This collection contains stories,
articles, newspaper clippings, scholarly journals, booklets, and other material collected by
D. Russell Parks on U.S. Native Americans and Quanah Parker, the last chief of the Comanche
tribe. Parks was part of the same Comanche tribe as Quanah Parker, and was interested in
writing an accurate history of Parker and his contributions to Oklahoma and the Comanche
people. The collection consists of information gathered by Parks for his research, as well
as biographical information about Parks and his childhood stories from Indiahoma,
David Russell Parks was born on the Comanche reservation in Indiahoma, Oklahoma, in 1909.
In 1925, Parks left Oklahoma after graduating high school and moved to California with his
sister to join the rest of their family. In Southern California, Parks worked as a teacher,
principal, and superintendent for a number of schools in the Orange County area from 1928 to
1970. He then worked as an educational consultant from 1970 to 1982. He passed away in
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The collection is open for research.