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Daniel B. Parkinson papers


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Title: Daniel B. Parkinson papers, 1897-1913Add to your cart.

ID: 3/RG 2/RG 2-4

Primary Creator: Parkinson, Daniel Baldwin

Extent: 0.5 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: Note that this collection is currently housed with the Manuscript collection and is not housed with university materials.  The speeches that comprise this collection are sorted alphabetically by title, with A-O in box one and P-W in box two.  See MSS 108.

Subjects: Parkinson, Daniel B, Southern Illinois State Normal University, Southern Illinois State Normal University - Presidents

Forms of Material: Speeches, addresses, etc.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This small collection of lectures and addresses made by Daniel B. Parkinson is, unfortunately, undated.  It is presumed that the speeches were made during Dr. Parkinson's years at Southern Illinois Normal University as President, 1897-1913, and that perhaps some of the lectures were made while he was teaching Physics and Chemistry, 1894-1897.

Biographical Note

A founding father of Southern Illinois Normal University, Parkinson belonged to its original eight-member faculty. During his career, he taught physical science here, became secretary of the faculty, registrar and vice president before being promoted to Southern's highest post in 1897.

The University embarked on a building boom under Parkinson's guidance. Among the notable additions: the $25,000 Wheeler Library (a graceful building now known as Wheeler Hall in central campus) opened in 1904 to house the growing book collection. The building bears the name of then-University board president and Judge S.P. Wheeler of Springfield, who had helped secure capital funding.

The Allyn Building opened in 1909 to house the University's Model School, an elementary school where aspiring teachers honed their instructional and classroom management skills. And construction of the first on-campus residence hall began during his tenure.

Today, students study geology and other sciences in Parkinson Hall, a building in central campus named after this early leader.

Subject/Index Terms

Parkinson, Daniel B
Southern Illinois State Normal University
Southern Illinois State Normal University - Presidents

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item(s)], Box [#], Daniel B. Parkinson Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Other Note: Might be processed as MSS 108.

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Folder 1: Lectures, Letters, and Addresses PAdd to your cart.

"A Paper: Permanence in the Midst of Change"

"The Pulpit Viewed from the Pew"

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"Radiant Matter or the Fourth State of Matter"

"The Royalty of Stewardship"

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"The Sacredness of the Ballot"

"The School a Potent Factor in Permanent Reform"

"School Appliances and School Libraries"

"The Song of the Prism"


"A Paper: The Special Session"


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"The Text"

"Utilization of Power" (Baccalaureate Address, 1902 June 8)

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"The Value and Place of the Natural Sciences in Courses of Study"


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"Waving & Bleaching"

"Waste in Education"

"What May the School do to Improve the Community Life of the Child?"

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