Charles and Inge Parks greeting cards to Miriam Willis
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In 1922, nationally known Delaware sculptor Charles Cropper Parks was born in Onancock, Virginia.
Educated at the University of Delaware and The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Charles Parks created a vast collection of sculpture which represented the people, landscape, and values of the state of Delaware. In 2011 the Parks family donated approximately 290 of Charles Parks's works of art to the State of Delaware.
Some of Parks's best-known public sculptures are his three Madonnas (now displayed in California, Indiana, as well as New Castle, Delaware), "The Student" at the Newark Public Library, "Boy with Hawk" at the Brandywine River Museum, "Vietnam" at Brandywine Park, and "Father and Son" in Spencer Plaza, Wilmington, Delaware.
Charles Parks died on October 25, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Inge (Ruehl) Park.
"Charles Cropper Parks." Obituary.The News Journal, October 27, 2012 (reproduced in Delaware Online). http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/delawareonline/ (accessed May 22, 2013).
Miriam Eugenia (Szafir) Willis was born February 11, 1920, in Beaumont, Texas.
An advocate for fair and open government, Miriam Willis actively supported the League of Women Voters and public libraries. She was a founding member of the Friends of the Newark Free Library and an activist with Common Cause in the development of campaign finance reform.
Miriam Willis, who was a friend of Charles and Inge Parks, died on June 15, 2012, in Newark, Delaware.
"Miriam Eugenia (Szafir) Willis." Obituary.The News Journal, June 20, 2012 (reproduced in Delaware Online). http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/delawareonline/ (accessed May 22, 2013).
Delaware sculptor Charles Parks (1922-2012) and his wife, Inge, sent these two holiday greeting cards to Miriam Willis. The front of each greeting card has an image of a sculpture created by Charles Parks and inside each is a brief handwritten expression of holiday good wishes.
- Box 8, F190: Shelved in SPEC MSS 098 manuscript boxes
Gift of Catherine Wojewodzki, July 2012.
Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, May 2013. Further encoding by George Apodaca, March 2015.
- Parks, Charles Cropper, 1922-2012
- Parks, Charles Cropper, 1922-2012--Correspondence
- Willis, Miriam Eugenia (Szafir)--Correspondence
- Parks, Inge--Correspondence
- Willis, Miriam Eugenia (Szafir)
- Parks, Inge
- University of Delaware Library Special Collections
- Finding Aid Author
- University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
- Finding Aid Date
- 2013 May 22
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The image on the front of this card is Charles Parks's sculpture, "Zinnas."Physical Description
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The image on the front of this card is Charles Parks's sculpture, "Flute Player."Physical Description
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The images on the front and back of this card are Charles Parks's sculpture, "Boy and Dogs," located in Fountain Plaza, Wilmington, Delaware. The card reads, "To Robert and family, Remembering Miriam and Dudley fondly. -Inge Parks."Physical Description
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