Parton (Jane Bourne) Papers

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Northeastern University (Oakland)
Special Collections, F. W. Olin Library
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, California 94613

Descriptive Summary

Title: Parton (Jane Bourne) Papers
Dates: 1930-1962
Collection Number: Consult repository
Creator/Collector: Parton, Jane Bourne, 1917-1962
Extent: 3,706 items in 4 Hollinger Boxes
Repository: Northeastern University (Oakland)
Oakland, California 94613
Abstract: The Jane Bourne Parton Papers are remarkable for the thorough documentation they provide of the life of an American woman in the mid-twentieth century, from childhood to death. Jane Bourne was born in 1917, and grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where she attended Annie Wright Seminary from 1930 to 1936. She graduated from Mills College in 1940, and went to work for the Hilton Hotels, serving as a personal assistant to Conrad Hilton for ten years during the major expansion of the Hilton Hotels Corporation. In 1950 she married James Parton, founder and president of American Heritage Publishing Company, and in the following twelve years was active in the Mills College Club of New York City. She died of cancer in 1962, at age 45, leaving three small children.
Language of Material: English


Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Parton (Jane Bourne) Papers. Collection Number: Consult repository. Northeastern University (Oakland)

Scope and Content of Collection

The Parton collection includes diaries and memorabilia from Jane’s years at Annie Wright Seminary; correspondence written while she was an undergraduate at Mills; and correspondence and memorabilia from her years with Hilton Hotels, including 81 letters from Conrad Hilton. Her correspondence with James Parton begins in 1947. Her wedding in 1950 is fully documented, and notebooks kept by Jane Parton include dress designs and dinner menus from the 1950s. Several dozen photographs of Jane Bourne Parton and her family, and such miscellaneous materials as obituary clippings and letters of condolence on her death, complete the collection.

Indexing Terms

Mills College - Alumnae and alumni
Women college students -- United States -- Social life and customs
Hilton, Conrad

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