Elsie V. Parker Collection
9501 South Martin Luther King Drive
Chicago, IL 60628
Extent: 2.59 Linear Feet
Elsie Parker was a philanthropist and businesswoman active in the Chicago area. After a twenty-year career in the beauty salon industry, she became vice-president of the Parker House Sausage Company, which was founded by her husband, Judge Henry Parker. She worked with many organizations in the Chicago area, including the Lyric Opera, NAACP, the Urban League, Children’s Home and Aid Society, and the Roseland Heights Community Association. She was also a strong supporter of Chicago State University, where she served on the Community Council and as an Advisory Board member of the CSU Foundation. She established the Parker Meditation Room in Douglas Library in 1979. In June 1980 the university awarded her an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
Scope and Content Note:
The collection includes a scrapbook, a plaque, a framed photograph, and 5 framed certificates.