Byron Ashley Parker papers

Byron Ashley Parker papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Parker, Byron Ashley, d. 2001
Title: Byron Ashley Parker papers
Dates: 1986-2001
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Coll. Number: ms3189

Biographical/Historical Note

Byron Ashley Parker was sentenced to death for the murder of Christy Ann Griffith in Douglas County on or about June 1, 1984. He was excecuted by lethal injection on December 11, 2001.

Bettie M. Sellers is a noteworthy author, poet and literary advocate. A native of Griffin, Georgia, she taught in the English Department of Young Harris College from 1965 to 1996. Sellers was named Georgia Author of the Year in 1979 by the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists. She was named Poet of the Year in 1992 by American Pen Women. In 1997 she was named poet laureate of Georgia by Governor Miller and served until 2000.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence between Byron Ashley Parker and Bettie M. Sellers, two complete volumes of poems and stories written by Byron Parker, photographs of Parker with family and friends, and miscellaneous documents from Parker's legal appeal and memorial services.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Appellate procedure--Georgia.
Capital punishment--Georgia.
Death row inmates--Georgia--Correspondence.
Legal documents.
Lethal injection (Execution)--Georgia.
Parker, Byron Ashley, d. 2001 -- Correspondence
Parker, Byron Ashley, d. 2001 -- Photographs
Parker, Byron Ashley, d. 2001 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Prisoners' writings, American--Georgia.
Sellers, Bettie M. -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Byron Ashley Parker papers, MS 3189. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

For related materials on death row inmates in Georgia in this repository, see: MS 3186 Wayne Felker-Jan Burden papers MS 3193 Tracy Lee Housel papers MS 3106 Terry Mincey papers MS 3187 Carl Isaacs papers MS 3266 Carole Butcher papers

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, 1986 - 1992
2Correspondence, 1993
3Correspondence, 1994 - 1997
4Correspondence, 1998 - 2001
6Correspondence, Undated
9Memorial Service