Kenneth A. MacDonald papers, 1950-1968  PDF

Overview of the Collection

MacDonald, Kenneth A., 1917-
Kenneth A. MacDonald papers
1950-1968 (inclusive)
2.42 cubic feet (6 boxes, 1 tube [including 6 sound tape reels])
Collection Number
4555 (Accession No. 4555-001)
Papers of Seattle, Washington attorney
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

Open to all users, but access to portions of the collection is restricted. Contact Special Collections for details.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Attorney Ken MacDonald (1917-2012), cofounder of the Seattle, Washington law firm MacDonald Hoague and Bayless, represented a number of clients brought before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Raised in Quincy, Massachusetts, MacDonald obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College in 1939 and a Bachelor of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1942. He married his wife Elinor in 1940 and the couple had four children: Douglas, Lindsay, Garth, and Leslie. MacDonald served in the US Army during World War II and settled in Seattle following the war in 1946.

MacDonald, Fran Hoague, and Alec Bayless founded their law firm, MacDonald Hoague and Bayless, in 1952. The law firm represented clients in fair-housing cases, discrimination cases, and other cases relating to civil liberties. MacDonald represented clients called to testify before HUAC including Margaret Jean Schuddakopf, a Tacoma School District counselor who was accused of being a communist. MacDonald also represented University of Washington employees who refused to sign a loyalty oath during the Cold War era. MacDonald headed the Washington State Board Against Discrimination and was an active member of the Seattle chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.


O’Hagan, Maureen. “Obituary: Seattle Attorney Who Defended the Downtrodden Dies at 95.” The Seattle Times. November 22, 2012.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Materials include correspondence, subject files, reports, court records, memos, press releases, sound recordings, notes, fliers, brochures, essays, and newspaper articles that document Kenneth A. MacDonald’s career as an attorney from 1950 to 1968. The subject files document a number of topics including the court case Margaret Jean Schuddakopf v. Tacoma School District, the Washington State Board Against Discrimination, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), the investigation of Hal C. Schuddakopf, Hugh B. Mitchell’s gubernatorial campaign, and anti-communism in Washington State in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Container(s) Description Dates
1 MacDonald's resume 1952
1 Correspondence 1950-1953
1 Communism and anti-communism subject file: newspaper articles, fliers, brochures, and essays 1959-1962
1 Ed Henry for King County Superior Court Judge campaign file: newspaper articles, notes, and correspondence 1960
1 John Birch Society anti-communism subject file: newspaper articles, notes, correspondence, reports, memos, and essays 1955-1962
1 Hugh B. Mitchell for Governor campaign file: press releases, notes, and memos 1952
2 "Operation Abolition" anti-communism subject file
4 folders
Materials include newspaper articles, sermons, notes, newsletters, John Birch Society publications, HUAC broadcast transcripts, press releases, HUAC pamphlets, essays, speeches, and commentary about the films "Communism on the Map" and "Operation Abolition"
2 Dr. Giovanni Costigan subject file
Materials include newspaper articles, correspondence, press releases, and notes regarding Dr. Giovanni Costigan, professor of history at the University of Washington, and his opposition to the public showing of the anti-communist film "Communism of the Map" to schoolchildren in the Seattle area.
5 Sound recordings of HUAC hearings and public demonstrations
6 sound tape reels
2 Bound US Supreme Court and Washington State Supreme Court reports from cases where MacDonald served as an attorney 1959-1963
2 "Report of the Citizens' Advisory Committee on Minority Housing" in Seattle approximately 1962-1965
2 "Equal Opportunity in the Seattle Area: Evaluation of Policies and Programs Affecting Equality of Opportunity, Especially in Education, Employment, and Housing" by the League of Women Voters of Seattle and a memo 1965 March
3, 4 Margaret Jean Schuddakopf v. Tacoma School District subject file
7 folders
Materials include correspondence, court records, notes concerning legal research, court decisions consulted as part of research, and newspaper articles.
6 Hal C. Schuddakopf subject file: reports, correspondence, statements, and notes regarding loyalty security case
6 folders
Materials are restricted.
4 Washington State Board Against Discrimination correspondence
4 folders
7 Certificate awarded to MacDonald by the University Unitarian Church 1964

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Costigan, Giovanni, 1905-1990
  • MacDonald, Kenneth A., 1917- --Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • American Civil Liberties Union. Seattle Chapter
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Jackson, Henry M. (Henry Martin), 1912-1983 (creator)
    • Magnuson, Warren G. (Warren Grant), 1905-1989 (creator)
    • Mitchell, Hugh B. (Hugh Burnton), 1907-1996 (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Seattle (Wash.). Citizens' Advisory Committee on Minority Housing (creator)

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)