Minnie B. Parker Collection, 1839-1976

(Manuscript Collection #89)

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Minnie B. Parker Collection
Creator: Parker, Minnie B.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Collection (1839-1976) including correspondence, receipts, legal papers, poems, military orders, list of patients, etc., related to Nash and Franklin counties, North Carolina, and a scrapbook tracing the activities of Miss Minnie B. Parker as a nurse for the American Expeditionary Force in France, during World War I (1918-1920).
Extent: 0.94 Cubic feet, 2 archival boxes and 1 oversize folder, including correspondence, ledgers, financial papers, scrapbook, legal papers, printed material, photographs, genealogy reports, and miscellaneous items.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

April 15, 1969, 34 items; Papers (1839-1934), including correspondence, a scrapbook, receipts, legal papers, and miscellaneous. Deposited by Miss Janice Winstead, Greenville, N.C.

March 19, 2014, (unprocessed addition 1), .25 cu. ft.; This addition (1901-1976) includes photographs of Minnie Parker in her Red Cross uniform, her certificate for passing the Nurses’ Board of Examiners for Virginia (1904), records related to her service in the Army Nurse Corps during WWI, documents related to her care late in life and her estate, items related to her membership in the American Legion, genealogy reports on the Griffin and Parker families prepared by The Media Research Bureau of Washington, D.C., and a celluloid necklace. These items are donated in loving memory of “Cousin Minnie,” the donor’s parents Everett “Jay” and Gladys Winstead, and her sister Janice Winstead McBurney. Gift of Joye Winstead Voshell.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Minnie B. Parker Collection (#89), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Miss Janice Winstead and Mrs. Joye Winstead Voshell

Processing Information

  • Processed by H. Huneycutt, May 1970

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Minnie Bell Parker was born October 10, 1881, in Wilson Co., N.C., lived most of her adult life in Norfolk, Va., and died in Raleigh, N.C., on July 5, 1976. She earned her living as a nurse and during World War I she served as a nurse with the American Expeditionary Force in France.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The collection contains a scrapbook tracing the activities of Miss Minnie B. Parker as a nurse for the American Expeditionary Force in France, during World War I (1918-1920). It contains baggage tickets from the ADRIATIC, which was being used as a troopship; a letter from King George V thanking the American troops for their support; army forms of embarkation; permits to work in France; poems; military orders; list of patients; passes for travel in France and discharge; and many tokens from entertainment, such as parties and dances, given in the area for troop morale.

There is also a folder containing correspondence, receipts, and legal papers from 1839-1934. Antebellum papers include correspondence (1845) from George R. Bell in Alabama concerning settling of accounts in Nash County; a militia refreshment account and court martial records (1849) of the N.C. militia in Nash County; and miscellaneous deeds, promissory notes, and receipts for residents of Nash and Franklin counties. For the Civil War period there is a receipt for "tax-in-kind" (1863) and a letter (1865) from Confederate soldier Presley Griffin of Nash County to his wife, written from near Petersburg, Virginia. Griffin warns his wife of legislation aimed at taking slaves into the Confederate Army. Also of interest is a certificate of release of a prisoner of war and the oath of allegiance (1865) signed by Mr. Griffin.

Subject Headings Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Geographic Entry :

  • North Carolina, Nash County

Autograph Entry :

  • King George V 1918

Subject Entries :

  • BELL, GEORGE R.
  • CRIME AND PUNISHMENT--Warrants(Law)
  • IMMIGRATION AND EMIGRATION--Alabama
  • MILITIA--Nash Co., N.C.
  • SLAVERY--Civil War
  • WAR--CIVIL--Loyalty Oaths
  • WAR--CIVIL--Negroes
  • WAR--WORLD WAR I--American Expeditionary Force
  • WAR--WORLD WAR I--Nurses and Nursing
  • WAR--WORLD WAR I--Ships and Shipping
  • WAR--WORLD WAR I--Travel
  • WAR--WORLD WAR I--Travel

Date Entries :

  • 1840-1849
  • 1918-1919

Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

  • Box 1#0089.1 Icon to indicate that there are digitized materials available
    • Folder a#0089.1.a
      Correspondence, receipts, and legal papers related to Nash and Franklin counties, NC, and to Bellmont, Alabama; Civil War correspondence and Point Lookout, MD, certificate of release for prisoner of war, and oath of allegiance to U.S. (1839-1929, undated).
    • Folder b#0089.1.b (1 item  digitized)
      Scrapbook tracing the activities of Miss Minnie B. Parker as a nurse for the American Expeditionary Force in France, during World War I (1918-1920).

Preliminary Inventory Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

Oversize Folder os1#0089.os1
Nurses' Board of Examiners for the State of Virginia Certificate (1904) for Minnie Parker; 1839 land indenture between Burnet (?) Lewis of Franklin Co., N.C., and Geo. R. Bell and William Frazier of Nash Co., N.C.

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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