This collection contains papers related to the Parker family, notably Miss Lena Parker and Bessie Parker of Cumberland County, Virginia. The bulk of the letters are from Harry Leach and Edward Embly, both living in Washington, D.C., which contain descriptions of everyday life. Other letters are from friends, family, the State Teachers College, schools where Lena Parker taught, and from children she had taught. The collection also includes photographs, greeting cards, and genealogical material concerning the Parker family.
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Lena Augusta Parker lived in Cartersville, Cumberland County, Virginia. She was born about 1902, the daughter of Early E. and Nellie Parker. Her sister was Bessie Parker. She attended the Virginia State Teacher's College in Farmville, Virginia and taught school in various schools in Cumberland County, Virginia.
The collection is arranged into 7 series: Series 1: Correspondence; Series 2: Greeting Cards, Insurance Information and Booklets; Series 3: Photographs and Negatives; Series 4: Lena Parker Papers; Series 5: The Rotunda; Series 6: Notebook; Series 7: Genealogical Notes.
Gift of Miss Bessie Parkerthrough the Williamsburg Historic Records Association.