Library Archives Manuscript Collection - A0049

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A0049 – Mercer-Parker Family Collection


Title: Mercer-Parker Family Collection
Date span: c. 1926-1965
Physical description: 9.8 linear ft. (10 boxes)

  • Erma White Mercer (1898-1989),
  • Paul Mercer (1902-1970),
  • Joanne Mercer Parker (1928-2016),
  • Jack Bedell Parker (1928-2007), and
  • Joni Parker Morgan, (b. c. 1950)

Language note: English



Restriction on access: The collection is available for supervised use by appointment during normal Boynton Beach City Library hours. Users are required to complete a registration form and comply with the library’s regulations governing use.

Terms governing use and reproduction: Materials in the collections are to be used for private study, scholarship, or research in accord with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). The Boynton Beach City Library adheres to all conditions specified in the law when providing reproductions of copyrighted material. Any use of a reproduction in excess of “fair use," may result in the user’s liability for copyright infringement.

Acquisition Information: Gift of Joni Morgan (2007 April) via the Boynton Cultural Centre (2015.017)  and (2006 Mar 18, 2017.019)

Preferred Citation: Collection title including series, box, and folder numbers, Boynton Beach City Library



Historical Note:  Erma White (1898-1989) married Paul Mercer (1902-1970) in 1928. Their daughter, Joanne Mercer (1928-2016) married Jack Bedell Parker (1928-2007) in 1949, and they had several children, including Joni Parker (Morgan), in about 1950. Erma White was an elementary school teacher in the Palm Beach County system for many years. Paul Mercer was a prominent local businessman who was very active in local organizations.

Scope and Content Note: Family papers including photographs from Erma White Mercer, chiefly of Boynton Beach elementary school (1920s) and her teaching certificate; papers of Paul Mercer, chiefly certificates, correspondence, and clippings of his involvement with local community organizations, including the Boynton Beach State Bank (1959-1970), the Bethesda Hospital Board (1960s), the Rotary Club,  the Shriners, and his 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason's hat; and clippings on his acquittal of the charges of running bolita gambling (1961). Also includes John B. Parker's scrapbooks of clippings of international World War II events; an embroidered pillowcase from Joanne Mercer Parker; and Joni Parker Morgan's photograph of Boynton Beach Elementary School 1956-1957 first grade class.

Elementary school teachers
Elementary school students

Arrangement Note: Collection arranged by five series, including five members of the family: Erma White Mercer, John B. Parker, Joanne Mercer Parker, Joni Parker Morgan, and Paul Mercer.

Processing Information: Collection processed in c. 2017 / sms
Date of finding aid: April 2019 / gc



Box 1  Series 1-Erma Mercer
Subseries 1-Photographs

  • High School after the hurricane
  • Canal
  • Unidentified High School mislabeled as Boynton
  • Erma’s Boynton class with Big Rich
  • Elementary school c. 1920s
  • 8th grade c. 1920s
  • 4th grade class c. 1920s Ohio?
  • PTA play 1926
  • Teacher’s page c. 1920s
  • Ocean Avenue 1926
  • Gulfstream Country Club
  • Coral Gables

Subseries 2-Teaching Certification certificate

Box 2  Series 2-John B. (Jack) Parker
Two scrapbooks containing clippings on WWII

Box 3 
Series 3-Joanne Mercer Parker-embroidered pillowcase
Series 4-Joni Parker Morgan - Photo of Boynton Beach Elementary School 1956-1957 First grade class, which included Joni Parker

Box 4 Series 5-Paul Mercer
Subseries 1-Awards and Certificates, including Buster Keaton’s Circus Saints and Sinners, Course 1959
Subseries 2-Bank Board of Directors, Boynton Beach State Bank, clippings
Subseries 3-Bank Board of Directors, First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Delray Beach, program, resolution 1970

Box 5 Series 5-Paul Mercer
Subseries 4-Business, Standard Oil Service Station- includes book of “Christmas Carols” printed by Mercer Service Station
Subseries 5-Correspondence

Box 6 Series 5-Paul Mercer
Subseries 6-Hospital Board, including clippings, certificates for Board of Commissioners SEPBC, resignation 1962 on board

Box 7 Series 5-Paul Mercer
Subseries 7-Masons – hat for 32nd degree Scottish Rite with double headed eagle perched on a sword with its wings outspread. A triangle is placed on the chest of the eagle and displays the number "32". A belt is draped on the sword and carries the Latin phrase "Spes Mea In Deo Est", with a star appearing before the word "Spes" and after the word "Est"

Box 8 Series 5-Paul Mercer
Subseries 7-Masons- certificates, program for 1971, plaques

Box 9: Series 5-Paul Mercer, Subseries: Papers.
Subseries 8-Newsclippings
Subseries 9-Perjury Trial/Acquittal papers and clippings detailing charge of setting up a bolita (1961)
Subseries 12-Rotary Club 
Subseries 14-United Fund

Box 10: Series 5-Paul Mercer. Papers and Photographs
Subseries 13-Shriners
Subseries 10-Photographs, including portrait of Mercer
Subseries 11-Political Career