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Mary Celestia Parler Photographs

Identifier: MC 896

Scope and Content Note

Many of the photographs were taken by professional photographers, apparently for publication in Arkansas Alumnus. Others are snapshots. Any captions on the verso of prints are enclosed in quotation marks in the picture descriptions that follow. All measurements of the prints are in inches, height given first.


  • Creation: ca 1950-1959


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. (From Mary Celestia Parler Randolph Scrapbook (MC 897))

Mary Celestia Parler was folklorist for the University of Arkansas and organized the University Folklore Research Project (1949-1965). The photographs feature Mary Celestia Parler and others active in collecting folklore, as well as the subjects of Ozark folklore studies.


0.08 Linear Feet (2 folders)

Arrangement of the Papers

The Collection consists of 32 photographs arranged in two folders.

Acquisition Information

The Mary Celestia Parler Photographs were donated to the Special Collections Division by Frances Lott of Fayetteville, Arkansas through Ernie Deane in September 1988.

Processing Information

Processed by Nan Lawler, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas; completed in July 1989.


Mary Celestia Parler Photographs
Nan Lawler
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444