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Karla V. Parker papers

Identifier: RHC-08

Collection Description

The Karla Parker collection documents Parker's involvement in programs concerning education, family life, children and youth. The collection includes conference notes, reports, and publications from 1944-1968. Conference materials include the White House Conference on Rural Education, 1944; the Mid-Century White House Conference on Children and Youth, 1946-1948; The Michigan White House Conference on Education; the Grand Rapids Regional White House Conference on Education, 1955; the Golden Anniversary White House Conference on Children and Youth; the International Conference on the Family, 1960. Materials from organizations include National Council of State Committees for Children and Youth, Michigan Youth Commission, Grand Rapids Public Schools, and the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.


  • 1944-1968


Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.


Karla (Mrs. James) Parker was a Grand Rapids educator involved in education and educational policy at local, state, and national levels. She was the secretary of the Public Recreation Board of Grand Rapids from 1939 to 1964 and elected President of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers in 1958. She was also a member of many other programs involved with civic, youth and educational activities.


1.25 Linear feet (1 carton)

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Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Karla Parker in January, 1973.
Karla V. Parker papers, RHC-08
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States