Parkinson Collection

The Parkinson Collection is a large body of correspondence, clippings, family charts and obituaries collected by John W. Parkinson and donated to the Licking County Library on November 30, 1956 by his wife, Ruth, after his death.  

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The material in this collection is broad in scope, encompassing Parkinson families and related lines from many states and from Europe.

With the intention of making the collection more accessible to researchers, all the folders have been numbered and their headings indexed. Click here [PDF] to see a list of the folder headings.


The Parkinson obituary collection covers 1927 through 1953 and consists of 30 file drawers of envelopes full of actual clippings.  Considering the time frame, the collection includes local pioneers  and veterans from the Civil War through World War II and Korea.  Geographical coverage of the newspapers clipped ranges from Pittsburgh, PA to Newark, OH and from Mansfield, OH to Marietta, OH.  There is no accurate list of all the newspapers Mr. Parkinson used.  We are in the process of photocopying and digitizing the collection.

An Adult Services librarian will be glad to search the files for you if you cannot come to the library. If you are here during open hours of the Licking County Genealogical Society, you will find it easier to consult their collection for obituaries that were printed in Licking County; however, remember that the Parkinson Collection has strong coverage of other surrounding counties.