Althea Stephens Parmenter Papers, 1960s-1980s

Accession: 2004-108
Extent: 1.625 linear feet
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to this collection.
Copyright: Copyright has not been transferred to the University of Louisville.

Biographical Note

Althea Stephens Parmenter was born in 1899 in Jacksonville, Florida. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Agnes Scott College in Georgia and a master's degree in English from the University of Louisville in 1962. She studied creative writing under Dr. Harvey Curtis Webster while at U of L. In 1963, her story "The Old Masters" won national honors and was published in Prize College Stories by Random House. She retired from teaching piano in 1980 after sixty years of instructing, including teaching at Logan College (Russellville, KY) and National Park Seminary (Maryland). Her husband, Robert, was also a musician, playing and teaching violin. Ms. Parmenter died in 1997.

Brief Description of the Collection

The collection includes some correspondence, personal and printed material, along with photographs and artwork. The bulk of the collection is made up of manuscript materials from her writings, including several revisions of a novel, The Voyage of the Golden Plover, some short stories and poetry, and appears to date from the 1960s-1980s.

Box List

Box 1

  • The Voyage of the Golden Plover - Prologue
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 8
  • Chapter 9
  • Chapter 10
  • Chapter 11 - Version A
  • Chapter 11 - Version B
  • Chapter 12 - Version A
  • Chapter 12 - Version B
  • Chapter 13 - Version A
  • Chapter 13 - Version B
  • Chapter 14 - Version A
  • Chapter 14 - Version B
  • Chapter 15
  • Chapter 16
  • Chapter 17 (with large manila envelope)
  • Chapter 18
  • Chapter 19 - Version A
  • Chapter 19 - Version B
  • Illustrations for The Voyage of the Golden Plover
  • The Voyage of the Golden Plover: Letter to pub. w/ mss of chap 1-10 (Final as sent) + prologue
  • The Voyage of the Golden Plover: Chap. 1, 2, 17; outline + prologue
  • The Voyage of the Golden Plover: Mss - synopsis, chap. 3, 5-8, 13-17, 19 (some multiples)
  • It Should Have Been Cherry (alt title: Blueberry Pie)
  • Lizard
  • Poetry
  • M’Sieur ou Madame
  • Musical form in literature
  • JacQues - old
  • Once Aboard the Hooligan
  • Recollecting on Harvey + Lucille Webster
  • The Garden of Eden - 3rd movement
  • Seeing
  • Relations with Warsaw Pact and Eastern Bloc Countries
  • Moment in Time - 4 copies mss (June 1986)
  • Drafts and Notes on Writing (2 folders)
  • Incoming Correspondence
  • Clippings
  • Book - Contour of Flight

Box 2

  • Drawing: unidentified man with a little girl by a piano
  • Drawing: man and piano
  • Textile Art Piece: by Charles Semones
  • Honor Society certificate
  • Decatur, Georgia certificate
  • Bachelor of Arts certificate
  • The American Guild of Organists certificate
  • Portrait of Althea Stephens Parmenter (4)