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Guide to the Alan and Beatrice Parker Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Contents Note
  • Indexing Terms
  • Separated Material
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Alan and Beatrice Parker Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1922-1969
    Collection number: MS 164
    Collector: Parker, Alan and Beatrice
    Extent: 5 boxes, 70 volumes
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: The archive consists of two rare book collections featuring works by Kenneth Patchen and James Joyce collected by Alan and Beatrice Parker. In addition to the published works, The Kenneth Patchen collection includes incoming correspondence from Kenneth and Miriam Patchen to the Parkers, printed ephemera, and sound recordings. The letters document activities and relationship between the couples during the 1940's and 1960's.
    Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to materials.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Alan and Beatrice Parker Collection. MS 164. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Serafino Hugo Bianchini, December, 1996.

    Biographical Note

    Natives of Nebraska, Alan Parker (1916-1993), an artist and a collector, and Beatrice Ford Parker (1918-1996), a teacher, relocated to Carmel Highlands, California in 1950. Living in their self-designed Carmel home over 30 years, the couple ultimately retired to Medford, Oregon in 1987.
    The Parkers graduated from the University of Nebraska in the late 1930's. Alan Parker received a degree in Fine Arts (1937), and was hired as an art director for a chain department store until the beginning of WWII. Like so many men of that period, Alan Parker was drafted into the Navy in 1943. He received basic training in USNR Midshipman School in Chicago, and later was stationed off the Atlantic Coast in Florida as a lieutenant commanding a coastal defense patrol vessel. After military service, the couple returned to Hasting, Nebraska for two years, during which time Mr. Parker compiled a bibliography of James Joyce's writings. The volume was published by F.W. Faxon Co (1948) under a title James Joyce: a bibliography of his writings.
    In Carmel, Alan Parker was actively engaged in arts. Recognized for his abstract-geometric style, he exhibited his paintings and sculptures locally in Monterey and Santa Cruz as well as Santa Barbara and Nebraska. His works have also been displayed in a group exhibits at the Witney Museum of Art in New York, the Denver Art Museum, and the San Francisco Art Museum. His main commissions included murals for the University of Nebraska, and both the Salinas County Juvenile Hall & Courthouse.
    In addition to painting, he worked as an architectural designer-draftsman and as a color consultant. In the early 1970's, he also taught painting and aesthetics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
    Mrs. Parker, a teacher specialized in reading techniques and working with children with learning disabilities, taught in Monterey Peninsula Unified School District until her retirement in 1982. During her career she published widely in educational journals.

    Scope and Contents Note

    This archive is built around two collections featuring the two 20th century literary figures Kenneth Patchen and James Joyce.
    I. The Kenneth Patchen Collection consists of:

    Printed Material, a collection of first, limited and signed Kenneth Patchen editions, including First Will and Testament (1939), The Journal of Albion Moonlight (1941) & Cloth of the Tempest (1943), Silk Screen Prints, Painted Book editions, and various printed ephemera such as Picture Poem Postcards and prospectus to "The Journal of Albion Moonlight", "Glory Never Guesses", "Sleepers Awake";

    Incoming Correspondence containing some 93 incoming letters and cards send by Kenneth and Miriam Patchen to their friends the Parkers; and

    Sound Recordings of Kenneth Patchen reading his poetry.
    II. The James Joyce Book Collection consists of about 40 volumes of published works by and about him. Included is the first edition of Ulysses (1922) & illustrated and signed limited edition by Henri Matisse (1935), and first edition of Anna Livia Plurabelle (1928). The collection also holds copies of the journal Transition, which contains many Joyce works in progress.
    Majority of the material is arranged chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Parker, Alan and Beatrice Archives
    Patchen, Kenneth, 1911-1972
    Joyce, James, 1882-1941.
    Poets, American--20th century
    Novelists, Irish--20th century

    Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Patchen, Miriam
    Patchen, Kenneth, 1911-1972. Kenneth Patchen archive

    Separated Material

    The first edition of Ulysses, Shakespeare and Company (1922), is stored separate from the general Special Collections Book Collection.

    Related Material

    The Kenneth Patchen Archive at UCSC includes the following collections: