Major James Parton Transparencies
Portions of this collection are digitized

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.1986.0033
Dates:
1943
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
0.02 Cubic feet
3 transparencies
Repository:
This collection consists of three large format color transparencies, all formal studio portrait photographs of Major James Parton, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), in uniform, taken at Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), England, 1943.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of one 5 x 7 inch and two 6 x 8 inch color transparencies, all formal studio portrait photographs of Major James Parton, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), in uniform, taken at Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF, location code name "Widewing"), Bushy Park, London, England, 1943. In two of the photographs, Parton (age 31), assigned to the Eighth Air Force, can be seen wearing the lapel insignia of Aide-de-Camp to Major General Ira C. Eaker, Commanding General, VIII Bomber Command.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection is in original order.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
James Parton was born December 10, 1912, in Newburyport, Massachusetts; he attended Harvard University. From 1935 to 1942, Parton held various editorial and management positions with
Time
magazine, including aviation editor. During World War II, Parton served in the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) as Aide-de-Camp to General Ira C. Eaker of the VIII Bomber Command, Eighth Air Force, and as Chief Air Historian of the Mediterranean Allied Air Forces (MAAF). After the war, Parton resumed his journalism career as as promotional and editorial director of Time-Life International (1945-1947), editor and publisher of the
Los Angeles Independent
(1948-1949) and promotional director of the
New York Herald Tribune
(1950-1953). Parton was also a founder and president of the American Heritage Publishing Company (1954-1970), and president of the Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation (1970-1972). Parton authored a number of publications on the history of the U.S. Air Force, particularly during World War II, and in 1986 wrote a well-received biography of General Eaker,
Air Force Spoken Here
. Parton died April 20, 2001, in White River Junction, Vermont, at the age of 88.

Administration
Author
Melissa A. N. Keiser
Immediate Source of Acquisition
James Parton, gift, 1986, NASM.1986.0033
Processing Information
Arranged, described, and encoded by Melissa A. N. Keiser, 2021.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Preferred Citation
Major James Parton Transparencies, Acc. NASM.1986.0033, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Parton, James, 1912- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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