Angus McDonald Letter, 1914

Overview of the Collection

McDonald, Angus P. (Angus Pierre)
Angus McDonald Letter
1914 (inclusive)
1 item
Collection Number
Mss 172
The collection consists of a letter from Agnus McDonald to Secretary of the Interior Franklin Knight Lane, stating his status as an American citizen.
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
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
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.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Angus Pierre McDonald was the son of Hudson’s Bay Company trader Angus McDonald and a Native American wife (Okanogan tribe) that McDonald took for a year in the absence of his wife, Catherine. He was born about 1861. In his later years, along with many of his siblings, he had to fight to establish his status as a U.S. citizen in order to keep his land in Niarada, Montana, after allotment of the Flathead Reservation.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of a single manuscript letter and a typed transcript of same. McDonald writes to the Secretary of the Interior in 1914 to argue that he is an American citizen, and therefore entitled to his homestead on the Flathead Reservation, even though he is of mixed blood. He gives details of his birth and subsequent life activities as well as arguments for his case.

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], Angus McDonald Letter, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana—Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Provenance of this item is unknown.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Indians--Mixed descent

Personal Names

  • McDonald, Angus, 1816-1889

Corporate Names

  • United States--Dept. of the Interior

Geographical Names

  • Falthead Indian Reservation (Mont.)