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Alice Beal Parsons Papers

An inventory of her papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Parsons, Alice Beal, 1886-1962.
Title: Alice Beal Parsons Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1916-1966
Quantity: 12.0 linear ft.
Abstract: Papers of the American author, novelist, social worker, feminist. Collection includes correspondence (1916-1961), memorabilia, photographs, printed material, published material, and writings (articles, book reviews, drafts of books, typescripts, galley proofs).
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Alice Beal Parsons (1886-1962) was an American author, novelist, social worker and feminist.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Alice Beal Parsons Papers consist of correspondence, memorabilia, photographs, printed material, published material, and writings.

Correspondence contains both incoming and outgoing mail, including a typed signed letter from Clarence Darrow.

Memorabilia contains a typescript of a court case in which Mr. Darrow was involved, a typescript of Mrs. Parsons' great-grandmother's journal, and a report card for Laura Parsons.

Photographs contains a small number of personal photographs.

Printed material contains publicity material and radio scripts.

Published material contains clippings concerning Parsons' work as well as a personal biography entitled Forever What We Wish, by Helen Bryant.

Writings contains many of her published articles as well as numerous typescripts of both books and short stories.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence is arranged chronologically, as are book reviews in whatever series they appear. All other material is arranged alphabetically.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

Several articles by Parson are available on the Harper's Magazine website at

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Subject Headings


Parsons, Alice Beal, 1886-1962.


American literature -- 20th century.
Feminists -- United States.
Women authors, American.
Women novelists, American.
Women social workers -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Autobiographies (literary works)
Book reviews.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Drafts (documents)
Galley proofs.
Manuscripts for publication.


Social workers.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Alice Beal Parsons Papers
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: CMV
Date: 27 Sep 1979
Revision history: 9 Mar 2010 - converted to EAD (MRC)

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Box 1 Correspondence 1916-1961 (3 folders)
Box 1 Correspondence undated
Box 1 Transcript: Court case, Illinois vs. Arthur Person 1920 (7 folders)
Box 1 Journal, Lucretia Nevins Starr 1844-1845 - typescript
Box 1 Report card, Laura Parsons
Box 1 Miscellaneous
Printed material
Box 1 Publicity materials
Box 1 Radio scripts
Published material
Box 1 Book reviews 1921-1948 (7 folders)
Box 2 Book reviews 1929-1961 (3 folders)
Box 2 Book, Forever What We Wish 1966
Box 2 Bradford Alumnae Bulletin 1932
Box 2 Bretano's Book Parade
Box 2 The Dial 1929
Box 2 Dutton Spring Books 1944
Box 2 Galleys, Forever What We Wish 1966
Box 2 Illinois English Bulletin 1952
Box 2 Literary Mideast USA 1957
Box 2 Miscellaneous
Box 2 Typescripts, Forever What We Wish 1966
Box 2 The Woman Citizen 1926
Box 2 Beating the economic system 1931
Box 2 Certain people of unimportance 1924
Box 2 Changing views about the hobo 1923 (2 folders)
Box 2 The conquest of emotion 1932
Box 2 The cult of the childless 1931
Box 2 The despotism of Polly Ross 1930 (2 folders)
Box 2 Evening call 1940
Box 2 Every woman's home 1926
Box 2 Four ways to support a family: The parents' wages 1926
Box 2 The future of marriage 1931
Box 2 How changing conditions change mothers 1926
Box 2 It's your country -- pitch in 1945
Box 2 Legacy of a great lady 1962
Box 2 Meantime the summer wind 1935
Box 2 Meantime the summer wind 1953
Box 2 Midsummer evening 1935
Box 2 Sex and genius 1925 (2 folders)
Box 2 Should parents tell all? 1931
Box 3 Sin 1923
Box 3 So you're glad to be home? 1930
Box 3 To confess -- or to pretend 1945
Box 3 Triumph 1948
Book review clippings
Box 3 1921-1949 (6 folders)
Book reviews
Box 3 1939-1941 (3 folders)
Box 3 1953
Box 3 The mountain 1944
Box 3 I know what I'd do (2 folders)
Box 3 The mountain (2 folders)
Box 4 The world around the mountain (4 folders)
Magazine articles
Box 4 Clippings
Box 4 Miscellaneous
Rough drafts
Box 4 Autobiographical (8 folders)
Box 4 Death of a father
Box 4 Fragments (3 folders)
Box 5 The Sandy Point Murders (3 folders)
Box 5 The Sperrys (5 folders)
Box 5 Strangers in Pawlet
Box 5 The traveler (3 folders)
Box 5 The unbelieving sons (2 folders)
Box 5 Fragments
Box 5 Miscellaneous
Box 5 Unfinished novels (3 folders)
Box 6 Unfinished novels (7 folders)
Box 6 Autobiographical (3 folders)
Box 6 Brothers (2 folders)
Box 6 The children of disobedience (4 folders)
Box 6 Death of a soul (2 folders)
Box 7 Death of a soul (8 folders)
Box 7 The goal (10 folders)
Box 8 The goal
Box 8 Harder to love (11 folders)
Box 8 I know what I'd do (2 folders)
Box 8 The inheritors (5 folders)
Box 9 The inheritors (5 folders)
Box 9 It's a swell town
Box 9 The lost town (2 folders)
Box 9 The man in the mirror (3 folders)
Box 9 Middle west early novel (2 folders)
Box 9 The mountain (2 folders)
Box 9 The Sandy Point murders
Box 9 The second door on the right
Box 10 The second door on the right
Box 10 The second life of Bye Dongan (4 folders)
Box 10 The Sperrys (2 folders)
Box 10 Strangers in Pawlet (5 folders)
Box 10 The turning point (5 folders)
Box 10 The unbelieving sons (3 folders)
Box 10 The wild filly (2 folders)
Box 11 The wild filly (2 folders)
Box 11 Wolf's clothing
Box 11 The world around the mountain (2 folders)
Short stories
Box 11 Acl - Mid (13 folders)
Box 12 Mis - Six (5 folders)
Box 13 Sle - Wha (4 folders)
Box 14 Whi - You (2 folders)
Box 14 Untitled

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