J. Parker, with degrees from Harvard College and the University
of Pennsylvania, taught for several years before becoming Curator,
then Director of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, a major
research library and museum in Philadelphia. As Curator, he was
responsible for a nationally known collection of manuscripts, prints,
drawings, photographs, maps, a/v materials, paintings, and artifacts.
He supervised reference, conservation, and photoduplication services
as well as several large online cataloging and preservation microfilming
As Director, Peter produced HSP's first long-range
plan, improved collections and preservation policies and implemented
disaster recovery and scheduled maintenance plans. He also secured
funding for and supervised the construction of new climate-controlled
stacks and collections storage.
Since moving to New Hampshire, Peter has served as
an officer of the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association,
the New Hampshire Archives Group, and Exeter's American Independence
Museum and as a board member of the New England Archivists. He
was also a member of the Collections Committee of the New Hampshire
Historical Society. His professional and community experiences
him that cooperation, planning, and the creative use of limited
resources are vital to the resolution of most problems.
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