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REV. ROBERT A. PARSONS, SJ PAPERS
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Box: 1 Fold: 1 Parsons, Rev. Robt A., SJ: Chaplain's General Office Files
DATE SPAN: 09/25/1943 - 03/31/1944

DESCRIPTION: A few preliminary materials precede, but essentially this is the March 1944 (when Parsons began as a chaplain) file at Camp Blanding, FL, near Starke. Camp Blanding was a huge post of some 17,000 with a German P.O.W. camp adjacent. There was a large hospital and approximately twenty chaplains of all faiths. Most of Parson's paperwork pertained to obtaining dispensations for interfaith marriages, getting baptisal proofs, and baptizing those who wanted to get married.

Box: 1 Fold: 2 Parsons, Rev. Robt A., SJ: Chaplain's General Office Files
DATE SPAN: 04/01/1944 - 04/30/1944

DESCRIPTION: Continuation of the same kinds of material as in the preceding file.

Box: 1 Fold: 3 Parsons, Rev. Robt A., SJ: Chaplain's general office files
DATE SPAN: 05/01/1944 - 06/30/1944

DESCRIPTION: Continuation of the kinds of material in the preceding file.

Box: 1 Fold: 4 Parsons, Rev. Robt A., SJ: Chaplain's General Office Files
DATE SPAN: 07/01/1944 - 07/31/1944

DESCRIPTION: Continuation for July 1944 of the same kinds of materials as those found in the preceding folders.

Box: 1 Fold: 5 Chaplains General Office Files
DATE SPAN: 08/01/1944 - 08/31/1944


Box: 1 Fold: 6 Parsons, Rev. Robt A., SJ: Chaplain's General Office Files
DATE SPAN: 09/01/1944 - 11/30/1944

DESCRIPTION: Continuation into Sept., Oct., and Nov. of the kinds of material seen in preceding folders.

Box: 1 Fold: 7 Parsons, Rev. Robt A., SJ: Chaplain's General Office Files
DATE SPAN: 12/01/1944 - 01/15/1946

DESCRIPTION: Parsons left Camp Blanding, Florida, and was reassigned to Italy. Marriages naturally dropped off and there is little material of any kind from the European service except for some baptisms and one letter of condolence. Routine office files end here.

Box: 1 Fold: 8 Parsons: Monthly Report of Chaplains; Pay & Allowance Account
DATE SPAN: 01/01/1944 - 10/31/1945

DESCRIPTION: The Monthly Report of Chaplains (War Dept. Chaplain Form 3 [12 Mar 43]), provided space to report on relgious activities, educational or recreational services provided, activities in the civilian community, services by visiting clergymen, and details on service changes.

Box: 1 Fold: 9 Parsons, Rev. Robt A., SJ: Monthly Report to Military Ordinariate
DATE SPAN: 01/02/1944 - 03/31/1946

DESCRIPTION: Similar to the military monthly reports, but briefer, more to the point. Good summaries of baptisms and weddings.

Box: 1 Fold: 10 Parsons, Rev. Robt A., SJ: German P.O.W. Camp Catholic Religious Matte
DATE SPAN: 07/03/1943 - 12/31/1944

DESCRIPTION: Parsons had responsibilities for Catholic religious service among the German P.O.W.s, but he was largely restricted to saying Mass (In Latin of course) because he could speak no German and so understand confessions. The files convey his efforts to provide such services by other means. There is correspondence with the Apostolic Delegation in Wash DC, the Catholic Central Verein of America (a 19th & 20th c. German-American group), and misc suppliers of printed materials appropriate for the German prisoners.

Box: 1 Fold: 11 Record of Christenings and Marriages, Maryland, 18th c.
DATE SPAN: 08/21/1760 - 01/28/1802

DESCRIPTION: These are typed transcripts by Parsons of two records: 1) St. Joseph's and St. Mary's County Christenings recorded by Joseph Mosley and others, 1760-1799, and 2) Marriage, Baptismal, Conversion, and Burial register of Southern Maryland, Eastern Shores, and Delaware, 1763-1802, recorded by Joseph Mosley, John Bolton and others. The original was in the Maryland Province Archives at Woodstock at the time this transcription was made.

Box: 1 Fold: 12 Marriage Register, St. Joseph's Church, Philadelphia
DATE SPAN: 01/10/1787 - 12/12/1799

DESCRIPTION: A sixty-one page transcription of marriages (chronologically) and witnesses (in alphabetical order). One of eleven mimeographed copies.

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