Parker family papers
The Parker family papers have been arranged into two series, one of which has been further divided into subseries. The materials are housed in seven small archival boxes and one archival document box.
Scans of George S. Parker's diaries are available online to researchers via The Strong's
- 1856 - 1949
- Parker, George Swinnerton, 1866-1952 (Person)
Conditions Governing Use
2 Linear Feet (7 small archival boxes, 1 archival document box)
In 1896, George married Grace Mann. They went on to have three children: Bradstreet, Richard, and Sally. Both Bradstreet and Richard attended the Hackley Preparatory School in Tarrytown, New York, with Bradstreet set to join the family business after college. Tragically, Bradstreet passed away from influenza in 1918, and just three years later Richard died in an aviation accident near Paris in 1921. Sally eventually married Robert B.M. Barton, who took over as President of Parker Brothers in 1933.
Parker Brothers operated out of Salem, Massachusetts for much of its existence. Their popular hit products of the 20th century included Tiddledy Winks, Rook, Ping-Pong, Mah-Jongg, Pastime Puzzles, Monopoly, Sorry!, Clue, Risk, and Nerf. Parker Brothers remained a family-owned company until 1968, when it was purchased by General Mills. By 1985, General Mills merged their Parker Brothers division with another subsidiary, Kenner, to create Kenner Parker Toys—which was acquired by Tonka Corp. in 1987 when General Mills decided it wanted out of the games industry. In 1991, Hasbro bought Tonka, and with that came Parker Brothers, Kenner, and Milton Bradley products. All game production was moved to the Milton Bradley plant in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1998, Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley were consolidated into Hasbro Games, and the brand effectively became defunct after more than 120 years of fun.
System of Arrangement
Series I: Diaries and pocket notebooks, 1856-1949
Subseries A: George S. Parker, 1896-1949
Subseries B: Sarah M. (Hegeman) Parker, 1856-1862
Series II: Letters, 1914-1918 and n.d.
- American diaries
- Barton, Sally Parker, 1907-2000
- Board game industry
- Board game industry -- United States
- Game design and development
- Hackley School, Tarrytown, N.Y.
- Parker Brothers, Inc.
- Parker Brothers, Inc.
- Parker, Bradstreet, 1897-1918
- Parker, Charles Hanford, 1860-1936
- Parker, Edward Hegeman, 1855-1915
- Parker, George Augustus, 1820-1877
- Parker, Grace Mann, 1874-1964
- Salem (Mass.)
- Finding Aid to the Parker Family Papers, 1856-1949
- Julia Novakovic
- 19 January 2021
- Description rules
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