Parsons, Edward Alexander, 1878-1962

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A lawyer in New Orleans, Louisiana, Edward Alexander Parsons (1878-1962) married and had at least one daughter. A bibliophile, he briefly worked for the New Orleans Public Library in the 1930s and over a period of sixty years built a private collection, known as the Bibliotheca Parsoniana, with over 8,000 manuscripts and 40,000 publications on the American South, which was acquired by the University of Texas at Austin in 1958. An avid researcher and amateur historian, Parsons published numerous articles, pamphlets, and books, such as The Noble Art of Printing: An Exposition, with Some Account of Johann Gutenberg, the Father of Printing (1940), The Letters of Robert R. Livingston: The Diplomatic Story of the Louisiana Purchase (1943), The Alexandrian Library, Glory of the Hellenic World: Its Rise, Antiquities, and Destructions (1952), and The Wonder and the Glory: Confessions of a Southern Bibliophile (1962).

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Lentz, Lamar. The Parsons Collection Revisited. The Library Chronicle of the University of Texas at Austin, No. 30, 1985: pp. 70-81.

From the guide to the Parsons, Edward Alexander, collection 93-492; 2009-324; 2012-099., 1678-1928, 1951, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

A lawyer in New Orleans, Louisiana, Edward Alexander Parsons (1878-1962) married and had at least one daughter.

A bibliophile, he briefly worked for the New Orleans Public Library in the 1930s and over a period of sixty years built a private collection, known as the Bibliotheca Parsoniana, with over 8,000 manuscripts and 40,000 publications on the American South, which was acquired by the University of Texas at Austin in 1958. An avid researcher and amateur historian, Parsons published numerous articles, pamphlets, and books, such as The Noble Art of Printing: An Exposition, with Some Account of Johann Gutenberg, the Father of Printing (1940), The Letters of Robert R. Livingston: The Diplomatic Story of the Louisiana Purchase (1943), The Alexandrian Library, Glory of the Hellenic World: Its Rise, Antiquities, and Destructions (1952), and The Wonder and the Glory: Confessions of a Southern Bibliophile (1962).

From the description of Parsons, Edward Alexander, collection, 1678-1928, 1951. (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 496828487

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associatedWith Bond, Horace Mann, 1904-1972 person
associatedWith Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836 person
associatedWith Galvez, Bernardo de, 1746-1786 person
correspondedWith Greene, Lorenzo J. (Lorenzo Johnston), 1899-1988. person
correspondedWith Grolier Club. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Henland, Cecil. person
associatedWith Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 person
associatedWith Laffite, Jean. person
associatedWith Laffite, Jean. Miro, Esteban, 1744-1795 person
associatedWith Louis XIV, King of France, 1638-1715 person
associatedWith Louis XVI, King of France, 1754-1793 person
associatedWith Louis XV, King of France, 1710-1774 person
associatedWith McDonogh, John, 1779-1850 person
associatedWith Miro, Esteban, 1744-1795 person
associatedWith Wilkinson, James, 1757-1825 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Louisiana--New Orleans
United States
Louisiana
Louisiana
New Orleans (La.)
United States
New Orleans (La.)
Subject
New Orleans (La.), Battle of, 1815
Private libraries
New Orleans, Battle of, New Orleans, La., 1815
Book collectors
Louisiana Purchase
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Birth 1878

Death 1962

Spanish; Castilian,

French,

English

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