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John Parker and Merrily A. Smith Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1209

Scope and Contents

The collection contains written production materials for the nonfiction children's book Discovery: Developing Views of the Earth from Ancient Times to the Voyages of Captain Cook, including typescripts, maps, and correspondence. The collection also contains the original illustrations of ink maps with text paste-ups, created by Merrily A. Smith.


  • 1968 - 1980


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Writer, scholar, and curator John Parker was born in 1923 and raised in North Dakota. He earned degrees from Jamestown College, Wayne State University, and the University of Michigan. In 1953 he became the first curator of the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota, a position he held until he retired in 1991. He wrote several scholarly works in addition to the nonfiction children's book Discovery, and he also served in various positions, including president, of the Society for the History of Discoveries. Parker died in 2006.

Merrily A. Smith rendered the illustrations for Parker's book Discovery.


1 Cubic Foot (1 record carton and 1 flat box)

Language of Materials



The John Parker papers contain written and illustrative material related to the writing on one nonfiction children's book.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of John Parker.

John Parker and Merrily A. Smith Papers, 1968-1980
Lois Steer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library