15 responses to “The Golden Treasury‘s Author (1): Bertha Parker’s Early Years”

  1. Looking forward to more parts of this remarkable woman’s story. Do you have any photographs of her? Morris Parker is highly neglected as an author who sold 60 million volumes of an encyclopedia. Interesting to read about her disappointment with the teaching she received while in grade school. She spent the rest of her life correcting that position, most notably with The Golden Book Encyclopedia.

  2. I am Bertha Morris Parker’s second cousin. I have pictures of her.

    1. Hi Nancy

      Is it possible to access images from your photographs of Bertha? It would be greatly appreciated. I have a lot of admiration for her contribution to a generation of young people between the late 1950’s-60’s. She was such a clear and concise writer. As mentioned in my first comment I consider Morris Parker a significant writer/influence in the U.S and many other parts of the western world.

  3. […] Coming up next: what I’ve been able to uncover about Bertha Morris Parker, starting with this post. […]

  4. Thanks for posting these photos of Bertha. Also the link to Nancy’s recall of her childhood memories of Morris Parker which I enjoyed very much. Knowing she lived across from the Science Museum was quite an eye opener. If possible I would be very interested to read of any other comments from Nancy. Looking forward to the next installment. I am convinced millions of children from the 1960’s (in the US alone) owe their success in life in someway to the impact that Morris Parkers’ books had on their early quest for knowledge. Her writing style opened doors to the imagination. It was a silent revolution in many ways. Seems her contribution to a culture has gone under the radar as well.

  5. I just want to send off a quick reply. I do have some photographs and I have family members that are in possession of some items from her father and the pharmacy, I believe. I am trying to contact them as well. Please forgive my sluggish response. I have not forgotten you, I teach at the college level and I am working on some other rather large projects. She was a wonderful woman with a great sense of humor, I think of her often. I would like to have the facts about her life clearly documented. ~ Nancy Davis-Gabl

    1. Look forward to revelations of any sort about the life of Bertha Morris Parker. She was an amazingly clear headed writer. I could always sense her humor in many of her encyclopedia entries. Thank you for the update.

  6. Thank you so much for writing this series on The Golden Treasury of Natural History and its author. I, too, received this book as a Christmas gift in the 1960s when I was about 10 years old. For the next couple of years, I read it repeatedly, as it accompanied me on shopping trips with my mother, visits to family, and vacation trips. I attribute much of my future career as a scientist and science teacher to this book, not only because of my interest in its subject matter but also because its author was a woman (I’d always known I’d wanted to be a teacher, but until I obtained this book, I’d had no interest in science due to the lackluster science education I’d received in elementary school). Today the book sits on my desk as inspiration for a blog I’ve recently started, and I mention it in my first post. I am delighted that you are researching Bertha Morris Parker and look forward to your next post regarding her life!

  7. […] primo (vero) amore non si scorda mai. Il mio è lui: Il grande libro della Natura – autrice Bertha Morris Parker, Arnoldo Mondadori editore (decima ristampa marzo 1981) una sorta di manuale di scienze naturali a […]

  8. Thank you for the link and for the traslation: it’s another small electric shock for me :-D p.s. sorry for my english, I’m working on improving it!

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