Chronology of the life of Marion Parks
Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Marion Parks papers
Bulk Dates: bulk 1926-1940
Collection number: H1985.7
Claremont Colleges. Library. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd
Abstract: The papers of Marion Parks, a talented and resourceful
personality in Los Angeles during the early 1900s, relate to the history of Southern
California. Parks described herself as "a California historian." Her principal
contributions in this capacity were a series of still-useful booklets published while
she was publicity writer for Security-First National Bank, and the organization of
colorful historical pageants (in the Spanish style) in several California towns. Her
local history files contain typescripts of her own writings as well as quantities of
vintage pamphlets and brochures, mostly from 1930s. Correspondence files date from about
the 1920s to the 1940s. The collection also includes 197 photographs taken by Marion
Parks of parades, historical pageants, and other events in and around Los Angeles that
were probably taken in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
Physical location: Please consult repository.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
Collection open for research.
All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to Special
[Identification of item], Marion Parks papers. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd
Library, Claremont University Consortium.
Gift of Don Meadows, 1985
Collection processed by Vicky Hutzinger in March 1997. Finding list expanded and revised
by Kelley Bachli in September 2006.
Chronology of the life of Marion Parks
||Born in Pasadena
||Graduated from Pasadena High School
||Attended Occidental College
||Received B.A. degree with honors in history from University of California Los
||Worked in the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art where she was in
charge of historical loan exhibition
||Assistant secretary of the Southwest Museum and editor of the museum
publication The Masterkey. Also involved with the ?Casa de Adobe? a replica of an
early California ranch house with fiesta programs and publicity.
||Publicity assistant, researching and writing booklets and magazine articles
and giving speeches before organizations on California history for the
Security-First National Bank of Los Angeles
||Founding member and vice president of Los Fiesteros de Los Angeles
||Member of the Board of Directors and secretary of the Historical Society of
||Assistant secretary for La Fiesta de Los Angeles, a 10 day fiesta celebrating
the 150th anniversary.
||Member of the advisory committee of five for Southern California for the
Historical Architecture Buildings Survey, a federal project.
||Marries Nelson H. Partridge, Jr.
Scope and Content of Collection
The papers of Marion Parks, a talented and resourceful personality in Los Angeles during
the early 1900s, relate to the history of Southern California. Parks described herself
as "a California historian." Her principal contributions in this capacity were a series
of still-useful booklets published while she was publicity writer for Security-First
National Bank, and the organization of colorful historical pageants (in the Spanish
style) in several California towns. Her local history files contain typescripts of her
own writings as well as quantities of vintage pamphlets and brochures, mostly from
1930s. Correspondence files date from about the 1920s to the 1940s. The collection also
includes 197 photographs taken by Marion Parks of parades, historical pageants, and
other events in and around Los Angeles that were probably taken in the late 1920s and
The papers have been arranged into six series, one which has been further arranged in
subseries. The series and subseries arrangement of the records is as follows:
Series 1. Research materials on individuals, arranged
alphabetically. Includes clippings, correspondence, notes and book excerpts.
Series 2. Research materials, correspondence, articles,
publications and typescripts by Marion Parks, projects of Marion Parks
Series 3. Ephemera and research materials on cities and places
in California, arranged by city name
Series 4. Marion Parks and Edwin Carpenter
Series 5. Marion Parks Photographs: Little information is
known about the Marion Parks photographs. Descriptive titles were given based on
identifiable Los Angeles landmarks, events and people. Most photographs are not
dated, but appear to have been taken in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The
majority of the Marion Parks photographs have a number stamped on them, which was
used to establish an arrangement. When present, the number is indicated in the
Subseries 5.1. Photographs of Staged Events, unknown
Subseries 5.2. Photographs of an Event at the Los Angeles
Subseries 5.3. Photographs of a Parade, Downtown Los
Subseries 5.4. Photographs of the Pope's Visit to the Los
Subseries 5.5. Photographs of a Rodeo in the Los Angeles
Subseries 5.6. Photographs of a Parade in the Los Angeles
Subseries 5.7. Photographs of The Mission Play
Subseries 5.8. Photographs of a Performance in Historical
Costume, unknown location
Subseries 5.9. Photographs of an Event in the Los Angeles
Subseries 5.10. Photographs at the Beach
Subseries 5.11. Photographs of a Native American
Subseries 5.12. Photographs of a Wedding
Subseries 5.13. Photographs of a Night-time Electrical
Parade in the Los Angeles Coliseum
Subseries 5.14. Photographs of the Los Angeles
Celebration, La Fiesta 1781-1931
Subseries 5.15. Photographs of an Air Show, by Marion
Series 6. Marion Parks Research Note cards
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
library's online public access catalog.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Description and travel
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History
Santa Barbara (Calif.) -- History
California -- History
The collection Charles Lummis Photographs originally was given to the Libraries as part
of the Marion Parks collection. The photographs were removed from the Marion Parks
Collection and can now be found in the Charles Lummis Photographs collection.
Printed material removed from the Marion Parks Papers and cataloged separately:
El Mirasol Hotel and Bungalows. Santa Barbara, California:
Schauer Printing Studio, Inc., undated.
Griffith Park Greek Theater Dedicatory Program. [Los
Angeles]:September 25, 1930.
Los Angeles Opera and Fine Arts Magazine 15, no. 1
Museum Graphic, Los Angeles Museum 1, no. 1, 3 (September
1926, January 1927).
Travelers Record 30, no. 6 (September 1894).
Pacific Mutual News (October 1929).
Los Angeles Historical Review (October 1929).
Real Life Illustrated (November 1906).
P.H.S. Circus. Los Angeles: Murray the Printer, May 16,
The Cub: Monthly News Bulletin Native Daughters of the Golden
(March 1935, June 1937).
In Honor of the Official Visit of Anna C. Thuesen, Grand
President, Native Daughters of the Golden West and Commemorating the Forthcoming
Fiftieth Grand Parlor Over which She Will Preside
. Santa Barbara,
California:March 16, 1936.
Guide to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Santa Barbara,
The Toreador, Issued Monthly by the University Club of Los
(June 1930, February 1933).
The Santa Barbara Guest (July 1939).
Official Souvenier and Program: Ballon School Circus.
Edited by H. C. Hahlbeck. Arcadia, California:February 22, 1919.
Standard Oil Bulletin (February 1934).
Los Angeles Public Library Monthly Bulletin 14, no. 8
The Woman's City Club Magazine [Los Angeles] 4, no. 4, 7, 8
(December 1926, March-April 1927).
Old Spanish Days Fiesta. Santa Barbara, California: Santa
Barbara News Press, August 1937.
Southern California Business 2, no. 3,4 (April 8, April 22
Beverly Hills: A Calendar of Events in the Making of a
. Los Angeles: Title Guarantee and Trust Company, 1938.
Inglewood: A Calendar of Events in the Making of a City.
Los Angeles: Title Guarantee and Trust Company, 1937.
Sixth Annual Report of the Board of Building and Safety
Commissioners, City of Los Angeles, California, for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30,
. Los Angeles:1931.
Our Country: An Undefended Treasure Land, Reprinted from
the Scientific American. Munn and Co., Inc., 1915.
California through San Diego, Invites the World: California
Pacific International Exposition
Gala Souvenier Magazine and Program. [Santa Barbara]:
Lobero Theatre, [1926?].
St. Anthony's Seminary Conducted by the Franciscan Fathers.
Santa Barbara, California: [St. Anthony's Seminary], [1923?].
El Mirasol Hotel. Reprint from San Francisco News Letter,
Saturday, May 26, 1917 ed. Schauer Printing Studio, [1917?].
A Beginning in Bodily Training for the Schools of Riverside
. Riverside, California: Walters and Clark, Printers, undated.
California Journal of Development, Santa Barbara County.
Santa Barbara, California: Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce, undated.
[Clift, Frederick C. ?].
El Mirasol Hotel. Santa Barbara,
California: Schauer Printing Studio, Inc., undated.
Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, and Velma Ruess.
California: Midway between Los Angeles and the Sea
. Beverly Hills, California:
Carl A. Bundy Quill and Press, undated.
Bissel, Ervanna Bowen.
The Island Trail in the Blaksley Botamic
Garden Affiliated with the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
from the Gardeners' Chronicle of America. Undated.
Byrd, Jane Carroll.
A Brief History of St. Vincent's Institution
and St. Vincent's Orphanage Auxiliary 1918-1927
. Santa Barbara, California:
Schauer Printing Studio, Inc, undated.
Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.
Institution Model Adjustment School for Girls
. Santa Barbara, California:1936.
Fox Arlington Theatre.
"The Cross and the Sword" a Romance of
California for the Benifit of the Santa Ines Mission Restoration Fund
December 4, 1933.
Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Mission La Purisima
. Lompoc, California: La Purisima State Park, undated.
Los Amigos de Santa Inez.
"La Verbena De Santa Inez"
Pagent--Fiesta Commemorating the Junipero Serra Sesquicentennial
Santa Inez, September 16, 1934.
McIsaac, Colin H.
Santa Barbara Mission: Early Days in
. Santa Barbara, California: Schauer Printing Studio, Inc., 1929.
Porter, John C.
Address of James E. Shelton, Esq., on the Occasion
of a Luncheon in the Los Angeles City Hall
. [Los Angeles]:July 23, 1930.
Somerville, Henry. St.
Vincent De Paul (Apostile of Organized
. New York: The Paulist Press, 1916.
St. Vincent's Orphanage Auxilary.
Annual Report St. Vincent's
Orphanage Auxilary 1920-1921
Whitelaw, Frank J.
On the Road to Beverly Hills: The Hub of the
Playground of the World
. [Los Angeles]: The Clason Map Co., undated.