

folder 25

World Alliance for International Friendship 1929-1947

folder 26-29

World Council of Churches 1942-1951

folder 30

World Peace Congress 1950

folder 31

World War I 1917

Ctn. 20, folder 1-3

Yale University 1919-1953

folder 4

The Yanks are Coming Committee 1940

folder 5-6

YMCA 1917-1937

folder 7-12

Miscellaneous Organizations n.d.

folder 13-14

Miscellaneous Reports and Statements n.d.

folder 15-20

Miscellaneous clippings and printed material n.d.

Cartons 21-26, Carton 27, folders 1-80

SERIES 6: SERMONS AND ADDRESSES, 1892-1958.

Scope and Content Note

Divided into 3 subseries: Sermons; Addresses; and Sermons, Addresses, and Notes. Within each subseries, Parsons further categorized his sermons and addresses numerically, alphabetically or by code, and sometimes by subject as well. Illustrating Parsons' meticulous efforts at categorization and organization, and the evolution of his sermon preparations, nearly every sermon contains notations about where and on which dates it was delivered. Sermons were regularly recycled and sometimes used as addresses or vice versa. Early in his career, Parsons wrote complete sermons in a narrative style, although he often made use of symbols to avoid repetition of words such as Christ. Around 1920, he began to abandon full narrative for notes in an outline format, which eventually became quite brief. All headings are those used by Parsons, with the exception of Sermons, Addresses, and Notes, which includes scraps of a variety of writings, fragmentary notes, and portions of larger, unidentifiable and often undated works.
 

SERMONS

Ctn. 21, folder 1-51

1-138 [and not numbered] 1892-1900

Ctn. 22, folder 1-60

139-602 [and not numbered] 1900-1922

Ctn. 23, folder 1-95

[Not numbered] 1923-1954, n.d.

Ctn. 24, folder 1-11

[Not numbered or dated] n.d.

folder 12-15

At consecrations 1930-1950, n.d.

folder 16-77

0a-656a 1893-1922

folder 78-79

x203-x222 1914-1917

folder 80-95

Sermon Notes n.d.

folder 96-97

Sermon Notebooks 1902

 

ADDRESSES

Ctn. 25, folder 1-3

Chit Chat Club 1929-1954

folder 4

Church Divinity School of the Pacific 1934-1954

folder 5

Commonwealth Club 1950

folder 6

Convention Addresses 1916-1958

folder 7

The Liberal Evangelicals 1938-1940

folder 8

St. Mark's Club 1915

folder 9

The Bishop and the Pastoral Relationship [1951-1952]

folder 10

Church and State 1928-1949

folder 11

Unity [1919]

folder 12-13

Miscellaneous 1935-1947, n.d.

folder 14-36

Addresses [by date] 1900-1949

folder 37-44

Addresses n.d.

folder 45

Notebook of talks 1947-1956

 

SERMONS, ADDRESSES, AND NOTES

Ctn. 26, folder 1-19

The Bible (302-378) 1907-1910

folder 20-40

Missions (308-499) 1909-1914

folder 41-57

Political, Suffrage, Conservation 1916-1921

folder 58-75

Relief 1905-1920, n.d.

Ctn. 27, folder 1-10

Social (2c - 5c) 1897-1907

folder 11-12

Social (X1 - X26) 1910-1911

folder 13-17

Social (1 - 27) n.d.-1904

folder 18-27

Social (not numbered) 1892-1920, n.d.

folder 28-41

Fragments n.d.

folder 42

Notes (300x-304x) 1922

folder 43-77

Notes 1918-1941, n.d.

folder 78

Printed Sermons by Parsons 1899-1950

folder 79

Printed Addresses from General Convention 1921-1939

folder 80

Miscellaneous Printed Addresses n.d.

Carton 27, folders 81-90, Carton 28, folders 1-29

SERIES 7: WRITINGS, 1905-1961.

Scope and Content Note

Divided into 3 subseries: Books, Articles, and Other. Printed copies or tearsheets of articles and other writings are included with manuscript drafts when available.
 

BOOKS

Ctn. 27, folder 81-82

The American Prayer Book 1937

folder 83

Autobiography n.d.

folder 84-86

Diocese of California: A Quarter Century 1958

folder 87

The Protestant Episcopal Church and Unity n.d.

 

ARTICLES

Ctn. 27, folder 88

Asia's Challenge to America n.d.

folder 89

The Conception of God 1927

folder 90

in Christian Union Quarterly 1930

Ctn. 28, folder 1-2

in Christianity and Crisis 1941-1956

folder 3

in Church News 1953

folder 4-5

in The Churchman 1921-1950

folder 5-7

in Historical Magazine 1939-1961

folder 8-9

in The Living Church 1930-1946

folder 10

in The Los Angeles Churchman 1937

folder 11

in Outlook 1924, n.d

folder 12-13

in Pacific Churchman 1909-1946

folder 14

in Southern Churchman 1944

folder 15

University of California Press 1945

folder 16

in The Witness 1936-1954

folder 17-18

Miscellaneous 1915-1947, n.d.

 

OTHER

Ctn. 28, folder 19

Book Reviews 1943-1952, n.d.

folder 20

Broadcasts [1947]

folder 21

Editorials 1954

folder 22

Introductions 1946-1953

folder 23

Letters to the Editor 1910-1954, n.d.

folder 24

Newspaper Articles 1935

folder 25

Ordinations 1941-1945

folder 26

Prayers 1917, n.d.

folder 27

Tributes and Memorials n.d.

folder 28

Miscellaneous 1923-1937, n.d.

folder 29

Miscellaneous printed pamphlets 1905-1952, n.d.

Carton 28, folders 30-41, Carton 29, folders 1-46

SERIES 8: TEACHING: LECTURES, SEMINARS, AND NOTES, 1894-1948.

Scope and Content Note

Includes manuscripts and outlines for class lectures and seminars, teaching notes, and Sunday School Lessons, along with other materials such as tests and syllabi which were used in his classes.
Ctn. 28, folder 30

Lectures 1901

folder 31

Lecture Notes 1917-1921, n.d.

folder 32-33

Seminar Papers 1923-1945, n.d.

folder 34-41

Teaching Notes 1913-1945, n.d.

Ctn. 29, folder 1-22

Class Notes 1903-1948, n.d.

folder 23-32

Sunday School Lessons (2-33) 1900-1902, n.d.

folder 33-34

Old Testament Psalter - Job n.d.

folder 35-38

New Testament 1894-1895, n.d.

folder 39-46

Miscellaneous notes and materials n.d.

Carton 29, folders 47-62, Cartons 30-34; Box 1; Oversize Folder 1 A

SERIES 9: PERSONAL AND FAMILY PAPERS, 1874-1960.

Scope and Content Note

Parsons carried pocket notebooks with him and jotted down ideas, critical comments, and other information on a fairly regular basis. Notebooks include these personal notes which he usually labeled "daily notes," as well as other notebooks containing "reflections" on Bible passages, lengthy "meditations" on biblical themes, lists of Committees, and some accounts. Scrapbooks consists of material Parsons collected in envelopes arranged chronologically by year, but never actually mounted in volumes. These materials have been foldered and contain programs, invitations, itineraries, postcards, maps, occasional letters, and clippings, and provide an overview of a his yearly itinerary. School Notes contains his class notes from Parsons' own years as an undergraduate at Harvard and the New York Divinity School. Correspondence is an extensive collection of letters written by Parsons to his family in 1919 from Europe, letters about his son Arthur who served with the American Friends of Greece in the Second World War, correspondence concerning a call to a congregation in New York, general correspondence with family members, and a few personal Papers about financial affairs. Also found here are letters of congratulation on Parsons' various ordinations, anniversaries, and birthdays along with condolences on his wife's death, and personal tributes. Miscellaneous includes Parsons' collection of poems and prayers, biographical material, ephemera, a number of personal books either with notations or which he used in his career as a churchman, and clippings about Parsons and his career. An oversize folder contains seven items of memorabilia including a poster for an evensong sermon by Parsons, a blueprint of a tablet by the Gorham Co. for the Clark family vault, and printed certificates.
 

NOTEBOOKS

Ctn. 29, folder 47-59

Daily Notes 1902-1947

folder 60-62

Reflections 1901-1948

Ctn. 30, folder 1-30

Meditations 1939-1957, n.d.

folder 31-32

Committee Notes 1902-1909

folder 33-38

Account Books 1889-1930, n.d.

folder 39

Library Inventory n.d.

 

SCRAPBOOKS

Ctn. 30, folder 40-59

Yearly ephemera 1892-1923

Ctn. 31, folder 1-30

Yearly ephemera 1924-1943

Ctn. 32, folder 1-15

Yearly ephemera 1944-1955

 

SCHOOL NOTES

Ctn. 32, folder 16-28

Notebooks for Individual Classes 1888-1891

Ctn. 33, folder 1-4

Notebooks for Individual Classes 1890-1892, n.d.

folder 5-7

Thesis 1891, n.d.

folder 8

Miscellaneous Class material 1890

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

Family

Box 1, folder 1-4

To wife and family 1919

folder 5

Harriet Parsons 1914

folder 6

Outgoing 1946

folder 7

Incoming 1938, n.d.

folder 8

Dallas, Dan and Stella 1943-1944

folder 9

Laloe, Lillian 1936-1941

 

Miscellaneous

Box 1, folder 10-11

American Friends of Greece 1940-1947

folder 12

Church of the Incarnation, Madison St. 1917

folder 13

Parsons, Bertha n.d.

folder 14

Financial 1922-1928

 

Tributes and Condolences

Ctn. 33, folder 9

Tenth Anniversary at St. Mark's 1913-1914

folder 10-23

Appointment as Coadjutor 1919

folder 24-25

Tenth Anniversary - Bishop of California 1929

folder 26-27

Retirement 1940

folder 28-30

Letters of Appreciation 1926-1940, n.d.

folder 31-32

Birthday greetings 1948, 1953

folder 33

Christmas Cards n.d.

folder 34

On eye operation 1933

folder 35

On Death of Bertha Parsons 1935

folder 36

Memberships 1946-1947

folder 37-38

Speeches and Addresses 1927-1956

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Ctn. 33, folder 39-40

Prayers and Poems n.d.

folder 41-42

Biographical Material n.d.

folder 43

Ephemera n.d.

oversize Oversize, folder , 1 A

Memorabilia 1930, n.d.

Ctn. 34, folder 1

Holy Bible 1875

folder 2

Book of Common Prayer 1929

folder 3

Prayer Book 1893

folder 4

The Bishop's Agenda 1895

folder 5

Altar Services Book 1893

folder 6-7

Printed Addresses by Others 1874-1939

folder 8-12

Printed miscellany ca. 1900-1960

folder 13-19

Clippings n.d.

Carton 35

SERIES 10: MASSEY SHEPHERD RESEARCH ON PARSONS, ca. 1950-1968.

Scope and Content Note

Shepherd's research was collected for a biography of Parsons. Parsons participated actively in its writing and much of the material in this series consists of material and correspondence Parsons removed from his personal files and sent to Shepherd to facilitate his research and writing. Other material was collected by Shepherd from friends, college classmates, church members, and colleagues. The series begins with Shepherd's manuscript and a copy of the completed book. Chapter manuscripts often have corrections or suggestions in Parsons' hand and sometimes include a lengthy hand or typewritten criticism separately. The book is followed by correspondence and research files, arranged by subject.
Ctn. 35, folder 1-14

Biography of the Rt. Rev. Edward Lambe Parsons ca. 1968

folder 15-17

Correspondence ca. 1950-1965

 

Research files

folder 18

ACLU

folder 19

Berkeley Ministry

folder 20

Canon Law

folder 21

Civil Liberties and Social Activities

folder 22

Coadjutor Bishop

folder 23

Early Ministry

folder 24

Family and Education

folder 25

Lausanne

folder 26

Marriage and Divorce

folder 27

National Church and General Conventions

folder 28

Ninetieth Birthday

folder 29-31

Prayer Book

folder 32

Retirement

folder 33

Sermons

folder 34-35

Unity with the Presbyterians

folder 36

Miscellaneous