John Milliken Parker papers, 1902-1938 (bulk 1909-1920).

Creator: Parker, John Milliken, 1863-1939.
Collection number: 1184
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Abstract: John Milliken Parker (1863-1939) was governor of Louisiana, 1920-1924; member of the New Orleans Cotton Exchange and the New Orleans Board of Trade, the Southern Commercial Congress, and the Mississippi Valley Trade Association; and a national leader of the Progressive Party. The collection consists of papers, chiefly 1909-1920, pertaining to Parker’s business activities, including his membership on the New Orleans Board of Trade and the New Orleans Cotton Exchange; his association with the Progressive Party; his management of the Federal Food Administration program in Louisiana during World War I; his term as governor, 1920-1924; and his service as relief administrator during the Mississippi River flood of 1927 (including photographs, some of which depict African Americans). Other topics include the Southern Commercial Congress and opposition to Huey P. Long.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Special highlight is Photograph Album PA-1184/1-2 which depicts pictures of the Mississippi River flood of 1927, including images of refugees, many of whom were African American; rescue efforts; stranded livestock; and homes, buildings, roads, and railroads under water. (from Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, etc.)