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Collection Number: 01184

Collection Title: John Milliken Parker Papers, 1902-1938

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Size 12.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 9,200 items)
Abstract John Milliken Parker (1863-1939) was governor of Louisiana, 1920-1924; member of the New Orleans Cotton Exchange and the New Orleans Board of Trade, the Southern Commercial Congress, and the Mississippi Valley Trade Association; and a national leader of the Progressive Party. The collection consists of papers, chiefly 1909-1920, pertaining to Parker's business activities, including his membership on the New Orleans Board of Trade and the New Orleans Cotton Exchange; his association with the Progressive Party; his management of the Federal Food Administration program in Louisiana during World War I; his term as governor, 1920-1924; and his service as relief administrator during the Mississippi River flood of 1927 (including photographs, some of which depict African Americans). Other topics include the Southern Commercial Congress and opposition to Huey P. Long.
Creator Parker, John Milliken, 1863-1939.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the John Milliken Parker Papers #1184, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from John M. Parker Jr. in December 1946, June 1954, October 1961, and December 1964.
Additional Descriptive Resources
Original finding aid is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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John Milliken Parker (1863-1939) was born in Mississippi, was in the cotton business at New Orleans, La., from 1880 onwards, was member of the New Orleans Board of Trade, New Orleans Cotton Exchange, Southern Commercial Congress, and was president of the Mississippi Valley Trade Association, 1919. He served as governor of Louisiana from 1920 to 1924 and managed flood relief in Louisiana in 1927. The Progressive Party made Parker its candidate for vice president of the United States in 1916, but the party organization came to an end before the election.

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The John Milliken Parker papers, chiefly 1909-1920, pertain to Parker's business activities, including his membership on the New Orleans Board of Trade and the New Orleans Cotton Exchange; his association with the Progressive Party; his management of the Federal Food Administration program in Louisiana during World War I; his term as governor of Louisiana, 1920-1924; and his service as relief administrator during the Mississippi River flood of 1927 (including photographs, some of which depict African Americans). Other topics include the Southern Commercial Congress and opposition to Huey P. Long.

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Contents list

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About 9,200 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Box 1

Original finding aid #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 1

1902-1908 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 1

Box 2

1909: January-March #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 2

Box 3

April 1909-1911 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 3

Oversize Volume SV-1184/1

Lettercopy book, 1912 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." SV-1184/1

Concerning pecan business, cotton shipments, politics, Democratic Good Government League, spring floods in Mississippi Delta.

Box 4

1912-May 1914 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 4

Materials of 1913 relate in part to a hearing that was held to determine the parents of Bobby Dunbar, a boy kidnapped in 1912 and claimed by two families once found. Parker presided over the hearing.

Box 5

June 1914-May 1916 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 5

Box 6

1916: June-July #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 6

Box 7

August 1916-July 1917 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 7

Box 8

August 1917-May 1918 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 8

Box 9

June-13 August 1918 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 9

Box 10

14 August-5 September 1918 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 10

Box 11

6 September-23 September 1918 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 11

Box 12

24 September-9 October 1918 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 12

Box 13

10 October-3 November 1918 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 13

Box 14

4 November-12 December 1918 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 14

Box 15

13 December 1918-February 1919 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 15

Box 16

March-15 May 1919 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 16

Box 17

16 May-September 1919 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 17

Box 18

October 1919-21 January 1920 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 18

Box 19

22 January-31 January 1920 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 19

Box 20

February-21 April 1920 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 20

Box 21

22 April 1920-1923 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 21

Box 22

1924-1938 and undated #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 22

Undated materials include correspondence, statements concerning Huey P. Long, Southern Commercial Congress materials, and other papers.

Looseleaf notebook, 1917-1919 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 22

Office of the Louisiana Food Administration, containing the printed bulletins of license regulations issued by the United States Food Administration and related releases.

Box 23-24

Box 23

Box 24

Miscellaneous papers #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." Box 23-24

Undated lists of persons with Louisiana Food Administration, 1917-1918; U.S. Food Administration correspondence, pamphlets, and other papers; chemical analyses of cotton; awards for war service, 1917-1918; Report of the Missouri Council of Defense, 1917-1918-1919 .

Oversize Volume SV-1184/1-2

SV-1184/1

SV-1184/2

Clippings, 1917-1919 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." SV-1184/1-2

Regarding United States Food Administration and Mississippi Valley Trade Association

Oversize Volume SV-1184/3

Clippings, 1926-1930 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." SV-1184/3

Regarding levee conventions and flood control measures.

Photograph Album PA-1184/1

Photograph album, 1927 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." PA-1184/1

Pictures of the Mississippi River flood of 1927, including images of refugees, many of whom were African American; rescue efforts; stranded livestock; and homes, buildings, roads, and railroads under water. Mississippi towns and communities depicted include Cairo, Cleveland, Choctaw, Greenville, Helm, Hollandale, Leland, Mounds, Nitta Yuma, Panther Burn, Rolling Fork, Vicksburg, and Yazoo City, among others. Louisiana towns pictures include Baton Rouge, Melville, Hamburg, Delta Point, and other areas and highway scenes. Also included are a few images from Memphis, Tenn. Continued in PA-1184/2.

Photograph Album PA-1184/2

Photograph album, 1927 #01184, Series: "Papers, 1902-1938." PA-1184/2

Continuation of PA-1184/1.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anna Brooke Allan and David C. Knesel, 1962-1971

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, November 2007; updated by Jessica Sedgwick, May 2009

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