Mary Celestia Parker

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Mary Celestia Parker
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CitizenshipUnited States
Spouse(s)Vance Randolph

Mary Celestia Parker (1904 - 1981) was a folklorist.[1] She and her husband Vance Randolph recorded folk music in Northern Arkansas from the 1930s until the 1960s. They also established the Arkansas Folklore Society in 1950. It lasted until 1960.[2] Folklorist Rachel Reynolds wrote a chapter about her in Arkansas Women: Their Lives and Times.[3]

She made recordings with Max Hunter. She recorded Maxine Hite singing The Dogs and her gun in Prairie Grove, Washington County, Arkansas, in 1959.[4]


  1. “Mary Celestia Parker (1904-1981): Folklorist and Teacher” in Arkansas Women: Their Lives and Times
  2. "Pass it on: Arkansas's Statewide Folklife Program Plan : Prepared for the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program". Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. December 30, 1998 – via Google Books.
  4. University of Arkansas Libraries; Ozark Folksong Collection; The Dogs and her Gun; Retrieved 2017/03/28

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