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Mary Celestia Parler Randolph Scrapbook

Identifier: MC 897

Scope and Content Note

Scrapbook of Mary Celestia Parler Randolph, ca. 1929, containing clippings, some authored by Mary Celestia Parler [Randolph], 1904-1981; most written by her mother, Josie Platt Parler, of Wedgefield, SC.


  • Creation: circa 1920


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

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Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Mary Celestia Parler was born in 1904, in Wedgefield, South Carolina. She came to University of Arkansas in 1948 as an associate professor of English, specializing in the works of Chaucer. In 1949, she participated in the formation of the Arkansas Folklore Society with John Gould Fletcher and Vance Randolph, whom she later married. Also that year she developed the university's curriculum for Arkansas folklore and became the director of the University of Arkansas Folklore Research Project. During the next fifteen years, she along with her students amassed a collection of over 3,000 audio recordings of folksong and tales. Aside from the audio collection, now known as the Mary Celestia Parler Ozark Folksong Collection, she also produced twelve volumes of adjectival comparisons, proverbs, riddles, beliefs and superstitions, and ballads taken from over sixty-thousand note cards which she collected from her students during her twenty-six year career at the university. She also published a compilation entitled Arkansas Ballet Book, taken from songs found in the folksong collection in 1963.


.5 Linear Feet (1 volume)

Arrangement of the Papers

This is a single item collection.

Acquisition Information

The Mary Celestia Parler Randolph Scrapbook were donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries in 1988 by Norma Ortiz-Karp of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Processing Information

Processed by Norma Ortiz-Karp; completed in July 1989.


Mary Celestia Parler Randolph Scrapbook
Norma Ortiz-Karp
July 1989
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
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Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
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