National Air and Space Museum Archives

James Parton Photographs

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.1986.0041
Dates:
1936-1986
bulk 1942-1944
Languages:
English
.
Physical Description:
0.05 Cubic feet
1 folder
31 photographs
Repository:
This collection consists of 31 black and white photographs documenting American editor and writer James Parton's involvement with the Allied Air Forces during World War II, and touching on his pre- and post-war editorial career.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of 31 black and white photographs documenting Parton's involvement with the Allied Air Forces and touching on his pre- and post-WWII editorial career.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Photographs are in original order.
In 1986, the photographs were copied and assigned Smithsonian Institution negative numbers SI 86-5660 to 86-5690. In 1990, all items in this collection were reproduced in the same order on the second side (Side B) of
National Air and Space Museum Archival Videodisc 7
, a LaserDisc CAV format 12-inch (30 cm) optical disc published by the Smithsonian Institution. Print numbers applied during videodisc production are used as item-level image numbers (print numbers NASM 7B05427 to 7B05458, videodisc frame capture numbers VD-7B05427 to VD-7B05458) and the images are stored in videodisc number 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.1986.0041
Processing Information
Arranged and described by Harry Heiss, 1986; revised and encoded by Melissa A. N. Keiser, 2021.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Preferred Citation
James Parton Photographs, Acc. NASM.1986.0041, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Aeronautics, Military Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World War, 1939-1945 Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Parton, James, 1912- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Eaker, Ira Clarence (General) Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
NASMRefDesk@si.edu