Jack ParkerJack ParkerJohn Parker, called Jack by his many friends and colleagues, was curator of the Bell Library from its inception in 1953 until his retirement in 1991. He worked closely with James Ford Bell to build the collection in its early years, traveling throughout Europe, meeting with dealers, and negotiating with private owners interested in selling their treasures to the Bell Library.


A Book For Jack, published on the occasion of his retirement to celebrate his more than 35 years as curator, remains a wonderful testament to this gentleman scholar. If you are interested in a copy, please contact us at jfbell@umn.edu or 612-624-1528.


A special edition of The Manifest was published in February 2006 with many tributes to Jack. Copies of this publication also are available by contacting the Bell Library.


The John F. Parker Fund was established at the University of Minnesota in 1991 on the occasion of Jack's retirement by the Associates of the James Ford Bell Library. It funds the Library's publication program, a project initiated by Jack and one which he held to the highest publishing standards. [ Learn More ]