McDonald Family collection, 1885-1957  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

McDonald Family
McDonald Family collection
1885-1957 (inclusive)
10 documents and 8 photographs
Collection Number
Mss 814
This collection consists of documents and photographs by and about the McDonald family of Ravalli, Montana.
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
Fax: 406-243-4067
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 McDonald was an agent of the Hudson Bay Trading Company and established Fort Connen (Connah) near Ravalli, Montana. McDonald and his wife, Catherine, raised 12 children including Angus Pierre who was the son of a Okanogan woman in Canada but raised as one of their own from the age of 14. Another son, Duncan McDonald, is well known for his knowledge of Native American history and mythology. All of the McDonald children were raised with a strong emphasis on education.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection includes documents and notes on the history of the McDonald family starting with Angus McDonald and the Hudson Bay Company. Also included are transcripts of documents about the history of the fur trade in the Northwest, family history, anecdotes, a list of the children's names, and cemetery plot diagrams. Also included is a strongly worded letter from Angus P. McDonald to the Secretary of the Interior regarding his citizenship, and a publication of "An Indian Girl's Story of a Trading Expedition to the Southwest about 1841." The photographs are a mix of copy prints, original snapshots, and an original cartes de visite of Catherine McDonald.

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 not transferred to The Univerisity of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], McDonald Family Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The collection is arranged in two folders.

Custodial History

The custodial history of this collection is unknown.

Acquisition Information

The date of acquisition of this collection by the Archives is unknown.

Processing Note

Photographs and documents are housed in separate folders.

Related Materials

Another collection in this repository, Mss 172, contains the original Angus Pierre McDonald letter to the Secretary of the Interior, 1914 and a transcript.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 McDonald family documents, history, anecdotes. Copy of article entitled "An Indian Girl's Story of a Trading Expedition to the Southwest about 1841," edited by Winona Adams. 1885-1931
2 814.001 Hudson's Bay Company outpost at Fort Colville, Stevens County, Washington, photograph May 1888
2 814.002 Catherine McDonald, 1827-1902. Cartes de visite by M. B. Karlow. undated
2 814.003 Angus McDonald, 1816-1889, photograph undated
2 814.004 Duncan McDonald's house in Ravalli, Montana, photograph undated
2 814.005 Duncan McDonald's house and orchard in Ravalli, Montana, photograph undated
2 814.006 Duncan McDonald and John A. Chisholm at the grave of Eleanor McDonald-Hiltson-Grant at Saint Ignatius, Montana. April 30, 1925
2 814.007 Close-up of Eleanor McDonald-Hilston-Grant's headstone at the cemetery in Saint Ignatius, Montana. April 30, 1925
2 814.008 John A. Chisholm of Cornwall, Ontario, at the grave stone of Thomas A. McDonald at the cemetery in Kettle Falls, Washington. October 6, 1926

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Fur trade--Northwest, Pacific--History
  • Indians of North America--West (U.S.)--Commerce
  • Salish Indians--Biography

Personal Names

  • McDonald, Angus P. (Angus Pierre)--Correspondence
  • McDonald, Angus, 1816-1889
  • McDonald, Catherine, 1815-1902
  • McDonald, Duncan, 1847-1937

Corporate Names

  • United States. Dept. of the Interior
  • Hudson's Bay Company

Family Names

  • McDonald family--Archives

Geographical Names

  • West (U.S.)--Description and travel

Form or Genre Terms

  • Family Papers
  • Photographs