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Collection Overview

Title: H.H. Parke Collection (Genoa-Sycamore), 1894-1973

ID: RHC/RC/043

Extent: 0.75 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 11/06/1978

Subjects: American Farm Bureau Federation, DeKalb AgResearch, DeKalb County Farm Bureau (De Kalb County, Ill.), Genoa (Ill.), Parke, Henry H., Sycamore (Ill.)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The H.H. Parke Collection documents the life of one of the foremost men in American agriculture.  Included in this collection are letters from family and friends during his college years (1900-1910); congratulatory letters to Mr. Parke for achievements in the agricultural sphere; and programs and reports of the American Farm Bureau.  Of particular interest are biographical and autobiographical material of Almon Ford Parke, H.H. Parke and related family members.  Publications of various farm organizations can be found in this collection as well as two ledgers containing farm records.

Collection Historical Note

Henry Hall Parke was born in DeKalb County in 1876, the son of Almon Ford and Ruth (Hall) Parke.  H.H. Parke was educated in local schools before attending the University of Michigan where he received both a B.L. and M.S. in Marine Biology.  After teaching for two years at the University of West Virginia, Parke returned to the Genoa-Sycamore area where he operated the 400 acre family farm.

Active in the farming community, Parke was instrumental in organizing the DeKalb Farm Bureau in 1912 and is today known as the Father of that organization.  He was active in other cooperative ventures including many years of service as Vice President of the National Live Stock Producers Association and service as President and Treasurer of the Chicago Live Stock Producers Association.  Additional affiliations included the National Council of Farmer’s Cooperatives and a brief stint as Assistant Secretary of Agriculture (Illinois) in 1917.

Parke was a member of the Masons, the Elks and the Rotary Clubs; he attended the Federated Protestant Church in Sycamore.  In 1907 Parke married Anna Laura Wellings of New York.  They had three children, Almon Bird, Dorothy Mae and Henry Wellings, who donated this collection to the Center.  Henry H. Parke died in 1957 at the age of 81.

Subject/Index Terms

American Farm Bureau Federation
DeKalb AgResearch
DeKalb County Farm Bureau (De Kalb County, Ill.)
Genoa (Ill.)
Parke, Henry H.
Sycamore (Ill.)

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to materials in the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Mr. Henry W. Parke

Acquisition Method: The Henry H. Parke Collection was donated to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center by Mr. Henry W. Parke, Sycamore, Illinois, on November 6, 1978.


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Box 1
Envelope 1: H.H. Parke, 1 slide
Envelope 2: Photographs: H.H. Parke, Ann Arbor days, (9)
Envelope 3: Photographs: Captain Almon F. Parke; unidentified male (2)
Envelope 4: Photographs: Chicago Producers Board of Directors and Manager(1), 1939
Envelope 5: Photographs: Unveiling of H.H. Parke portrait, (7)
Folder 1: Parke Family histories
Folder 2: H.H. Parke National Cyclopedia of American Biography proof
Folder 3: H.H. Parke personal items
Folder 4: H.H. Parke letters of recommendation, 1894-1907
Folder 5: H.H. Parke letters of recommendation, 1901- 1901
Folder 6: Parke Family letters, 1898-1973
Folder 7: H.H. Parke congratulations, 1917
Folder 8: H.H. Parke congratulations, 1952
Folder 9: Variations...in Hydra-H.H. Parke
Access Restriction: missing 7/11/1989
Folder 10: H.H. Parke speeches and statements, 1952-1955
Access Restriction: missing 7/11/1989
Folder 11: Biographical mentions
Folder 12: Statements
Folder 13: Poetry-quotations
Folder 14: DeKalb County Farmer, 1937, 1952-1958, 1974
Folder 15: Farm Bureau Anniversary programs
Folder 16: Farm Reports
Folder 17: IAA Records, 1957, 1973
Folder 18: Newsletter, 1928-1952
Folder 19: Programs - minutes
Folder 20: The Winged Ear, 1942-1950
Folder 21: Official List of State Officers of lllinois, August 17, 1917
Folder 22: Frank O. Lowden, Governor of Illinois
Folder 23: The Pride's Souvenir Book, 1908
Folder 24: Parke's Farm Record Book, 1948-1957
Box 2
Volume 1: Farm record ledger, 1927-1956
Volume 2: Scrapbook of H.H. Parke's 80th birthday

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