Maynard L. Parker negatives, photographs, and
other material consists of 58,093 black-and-white negatives, color transparencies,
black-and-white prints, and color prints; 39 presentation albums; and 17 boxes of office
records, 1930-1974. Created primarily by Maynard Parker, the archive documents the residential
and non-residential work of architects, interior designers, landscape architects, artists,
builders, real estate developers, and clients associated with these fields, foremost among them
House Beautiful. Also included in the collection are
photographs taken by other individuals, such as architect Cliff May and Parker's assistant,
Maynard L. Parker (1900-1976), known sometimes as "Mike," was born and raised in Vermont.
Parker worked in New England at a variety of jobs, including office boy, machinist, and
gardener, before turning to photography as a profession. Parker traveled to California three
times in the 1920s, finally settling in Los Angeles in 1929. He and his wife, Annie, lived in
the Echo Park neighborhood, where Parker built a house on Lemoyne Street designed by a draftsman
in architect Richard Neutra's office. The New England saltbox-style house served as residence
and studio, as well as the backdrop for many of Parker's published photographs. Parker's
personal interests included archery, home renovation, and building furniture. [See photocopies
of Maynard and Annie Parker's journals, and interview transcript with Ann Carawan and Diane
Parker, February 14, 2008, in collection files].
150.01 linear feet
Copyright for the photography of Maynard L. Parker has been assigned to the Huntington
Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108. All requests for permission to publish
photographs in any and all formats must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Photographs.
Access is granted to qualified researchers and by appointment.