Collection Scope and Contents
Title: D. Russell Parks collection on Quanah Parker
Date (inclusive): 1966-2010, undated
Collection Number: MS 049
Parks, D. Russell
0.42 Linear Feet
Rivera Library. Special Collections
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,
Languages: The collection is in English.
The collection is open for research.
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,
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rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed
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[identification of item], [date if possible]. D. Russell Parks collection on Quanah Parker
(MS 049). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California,
Gift of Walter Parks, 2010.
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.
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
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
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,
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.
This collection is arranged topically into folders.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
library's online public access catalog.
Comanche Indians -- History
Indians of North America.
Parks, D. Russell
Parker, Quanah, 1845?-1911
Genres and Forms of Materials
Clippings (information artifacts).