Donlan Family Papers ca. 1850s-ca. 1970s

Donlan family


1 linear ft.
Organized into four series: I. Official Documents, 1860-1937. II. Correspondence, 1971-1975. III. Histories, [ca. 1850s-1970s]. IV. Photographs, 1909-1926.
The bulk of the collection contains materials Arthur Donlan collected about Missoula, Hellgate, and particularly Frenchtown, Mont., history from the 1850s to the 1970s. These historical materials include clippings from newspapers and other publications, pamphlets, published and unpublished manuscripts, an oral history transcript, and notes and chronologies compiled by Donlan. The collection also contains a scrapbook of Edward Donlan's political career (ca. 1912-1920); official documents; correspondence; and photographs (1909-1926). Photograph subjects include the Montana Senate, the Thirty-Third degree members of the A. & A.S.R., and the Sherburne Mercantile in Browning, Mont.
Edward Donlan (1867-1952), Missoula businessman and Montana state legislator, was born in Quebec and emigrated to the U.S. at the age of eighteen. In Montana he became involved in logging and ranching near Frenchtown. His son, Arthur T. Donlan (1902-1882), was a farmer and civic leader in the Frenchtown Valley.
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