Philip Parker Mason is an American archivist and author, as well as the founding director of the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit. Mason is professor emeritus at Wayne State, where he taught American History and Archival Administration for many years.

Mason received his B.A. from Boston University and a masters and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.[1]

He has written or co-authored eleven books, and almost 100 articles. He was awarded the 2009 Historical Society of Michigan Lifetime Achievement Award, and an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for his works on the history of Michigan.[2] He was President of the Society of American Archivists from 1970-1971.[3]

He appeared as himself in the 2002 TV documentary Rumrunners, Moonshiners, & Bootleggers.

Books in order of publication:

  • A History of American Roads (Rand McNally, 1967)
  • Directory of Jewish Archival Institutions (Wayne State University Press, 1975)
  • Call the Next Witness 1986
  • The Ambassador Bridge: A Monument to Progress (Wayne State University Press, 1987)
  • Copper Country Journal: The Diary of Schoolmaster Henry Hobart, 1863-1864 (Wayne State University Press, 1991)
  • Rumrunning and the Roaring Twenties (Wayne State University Press, 1995)
  • Heiress to a Proud Heritage 1997
  • Tracy W. McGregor: Humanitarian, Philanthropist, and Detroit Civic Leader (Wayne State University Press, 2008)