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.