Minnie B. Parker Collection, 1839-1976

Manuscript Collection #89

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Minnie B. Parker Collection
    Creator: Parker, Minnie B.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: 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.
  • Description
     

    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.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    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.

  • Administrative Information
     
    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.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Miss Janice Winstead and Mrs. 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.

    Processing Information

    Processed by H. Huneycutt, May 1970

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

Container List


Preliminary Inventory

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

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.

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Container List


Preliminary Inventory

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.

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