Vail Ranch Restoration Association
Collections

The Temecula Valley Historical Society is proud to own a collection of over 700 books, mainly about Native Americans and other indigenous people. Many of the books are out of print and some are rare, including an 1830 Ojibway language Bible and a signed copy of Pancho Villa's wife's memoirs.

William and Donna Cherry donated the collection in 2006. The books were originally collected by Clifford Parr, a pharmacist in Manteca, California. After retiring in Hemet, Mr. Parr gave the books to Mrs. Cherry, a teacher, for reference on California History.

The Cherry's knew about VaRRA* through association with Darell Farnbach and asked if VaRRA would like to have the collection. VaRRA's board of directors decided to receive the collection with the idea of creating a study center.

Presently, several volunteers are cataloguing the books under the direction of librarian Joshua Fox, Dick Fox, and Rebecca Farnbach. The books will be kept in shelves in the Little Temecula History Center. Listings will be put on internet web sites for researchers to view. Historians will be allowed to study the books onsite.

We want to thank the two families responsible for the donation, which we call "The Cherry/Parr Collection".

* Vail Ranch Restoration Association (VaRRA), now merged into the Temecula Valley Historical Society.