Fonds 1992-22 - Mike Parker

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Mike Parker

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    • 1909-1997 (Creation)
      Parker, Mike

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    242 audio cassettes
    62 cm of textual records
    6 photographs (b&w)

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    Biographical history

    Mike Parker was born 9 October 1952 and grew up in Bear River, Digby County. His father owned the local general store, the Bear River Trading Company. During the summer and fall, his father was a hunting and fishing guide; and during the winter, he occasionally worked in the lumber woods. Mike grew up hearing stories and tales associated with the guiding and lumbering occupations. When Parker's father died suddenly in his mid-sixties, Mike realized that changing technology and the aging population conspired against the endurance of this lifestyle. Parker therefore began recording the personal experience narratives of guides and lumbermen in the Digby and Annapolis County areas. Parker graduated from Acadia University in 1975 (B.A.) and 1977 with a recreation degree. He has been teaching at the School for the Blind in Halifax since 1977. he has published two books using his oral history research and is working on a third about the merchant navy during World War II. Parker currently lives in Dartmouth with his wife and two children.

    Custodial history

    Mike Parker donated his research materials and interviews for Guides of the North Woods, and Woodchips & Beans in 1992, and the majority of research materials and interviews for Running the Gauntlet in 1993. In 2018, Mike Parker donated some further research materials and recordings regarding Running the Gauntlet.

    Scope and content

    Consists of three series based on the research for Parker's three books: Guides of the North Woods: hunting and fishing tales of Nova Scotia 1860-1960 (published 1990), Woodchips & Beans: life in the early lumber woods of Nova Scotia (published 1992), and Running the Gauntlet: an oral history of Canadian Merchant Seaman in WWII (published 1994). The former two series includes oral histories, copies of newspaper clippings, minute books, relating to guiding and lumbering. Subjects include lumbering and sawmills, hunting, fishing, camping and the various hunting lodges established throughout Nova Scotia. The third series contains oral histories, notices, shipping safety manuals, photographs, partial transcripts and clippings. Subjects include: merchant seamen in WWII, convoys, wartime shipping and cargo, survival at sea and capture.

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    All sound cassettes have a metal base and 1/4' sound tape reels produced for conservation.

    Immediate source of acquisition

    Donated by Mike Parker on 30 April 1992, 8 November 1993, and 4 September 2018.


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        Open for consultation; written permission required from the donor use or reproduction until 2022.

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        General note

        Textual records from accession 1992-22 are located in MG 1 volumes 3375-3376. Textual Records from accession 1993-29 and 1994-32 are located in MG 1 volumes 3576-3577. Records donated in 2018 were accessioned 2019-005.

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        Published works by Mike Parker are available in the Nova Scotia Archives Library

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        MG 1 Volumes 3375-3376, 3576-3577



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        Ac 2364-2513



        Audio Recordings

        Ac 2574-2659





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