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Series I. Correspondence

Series II. Nathaniel Owings Archives Project
Materials Parsons gathered to create a research collection documenting Nathaniel Owings' contributions to urban development. Parsons was to write a book titled, Nathaniel Owings and the Freeways: The Baltimore Wars, on Owings' work in Baltimore on designing a new freeway system. The archives project was completed in 1983, but although Parsons completed several drafts, he did not publish a book.

Project Correspondence
Correspondence about the Owings archives project and the Baltimore Wars book project.

Relates to the project by the firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) to design a freeway system in Baltimore, Maryland.

Other Projects
Correspondence and reports on other Owings projects.

Series III. Research and Consulting
Parsons' research for his book projects, including articles by others, and drafts of his manuscripts. Also includes his consulting work for outside organizations.

Clarence Stein research files
Research for and drafts of Parsons' book Writings of Clarence S. Stein: Architect of the Planned Community

Cornell History
Research for and drafts of Parsons' book The Cornell Campus: A History of its Planning and Development

Includes consulting projects for outside universities and cities, both domestic and foreign. Also includes consulting materials for the Korean World Bank.

Series IV. Cornell University Faculty and Administrative Files
Materials associated with Parsons' function as a faculty member and administrator at Cornell. Also includes material associated with events and life at Cornell.

City and Regional Planning (CRP) Administration
Student files and departmental correspondence and memoranda.

Art, Architecture and Planning (AAP) Administration
Includes administrative materials that precede and coincide with Parsons' tenure as dean, as well as later documents.

Planning for Cornell/Cornell Consulting
Studies and correspondence related to architecture and planning for the Cornell campus. Includes material on the controversy over remodeling Sage Hall.

Syllabi and documentation for courses Parsons taught at Cornell.

Advising and Theses
Includes theses written by Parsons' students.

Series V. Professional

Professional Organizations and Conferences
Material from Parsons' participation in professional organizations such as the American Institute of Planners, and materials from conferences at which he was present or participated.

Professional involvement and history
Additional material from and about Parsons career, including notes and research from his time as a student. Also includes his datebooks.

Series VI. Multimedia

Series VII. Oversize