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Arthur and Ethel Parks papers

Call Number: RH MS 421


The Arthur and Ethel Parks papers are those of a longtime Kansas couple. A businessman, Arthur Parks served for a time as director of the Office of Economic Opportunity for Kansas.


  • Creation: 1934 - 1981


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Arthur and Ethel Parks

Arthur L. Parks was born around 1918 in Kansas City, Missouri to Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Parks. He attended Kansas City, Kansas public schools, graduating from Sumner High School in 1936. He attended the Kansas City, Kansas Junior College and the University of Kansas, where he studied accounting. Parks worked as an auditor for both the state sales tax department and the railroad mail service. A businessman, working as treasurer for Mid-Central Mortgage, Parks was appointed Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity in 1966. He also held several positions in Los Angeles, California, including Deputy Director of the South Central Improvement Council and as a commercial loan officer at the Bank of Finance. Parks was active in a number of organizations. These groups included the NAACP, First A.M.E. Church, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, and the Buccaneer Social Club.

In 1984, Parks' first wife, Thelma, died. He then married Ethel (Ransom) Woodson. Arthur L. Parks died February 17, 1997.

Ethel Ransom was born to Rev. and Mrs. James Ransom. She married James E. Woodson, with whom she had two children, Sharon and James. She worked as a teacher in Topeka, Kansas.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box + 2 folders)

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Scope and Contents

The Arthur and Ethel Parks papers date from 1934 to 1981 and are arranged in a single series. The Papers consist of correspondence, clippings, business information, and a diary. Folder arrangement is alphabetical by topic. Photographs from the collection are located at RH MS-P 421.

Physical Location

RH MS 421

Physical Location

RH MS-P 421

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Arthur and Ethel Parks, 1986

Related Materials

Woodson, Sharon L., The black hegira to Kansas : 1879-1880 / by Sharon L. Woodson. Thesis (M.S.), University of Kansas, Journalism, 1975, at Thesis 1975 W867, Anschutz Library and Thesis 1975 W867, Lib Use Only (Watson/Annex)

Guide to the Arthur and Ethel Parks Collection
Arthur and Ethel Parks papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2007; revised by, cl 2010; Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2007
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Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
Arthur and Ethel Parks Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 421, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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