Lewis Parkhurst papers, 1872-1961 Rauner Manuscript MS-1161

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Lewis Parkhurst papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-1161

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Size of Collection:

0.5 linear ft., 1 box


Lewis Parkhurst (1856-1949), educator and publisher. Dartmouth College Class of 1878. The collection contains correspondence, genealogical charts and a piece of writing relating to his activity as a Dartmouth College trustee.

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Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Lewis Parkhurst contain correspondence with Herbert F. West, letters regarding the donation of an administration building to Dartmouth College as well as Parkhurst's tenure on the the Board of Trustees. The collection also contains genealogical charts of the Parkhurst/Hill Family, a prayer book, military insignia and paid bills from his time as a student at Dartmouth College.


Lewis Parkhurst was born on July 26, 1856, in Dunstable, Mass. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1878. While attending college he taught school in Weston, VT, Provincetown, MA and Hanover, NH. After graduation he served as the principal of several high schools in Massachusetts until he entered the textbook publishing business of Ginn and Company in 1886, becoming a partner in 1888. He stayed with Ginn and Company until his retirement in 1933. In 1915, after twice being elected an alumni trustee of Dartmouth College, he was made a life trustee. He donated Parkhurst Hall to the college in 1912, as a memorial to his son Wilder, who died in his sophomore year while a student there. As chairman of the college's budget system he guided the affairs of Dartmouth, devised the college's budget system and administered its finances. Lewis Parkhurst was also a prominent Republican leader in Massachusetts. Besides his term in the state senate in 1921-1922, he served as a representative in 1908, and as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1920. In 1935 Gov. Curley appointed him to investigate the prison system of Massachusetts with regard to prison reform. Lewis Parkhurst died on March 29, 1949 at the age of 93.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, 1872-1961

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence: Thank you letter from Harvey S. Macullar, 1904
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence: Letters of appreciation regarding transfer of Administration building to Dartmouth College trustees, with photograph, including Ernest F. Nichols, William Chase, Robert M. Wallace, John R. Eastman and Henry Hilton, 1910-1911
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence: Thank you letter from James Kerrigan relative to placement of books in library of State Prison Colony, Norfolk, Mass., 1938
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence: Herbert F. West, 1938-1946
  • Folder: 5, Correspondence: Resignation from the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees with typescript copy of resolution, 1941
  • Folder: 6, Correspondence: Letter from John Sloan Dickey, 1945
  • Folder: 7, "Affirmation Delivered May 15th, 1872 at Green Mountain Perkins Academy by Lewis Parkhurst", 1872
  • Folder: 8, Genealogical charts Parkhurst/Hill Family, undated
  • Folder: 9, Correspondence: Edward Connery Lathem, 1959
  • Folder: 10, "The Book of Common Prayer" Protestant Episcopal Church, given to John Wilder Pakhurst by his father Richard Parkhurst and carried by him in the India/Burma Campaign, 1944-1945; China Dragon Badge and Brandywine Flash of the Royal Berkshire Regiment (1961), 1790-1961
  • Folder: 11, Family: Letters from and poems related to Richard Parkhurst (son), 1901-1902
  • Folder: 12, Correspondence: Letter from A.D. Smith, 1874-05-19
  • Folder: 13, Dartmouth College: Bills paid, Junior Year, 1875-1876
  • Folder: 14, Dartmouth College: Bills paid, Senior Year, 1877
  • Folder: 15, Dartmouth College: Bills paid, Senior Year, 1878

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