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Franklin Nutting Parker sermon notes and clippings, 1888-1946

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 560

Atlanta, GA 30322


Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/gk958

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Parker, Franklin Nutting, 1867-1954.
Title: Franklin Nutting Parker sermon notes and clippings, 1888-1946
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 281
Extent: 1 cubic foot (2 boxes)
Abstract:Consists of sermon notes, clippings, correspondence, Methodist Episcopal Church, South Louisiana Conference records, and other materials related to Parker’s career as a minister, professor, and dean.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Related Materials in Other Repositories

Rose Library (Emory University): Harvey Warren Cox papers (MSS38).

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Linus Parker papers (MSS 091).


[after identification of item(s)], Franklin Nutting Parker Sermon Notes and Clippings, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Courtney Williams, 2004; Brandon Wason, November 2016.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Franklin Nutting Parker was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 20, 1867. He was the son of Bishop Linus Parker and Ellen Katherine Burruss Parker. He attended Centenary College of Louisiana and then Tulane University. Parker served in churches throughout Louisiana until 1911 when he left to become the Professor of Biblical Literature at Trinity College in Durham, North Carolina. He taught there for three years until he was sought by Bishop Warren A. Candler to come to the newly founded Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where Parker would spend the rest of his life. He occupied the chair of Systematic Theology from 1915-1918, and then became Dean of the School in 1919. Parker served as Dean until 1938 when he became Dean Emeritus. He continued teaching, however, until 1952.

Parker was married to Minnie Greeves Jones and they had two daughters. Franklin N. Parker died on March 1, 1954 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

This is a collection of sermon notes and clippings from throughout Parker’s career. There were a total of ten notebooks full of jotted notes, pasted clippings, scripture quotes and sermon ideas as well as some lectures. Topics included in the notebooks are temperance, education, Karl Barth, Plato, and John Wesley as well as scriptures and stories from throughout the Old and New Testaments. There are notebooks titled “Candler School of Theology” and “Text book” that include sermon notes and clippings without a direct connection to the title of the notebook. Another book of sermons includes prayers by St. Augustine, Francis of Assisi, John Wesley, and St. Theresa among others. There is also some personal correspondence.

In November, 2016, A second batch of materials were added to the collection from Accession 1982-051. This included more sermon notes and clippings (1885, 1896-1898, undated), as well as a presiding elder's record book for the Louisiana Conference (Methodist Episcopal Church, South), loose materials, and correspondence belonging to J. B. Parker, a relative of Franklin Parker and Grand Recorder of the Masonic Temple in New Orleans.

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Container List

Box Folder Content
2 5 Sermon notes and clippings - 1885, 1896-1898, undated

Contains Parker's first sermon devilered on May 17, 1885.

1 1-2 Sermon notes and clippings, 1888-1900
1 3 Sermon notes and clippings (related to temperance), 1922-1942
1 4 Sermon notes and clippings (letters and loose materials), 1925
1 5 Sermon notes and clippings, 1931-1935

Contains pamphlet: Proposed Orders of Worship for the Methodist Episcopal Church (rev ed., circa 1930).

1 6 Sermon notes and clippings, 1937-1940s
1 7 Sermon notes and clippings, 1923, undated
1 8-9 Sermon notes and clippings, 1946, undated
1 10 Sermon notes and clippings, undated
1 11-12 Sermon notes and clippings ("Candler School of Theology"), undated
1 13 Sermon notes and clippings (related to education), undated
2 1-2 Sermon notes and clippings (prayers), undated
2 3-4 "Text book" (commonplace book), 1859-76

Contains mainly scripture references. Likely belonged to Linus Parker.

2 6 Presiding elder's minutes, Louisiana Conference, 1903.
2 7 Loose papers and receipts, 1902, 1916-1917, 1931-1932, undated.
2 8 J. B. Parker (Grand Recorder, Masonic Temple, New Orleans), correspondence, 1918.