|Table of Contents|
|Scope and Content Note|
|North American Bird Illustrations|
|Solomon Island Bird Illustrations|
|Papers and Correspondence|
|Field Guides and Notebooks|
|Multiple Bird Illustrations|
|Creator:||Parks, Richard A., 1920-|
|Title:||Richard A. Parks collection of bird illustrations|
|Quantity:||23.6 Linear feet (10 document boxes, 2 half boxes, 1 flat box, 166 oversized folders A, 16 oversized folders B, 17 loose framed items)|
Richard A. Parks is a nationally recognized ornithologist and artist of birds. Born in 1920, he is a Georgia native and a graduate of Technological High and the Georgia Institute of Technology. After service in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II, he returned to Atlanta where he worked as an architect and where he has lived ever since. Parks became interested in birds at the age of fourteen when he began drawing and painting them. He is an active field ornithologist and his hundreds of paintings and drawings reveal a thorough familiarity with the habits and characteristics of his subjects. He was editor from 1949 to 1950 of The Oriole, a journal of the Georgia Ornithological Society, and has been an active member of the GOS all his life. In 1974 his painting "Brown Thrasher and Cherokee Rose," depicting the state bird and state flower of Georgia was presented to Governer Jimmy Carter and now hangs in the Governor's Mansion. His painting of two doves was on the Georgia Wildlife Management Area stamp in 1984. In 1992 Parks returned to the Solomon Islands and painted many of its birds; in 1994 the Solomon Islands government used some of these bird paintings on a series of postage stamps.
The collection consists of hundreds of color paintings and drawings by prolific bird artist Richard A. Parks. Illustrations make up the bulk of the collection, while subjects covered primarily include North American birds, Solomon Islands birds, Naval-related subjects, and miscellaneous flora and fauna. Also included are correspondence and papers, mainly regarding his work on bird illustration but also touching on his Navy career and other topics. Also included among the materials are his multiple bird designs for the Atlanta Audubon Society t-shirt.
Arranged into six series: Series 1. North American Bird Illustrations; Series 2. Solomon Island Bird Illustrations; Series 3. Other Drawings; Series 4. Papers and Correspondence; Series 5. Field Guides and Notebooks; and Series 6. Multiple Bird Illustrations. Illustrations within the first three series are in alphabetical order by the name of the bird depicted, including both large and small sized illustrations. Other series such as correspondence and field guides are in primarily chronological order.
Richard A. Parks collection, MS 3396. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.