James Frederick Macdonald papers, 1907-1924  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Macdonald, James F. (James Frederick), 1889-1978
James Frederick Macdonald papers
1907-1924 (inclusive)
0.43 cubic feet (1 box)
Collection Number
3267 (Accession No. 3267-001)
Correspondence, speeches and writings, ephemera, a diary, and a photograph of James Frederick MacDonald
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

James Frederick MacDonald was born on Seattle's First Hill on May 14, 1889. He later moved with his family to Bainbridge Island. After graduating from high school in 1908, MacDonald and his friend Claude Braden traveled the world, funding their way by presenting a slide show named "Picturesque America and Its Wonders."

Following his return from his travels, MacDonald attended Amherst College before transferring to the University of California, Berkeley for his junior year. After completing his junior year in 1912, MacDonald and his friend Harry Thomson traveled to Europe. MacDonald then returned to North America to tour the Pacific Northwest. After serving in World War I, MacDonald continued to travel and visited the Princess Louisa Inlet off the coast of British Columbia in 1919. He then returned to live in San Francisco, where he worked as a factory representative for his friend Claude Braden's jam business. He later worked in Nevada prospecting and assessing shell-marl in the Nevada desert.

Eight years after first seeing the Princess Louisa Inlet in 1919, MacDonald purchased 45 acres of the inlet in 1927. He lived on this property--first in a log cabin near Chatterbox Falls and later on a houseboat--until 1953, when he donated the land to the Princess Louisa International Society. The land was acquired by BC Parks in 1964, which had also acquired much of the land surrounding MacDonald's original donation in order to form the Princess Louisa Marine Provincial Park. One of the islands in the inlet was named MacDonald Island in the 1970s.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence, speeches and writings, ephemera, a diary, and a photograph of James Frederick MacDonald. The diary and some of the correspondence provide an account of MacDonald's trip around the world in 1908-1909. Much of the ephemera pertains to his time as a student at Amherst College and the University of California Berkeley, and includes fliers, event programs, "bleacher songs," invitations, postcards, dance cards, and advertisements. Also included is a fabric mask that was probably used at a dance or ball, as well as ephemera from businesses in Seattle and San Francisco.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • College students--California--Archives
  • College students--Massachusetts--Archives
  • Veterans--Archives
  • Voyages around the world--20th century
  • Personal Names :
  • Macdonald, James F. (James Frederick), 1889-1978--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Amherst College--Students
  • University of California, Berkeley--Students
  • Geographical Names :
  • Europe--Description and travel
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Diaries
  • Ephemera
  • Personal correspondence
  • Writings (documents)

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