Thomas Crane Public Library

Parker Collection

City Hall
Detail from: City Hall
Warren S. Parker (1861-1944) built houses for a living before he was appointed Building Inspector for the City of Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1907. He served in this position for twenty-five years, becoming interested in old Quincy houses and residents.

At the core of the Parker Collection are over 2,000 lantern slides (circa 1890s-1930s) that he used while giving his illustrated lectures. Acquired by the library in 1945 for $2,500, the invaluable collection also contains copies of deeds, maps, scrapbooks, biographical notes, and newspaper clippings on Quincy subjects.

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