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D. Russell Parks collection on Quanah Parker
MS 049  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: D. Russell Parks collection on Quanah Parker
    Date (inclusive): 1966-2010, undated
    Collection Number: MS 049
    Creator: Parks, D. Russell
    Extent: 0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: 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, Oklahoma.
    Languages: The collection is in English.


    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright Unknown: Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. D. Russell Parks collection on Quanah Parker (MS 049). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Walter Parks, 2010.

    Processing History

    Processed by Julianna Gil, 2017.
    Processing of the collection was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administed by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.

    Biographical Note

    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 1990.
    Quanah Parker was born in Elk Valley, Wichita Mountains, Indian Territory, Oklahoma, in 1845 or 1852. He was known as the “Last Chief of the Comanche,” and was the Comanche leader of the Quahadi band of the Comanche people. Parker was son of the Comanche warrior chief Peta Nocona and Cynthia Ann Parker, an American captured as a child by Comanches and adopted into their tribe. He came to prominence during the Red River War, where he led his people against the American forces trying to relocate multiple tribes from the Southern Plains to reservations in Indian Territory, although he ultimately was forced to surrender and relocate in 1875 after the extinction of the American bison led the Comanches to have no way of surviving in the plains. Parker was appointed by the United States federal government as principal chief of the entire Comanche nation, and became a primary emissary of southwest indigenous Americans to the U.S. legislature, despite never being appointed as chief by his tribe.
    He is also credited as one of the first leaders of the Native American Church movement, and fought for the legal use of peyote in the movement’s religious practices. Parker had seven wives and seventeen children. On February 25, 1911, Quanah Parker passed away in Quanah Parker Star House, Cache, Oklahoma, and was buried in Chief’s Knoll in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    This collection contains correspondence, newspaper articles, scholarly journals, clippings of newspaper stories, and pamphlets related to D. Russell Parks' research on Native Americans and Quanah Parker, the last chief of the Comanche tribe. Also included is biographical information on Parks, as well as stories written by Parks about his childhood in Indiahoma, Oklahoma.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged topically into folders.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Comanche Indians -- History
    Indiahoma (Okla.)
    Indians of North America.
    Parks, D. Russell
    Parker, Quanah, 1845?-1911

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Biographies (documents).
    Clippings (information artifacts).