A Guide to the W. Dale Parker Papers, 1914-2006 Parker, W. Dale Papers Ms1989-093

W. Dale Parker Papers, 1914-2006

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Collection Number Ms1989-093


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1989-093
Title
W. Dale Parker Papers, 1914-2006
Quantity
20.3 Cubic Feet 14 boxes
Creator
Parker, W. Dale (William Dale), 1925-2007
Language
English
Abstract
Papers of William Dale Parker, management specialist on NASA's Project Gemini, General Motors plant engineer; General Dynamics management specialist; writer; businessman; self-described political consultant, expert on human relations, and genius. Contains correspondence, memorabilia, photos, scrapbooks, and ephemera relating to Parker's life, career and interests, as well as the life and career of his youngest daughter, Jacquelyn Parker, the first female graduate of the U. S. Air Force Test Pilot School.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the W. Dale Parker Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: W. Dale Parker Papers Ms1989-093, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The W. Dale Parker Papers were donated to Special Collections in eight separate accessions, dated 2001 to 2006.

Processing Information

Processing of the W. Dale Parker Papers commenced in June 2016 and was completed in May 2017.


Biographical / Historical

William Dale Parker, son of Otis and Eva Dempsey Parker, was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, on April 13, 1925. After graduating from Portsmouth's Churchland High School, Parker joined the U. S. Coast Guard, serving for 16 months before apparently receiving a medical discharge in July, 1944. He entered the College of William & Mary the following spring. Though he referred to himself throughout life as a W&M alumnus, transcripts indicate that Parker failed out of the college. He later took a handful of courses at Goldey Beacom College, University of Delaware, and California Western University; following ten years of coursework, he graduated from the industrial engineering program of International Correspondence Schools in 1956. (His 1968 doctorate was an honorary degree, awarded by James Balmes University, Saltillo, Mexico.)

Parker had married Frances Ross Jennings on February 2, 1946; the couple would have five daughters. The Parkers took up residence at the Naval Proving Grounds (Dahlgren, Virginia) where Dale Parker worked as a draftsman and later claimed to have designed the first rocket launcher used in the United States. During this time, Parker also taught courses in draftsmanship, started a base newspaper, and performed private drafting work.

From about 1950 to 1961, Parker worked at the Wilmington, Delaware, plant of General Motors, serving as a plant engineer and later as an assistant director of salaried personnel, in charge of public relations and counseling. During this time, he incorporated Multiple Services, a small, nebulous business that, according to Parker, "contracted to do anything legal." From 1961 to 1964, he was a management specialist for General Dynamics - Astronautics in San Diego. He also traveled as a lecturer, specializing in human relations.

In 1964, Parker was hired by NASA, an agency in which his brother Otis already worked as an aerospace engineer. Dale Parker worked as a management specialist for Project Gemini in Houston from 1964 to 1967, and at Cape Kennedy from 1967 to 1969. He is credited with bringing Project Gemini from nine months behind schedule to nine months ahead of schedule within nine months (source of credit: Dale Parker). He seems to have retired in 1969. The previous September, he had married Beulah Lee "Boots" Farthing, two weeks after the death of his first wife.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Parker engaged in a number of other activities: working as a pro bono "marriage counselor," as an official with various beauty pageants, as vice-president of Multiple Services, and in various capacities with several other small, short-lived business enterprises. Parker also devoted a great deal of time to volunteering with various civic organizations and charities and maintaining memberships in a number of fraternal and masonic organizations.

Styling himself a writer, Parker self-published several books, including The Philosophy of Genius (1971), Gutless America (1973), and Your Own Personal Angel (1997). He also shared his many opinions through newspaper columns, frequent letters to the editor, and speeches delivered to any willing audience.

Parker remained politically active throughout his life and was a prolific letter writer, offering political advice, asking favors, or sharing his opinions. Apparently guided not so much by ideology as an attraction to power, Parker contributed to both political parties. Though he seems not to have wielded the influence that he frequently claimed--referring to himself as a "presidential advisor" and "White House veteran"--he was in fact acquainted with a number of prominent politicians and had a knack for gaining their attention. In 1977, Parker mounted a short-lived independent gubernatorial campaign in Florida, and gained some media attention with his unconventional method of seeking a running mate through newspaper advertisements. In 1994, Parker self-published A Political Candidate's Guide, claiming it was the first book to offer advice on how to run a political campaign in the United States. He also shared his many political opinions through various venues, including a short-lived political newsletter that he faxed to any media outlet or politician that he thought would find it of interest.

An entrepreneur of sorts, Parker made several ill-fated attempts in the manufacturing and marketing of various products, none seeming to have ever advanced farther than the developmental stage. Among these were the Amy Carter peanut doll, the space exploration and technology trivia board game, sports medallions, and gravesite-mounted photographic memorials.

By 1982, the Parkers had moved to Boone, North Carolina, though Dale Parker retained his status as a Florida resident for the remainder of his life. He died in Boone on July 8, 2007; Boots Parker, on December 22, 2008. Both were buried in Portlock Cemetery, Portsmouth, Virginia.

Scope and Content

This collection contains the papers of William Dale Parker (1925-2007), management specialist on NASA's Project Gemini from 1964 to 1969; engineer with General Motors and General Dynamics; writer; businessman; and self-described political advisor, expert on human relations, and genius. The collection includes such materials as correspondence, memorabilia, printed materials, photographs, and scrapbooks.

Contained within the collection is very little about Parker's work on Gemini, the focus instead being largely on documenting Parker's personal life and his other interests: writing and lecturing, volunteer/humanitarian activities, politics, and business. Parker was meticulous about collecting the minutiae relating to all his personal life and chronicling all of his activities in photographs, memoirs, and scrapbooks.

The collection also includes a series of materials relating to the life and career of his youngest daugher, Jacquelyn S. "Jackie" Parker, holder of a number of firsts for women in aviation, including the first female graduate of the U. S. Air Force Test Pilot School. Also included is a series of correspondence from Parker's pen pals residing in former Soviet states soon after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Arrangement

The W. Dale Parker Papers are arranged in the following series:

Series I. Biographical and Personal Papers, 1940-2006. This series contains materials documenting Parker's personal life. The series includes biographical source items, such as newspaper clippings, Who's Who listings, and an oral history. The series also includes such items as personal correspondence, personnel records, appointment calendars, legal and financial records, and certificates and awards. Arranged by material type.

Series II. Name and Subject Files, 1922-2006. Included in this series are files devoted to the various subjects in which Parker was interested, including many civic efforts in which he was personally involved, businesses for which he worked, and organizations in which he maintained a membership. Also included are name files for people he knew or with whom he exchanged correspondence. These files include correspondence, printed materials, and ephemera. The series includes files devoted to Parker's immediate family, with the exception of Jackie Parker, whose papers may be found in a separate series. Also not included here are politicians or persons affiliated with the space program, files for whom may be found in other series. Also among the files are collections of postcards addressed to the families of George W. Dutcher of Wilmington, Delaware; and Holiday Hoopes, of Landenberg, Pennsylvania. Parker's relationship--if any--to these families is unknown. This series is arranged alphabetically by name or topic.

Series III. Writings and Speeches, 1952-2005. This series holds the writings of Dale Parker, including several self-published books, newspaper columns and letters to the editor, newsletters, and unpublished essays on a variety of topics. Also included are drafts of speeches as well as recordings of speeches and radio appearances. Arranged by type, then alphabetically.

Series IV. Jacquelyn S. Parker Papers, 1967-2006. This series contains materials relating to Jacquelyn S. "Jackie" Parker, the first female graduate of the U. S. Air Force Test Pilot School. Contained in this series are biographical materials, personal correspondence, printed materials, and scrapbooks, including materials relating to the controversy surrounding her eventual retirement from military service. Arranged by material type.

Series V. Space Program, 1962-2006. This small series includes a handful of Project Gemini records generated during Parker's time at NASA. Also included is an oral history in which Parker discusses his time at NASA. The majority of the series consists of space program printed material, memorabilia, and ephemera. (Of particular interest among these, perhaps, is an autographed photo of astronaut Alan Bean.) The personal correspondence includes letters from Carl Sagan; astronaut Deke Slayton; and Martha Chaffee, widow of astronaut Roger Chaffee. The remainder of the series consists of materials relating to the Dale Parker Space Collection, now housed at the Boeing Museum of Flight. Arranged loosely by subject matter.

Series VI. Politics and Politicians, 1956-2006. This series contains both subject and name files relating to Parker's interest in politics. The majority of the series consists of files devoted to local, state, and federal elected officials. Many of these consist of nothing more than memorabilia, printed material, and form-printed letters, but a number of files--such as the Joe Biden folder--contain pieces of personal correspondence or other materials that establish a personal relationship between Parker and the subject. Some folders include correspondence from politicians' family members, advisors, and office staff; in other cases, these materials have been moved into separate folders under the individual names. (Personal correspondence of Rose Mary Woods, personal secretary of President Nixon, for example, is found within her own folder, not that of Nixon.) The collection also contains folders relating to Parker's Florida gubernatorial campaign and the Democratic and Republican parties. Completing the series is a small collection of political memorabilia. Names in this series are arranged alphabetically, followed by general political materials.

Series VII. Business Enterprises, 1945-2005. Parker's many attempts at entrepreneurship are chronicled in this series. Included are business plans, correspondence, and prototypes. Noteworthy within the series are the Amy Carter Peanut Doll, Pictorial Gravesite Creations, and the Space Exploration and Technology Trivia Game.

Series VIII. Pen Pals, 1993-2005. In 1993, Parker began correponding with a number of people living in former Soviet states. This series contains the letters written to Parker by his many pen pals. While some correspondents are represented by only a single letter, a few of the folders contain dozens of letters spanning several years. Many of the letters describe political, economic, and social conditions in the former Soviet states just after the Soviet Union's collapse. Predominant within the correspondence are letters from Belarus, though the series also contains letters from other countries. While most of the letters are written in English, some are written in Cyrrilic. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent name.

Series IX. Artifacts and Mementos, 1943-2005. Included within this eclectic assortment are fragments from a mastodon tusk, the floor of the Acropolis, and the Berlin Wall. The series also includes such disparate items as a racetrack slide rule handicapper; gag calling cards; a book of devotionals distributed to military personnel during World War II; autographed photos of Kaye Grable, Edie Adams, and Bill O'Reilly; and a William & Mary letter sweater.

Series X. Photographs, 1910-1998. This series contains Parker's personal photos of himself and friends, both in snapshots and studio portraits. Included among the photos are a number that were taken the night before the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter and include Amy Carter and Carter family staff and friends. The series is not arranged in any particular order. Loose photos have not been arranged in any particular order; photo albums have been disassembled but retain their original order and the albums arranged in chronological order.

Series XI. Scrapbooks, 1918-2004. An ardent scrapbooker, Parker documented his entire life in this medium, and in many ways the scrapbook series forms the crux of the collection. The scrapbooks chronicle all aspects of Parker's life through photographs, newspaper clippings and other printed material, correspondence, memorabilia, and ephemera. (ManyA number of items in other series within the collection had obviously once been in scrapbooks that Parker seems to have later disassembled.) The series is arranged chronologically.

Related Material

The finding aid for the papers of Otis Jerome Parker, NASA aerospace engineer and brother of W. Dale Parker, may be found here.

Separated Material

The following items were removed from the collection to be cataloged for the rare book collection:

Bergaust, Erik. Wernher von Braun. Washington: National Space Institute, 1976. (autographed)
"The Beautiful Caverns of Luray." Luray, VA: Lauck, [1942?]
Bobby: The Robert F. Kennedy story--the man and his dream. New York: Macfadden-Bartell, 1968.
Cann, William N. Coast to coast with the air mail: impressions of the first aeroplane trip of William N. Cann. Wilmington, DE: Cann Brothers & Kindig, 1930. (autographed)
Carter, Jimmy. Sharing Good Times.New York: Simon and Schuster, 2005. (autographed)
Conrad, Nancy and Howard A. Klausner. Rocket man: astronaut Pete Conrad's incredible ride to the moon and beyond (autographed by Nancy Conrad and astronaut Alan Dean)
Downs, Hugh. "The Resources of space." Arlington, VA: National Space Institute, [1976?]
"'The Founders': a drama of Jamestown. Williamsburg, VA: The Jamestown Corporation, [1957].
Hansen, James R. First man: the life of Neil A. Armstrong. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.
Miller, Marvin, comp. The Breaking of a president: some facts and findings surrounding the Watergate blunders of Richard M. Nixon, et al. vol. 1. [S.l.]: Therapy Productions, 1974.
NASA pocket statistics. Washington: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, [1992].
Onyx, Narda. Water, world and Weissmuller: Johnny Weissmuller's biography. Los Angeles: VION, 1964. (autographed by Weissmuller)
Szathmary, Louis. American gastronomy: an illustrated portfolio of recipes and culinary history. Chicago: Henry Regnery Co., 1974.
Worden, Alfred M. Hello Earth: greetings from Endeavour. Los Angeles: Nash, 1974. (autographed)


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Archives of American Aerospace Exploration (AAAE)
  • Science and Technology
  • United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Occupations:

  • Aerospace engineers
  • Businesspeople
  • United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- Officials and employees

Contents List

Series I. Biographical and Personal Papers, 1940-2006
  • Box-Folder 1
    1
    Biographical notes and lists, 1964-2003, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 1
    2
    Biographical brochures and clippings, 1967-1980, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 1
    3
    Who's Who publication listings, 1969-2006, n,.d.
  • Box-Folder 1
    4
    "Dale's Life Story", [1969]
    [reel-to-reel audio recording]
  • Box-Folder 1
    5
    Civil service records, 1945-1969
  • Box-Folder 1
    6-9
    Personal correspondence (general) - incoming, 1945-2006, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 1
    10
    Personal correspondence (general) - outgoing, 1963-2006, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 1
    11
    Address books, n.d.
    [2 folders]
  • Box-Folder 1
    12
    Announcements and invitations, 1962-1998, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 1
    13-21
    Calendars / appointment books, 1973-1997
  • Box-Folder 1
    22
    Certificates and awards, 1955-2003, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 1
    23
    Charity / volunteer activities, 1953-2003, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    1
    Church, 1945-1991, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    2
    Coats of arms (Parker and Farthing), n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    3
    Financial documents and correspondence, 1971-2003, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    4
    Fraternal, Masonic, and professional memberships, 1940-1998, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    5
    Legal documents and correspondence, 1958-1999, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    6
    Military service, 1944-1974, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    7
    NASA personnel records, 1964-1969, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    8
    Parker family genealogy, 1946-2001, n .d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    9
    Passports, 1964-1983
  • Box-Folder 2
    10
    Personal health, 1957-2005, n,.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    11
    Personality profiles and letters of recommendation, 1944-1968, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    12
    Plays and concerts, 1945-2000, n.d.
    [2 folders]
  • Box-Folder 2
    13
    Property (real and personal), 1952-2006, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    14
    Recreation (billiards, bowling, bridge, and golf), 1954-1998, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    15
    School records, 1945-1971, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    16
    Travel, 1964-1999, n.d.
Series II. Name and Subject Files, 1922-2006
  • Box-Folder 2
    17
    American Legion, 1956-1973, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    18
    American Legion (Newport, Deware post) scrapbook, 1958-1959, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    19
    Appalachian State University, 1992-2005, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    20
    Beauty pageants: Miss America programs, 1954-1960
  • Box-Folder 2
    21
    Beauty pageants: Miss Brevard County scrapbook, 1968, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    22
    Beauty pageants: state and local programs, 1957-1969
  • Box-Folder 2
    23
    Beauty pageants: Esther Olney (Miss Delaware), 1959
  • Box-Folder 2
    24
    Beauty pageants: American and International Model Festivals, 1969, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    25
    Beauty pageants: photographs, newspaper clippings, and ephemera, , 1955-1968, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    26
    Bill, James A., 1988-1995, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    27
    Boone / Wautauga County, North Carolina, 1981-2006, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    28
    Boys' and Girls' Society of San Diego, 1962-1964, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    29
    Bray, James Lee, 1960-1986
  • Box-Folder 2
    30
    Cann, Willian N. "Bill", 1959-1975, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    31
    Cecil, Richard "Dick", 1964-2000, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 2
    32
    Churchland High School, 1971-1998, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    1
    Civil Defense (Delaware state and local), 1951-1961, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    2
    College of William and Mary, 1945-2006, n.d.
    [3 folders]
  • Box-Folder 3
    3
    Delaware Safety Council, 1957-1959, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    4
    Dutcher, George W. (Wilmington, Delaware) and family - postcards, 1936-1957, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    5
    Eggers, Stacy, 1983-2000, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    6
    Fisher, Paul - Fisher Space Pen, 1986-1990, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    7
    Freeman, Y. Frank, 1963-1990
  • Box-Folder 3
    8
    General Dynamics, 1962-1964, ,n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    9
    General Motors, 1957-1997, n.d.
    [2 folders]
  • Box-Folder 3
    10
    Green, Lewis, 1989-1994, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    11
    Hall, Michael S., 1989-1992, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    12
    Hoopes, Holiday (Landenberg, Pennsylvania) and family - postcards, 1922-1955, n.d.
    [2 folders]
  • Box-Folder 3
    13
    Hope, Bob, 1977-2003
  • Box-Folder 3
    14
    Human relations, 1958-2001, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    15
    Industrial Management Club of Delaware, 1952-1958, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    16
    International Aerocoustics Corporation, 1958
  • Box-Folder 3
    17
    International Institute of Human Relations, 1964-1977, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    18
    Junior chambers of commerce, 1957-1972, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    19
    Knox, Roy, 1964-1990, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    20
    Lees-McRae College, 1991-1997, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    21
    McCarver, Marilyn, 1967-2000, n.
  • Box-Folder 3
    22
    McNally, Laine Truelove, 1992-1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    23
    Mensa, 1966-2006, n.d.
    [2 folders]
  • Box-Folder 3
    24
    Miller, Bette Towers, 1986-1987, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    25
    Monroe Park (Wilmington, Delaware), 1952, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    26
    Morton, Hugh (Linville, North Carolina), 1965-1966, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    27
    Nassau Bay (Houston, Texas), 1965-1966, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    28
    National Federation of Federal Employees - Titusville Florida Local 1575, 1968, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    29
    Naval Proving Ground, 1946
  • Box-Folder 3
    30
    Newark Industrial Management Club, 1955-1958, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    31
    North Brevard Friends of the Library, 1969-1970, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    32
    Oak Grove Cemetery (Portsmouth, Virginia), 1973
  • Box-Folder 3
    33
    Owens, Mitt, 1976-1998, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    34
    Parker, Beulah Lee "Boots", 1959-2006, n.d.
    [2 folders]
  • Box-Folder 3
    35
    Parker, Beulah Lee "Boots" - scrapbook ("The Parkers, 1616-2006: Boots"), 1950-2004, n.d.
    [2 folders]
  • Box-Folder 3
    36
    Parker, Elizabeth "Dabbie" , 1947-1966, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 3
    37
    Parker, Eva and Otis J. (reel-to-reel audio recording) , n.d.
    [reel-to-reel audio recording]
  • Box-Folder 3
    38
    Parker, Frances Lea "Frankie", 1955-1997, n.d.
    [2 folders]
  • Box-Folder 4
    1
    Parker, Frances Ross Jennings, 1927-1969, n.d.
    [3 folders]
  • Box-Folder 4
    2
    Parker, Kym Carolyn Jane, 1954-1975, n.d.
    [4 folders]
  • Box-Folder 4
    3
    Parker, Otis Jerome - NASA reports and inter-office communications, 1962-1975, n.d.
    [2 folders]
  • Box-Folder 4
    4
    Parker, Otis Jerome - personal papers, 1975-2004, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 4
    5
    Parker, Penny, 1959-1975, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 4
    6
    Reed, Rodney, 1958-1995, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 4
    7
    Rivellino, Alfonso and Ellie, 1964-2006, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 4
    8
    Smith, Melanie, 1995-1996, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 4
    9
    Storcken, Thei, 1971-1990, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 4
    10
    Titusville Royal Oak development, 1971, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 4
    11
    University of Science and Philosophy, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 4
    12
    Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1990-1992, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 4
    13
    Virginia Tech, 1989-2005, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 4
    14
    Weissmuller, Johnny, 1975-2006, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 4
    15
    Williams, George (Plains, Georgia), 1994-2005, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 4
    16
    Wright, Frank S. and Eleanor, 1972-1995, n.d.
Series III. Writings and Speeches, 1952-2005
  • Box-Folder 4
    17
    "God Knows I Want to Come Home" draft, [1989?]
  • Box-Folder 4
    18
    God Knows I Want to Come Home, 1989
  • Box-Folder 4
    19
    God Knows I Want to Come Home - correspondence and addenda, 1989-1996, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 4
    20
    "Gutless America" draft, 1973
  • Box-Folder 4
    21
    Gutless America, 1973
    [3 copies (2 softcover, 1 hardcover); 2 folders]
  • Box-Folder 4
    22
    Gutless America - correspondence and advertising, 1973-1975, ,n.d.
  • Box-Folder 4
    23
    "The Philosophy of Genius" draft, 1971
  • Box-Folder 4
    24
    The Philosophy of Genius, 1971
    [3 copies (2 softcover, 1 hardcover); 2 folders]
  • Box-Folder 4
    25
    The Philosophy of Genius - correspondence and marketing, 1969-1972, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 5
    1
    A Political Candidate's Guide, 1994
  • Box-Folder 5
    2
    A Political Candidate's Guide - correspondence and marketing, 1995-1996, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 5
    3
    A Textbook Collection of 100 Inspirational Prose and Poetry, 1990
  • Box-Folder 5
    4
    A Text Book Collection of 100 Inspirational Prose and Poetry - correspondence, 1990, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 5
    5
    2025: Life in the 21st Century: Geography 101: A Student Workbook, 1992
  • Box-Folder 5
    6
    2025: Life in the 21st Century... - correspondence, 1992-1993
  • Box-Folder 5
    7
    "Your Personal Angel" drafts, 1997
  • Box-Folder 5
    8
    Your Personal Angel, 1997
  • Box-Folder 5
    9
    Your Personal Angel - addenda and correspondence, 1997-2003, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 5
    10
    "Around the Mountains and the World" (newspaper column), 1982-1984
  • Box-Folder 5
    11
    Camping Illustrated, 1962-1963
  • Box-Folder 5
    12
    "Personalities in the News" (newspaper column), 1964-1969, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 5
    13
    Letters to the editor, 1974-2005, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 5
    14
    "Appraising Performance and Developing People", 1959
  • Box-Folder 5
    15
    "Thank You, Mr. President", 1974, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 5
    16
    "What Our Flag Means to Me", 1971, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 5
    17
    "A Selection of Writings by Dr. W. Dale Parker", 1992-1996
  • Box-Folder 5
    18
    Essays and Opinions - general, 1967-2003, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 5
    19
    "Around the Mountains and the World" (newsletter), 1997
  • Box-Folder 5
    20
    "A Political Consultant's Congressional Newsletter", 1995-1996
  • Box-Folder 5
    21
    Essays and opinions - political, 1990-1999, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 5
    22
    Essays and opinions - space, 1992, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 5
    23
    "My Home is Historic Virginia" - correspondence, 1989-1991, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 5
    24
    "My Home is Historic Virginia" (script by Bradley R. Mills, edited by Dale Parker) - first draft, 1991
  • Box-Folder 5
    25
    "My Home is Historic Virginia" (script by Bradley R. Mills, edited by Dale Parker) - second draft, 1991
  • Box-Folder 5
    26
    Speeches and other public appearances - notes and drafts, 1955-1995, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 5
    27
    Speeches and other public appearances, 1955-1973, n.d.
    [reel-to-reel audio recordings]
  • Box-Folder 5
    28
    Speeches and other public appearances , 1952-1995, n.d.
    [(audiocassette recordings]
  • Box-Folder 5
    29
    "Prose and Poetry with Dale Parker" (radio show on WOIX-AM) , 1983-1984, n.d.
    [(audiocassette recordings]
Series IV. Jacquelyn S. Parker, 1967-2006
  • Box-Folder 5
    30
    Awards and honors, 1979-2005, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 5
    31
    Biographical sketches, 1989-1998, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 5
    32
    Correspondence, 1976-2006, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 5
    33
    Greeting cards, 1990-1998, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 6
    1
    Education and training, 1970-1981, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 6
    2
    Legal documents, 1974-1990, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 6
    3
    Mensa, 1983-1998, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 6
    4
    Notes and ephemera, 1980-1994, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 6
    5
    Public appearances and media coverage , 1989-1994
    [videocassette]
  • Box-Folder 6
    6
    Public appearances and media coverage , 1979-1993
    [(audiocassettes]
    [2 items]
  • Box-Folder 6
    7
    Women Who Dared: American female test pilots, flight-test engineers, and astronauts, 1912-1996 (by Yvonne C. Pateman), 1997
  • Box-Folder 6
    8
    Printed material, 1967-1999, n.d.
    [2 folders]
    [2 folders]
  • Box-Folder 6
    9
    Photographs, 1974-2001, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 6
    10
    Childhood scrapbook / photo album, 1973-1976, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 6
    11
    Scrapbook ("The Parkers, 1616-2006: Jackie"), 1967-2004, n.d.
    [3 folders]
Series V. Space Program, 1962-2006
  • Box-Folder 6
    12
    Project Gemini records, 1962-1965, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 6
    13
    Reminiscences of space program and Parker Space Collections, 2000
    [(audiocassettes]
    [3 items]
  • Box-Folder 6
    14
    Personal correspondence, 1966-2006, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 6
    15
    Fitzpatrick, Pat, 2000-2006, n.d.
    [2 folders]
  • Box-Folder 6
    16
    Mars, Charlie, 2001
  • Box-Folder 6
    17
    Morehead Planetarium commemorative medallion, 1974, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 6
    18
    Museum of Flight, 2000-2001, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 6
    19
    Organizations, 1989-[2001]
  • Box-Folder 6
    20
    "Rendezvous in Space: a Tribute to Pete Conrad" - Museum of Flight, 2000
  • Box-Folder 6
    21
    Space Shuttle Challenger, 1988-1989, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 6
    22
    Space Shuttle Columbia, 2003, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 6
    23
    Space Walk of Fame, 1999-2006, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 6
    24
    Space Walk of Fame oral history project (Dale Parker oral history), 2001-2003
  • Box-Folder 6
    25
    Memorabilia and ephemera, 1966-2006, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 6
    26
    From Malabar to the Moon: America's Early Space Days (by John A. Moeller), 2005
  • Box-Folder 6
    27
    Printed materials, 1965-2006, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 6
    28
    Parker Space Collection - correspondence and newspaper clippings, 1973-2006, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 6
    29
    Parker Space Collection - inventories, 1987-1999
    [2 folders]
  • Box-Folder 6
    30
    Parker Space Collection - overview , 1985
    [(videocassette recording]
    [2 copies]
Series VI. Politics and Politicians, 1956-2006
  • Box-Folder 7
    1
    Benkie, Dee Dee, 2001-2005
  • Box-Folder 7
    2
    Biden, Joe, 1987-1995, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    3
    Boggs, J. Caleb, 1958-1973, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    4
    Bowles, Erskine, 1997-2003, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    5
    Burr, Richard, 1995-2006
  • Box-Folder 7
    6
    Bush, George H. W., 1973-1992
  • Box-Folder 7
    7
    Bush, George W., 1992-2002, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    8
    Carter, Jimmy, 1976-1979, n.d.
    [3 folders]
  • Box-Folder 7
    9
    Chiles, Lawton, 1971-1995, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    10
    Clinton, Bill, 1991-2006, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    11
    Clinton, Hillary, 1993-2000
  • Box-Folder 7
    12
    Connally, John, 1975-1979
  • Box-Folder 7
    13
    Dukakis, Michael, 1988
  • Box-Folder 7
    14
    Edmisten, Rufus, 1988-1995
  • Box-Folder 7
    15
    Faircloth, Lauch, 1993-1995
  • Box-Folder 7
    16
    Fisher, Paul - The Plan / Center for Action, 1981-1992, n.d.
    [2 folders]
  • Box-Folder 7
    17
    Ford, Gerald, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    18
    Glenn, John, 1982-1990, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    19
    Gore, Al, 2000, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    20
    Graham, Bob, 1986-1994, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    21
    Gramm, Phil, 1995
  • Box-Folder 7
    22
    Gunter, Bill, 1985-1989, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    23
    Helms, Jesse, 1982-2003, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    24
    Hunt, James B., 1979-2003
  • Box-Folder 7
    25
    Kennedy, Ted, 1968-2006, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    26
    Kivett, Gary, 1998, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    27
    McDowell, Harris B. Jr., 1956-1968, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    28
    Mondale, Walter, 1984, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    29
    Nelson, Bill, 1987-2006
  • Box-Folder 7
    30
    Nixon, Richard M., 1961-1974, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    31
    Nunn, Sam, 1987-1991
  • Box-Folder 7
    32
    Quayle, Dan, 1990, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    33
    Reagan, Ronald, 1984-2004, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    34
    Rove, Karl, 2000-2006
  • Box-Folder 7
    35
    Sanford, Terry, 1986-1992
  • Box-Folder 7
    36
    Stephanopoulos, George, 1992-1996
  • Box-Folder 7
    37
    Stone, Richard "Dick", 1977-1992, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    38
    Wallace, George, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    39
    Woods, Rose Mary, 1971-2005
  • Box-Folder 7
    40
    Personal correspondence (political) - outgoing, 1981-2005, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    41
    Personal correspondence (political) - incoming, 1957-2003, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    42
    Florida gubernatorial campaign, 1977-1978, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    43
    Democratic Party, 1957-1995, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    44
    Republican Party, 1990-2005, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    45
    Political memorabilia (presidential and vice-presidential tie pins and cufflinks), n.d.
  • Box-Folder 7
    46
    Political memorabilia (photos, printed material, and ephemera), 1945-1977, n.d.
Series VII. Business Enterprises, 1945-2005
  • Box-Folder 8
    1
    Amy Carter peanut doll, 1977, n.d.
    [2 folders]
  • Box-Folder 8
    2
    Around the Mountains and the World (newspaper), 1986, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 8
    3
    Multiple Services, Inc., 1960-1996, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 8
    4
    Personal counseling service, 1967-1997, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 8
    5
    Pictorial Gravesite Creations, 1989-1990, n.d.
    [2 folders]
  • Box-Folder 8
    6
    Political consulting, 1992-1996, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 8
    7
    Space exploration and technology trivia game, 1985-1987, n.d.
    [4 folders]
  • Box-Folder 8
    8
    Sports medallions, 1974, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 8
    9
    Other business ventures and employment, 1945-2005, n.d.
Series VIII. Pen Pals, 1993-2005
  • Box-Folder 8
    10
    Pen pal project background, 1993-1994, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 8
    11
    Afanevich, Alla, 1993-1994, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 8
    12
    Amelchenko, Olga, 1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 8
    13
    Other A surnames, 1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 8
    14
    Bedunkevich, Vatslav, 1993
  • Box-Folder 8
    15
    Bochkaryov, Dmitri, 1993
  • Box-Folder 8
    16
    Boldina, Inna, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 8
    17
    Borisova, Svetlana, 1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 8
    18
    Bymakova, Luedmila, 1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 8
    19
    Other B surnames, 1993
  • Box-Folder 8
    20
    Cherkes, Sergei, 1993
  • Box-Folder 8
    21
    Chopchits, Irina, 1993-1997, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 8
    22
    D-F surnames, 1993
  • Box-Folder 8
    23
    Gromenkov, Alexey, 1993
  • Box-Folder 8
    24
    Other G surnames, 1994, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 8
    25
    Hodorovich, Olga, 1993
  • Box-Folder 8
    26
    Other H surnames, 1993
  • Box-Folder 8
    27
    Inshakov, Alexei (Alyosha), 1993-1995
  • Box-Folder 9
    1
    Ivanenko, Irina, 1993-2005, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    2
    Jurkova, Sergei, 1993
  • Box-Folder 9
    3
    Kalynovsky, Dima, 1993-1995, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    4
    Kolychev, Alexei, 1993-1997, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    5
    Kuzmin, Boris, 1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    6
    Kyselev, Pavel, 1993-1994, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    7
    Other K surnames, 1993
  • Box-Folder 9
    8
    Linkiewicz, Aleksander, 1994-1998, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    9
    Other L surnames, 1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    10
    Mihailow, Sergei, 1993
  • Box-Folder 9
    11
    Mishchenko, Andrei, 1993-1997, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    12
    Other M surnames, 1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    13
    Natalevich, Youry and Tanya, 1993
  • Box-Folder 9
    14
    Nevaykin, Dima, 1993-1994, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    15
    Nikolayevna, Inna, 1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    16
    Nikitin, I. V., n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    17
    Okruzhnoj, Igor, 1993
  • Box-Folder 9
    18
    Olkhovskaya, Irina, 1993-1994
  • Box-Folder 9
    19
    Osypenko, Elena, 1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    20
    Parkalova, Svetlana, 1993-2001, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    21
    Petroukhin, Nickolai, 1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    22
    Petroukhin, Valeri, 1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    23
    Pogorelov, Yvana, 1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    24
    Popov, Valery, 1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    25
    Prikhodko, Michael, 1993-1996, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    26
    Pyshko, Taisa, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    27
    Other P surnames, 1993
  • Box-Folder 9
    28
    Ruban, Igor, 1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    29
    Other R surnames, 1993
  • Box-Folder 9
    30
    Savchenko, Alexander, 1994, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    31
    Savchenko, Nickolai, 1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    32
    Savitski, Sergei, 1993-1994, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    33
    Sergeyeva, Irina, 1993
  • Box-Folder 9
    34
    Sivak, Raissa, 1994-1995, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    35
    Other S surnames, 1993-1995, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    36
    Taran, Vitaly, 1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    37
    Terentewa, Eugenia, 1994, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    38
    Trumpel, Tamara, 1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    39
    Tsyguliov, Alexey, 1993-1994, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    40
    Other T surnames, 1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    41
    Vasilyev, Anatoly, 1993-2001, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    42
    Vasyankin, Alexander, 1993-1994, n,.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    43
    Vercherko, Dimitri, 1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    44
    Vlasenko, Veronica, 1993-1994, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    45
    Zalozhnev, Natasha, 1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    46
    Zaytseva, Olga, 1993-1994, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    47
    Zhuku, Yvana, 1993
  • Box-Folder 9
    48
    Other Z surnames, 1993, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    49
    Unidentified correspondents, 1993, n.d.
Series IX. Mementos and Artifacts, 1943-2005
  • Box-Folder 9
    50
    Mastodon tusk fragment, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    51
    Acropolis floor fragment, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    52
    Berlin Wall chip, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    53
    Chinese figurine, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    54
    Commemorative coins and pins, 1976, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    55
    Intel tie pin and cufflinks, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 9
    56
    Dale Parker profile bust sculpted by Kyle Lusk, 2002
  • Box-Folder 9
    57
    Printed materials, photographs, and ephemera, 1940-2002, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 10
    1
    College of William and Mary letter sweater, n.d.
Series X. Photographs, 1910-1998
  • Box-Folder 10
    2
    Photographs, 1910-1998, n.d.
    [4 folders]
  • Box-Folder 10
    3
    Photo album, ca. 1935-1990, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 10
    4
    Photo album, ca. 1942-1981
  • Box-Folder 10
    5
    Photo album, 1943-1944, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 10
    6
    Photo album, 1955-1985, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 10
    7
    Photo album, 1960-1984, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 10
    8
    Photo album, 1963-1984, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 10
    9
    Photo album, 1965-1980, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 10
    10
    Photo album, 1966-1972, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 10
    11
    Photo album, 1974-1977, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 11
    1
    Photo album, 1980, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 11
    2
    Photo album, n.d.
Series XI. Scrapbooks, 1918-2004
  • Box-Folder 11
    3
    "The Parker Family, 1616-2005" - vol. 1, Dale Parker, ca. 1918-2004, n.d.
    [48 folders]
  • Box-Folder 11
    4
    Scrapbook, 1922-1980, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 11
    5
    Scrapbook, 1928-1951, n.d.
    [8 folders]
  • Box-Folder 11
    6
    Scrapbook, 1940-1974, n.d.
    [4 folders]
  • Box-Folder 11
    7
    Scrapbook, 1943-1977, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 11
    8
    Scrapbook, 1954-1980, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 11
    9
    Scrapbook, 1979-1981, n.d.
Oversize Materials
  • Box-Folder 12
    1
    Certificates, 1975-1996
  • Box-Folder 12
    1
    Otis Parker / Eva Dempsey marriage certificate, 1914
  • Box-Folder 12
    1
    "A Sky High Goal" (Orlando Sentinel Star supplement re: Jackie Parker), 1976
  • Box-Folder 12
    1
    Dale Parker gubernatorial campaign packet, [1978?]
  • Box-Folder 12
    1
    Carter/Mondale campaign bumper sticker, [1976?]
  • Box-Folder 12
    1
    Unidentified photograph, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 12
    2
    Scrapbook, 1945-1957, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 13
    1
    Scrapbook, 1955-1959, n.d.
  • Box-Folder 14
    1
    Scrapbook, 1958-1960, n.d.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Parker, W. Dale (William Dale), 1925-2007