- McDonald Family
- McDonald Family collection
- 1885-1957 (inclusive)18851957
- 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
- 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
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.
[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.
The custodial history of this collection is unknown.
The date of acquisition of this collection by the Archives is unknown.
Photographs and documents are housed in separate folders.
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
|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
- Fur trade--Northwest, Pacific--History
- Indians of North America--West (U.S.)--Commerce
- Salish Indians--Biography
- McDonald, Angus P. (Angus Pierre)--Correspondence
- McDonald, Angus, 1816-1889
- McDonald, Catherine, 1815-1902
- McDonald, Duncan, 1847-1937
- United States. Dept. of the Interior
- Hudson's Bay Company
- McDonald family--Archives
- West (U.S.)--Description and travel
Form or Genre Terms
- Family Papers