The Charles P. Parkhurst Papers date from the late 1930s to 1990 and document Parkhurst’s teaching career, with particular emphasis on his time at Oberlin College (1949-1962). The material gives insight into his teaching methods and strategies, such as his focus on the historical context of artwork, visual recognition of artistic principles, and understanding artistic techniques. The papers are arranged into two series: 1. Teaching Materials and 2. Television Show Materials. The majority of the material is either handwritten or typewritten, although Parkhurst did use some printed material, such as newspaper articles. There are no photographs included in the collection, but there are other visual materials, such as photostats and study prints.
Series 1. Teaching Materials (4.13 lf)
Series 1 includes Parkhurst’s teaching materials from his various teaching positions. These materials relate primarily to architecture and the appreciation of visual art, and document Parkhurst’s teaching through syllabi, schedules, course procedures, lecture notes, quiz and exam papers, and student papers. The bulk of the material is included in Subseries 1, which comprises materials prepared for Oberlin College courses. The materials are organized by course. Subseries 2 comprises teaching materials from other institutions at which Parkhurst taught and is categorized by institution. Those categories are: Unidentified Institution (probably Williams College and/or Smith College); New York University; and Princeton University. Larger teaching materials include photostats of architectural elements, an article about Brunelleschi’s dome in Florence copied from Revista d’Arte, and study prints, all of which are housed in an oversize box (Box 7). Subseries 3 comprises student papers, and access to some of these materials is restricted.
Series 2. Television Show Materials (1.05 lf)
Series 2 reflects Parkhurst’s broadening interests in the form of materials used in developing a television program on art history called “Images and Realities”. The program aired in the late 1960s on WJZ TV, the then-ABC affiliate channel in Baltimore. In this public education project, Parkhurst covered such topics as the cave paintings at Lascaux, ancient Egyptian artwork, and paintings by Giotto. The material in this series, which focuses on the history of art, shows a different aspect of Parkhurst’s interest in art than the materials in Series 1, which emphasize the appreciation of art. In Subseries 1, Parkhurst’s notes for the episodes shed light on his process for developing the episodes and their content. Subseries 2 includes study prints which were used in the episodes and which exemplify the artwork and styles Parkhurst discussed in the episodes.
Series 3. Parkhurst Student Papers (0.21 l.f.)
Series 3 contains papers written by Parkhurst while studying for his master of art degree. These papers were written for classes taught by Clarence Ward, and include Parkhurst’s master’s examination. All of the papers are typed, and some include manuscript notations. These papers are restricted from copying.
Series 4. Writings (1 folder)
Comprises one booklet written by Parkhurst, “Light and Color,” in the Art Treasures of the World series published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. in 1955.