Fifth Librarian of the Newberry Library, 1942-1962, and historian.
Born in 1898 in Toledo, Ohio, and educated at the University of Nevada, Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), and Yale, Pargellis taught history at Cal Tech, Yale, and Scripps before becoming Librarian of the Newberry in Chicago. Under Pargellis, the Library assumed the outlines of its modern shape. The collection grew markedly through gifts (Graff, Greenlee) and enlarged acquisitions - rarities in the humanities, Midwest Manuscripts, and industrial archives. Initiating fellowship, scholarly conference, and publications programs, Pargellis laid the groundwork for the Library's Research and Education Division. Active in many scholarly organizations and clubs, Pargellis was a frequent speechmaker and a productive scholar. In 1962, Pargellis retired to Maine, where he died in 1968.
From the description of Papers, 1904-1968 (bulk 1941-1962). (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 26442850