Jameson Parker Papers 1908-1972, MS. 2198

Maryland Historical Society
Library of Maryland History


Jameson Parker Papers, 1908-1972
Maryland Historical Society

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Jameson Parker Papers, 1908-1972
Maryland Historical Society

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Descriptive Summary


MS 2198

Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore MD 21201-4674

The papers of Jameson Parker (1909-1972) are largely diaries (1923-64), copies of personal letters he wrote, and the letters he wrote to his wife Sydney [Sullivan] Parker Walling. Both the diaries and letters contain much about his social life and his observations on books he read and people he met. The papers from the 1930s and 1940s have material on the political scene in Washington stemming from Parker's contact with his father-in-law Mark Sullivan, columnist for the New York Herald-Tribune. There is also material on Parker's work with the family steel firm in Baltimore (1933-39), his work as an investment analyst with Trail and Middendorf, (1939-42) work with the Maryland Public Expenditure Council (1940-42), and the U.S. Naval Reserve (1942-45).

In 1950 Parker was a member of the U.S. Economic Mission to the Philippines which began his career with the State Department. Subsequently he was with the Office of Public Affairs, Department of State (1950-52, 1955-59). He was also attached to the U.S. Embassy in Brussels (1952-53) and in Bonn (1959-64).

Parker left the State Department to become director of Gunston Hall, George Mason's home in Lorton, Virginia. He remained in this post until his death in 1972.

The collection has been restricted untill 1990. The donor, Parker's widow, did not restrict the material but much of the material, especially the diaries, dealswith very personal information, and I (C. Requardt) believe it should be restricted until the death of all parties involved. I think restricting the material until 1990 would be appropriate.


Container List


Journal, June July 1923

trip to Europe with parents

Diary March 1925-July 1926

records social activities in Baltimore, classes at Maryland Institute

Diary, 1925 March-1926 July

Diary July 1926-October 1929

covers Parker's first three years at Johns Hopkins University; summers with his family in Europe (1927, 1929) and at their home “Byway” in Brooklandville, Md. The diary entries about his daily activities are intersperse with Parker's thoughts on books he read and poetry he wrote.

Diary Oct. 1930-April 1931

Covers Parker's first year at Harvard Law school and records his social life in detail.

Diary June-July 1931

Covers period Parker worked for the District Attorney in Baltimore.

Diary August-Dec. 1931

Covers Parker's return to Harvard/ The notebook begins as his class notes for a course in contracts. The diary entries record his social life along with observations on his extracurricular reading.


Diary July 1932

Covers activities during the summer at “Byway.”

Diary January 1932-December 1934

Covers Parker's last semester at Harvard; his year working on a novel; his marriage to Sydney Buchanan Sullivan; and his employment at Armstrong & Parker, structural steel company. The diary entries are introspective as well as social. Beginning in 1933 there are observations on Washington politics that come from Parker's contact with his father-in-law, New YorkHerald Tribune columnist Mark Sullivan.

Diary December 1934-November 1937

Covers Parker's work at Armstrong & Parker; the formation of Parker & Derby, also a structural steel firm; visits with the Parker family at “Cloisters” Brooklandville, Md. and the Sullivan family in Washington, D.C. and “Avohdale” Chester County, Pa. The entries are introspective and social. They also include observations after conversations with Mark Sullivan.

Diary 1938-1939

Diary 1940-1943

Diary 1944

Diary 1945

Diary 1946


Diary 1947

Diary 1948

Diary 1949

Diary 1950

Diary 1951

Diary 1952

Diary 1953

Diary 1954

Diary 1955

Diary 1956

Diary 1959-61

Diary 1964

Notebook n.d.

M.B. Sullivan Expense Book 1907-1940


Jameson Parker Biographical Notes

Jameson Parker Letters 1919-1965


Jameson Parker Letters 1966-1970


Jameson Parker Letters 1971-1972; n.d.

Jameson Parker Writings

Jameson Parker Speeches 1952; [1960s]

Jameson Parker Article 1952

Jameson Parker U.S. Navy Papers 1942-1946

Jameson Parker U.S. Sate Department Papers 1950

Jameson Parker Philippine Mission Papers 1950

Jameson Parker Guston Hall, Director's Reports 1965-1968

Jameson Parker Memorabilia

David Dulles Speech: “Israel, the West & the Future of Civilization”


Sydney [Sullivan] Parker Incoming Letters 1932-1971; n.d.

JAMESON PARKER (from Who Was Who in America, 1969-1973)


1930 B.A.

Johns Hopkins University


student Harvard University


m. Sydney Buchanan Sullivan


vice-pres., treas. Parker & Derby, structural steel firm


investment analyst, Trail & Middendorf


research, public relations director, Maryland Public Expenditure Council, Baltimore


executive officer, transportation branch, Office of the Secretary of the Navy


assistant to Mark Sullivan, New York Herald Tribune


member of Economic Mission to Phillipine Islands


information and editorial specialist, Office of Public Affairs, Department of State


staff news division, Department of State


special assistant to American [UNK] Brussels


member of U.S. delegation, Tenth Inter-American Conference, Caracas, Venezuela; Inter-American Economic Conference


special assistant, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs


economic officer, first secretary, American embassy, Bonn, Germany


director of Gunston Hall, Lorton, Va.


Prepared by Jameson Parker in 1952 or 1953.

Born Baltimore, Maryland, 1909; married; two children.

Present Post - June 1952 to present; Special Assistant to the United States Ambassador at Brussels, Myron M. Cowen. (FSR-3)

January 1, 1952 to June 1, 1952 - S/MSA, Department of State. Assistant to Ambassador Myron M. Cowen who was Consultant to the Secretary on Far Eastern Affairs and was Special Assistant to the Secretary in Charge of the Mutual Security Program. S/MSA was the Office in the Department responsible for the presentation of the Mutual Security Program. This Office had several principal functions: to coordinate the views of the various geographic areas on the Mutual Security Program; to represent the Department in the Office of Mr. Harriman, Director of Mutual Security Affairs; to coordinate the presentation of the Department's Mutual Security programs to Congress; to insure proper briefing of all Department officials who testified on the Mutual Security Program; to represent the Department in all information activities of the government affecting the Mutual Security Program. The personnel of S/MSA consisted of approximately twelve officers and fourteen to fifteen clerical and stenographic employees. As Executive Officer of S/MSA, I was responsible to Ambassador Cowen for the functioning of this office. I worked with the appropriate Administrative Officers on the budget and personnel problems of S/MSA. In the capacity of Executive Officer I attended International Agency meetings, prepared drafts of the Department's position on legislation, represented S/MSA on the inter-agency information committee, coordinated the extensive briefing of the Secretary and Assistant Secretaries for congressional appearances, drafted public statements and speeches on the Mutual Security Program. (GS-14)

November 1950 to January 1952 - PL/PA, the Public [UNK] Division of the Office of Public Affairs, State Department. This office was responsible for the Domestic Information Program of the State Department. Its principal functions were: to see that press, magazine and radio services were supplied with accurate and objective information on foreign affairs; to maintain liason with major organized groups and institutions interested in foreign affairs; to supply speakers on the various aspects of foreign affairs; to plan and schedule State Department publications on foreign affairs and the operation of the Department.

I was responsible for the information activities that dealt with the Foreign Economic policy of the government, and in this capacity attended the staff meetings of the Assistant Secretary for Economic Affairs and maintained direct liason with the economic officers of the Department. I planned with them publications of the Department on Foreign Economic policy and worked with magazine, press and radio representatives who were interested in Foreign Economic policy. I had a similar information responsibility for Far Eastern affairs.

I was a member of the Working Committee that drafted the basic papers for the Exploratory Talks with the Soviet in the winter 1951. I also drafted for the Assistant Secretary (P) various [UNK] on such subjects as the conversations between French and American officials on Indo-China. I was responsible to the Director of the Office of Public Affairs for the preparation of material on the Japanese Peace Conference, the Philippine, Australian and New Zealand Security [UNK], and the Ottawa and [UNK] HATO Conferences. (GS-13)

June 1950 to November 1950 - Member of the Presidential Economic Mission to the Philippines (The head of this Mission was the Honorable Daniel Bell, former Under-Secretary of the Treasury). I was the Public Affairs Officer for the Mission and was responsible for all public

and press relations of the Mission. I assisted in the drafting of the Mission's report to the President of the United States.

February 1945 to June 1950 - Assistant to Mark Sullivan, Washington columnist for the New York Herald Tribune. During this period Mr. Sullivan's health prevented him from living in Washington. I attended State Department, White House and other government press conferences. I prepared the first draft for four weekly dispatches. During this time I wrote with Mr. Sullivan numerous articles for national magazines.

May 1942 to February 1945 - With the exception of three months of this period I was the Executive Officer of the Transportation Branch in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. This office was responsible for the purchase, procurement, assignment and maintainence of all United States Navy automotive transportation.

January 1940 until May 1942 - Director of the Maryland Public Expenditure Council in Baltimore, a non-profit organization established by Maryland bankers and businessmen to bring about various reforms in the financial and tax structures of the State of Maryland and its governmental subdivisions. As director of the Maryland Public Expenditure Council, I organized some twenty taxpayers' leagues in the counties and cities of Maryland and directed the preparation of budget and fiscal studies of the State and local government units.

1939 to 1942 - Employee of the Investment Banking House of Trail and Middendorf, Inc., in Baltimore.

1937 to 1939 - Owned and operated structural steel firm of Parker and Derby, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland.

1933 to 1937 - Treasurer and General Manager structural steel company of Armstrong and Parker, Baltimore, Maryland.

Education - Pre-college education: private schools in Baltimore, Maryland. College education: A.B., Johns Hopkins University, 1930; certificate, University of Vienna, 1929; two years Harvard Law School.

Travel - England, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Hungary, North Africa, Philippines, Porto Rico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, [UNK], Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba.

Languages - Reading knowledge of French, German, Italian and Portuguese. [UNK] speaking knowledge of French.