Lester and Agnes Parker Collection, ca. 1945-1985

Manuscript Collection #1005

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Lester and Agnes Parker Collection
    Creator: Parker, Agnes
    Parker, Lester
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Collection (1945-circa 1980s, undated) of clippings, photographs, Christmas cards, World War II ration books, relating to the Parker family, “Pitch a Boogie Woogie” a film with an all-black cast, the Corner Stone Baptist Church, and Mt. Calvary Free Will Baptist Church of Greenville, North Carolina.
    Extent: 0.32 Cubic feet, 1 box, clippings, photographs, Christmas cards, World War II ration books, relating to the Parker family, “Pitch a Boogie Woogie” a film with an all-black cast, the Corner Stone Baptist Church, and Mt. Calvary Free Will Baptist Church of Greenville, North Carolina
  • Description
     

    The collection consists of one photograph with Agnes Parker surrounded by other unidentified people and several Christmas cards featuring images of who are assumed to be family friends. The collection also contains two World War II-era ration books which belonged to Lester and Agnes Parker. Also included is a newspaper clipping that describes a 1985 re-showing in Greenville, N.C. of “Pitch a Boogie Woogie”. The film, described as a “lively Jazz Review,” was produced in Greenville during 1947, and featured an all-African American cast. The collection also contains a small number of artifacts. These consist of an undated eagle-themed, metal belt buckle and matching key chain and two decorative ceramic plates. The plates feature ca. 1950s images of Mt. Calvary Free Will Baptist Church and Cornerstone Baptist Church located in Greenville, N.C.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    The Lester and Mary Parker and their daughter Agnes were an African American family who resided in Pitt County during the World War II period (earliest known) until their deaths. Agnes Parker died on July 12, 2003, at the age of 73 and is buried at Homestead Cemetery in Pitt County, N.C. Janice L. Rice found the materials in their home at 1226 Davenport Street in Greenville, N.C., and later donated them. Rice worked for Joyner Library before retiring circa 2007.

    Sources: Raleigh, N.C., News & Observer newspaper for July 15, 2003. Cemetery Survey of Pitt County, North Carolina by William "Bill" B. Kittrell. 1940 U.S. Census for Greenville, N.C.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    August 19, 2004 10 items, 0.32 cubic feet; Collection (ca. 1945-1985) of clippings, photographs, World War II ration books, and memorabilia. See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: Janice L. Rice

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Janice L. Rice

    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

    Lester and Agnes Parker Collection (#1005), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Lindsay Flood, April 1, 2008

    Processed by Christopher Early April 2007

Container List

  • Photographs
     

    • Box 1
       
      Photograph (ca. 1980s) of Agnes Parker with four other women. 1 item. 1 p. Color
      Photograph (ca. 1980s) of a girl in an angel costume sent as a Christmas card from Debbie, Bill and Rebecca. 1 item. Color
      Photograph (ca. 1980s) of a boy and a girl in an angel costume sent as a Christmas card from Ken, Wanda, Kenneth and Kristen. 1 item. Color
      Photograph (ca. 1980s) of a boy and a girl in an angel costume sent as a Christmas card from Ken, Wanda, Kenneth and Kristen. 1 item. Color
  • Printed Materials
     

    • Box 1
       
      War Ration Book No. 3 (ca. 1945) belonging to Lester Parker. 1 item. 6 p.
      War Ration Book No. 3 (ca. 1945) belonging to Agnes Parker. 1 item. 6 p.
      Daily Reflector clipping (12/15/1985), p. D-1 entitled "Greenville All-Black Cast Film to be Shown in February; Made in 1947, restored by the American Film Institute," 1 item. 1 p. Note: "A lively little jazz revue, 'Pitch a Boogie Woogie,' made in Greenville in 1947 with an all-black cast of local and traveling performers . . . "
  • Artifacts
     

    • Box 1
       
      Brass belt buckles (1941-1945) belonging to Lester Parker. 2 items. 2 p.
      Decorative ceramic plate (ca. 1950s) with sepia photograph captioned "Corner Stone Baptist Church, Greenville, North Carolina, Rev. J. E. Tillett, Pastor." Plate manufactured by Taylor Smith Taylor, USA; Photograph applied by Fotoware, Preston-Hopkinson Co., Appomattox, VA. 1 item. 1 p. Note: For decorative use only.
      Decorative ceramic plate (ca. 1950s) with sepia photograph captioned "Mt. Calvary Free Will Baptist Church, Greenville, North Carolina, Rev. W. L. Jones, Pastor." Plate manufactured by Taylor Smith Taylor, USA; Photograph applied by Fotoware, Preston-Hopkinson Co., Appomattox, VA. 1 item. 1 p. Note: For decorative use only.

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Container List

  • Photographs
     

    • Box 1
       
      Photograph (ca. 1980s) of Agnes Parker with four other women. 1 item. 1 p. Color
      Photograph (ca. 1980s) of a girl in an angel costume sent as a Christmas card from Debbie, Bill and Rebecca. 1 item. Color
      Photograph (ca. 1980s) of a boy and a girl in an angel costume sent as a Christmas card from Ken, Wanda, Kenneth and Kristen. 1 item. Color
      Photograph (ca. 1980s) of a boy and a girl in an angel costume sent as a Christmas card from Ken, Wanda, Kenneth and Kristen. 1 item. Color
  • Printed Materials
     

    • Box 1
       
      War Ration Book No. 3 (ca. 1945) belonging to Lester Parker. 1 item. 6 p.
      War Ration Book No. 3 (ca. 1945) belonging to Agnes Parker. 1 item. 6 p.
      Daily Reflector clipping (12/15/1985), p. D-1 entitled "Greenville All-Black Cast Film to be Shown in February; Made in 1947, restored by the American Film Institute," 1 item. 1 p. Note: "A lively little jazz revue, 'Pitch a Boogie Woogie,' made in Greenville in 1947 with an all-black cast of local and traveling performers . . . "
  • Artifacts
     

    • Box 1
       
      Brass belt buckles (1941-1945) belonging to Lester Parker. 2 items. 2 p.
      Decorative ceramic plate (ca. 1950s) with sepia photograph captioned "Corner Stone Baptist Church, Greenville, North Carolina, Rev. J. E. Tillett, Pastor." Plate manufactured by Taylor Smith Taylor, USA; Photograph applied by Fotoware, Preston-Hopkinson Co., Appomattox, VA. 1 item. 1 p. Note: For decorative use only.
      Decorative ceramic plate (ca. 1950s) with sepia photograph captioned "Mt. Calvary Free Will Baptist Church, Greenville, North Carolina, Rev. W. L. Jones, Pastor." Plate manufactured by Taylor Smith Taylor, USA; Photograph applied by Fotoware, Preston-Hopkinson Co., Appomattox, VA. 1 item. 1 p. Note: For decorative use only.


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