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Patricia O'Connell Papers, 1884-1991

Overview of the Collection

Creator
O'Connell, Patricia, 1920-1996
Title
Patricia O'Connell Papers
Dates
1884-1991 (inclusive)
Quantity
3.8 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 613
Summary
This collection includes researcher Patricia O’Connell’s notes and documents related to the arrival of Ursuline nuns, especially Mother Amadeus, in Montana in 1884 and their work at missions on the Indian reservations.
Repository
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
library.archives@umontana.edu
Access Restrictions
Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.
Languages
English

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Patricia O’Connell was born on October 9, 1920 in Watkins, Minnesota to Joe and Helen Finley. She attended grade school in Carthage, South Dakota, high school in Billings, Montana, and graduated with a teaching degree from The University of Montana in Missoula. She taught grade school in Ennis, Montana for one year before marrying C. J. O’Connell in 1946 in Missoula. The couple moved to Bozeman at that time. After her husband passed away in 1971, she moved to Billings for a short time and then to Polson where she lived from 1975 to 1994. She then moved to Wenatchea, Washington where she lived at the time of her death on April 29, 1996.

Mrs. O’Connell was a member of several historical groups and did research on the exploration and settlement of Montana. She was particularly interested in the arrival and work of Ursuline nuns in Montana, primarily at the missions on reservations, and especially the life of Mother Amadeus.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The bulk of this collection is correspondence, photocopied documents, news articles, interviews and research notes related to the arrival of Ursuline nuns, especially Mother Amadeus, in Montana in 1884 and their work at missions on the Indian reservations. The collection also contains some class notes, drafts of unpublished stories and articles, and miscellaneous including a small amount of correspondence as well as articles and essays about religion, primarily Catholicism.

The collection has been divided into five series. Series I, Research, contains materials related to the background of the Ursuline nuns in the United States, the arrival of the Ursuline nuns in Montana beginning in 1884, prominent Ursuline nuns including Mother Amadeus and Mother Angela, specific research on Mother Amadeus’s secular family, the Dunnes, and the Ursuline missions mostly located on Montana’s Indian reservations. Series II, Correspondence with Mother Amata, contains O’Connell’s initial correspondence with Mother Amata Dunne, the niece of Mother Amadeus, regarding the life of Mother Amadeus and the history of Ursuline nuns. It also contains later correspondence in which O’Connell addresses Mother Amata more as a friend and spiritual advisor. Series III, Class notes, contains English, labor history, general U.S. history and writing class notes as well as research about writing and miscellaneous topics. Series IV, Drafts of stories and articles, contains O’Connell’s original drafts of unpublished stories and articles, the latter related to Montana history. Series V, Miscellaneous, contains miscellaneous correspondence, magazine rejection slips, articles and essays about religion, particularly Catholicism, and some Catholic related ephemera. Series VI, Publications, contains books annotated by O'Connell, most are on American Indian or American history topics.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright status unknown.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Patricia O'Connell Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Research, 1884-1971Return to Top

1.75 linear feet

This series contains materials relating to the background of the Ursuline nuns in the United States, the arrival of the Ursuline nuns in Montana beginning in 1884, prominent Ursuline nuns including Mother Amadeus and Mother Angela, specific research on Mother Amadeus’s secular family, the Dunnes, and the Ursuline missions mostly located on Montana’s Indian reservations.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Notes from interview with Mother Amato
undated
1/2
Notes including questions to ask Mother Amato
undated
1/3
Timeline of Ursuline nuns in Montana
undated
1/4
Article titled "Departing Ursulines," Toledo Blade
1884
1/5
Research correspondence about Mother Amadeus
1957
1/6
Research correspondence about Mother Amadeus
1958
1/7
Research correspondence about Mother Amadeus
1959
1/8
Research correspondence about Mother Amadeus Dunne and the Ursuline order in Montana
1960
1/9
Correspondence regarding the writing of the Mother Amadeus story
1958-1964
1/10
Research correspondence and notes about Mother Angela, the former Florence Lincoln
1960-1994
1/11
Mother Angela, the former Florence Lincoln, photographs
undated
1/12
Research correspondence regarding Ursuline nuns
1957-1958
1/13
Travel research notebook
1958
1/14
Notes from Ursulines of the West
undated
1/15
Notes from Life of Mother Amadeus of the Heart of Jesus: Founder of the Ursuline Missions of Montana and Alaska
undated
1/16
Notes from Tom Nash’s paper
undated
1/17
Descriptions of Mother Amadeus
undated
1/18
Drafts of chapters on Mother Amadeus
undated
1/19
Notes about nuns and missions in Montana from various publications
undated
1/20
News clippings and articles about Ursuline nuns
1927-1960
1/21
History of the Cleveland Ursulines
undated
1/22
Note about Marie (Tours) of the Incarnation
undated
1/23
Draft of chapter about Ursuline nuns
undated
1/24
Notes on trip to New York and Ursuline convents
undated
1/25
Research notes about nuns
undated
1/26
Holy card from funeral of Mother Amadeus
1919
1/27
Research correspondence on Dunne family
1957-1959
1/28
Research correspondence on Dunne family
1960-1961
1/29
Research correspondence on Dunne family
1963-1964
1/30
Research correspondence on Dunne family
1967
1/31
Notes on the Dunne family and Mother Amadeus
undated
1/32
Notes from manuscript titled "Historical Memoir of the Dunne and O’Dunne families in Ireland and the U.S.A.
1957
2/1
Research on Irish background of Dunne family
1964-1967
2/2
Correspondence regarding the Holy Family Mission, Browning, Montana
1957-1966
2/3
The Ursuline Building at the Holy Family Mission near Browning, Montana photographs
1960
2/4
The Ursuline Building at the Holy Family Mission near Browning, Montana photographs
1959
2/5
Brief research notes on the Blackfeet tribe
undated
2/6
"Out of the North: A Brief Historical Sketch of the Blackfeet Indian Tribe" by Frank Linderman
undated
2/7
"The Story of the Blackfeet" by John C. Ewers
1952
2/8
Correspondence regarding Mother Amadeus and St. Ignatius
1958
2/9
St. Ignatius interview and research notes
1958
2/10
St. Ignatius and miscellaneous research notes
undated
2/11
St. Ignatius news clippings
undated
2/12
St. Ignatius Centennial Historical Pageant
undated
2/13
"100 Years in the Flathead Valley: The St. Ignatius, Centennial"
1954
2/14
A History of St. Ignatius Mission by Reverend William L. Davis, S. J.
1954
2/15
Correspondence regarding St. Labre’s Mission, Montana
1957-1968
2/16
Reminiscences of Sister St. Angela Abair of St. Labre’s Mission
1938-1961
2/17
Research and interview notes about St. Labre’s Mission
undated
2/18
"Race of Sorrows" newsletter about the history of St. Labre’s Mission
1956-1957
2/19
Clippings and articles about the Northern Cheyenne and St. Labre’s Mission
1958-1963
2/20
Research regarding George Yoakum and the early St. Labre’s Mission
1958
2/21
Correspondence regarding the arrival of Ursuline nuns in Miles City, Montana
1958
2/22
Research notes on Ursuline nuns arriving in Miles City, Montana
undated
3/1
Correspondence regarding St. Paul’s Mission, Blaine County, Montana
1957-1958
3/2
Research on St. Paul’s Mission
undated
3/3
Travel and interview diary of trip to St. Paul’s Mission
1958
3/4
Photo and description of St. Paul’s Mission on Fort Belknap Reservation, Montana
circa 1890
3/5
News clippings and articles about Fort Belknap Reservation and St. Paul’s Mission
1952-1961
3/6
Unidentified photo of three nuns standing in front of building, probably at St. Paul’s Mission
undated
3/7
Unidentified photos taken on Fort Belknap Reservation
undated
3/8
Draft of chapter on St. Paul’s Mission
undated
3/9
Yearbook for Mission High School, Hays, Montana
1958
3/10
Notes on articles and interview about St. Peter’s Mission near Cascade, Montana
undated
3/11
Correspondence with former St. Peter’s Mission students
1957
3/12
Interview with Mrs. McCartney about St. Peter’s Mission
undated
3/13
Novices, Sisters, and Mothers at St. Peter’s Mission
undated
3/14
Miscellaneous notes on St. Peter’s Mission
undated
3/15
News clippings and articles about St. Peter’s Mission
1958-1959
3/16
Notes from Edward Albright’s 1949 thesis titled "St. Peter’s Mission"
undated
3/17
Buildings and partial structures still standing at St. Peter’s Mission, photographs
undated
3/18
Draft of chapter about Mother Amadeus and St. Peter’s Mission
undated
3/19
Correspondence regarding the Crow Indians and St. Frances Xavier Mission
1957-1959
3/20
Interview notes on St. Frances Xavier Mission at Crow Agency, Montana
undated
3/21
Research notes on St. Frances Xavier Mission at Crow Agency, Montana
undated
3/22
News clippings regarding St. Frances Xavier Mission
undated
3/23
Draft of chapter on St. Frances Xavier Mission and the Crow Reservation
undated
3/24
News clippings regarding the Crow Indians, the Crow Reservation, and the Battle of the Little Big Horn
1960
3/25
News clippings about nuns and convents in Montana
undated
3/26
Correspondence regarding research about priests in Montana
1958-1964
3/27
Research notes about priests in Montana
undated
3/28
Jesuits in Montana by Wilfred Schoenberg, S.J.
1960
3/29
Articles about priests outside of Montana
1958-1963
3/30
News clippings about Catholic institutions in Montana
1954-1960
4/1
Research notes about Indians in Montana
undated
4/2
News clippings about Indians in Montana
1958-1972
4/3
Correspondence about Indian housing
1958-1959
4/4
"Indians of the Montana and Wyoming Billings Area" by the BIA
1957
4/5
"Indian and Archaeology Information" by Carling Malouf and Verne Dusenberry
undated
4/6
Research notes about Indians in the U.S.
undated
4/7
Clippings and pamphlets about Indians in the U.S.
1957-1971
4/8
Unidentified photo postcards of Indians
undated
4/9
Correspondence related to Montana historical research
1957-1958
4/10
Montana history research notes
undated
4/11
News clippings about Montana history
1960-1971
4/12
Brochures and articles about Montana history and locales
undated
4/13
Miscellaneous news clippings about Montana
1965-1971
4/14
Postcards of Montana
undated

Series II:  Correspondence with Mother Amata, 1957-1971Return to Top

0.5 linear feet

This series contains materials correspondence with Mother Amata, including O’Connell’s initial correspondence with Mother Amata Dunne, the niece of Mother Amadeus, regarding the life of Mother Amadeus and the history of Ursuline nuns.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/15
Correspondence to Mother Amata
1957
4/16
Correspondence to Mother Amata
1958
4/17
Correspondence to Mother Amata
1959
4/18
Correspondence to Mother Amata
1960
4/19
Correspondence to Mother Amata
1963
4/20
Correspondence to Mother Amata
1964
4/21
Correspondence to Mother Amata
1965
4/22
Correspondence to Mother Amata
1969
4/23
Correspondence from Mother Amata
1957
4/24
Correspondence from Mother Amata
1958
4/25
Correspondence from Mother Amata
1959
4/26
Correspondence from Mother Amata
1960
4/27
Correspondence from Mother Amata
1961
4/28
Correspondence from Mother Amata
1962
5/1
Correspondence from Mother Amata
1963
5/2
Correspondence from Mother Amata
1964
5/3
Correspondence from Mother Amata
1965
5/4
Correspondence from Mother Amata
1966-1971
5/5
Correspondence to Marc O’Connell from Mother Amata
1964
5/6
Correspondence to and from others at the Ursuline Convent, St. Ignatius, Montana
1963-1969

Series III:  Class and Research Notes, 1944-1969Return to Top

0.2 linear feet

This series contains English, labor history, general U.S. history and writing class notes as well as research about writing and miscellaneous topics.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5/7
English class notes
1944
5/8
Labor history class notes
undated
5/9
General U.S. history notes
undated
5/10
Writing class notes
1969
5/11
Class and story structure notes
undated
5/12
Miscellaneous story research
undated
5/13
Miscellaneous research notes
undated
5/14
Miscellaneous research resource notes
undated
5/15
News clippings and articles about writing
undated

Series IV:  Drafts of Stories and Articles, undatedReturn to Top

0.3 linear feet

This series contains O’Connell’s original drafts of unpublished stories and articles, the latter related to Montana history.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5/16
"The Fabulous Place"
undated
5/17
"First Family"
undated
5/18
"Lafcadio Hearn"
undated
5/19
"Maunie"
undated
5/20
"Me ‘n Cinderella"
undated
5/21
"Old House – New House"
undated
5/22
"The Road West"
undated
6/1
"The Stranger"
undated
6/2
"To Grandma with Love"
undated
6/3
Chapter Two, "Montana, Its Geography and History"
undated
6/4
Chapter Three, "The Pioneers – Tell Me a Story"
undated
6/5
Untitled story about family life and a Catholic retreat
undated
6/6
Untitled story
undated
6/7
Untitled story
undated
6/8
Untitled drafts and notes
undated
6/9
A fifteen minute suspense drama
undated

Series V:  Miscellaneous, 1944-1972Return to Top

0.25 linear feet

This series contains miscellaneous correspondence, magazine rejection slips, articles and essays about religion, and some related Catholic ephemera.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
6/10
Miscellaneous correspondence related to writing
1955-1957
6/11
Magazine rejection slips
undated
6/12
Personal notes and letters
1944-1971
6/13
Correspondence and personal essays about religion
1957-1965
6/14
Miscellaneous correspondence
1964
6/15
Essay on The Liturgy of the Mass
1972
6/16
Miscellaneous notes about religion
undated
6/17
Prayer cards and missals
undated
6/18
Two unidentified photos, one of pageant participants and the other of a nun and a first communicant
1957
6/19
Six photos of unidentified Ursuline house and surrounding area
undated
6/20
News clippings and articles about contemporary nuns and convents
1955-1964
6/21
News clippings and articles about assorted Catholic and other religious issues
1957-1962
6/22
Magazines and pamphlets about religion
1960-1963

Series VI:  Publications, 1960-1991Return to Top

0.8 linear feet

This series contains 16 books owned by Patricia O’Connell. Most of the publications relate to her historical research and interest in the history of the American west and American Indian history. Many of the books have annotations written by O’Connell and a single folder of undated notes is also included.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
7
Books
1960-1991
8
Books and Notes
1960-1991