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Ralph Halstead Parker

Ralph Halstead Parker was American librarian. University Chicago fellow, 1936-1937. Served with Army of the United States, 1943-1946. Member American Library Association (chairman library equipment committee 1942-1943, financial administration section 1957-1959), Missouri Library Association (president 1951-1952), American Society for Information Science, State History Society Missouri, Sigma Delta Chi.

Background

  • Parker, Ralph Halstead was born on April 21, 1909 in Bertram, Texas, United States. Son of James Francis and Rosalthe Lee (Lawhon) Parker.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Texas, 1929. Master of Arts, University Texas, 1930. Doctor of Philosophy, University Texas, 1935.

      Graduate student, University Chicago, 1937.

    Career

    • Loan librarian University Texas, 1930-1936. Librarian Pomona College, Claremont, California, 1937-1940. Director libraries University Georgia, 1940-1947.

      Librarian University Missouri, 1947-1967. Founding dean University Missouri School Library and Information Science, 1966-1974, professor, 1974-1978, professor emeritus, dean emeritus, 1978-1990. Member Missouri Library Commission, 1946-1967, president, 1959-1966.

    Works

    • Author: Library Applications of Punched Cards, 1952. Contributor articles to professional journals.

    Politics

    Social norms that assume different standards for women than for men in marriage are outdated and should be rejected. Laws in civil society should define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    Salvation requires work. It can only be accomplished through effort, and this is what the Gospel is all about.

    Denomination: Methodist

    Views

    All Christians can seek to create a way of life deliberately designed to overcome evil with good and to promote justice for all.

    Membership

    Served with Army of the United States, 1943-1946. Member American Library Association (chairman library equipment committee 1942-1943, financial administration section 1957-1959), Missouri Library Association (president 1951-1952), American Society for Information Science, State History Society Missouri, Sigma Delta Chi.

    Connections

    • Married Mary Kate Norman, June 23, 1935. 1 daughter, Judith Kay.
    • father: James Francis Parker
    • mother: Rosalthe Lee (Lawhon) Parker
    • spouse: Mary Kate Norman
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    Born April 21, 1909
    Died July 1, 1990
    (aged 81)
    Nationality
    • 1929
      University Texas
    • 1930
      University Texas
    • 1935
      University Texas
    • 1937
      University Chicago
    • 1930 - 1936
      Loan librarian University Texas
    • 1937 - 1940
      librarian Pomona College
      Claremont, Western Cape, South Africa
    • 1947 - 1967
      librarian University Missouri
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