Lou Parker Scrapbook
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Willie Lou Parker was born on January 14, 1928 to Bertram and Willie Louise (Norman) Parker. She attended high school in Corpus Christi, Texas before moving to Austin, Texas to attend the University of Texas (UT) in 1946 where she majored in journalism. While attending UT she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, the Theta Sigma Phi, honorary journalism society and was elected Secretary of the Students' Association. She married William "Bill" Oliver Parker, Jr. in 1949, a few months after her graduation. She returned to school for a teaching degree and was assigned to Fulmore Junior High as faculty in 1951. Her husband became the director of planning for San Antonio in 1952 and the couple moved to San Antonio. The couple had two children and divorced in 1970. She died in 1982 in Houston, Texas.
The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, invitations, certificates, correspondence, cards, programs and playbills, sketches, travel itineraries and memorabilia and black and white photographs that highlight Lou Parker's life from the mid-1940s through the mid-1950s. Parker's campaign for Secretary of the University of Texas Students' Association, articles she wrote for The Daily Texas, her college activities, graduation from UT, her wedding, her involvement with Austin chapter of the American Association of University Women, her husband's career as the City Planner of Austin, travel and her involvement with the Episcopal Church and the Woman's Auxiliary of the Diocese of West Texas and the League of Women Voters of San Antonio are all documented.
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This scrapbook was dropped off at the City of Austin Historic Preservation Office with no donor information.
Lou Parker Scrapbook (AR.2016.021). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: unknown
Donation Date: 2016
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2016.
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