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c.a. 1976 - 1982

ca 1976 - 1982

The Papers of Everett Parker Lesley, Jr.

RG17-2B2

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Historical Sketch

Everett Parker Lesley, Jr., known as Parker Lesley, was born in Baltimore, Maryland on August 31, 1913. He graduated from Palo Alto Union High School, California, in 1930 and proceeded to attend Stanford University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Classical Literature (Greek), in 1934. From 1935 to 1938 he was a Scholar Fellow and an Advanced Fellow in Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. In 1935 he earned a Certificat des études, Institut d'Art et d'Archéologie from the University of Paris; in 1937 he earned a Master of Fine Arts, Art and Archaeology, Princeton University. Also in 1937 as a Belgian-American Educational Foundation Fellow he earned a Certificat des études from the University of Brussels, Belgium.

Lesley enlisted as Private in the United States Army, June 1942 and progressed through the grades to Sergeant. He was commissioned December 1942 at the Quartermaster Corps Officer Candidate School and progressed through the ranks to Major. He was discharged from the U. S. Army December 1946. During his military career he was awarded a Bronze Star for Meritorious Service, Army Commendation Medal, Chevalier of the Order of Polonia Restituta (Poland) and Honor Medal in Silver for Art and Science of the House-Order of Orange-Nassau (The Netherlands).

In 1942 Lesley married Miriam Pfaff Lucker and the two were divorced in 1948.

Lesley was Curator of European Art at Detroit Institute of Arts in 1938. From 1939 to 1942 he was Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture at University of Minnesota. He served in the U. S. Army from 1942 to 1946. The following year he was Chief of the Restitution Division with the Office of Military Government for Greater Hesse (Germany). From 1950 to 1954 as Assistant Keeper he progressed to Associate Keeper and then to Keeper of Department of Exhibitions at The Cooper Union (NYC). In 1955 he was contracted by Fortune Magazine which resulted in two published articles. 1955 to 1958 he was self-employed in New York cataloguing private collections. He moved to Norfolk, Virginia in 1959 and became the Norfolk Museum's Acting Director. Also in 1959 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Art at the College of William and Mary in Norfolk and taught under that title up to 1967 (in 1963 the College became Old Dominion College). He began building up the Art Department during 1960 to 1964. From 1968 to 1969 he was titled Professor of Art and was co-chairman of the Art Department (in 1969 Old Dominion College became Old Dominion University). Throughout the remainder of his tenure Lesley did not hold the position of chairman, he continued to teach as Professor of Art until his retirement in 1979 as Eminent Professor; between 1970 through 1979 he went on leave two times: 1972-1973; and 1975-1976.

1931

1931

Lesley was fairly fluent in the German language, fluent reading knowledge in French, working knowledge in Italian and Spanish, studied Hebrew and had a fluent knowledge of classical Greek and Latin. His teaching specialties were Classic and Byzantine Art, Medieval Art, European Painting from the 17th Century to the present (1982), American Painting, History of Architecture and Architectural Design and History of the Decorative Arts.

c.a. 1942 - 1946

ca. 1942 - 1946

Lesley authored articles in "The Art Bulletin", "Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts", "Art in America", and "The Art Journal"; in 1945, a report of the General Board, European Theater of Operations, War Department, "Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Operations in the European Theater"; at the Cooper Union Museum, 1950-1954, "Leather", "Alter Ego", "Lacquer", "Conspicuous Waist", "Enamel" and "The Prince Regent's Style"; December 1955 and January 1956 (with Eric Hodgins), Fortune Magazine, "The Great International Art Market"; catalogue of the Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection of Russian Imperial Jewels, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Art-historical handbook (2nd version), Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences; "The Iconography of the Spirit"; "Bibelots"; and a book "Renaissance Jewels and Jeweled Objects", The Baltimore Museum of Art, 1968.

During Lesley's teaching years he ventured on many trips across the world. He traveled to England, Israel, the Netherlands and Turkey. After his retirement from Old Dominion University he traveled to California and Washington state, U.S.A., India, Nepal, Russia, Taiwan and Thailand.

Everett Parker Lesley, Jr. died Saturday, February 13, 1982 in his home.

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Scope and Contents

The Papers of E. Parker Lesley, Jr., dating from 1907 to 2010, contains personal documents, student records, military records, correspondence, travel information, printed materials, photo-slides, photographs, negatives, and miscellaneous documents. The bulk of the collection documents his professional knowledge pertaining to art history.

Series Descriptions

This collection is organized into five series: I. Personal; II. Professional; III. Trips; IV. Photo Slides; V. Oversize.

Series I: Personal. This series is divided into seven sub-series. Subseries B is in alphabetic order. The remaining subseries are in chronological order.  Subseries A: Calendar Planner and Notes; Subseries B: Correspondence; Subseries C: Personal Records; Subseries D: Student Records; Subseries E: Military Records; Subseries F: Photographs; Subseries G: Printed Materials

Subseries A: Calendar Planner and Notes. Includes calendar planners and notepads from various years dated from 1974 to 1981.

Subseries B: Correspondence. Correspondence with family and friends from 1942 to 1982. Of interest are Lesley's mother's recollections about him and letters between E. Parker, Jr. and E. Parker, Sr. Included are letters from Lesley's brother John (a.k.a. Jack) who refers to E. Parker as "Bill." In correspondence between John Roper, also known as Jack, Lesley is referred to as “Sambo.” Correspondence and related photographs with the Riemann Family (Lesley is the godfather of the eldest son Christopher Riemann) are also included.

Subseries C: Personal Records. Includes official records dated from 1914 to 1979 for his birth, baptism, divorce, retirement.  Also included are medical records and passports.

Subseries D: Student Records. Contains Lesley's student records dated from 1930 to 1938. Includes his high school, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Fine Arts diplomas and transcripts.

Subseries E: Military Records. Dated from 1942 to 1953, documents include an Award of the Bronze Star Medal Citation; certificates of commendation, completion, proficiency, promotion and service; and two Honorable Discharges: one from Quartermaster Corps Officer Candidate School (QMC OCS) and one from U.S. Army.

Subseries F: Photographs.  Includes photographs of family members and from a California trip (photos were collected out of context with California trip documents elsewhere in the collection). The photographs are dated from 1907 to ca. 1981.

Subseries G: Printed Materials. Includes items related to Lesley’s death in 1982 including several obituaries.

Series II: Professional. This series contains material dated 1955 – 2010 and is divided into two sub-series: Subseries A: Creative Works and Subseries B: Correspondence.

Subseries A: Creative Works. Includes manuscripts, painting, photographs, lecture notes, translations and correspondence dated 1958 - 2010. Of interest is an art history handbook he wrote for the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, written in 1958. David Corona, an Old Dominion University volunteer, transcribed the handbook in 2010. Also of note is a manuscript and related material for "Bibelots.” The series is arranged alphabetically, and then chronologically.

Subseries B: Correspondence. Includes correspondence related to Lesley’s publications and academic work. Also contains a catalog of works for an exhibit. Arranged alphabetically, 1955- 1982.

Series III: Trips. Contains material dated 1962- 1982 from Lesley's trips to California, Russia, Seattle, WA, Taiwan, Thailand, India & Nepal and Turkey.  Includes correspondence, a travel log, photographs, various travel documents, a class roster, a syllabus and miscellaneous documents. Includes correspondence with the Private Secretary to Her Majesty the Queen of Netherlands regarding the ODU class, Art 320D.

Series IV Photo Slides. This series is divided into seven sub-series: A. Belgium; B. England; C. Israel; D. Massachusetts; E. Turkey; F. Virginia; G. Miscellaneous (includes negatives). The slides are dated 1967 to 1970.

Series V: Oversize. Includes a painting and an article about Lesley, dated ca. 1959 to 1968.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically within subject groupings.

Provenance

Donated by Mark Lesley on November 18, 1982

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], the Papers of the Everett Parker Lesley, Jr.,, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.

Access

Open to researchers without restriction. Questions on copyright should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.

Size

8 Hollinger Document Cases and 1 oversized box

Collection Number

RG17-2B2

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Container Listing

Series I: Personal

Sub-series A: Calendar Planner and Notes

Box 1

Folder 1: Calendar Planner, 1974
Folder 2: Calendar Planner, 1979
Folder 3: Calendar Planner, 1981
Folder 4: Pocket notepad, June 24 - Aug. 15, 1977
Folder 5: Pocket notepad, Aug. 22, 1977- April 29, 1978
Folder 6: Pocket notepad, May 5 - June 25, 1978
Folder 7: Pocket notepad, July 9, 1978 - May 15, 1979
Folder 8: Pocket notepad, March 4 - 12, 1979
Folder 9: Pocket notepad, Oct. 4 - 20, 1979

Sub series B: Correspondence

Folder 10: Contract of land sale, July 1948
Folder 11: John A. Davis, 1973
Folder 12: Grace and Wilson Engel, July 30, 1978 - Jan. 23, 1982
Folder 13: Hans and Ellie Jaffe, Jan. 15, 1977 - Sept. 23, 1980
Folder 14: John V. Lesley, Dec. 19, 1970 - Apr. 30, 1981
Folder 15: Card to E. Parker Lesley, Jr. and photograph, undated
Folder 16: E. Parker Lesley, Sr., Aug. 9, 1942 - Feb. 23, 1943
Folder 17: Mrs. E. Parker Lesley, Sr., Feb. 15, 1945 - Dec. 7, 1954
Folder 18: Mrs. E. P. Lesley, Sr.'s recollection of Parker Lesley, Jr., Apr. 11, 1949 - ?
Folder 19: Mark Lesley, June 23, 1972

Box 2

Folder 1: Riemann Family correspondence and photographs, Sept. 24, 1963 - Nov. 2, 1981
Folder 2: John Roper, Oct. 16, 1976 - Aug. 23, 1978
Folder 3: Steven Rustari, Oct. 26, 1972 - June 8, 1980

Sub-series C: Personal Records

Folder 4: Certificate of Baptism, April 26, 1914
Folder 5: Birth certificate, 1929, 1939, 1955
Folder 6: Judgment for divorce, Jan. 26, 1948
Folder 7: Passports, 1960-1980
Folder 8: Medical history, 1967-70
Folder 9: Curriculum Vitae, Oct. 7, 1970
Folder 10: Virginia Driver’s License, 1978
Folder 11: Retirement certificate, 1979

Sub-Series D: Student Records

Folder 12: High School Diploma, June 13, 1930
Folder 13: Bachelor of Arts degree, June 18, 1934
Folder 14: Degree, April 9, 1935
Folder 15: Master of Fine Arts degree, June 22, 1937
Folder 16: Certificate from Cours Universitaires de Vacances, Aug. 14, 1937
Folder 17: Transcripts, ca. 1938

Sub-Series E: Military Records

Folder 18: Certificate of Proficiency, December 23, 1942
Folder 19: Honorable Discharge from QMC OCS, Dec. 23, 1942
Folder 20: Promotion statement, Dec. 23, 1942
Folder 21: Promotion statement, April 13, 1943
Folder 22: Certificate of completion, April 22, 1944
Folder 23: Award of the Bronze Star Medal Citation 1945
Folder 24: Certificate of Commendation, 1946
Folder 25: Certificate of Service, Nov. 26, 1946
Folder 26: Promotion certificate, March 27, 1947
Folder 27: Award by Queen of the Netherlands, Dec. 1947
Folder 28: Honorable Discharge, April 1, 1953

Sub-Series F: Photographs

Folder 29: Lesley family, 1907 - 1938
Folder 30: E. Parker Lesley, Jr., 1914 - (1981?)
Folder 31: Lesley with others, 1914 - 1942
Folder 32: California, Oct. - Dec. 1979
Folder 33: Porcelain picture of Miriam Pfaff-Lesley, undated

Sub-Series G: Printed Materials

Folder 34: Memorial, ODU Courier, Feb. 26, 1982
Folder 35: Obituary, Virginian-Pilot, Feb. 15, 1982
Folder 36: "In Memory of Parker Lesley", Feb. 19, 1982

Box 3

Series II: Professional

Sub-series A: Creative Works

Folder 1: Art-historical handbook 2nd version [original], June 23, 1958
Folder 2: Art-historical handbook -Notes from envelope, undated

Box 4

Folder 1-8: Art-historical handbook 2nd version [transcription], April 2010

Box 5

Folder 1: Lecture notes, 1958 - 1962 (?)
Folder 2: “Bibelots” research notes and correspondence, 1978
Folder 3: "Bibelots" manuscript, Feb. 26, 1979
Folder 4: Gertrude Stein lecture, Apr. 2, 1980 - Feb. 25, 1981
Folder 5: Manuscript [possibly related to ‘Bibelots’?], undated
Folder 6: Painting, undated
Folder 7: Poetry: German to English translation and photographs, undated

Box: 6

Sub-Series B: Professional Correspondence

Folder 1: Edward Percy Bottley, July 15, 1977
Folder 2: Bottley loaned material, catalog of Works by A. L. Pocock, undated
Folder 3: John Carter Brown, May 23, 1978 - Jan. 8, 1980
Folder 4: Fortune Magazine, Contract letter, June 28, 1955
Folder 5: Linda Downs, March 28 - 30, 1978
Folder 6: Mr. Farmer, undated
Folder 7: James and Minnie Fosburgh, June 10, 1955
Folder 8: Brenda Gilchrist, May 2, 1977 - Feb. 15, 1979
Folder 9: Hugh Honour to Ms. Little, April 14, 1978
Folder 10: Mrs. Horst W. Janson, March 17, 1978
Folder 11: Dr. Joachim Menzhausen, April 19, 1978
Folder 12: National Gallery of Art, Appointment from, July 22, 1974
Folder 13: Letter to New York Times Editor, Oct. 20, 1972
Folder 14: Chloe Obolensky, Sept. 25, 1977 - Feb. 2, 1978
Folder 15: Charles Parkhurst, March 1978 - May 27, 1982
Folder 16: Dr. Jay Pawa, April 21, 1978
Folder 17: Letters to Queen of the Netherlands, Feb. 21, 1980
Folder 18: Letters regarding "Renaissance Jewels and Jeweled Objects", Sept. 24, 1968 - Feb. 20, 1970
Folder 19: Mr. Rohlfing, June 15, 1978
Folder 20: Dale Rothman, Jan. 18 - Feb. 19, 1980
Folder 21: Letter of congratulations from Charles Sibley, May 16, 1967
Folder 22: Marilyn P. Swezey, May 20, 1978
Folder 23: Lisa Taylor to Philippe de Montebello, Feb. 21, 1978
Folder 24: Unknown person, Nov. 7, 1981
Folder 25: Letter to the Virginian-Pilot Editor, Jan. 14, 1966
Folder 26: Herbie Weissburger, Oct. 27, 1970 - Nov. 11, 1973

Series III: Trips

Folder 27: Amsterdam trip and correspondence, 1974
Folder 28: California Pocket notepad, Sept. 11 - Oct. 2, 1979
Folder 29: Norfolk to Iowa, Travel log, Aug. - Sept. 1962
Folder 30: Russia - Correspondence from Mayree Fourman, Nov. 4, 1981 - March 3, 1982
Folder 31: Russia - General Tours paperwork, Oct. 15 - 25, 1981
Folder 32: Russia -Receipt for one admission ticket, Hermitage Museum, Oct. 23, 1981
Folder 33: Russia -Receipt for one admission ticket, Russia Museum, Oct. 24, 1981
Folder 34: Russia - Receipt for one admission ticket "Special Exhibit", Russia Museum, Oct. 24, 1981
Folder 35: Seattle, Washington - Tour group photograph, 1981
Folder 36: Seattle, Washington - Tour program outline, July 28 - Aug. 4, 1981
Folder 37: Taiwan, Thailand, India and Nepal - Certification of visit, Mt. Everest, Oct. 27, 1980
Folder 38: Taiwan, Thailand, India and Nepal - Correspondence with Doris Kurth, March 21 - Apr. 6, 1981
Folder 39: Taiwan, Thailand, India and Nepal - Diary and notes, Sept. 5 - Oct. 7, 1980
Folder 40: Taiwan, Thailand, India and Nepal - Tour group photograph, Taj Mahal, 1980
Folder 41: Taiwan, Thailand, India and Nepal -Photograph, Thailand, Sept. 22, 1980
Folder 42: Taiwan, Thailand, India and Nepal -Purchases, Sept. 25 - Oct. 28, 1980
Folder 43: Taiwan, Thailand, India and Nepal -Schedule and itinerary, Sept. 5 - Nov. 5, 1980
Folder 44: Taiwan, Thailand, India and Nepal -Tour program outline and itinerary, Oct. 10 - Nov. 5, 1980
Folder 45: Turkey - Class information, May 11, 1970
Folder 46: Turkey - Correspondence to Mark Lesley, July 27 - Aug. 7, 1970
Folder 47: Turkey - Itinerary and syllabus, July 1970
Folder 48: Turkey - List of participants, July 1970

Box 7

Series IV: Photo Slides

Sub-series A: Belgium

Folder 1: Antwerp, June 1969

Sub-series B: England

Folder 2: Wooten Under Edge, Gloucestershire, Nov. 1969 (slides developed)

Sub-series C: Israel

Folder 3: A-B Slides 1, 1967 (?)
Folder 4: A-B Slides 2, 1967 (?)
Folder 5: A-B Slides 3, 1967 (?)
Folder 6: A-B Slides 4, 1967 (?)
Folder 7: A-B Slides 5, 1967 (?)
Folder 8: Beit She'arim Synagogue, Aug. 1967
Folder 9: Bethlehem,  1967 (?)
Folder 10: Caesarea,1967 (?)
Folder 11: Cana, 1967 (?)
Folder 12: Capernaum, Aug. 1967
Folder 13: Jerusalem, Aug. 1967
Folder 14: Kiryat-Ono, Aug. 1967
Folder 15: Lod, Aug. 1967
Folder 16: Maghar, Aug. 1967
Folder 17: Massada, Aug. 1967
Folder 18: Megiddo, Aug. 1967
Folder 19: Meiron, Aug. 1967
Folder 20: Miscellaneous set 1, Aug. 1967
Folder 21: Miscellaneous set 2, Aug. 1967
Folder 22: Miscellaneous set 3, Aug. 1967
Folder 23: Miscellaneous set 4, Aug. 1967
Folder 24: Miscellaneous set 5, Aug. 1967
Folder 25: Miscellaneous set 6, Aug. 1967
Folder 26: Miscellaneous set 7, Aug. 1967
Folder 27: Miscellaneous set 8, Aug. 1967
Folder 28: Miscellaneous set 9, Aug. 1967
Folder 29: Miscellaneous set 10, Aug. 1967
Folder 30: Miscellaneous set 11, Aug. 1967
Folder 31: Miscellaneous set 12, Aug. 1967
Folder 32: Montfort, Aug. 1967
Folder 33: Mountain of Beatitudes, Aug. 1967
Folder 34: Nazareth, Aug. 1967
Folder 35: Ramla, Aug. 1967
Folder 36: Safed, Aug. 1967
Folder 37: Tabgha, Aug. 1967
Folder 38: Tel-Aviv, Aug. 1967
Folder 39: Tel-Qasile, Aug. 1967
Folder 40: Wilderness of Zin, Aug. 1967

Sub-series D: Massachusetts

Folder 41: Massachusetts, May 1969 (slides developed)

Sub-series E: Turkey

Folder 42: Ephesus, July 1970
Folder 43: Miletus, July 1970
Folder 44: Miscellaneous set 1, July 1970
Folder 45: Miscellaneous set 2, July 1970
Folder 46: Miscellaneous set 3, July 1970
Folder 47: Miscellaneous set 4, July 1970
Folder 48: Miscellaneous set 5, July 1970

Box 8

Folder 1: Miscellaneous set 6, July 1970
Folder 2: Miscellaneous set 7, July 1970
Folder 3: Miscellaneous set 8, July 1970
Folder 4: Miscellaneous set 9, July 1970
Folder 5: Miscellaneous set 10, July 1970
Folder 6: Miscellaneous set 11, July 1970
Folder 7: Miscellaneous set 12, July 1970
Folder 8: Miscellaneous set 13, July 1970
Folder 9: Priene, July 1970

Sub-series F: Virginia

Folder 10: Norfolk, undated

Sub-series G: Miscellaneous

Folder 11: set 1, undated
Folder 12: set 2, undated
Folder 13: set 3, undated
Folder 14: Negatives, undated 

Series V: Oversize

Box 9

Folder 1: Painting, artist unknown, 1959 – 1962(?)
Folder 2: "The Teacher," The Virginian Pilot Action Magazine, Oct. 19, 1968

 

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Revised: 4/12/11