Correspondence, mainly about his writing; mss., with related materials, of his
biographies; articles and book reviews by him relating to art and the theater; mss. of film scenarios
and plays; unfinished ms. on the theater in America; unpublished novel based on the Donner Party; notes;
and subject files.
Robert Allerton Parker (1888-1970), American journalist, editor, biographer and critic, born and raised
in Alameda, California, and a graduate of the University of California in 1909, was to reside most of
his life in New York. From associate editor of Current Opinion (1914-1920), Parker turned
to writing and editing for magazines of art -Arts & Decoration,The Arts,
and The International Studio. He undertook several biographies -that of John
Humphreys Noyes, founder of the Oneida Community of Perfectionists, A Yankee Saint
(1935); Father Divine, The Incredible Messiah (1937); and a study of the Quaker
family, the Logan Pearsall Smiths, in The Transatlantic Smiths (1959).
Number of containers: 2 boxes, 4 cartons, 1 oversize folder
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