Guide to the John James Brennan papers
Collection number: HMC-0596.
Creator: Brennan, John James.
Title: John James Brennan papers.
Volume of collection:1.8 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in the collection are in English.
Collection summary: Papers of a geologist from Anchorage.
John James Brennan was born in Anchorage in 1935. His parents were John J. Brennan and Esther Fielding Brennan. His father worked for the Alaska Railroad in Anchorage from 1914 until his retirement in 1950, and died in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1964. John James Brennan attended Anchorage High School, served in the U. S. Air Force, and earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from Texas Christian University in 1961. He then worked for the Alaska Department of Highways. He also worked to develop gold and silver mining claim prospects in the Opal and Markup Creek area near Chitina, Alaska, and examined the oil and gas geology of the North Foothills section of the North Slope of Alaska.
The collection consists of the papers of Alaskan geologist John James Brennan. The collection contains: biographical materials; mining claim records concerning the Opal and Markup Creek area; photographs; maps and plans of the Opal and Markup prospects near Chitina, Alaska; and maps of the generalized geology of a portion of the North Foothills Section of the North Slope of Alaska. The biographical materials include: membership cards, a certificate of appreciation for service to the Alaska Department of Highways, Brennan’s own childhood book about places in Anchorage in 1942, Anchorage school musical programs, and his commencement program and other memorabilia from Texas Christian University. The mining claim records include location notices, geological reports, contracts, correspondence, a daily diary from 1979, a patent survey, assays, and maps. Subjects of the photographs include: Brennan, his family and friends in Anchorage and Fort Worth Texas; the Alaska Railroad; vacations; Brennan’s dogs; and hunting in Alaska. Subjects of the color slides include: Brennan and his friends and family; scenery around Anchorage; the Alaska Railroad; vacations in the western U.S.; hunting in Alaska; and geological field trips. The maps and plans of the Opal and Markup prospects include: a map of the lode claim groups made using an area quadrangle map; a surface drill hole plan; a composite surface plan; a horizontal loop survey; a magnetometer survey; and a map of the geology of the claim group.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged into the following series:
Alternative formats: Xerographic copies of original photograph albums have been made to indicate the original order.
Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Rights note: Archives and Special Collections owns copyright to materials created by John James Brennan. Materials not created by Brennan may be subject to copyright not held by the Archives.
Preferred citation: John James Brennan papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Acquisition note: The collection was presented to the archives by Colleen King in 2002. A deed of gift was signed in 2002.
Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2006. The guide to the collection was converted to current standard and publications removed by Gwen Sieja in 2016.
|1/1||Esther Fielding report cards from Fort Worth Central High School||1926-1927|
|1/3||Certificate of appreciation for five years service to the State of Alaska, Department of Highways||1966|
|1/4||“Anchorage 1942” (child’s illustrated book)||1942|
|1/5||Anchorage school musical programs||undated, 1943|
|1/6||Texas Christian University memorabilia;||1954-1964|
|1/7||Mining claim location notices||1966, 1968|
|1/8||Markup mining claim location notices||1965, 1968|
|1/9||Claim notices and rights/labor||1965-1981|
|1/10||Report on Markup Creek, Opal: Gold/Silver Prospects, Chitina Area, Alaska||1968 September 15|
|1/11||Reports on Markup Creek, Opal: Gold/Silver Prospects, Chitina Area, Alaska||1969 July, September|
|1/12||Report on Markup Creek, Opal: Gold/Silver Prospects, Chitina Area, Alaska||1970|
|1/13||Opal and Markup Report: Master Copy (original with color photographs)||1968-1987|
|1/14||Report on general geology||1971|
|1/15||Einar C. Erickson report on gold-silver objectives||1970|
|1/16||Opal report by Dr. Donald J. Cook, University of Alaska||1972|
|1/17||Contract with Al M. Fielding and related records||1970-1972|
|1/21||National Park Service request for proposal of gross mineral appraisal reports||1977|
|1/22||BLM claim patent information||1976|
|1/23||BLM patent survey application||1976-1979|
|1/24||Opal partnership assessment; 1978|
|1/26||Maps||undated, 1972, 1981|
|1/27||Brennan and Fielding family photograph album: xerographic copy of original album. People identified include: John J. Brennan, Sr., John James Brennan, Esther Fielding Brennan, Phyllis Gene Fielding, Gary Fielding, Ruby Fielding Daniel, Delores Hansen, Virginia Rice, Delane Mintz, Patricia Rice, Bess Rice, Martha Lee Schober, Bud Seely, Paul Johnson, Dick Button, Alan McDaniels, Donald Epperly, Richard Conn, Gerald Brown, Kenny Wausku, and Joseph Flowers. Locations identified include: Anchorage, Alaska; Fort Worth Texas; Sun Valley and Shoshone, Idaho; and Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Includes many photographs of the Alaska Railroad. Dillingham Air Service airplane. Lake Spenard shelter||1906-1949|
|1/28-29||Brennan and Fielding family photograph album: small prints (3.5 X 3.5 inch or smaller)||undated, 1919-1947|
|1/30||Brennan and Fielding family photograph album: medium size prints, (approximately 3.5 X 5 inches)||undated, 1921-1949|
|1/31||Brennan and Fielding family photograph album: photo post cards and prints on post card stock. “Bear Cubs” Man with black bear cub near tent city; C. F. Peterson Photo, Anchorage, Alaska . “Str. ‘Santa Clara,’ at Dock, Juneau, Alaska. January 1906 . Dog team and sled in front of Pioneer Roadhouse. “Cordova Alaska” View toward mountains; N. D. Co. “Cordova Alaska, February 1930” Winter street scene; Roark Photo, No. 410. Anchorage High School; circa 1920s. “Sitka, Alaska. Old Russian Capitol, Founded 1799” Street scene near beach. “Ketchikan, Alaska” Frozen waterfall; No. 294. “S.S. Admiral Watson Juneau Alaska” Front portside view. “Wreck of S.S. Yukon, Sannak, Alaska.”; Grosvold photo. “Koel Bldg., First Concrete Structure in Ketchikan, Alaska.”; No. 3506. “Revenue Cutter Service in Bering Sea, Photo from Deck of Mail Steamer, Dora.”; J. E. Thwaites photo, No. 590; 1911. “Post Office. Anchorage.”; C. F. Peterson Photo. “S.S. Northwestern & Str. Starr Dock at Seward, Alaska.”||undated, 1906-1933|
|1/32-33||Brennan and Fielding family photograph album: 4 X 6 inch prints||undated, 1934-1947|
|1/34||Brennan and Fielding family photograph album: 5 X 7 inch prints. “…The Famous Columbia Glacier…”; H. W. Steward; 1929. “Mile 102 – on the route of ‘The Iron Trail” Mountain view out of railroad tunnel; H. W. Steward. Group of cub scouts near KFQD radio microphone; Portraits by C. A. Cornforth, Anchorage, Alaska. Group photos of grade 8 students and brass bands; Robinson Studios, Anchorage, Alaska; 1948-1949||undated, 1929-1949|
|1/35||Brennan and Fielding family photograph album: 8 X 10 inch prints. “Christmas at Two Girls Cafe, 1906” Winter group photo of women and children outside café. “April 10, 1944, Ft. Worth Texas.” Class photo of children. “Ft. Worth Texas, Jan. 18th, 1944.” Group photo at Fielding family reunion?. “To Esther, Red & Jimmie with Love, Phyllis Gene, age 4 years” Portrait of Phyllis Gene Fielding. “Phyllis Gene Fielding, age 11, April 19, 1949, in front of the Gables Cafe”. “Dec. 24, ’48, Phyllis Gene & Gary. Give this to Jimmie Brennan. Children in front of Christmas tree. “Ruby ‘Fielding’ Daniel” Portrait of young woman||undated, 1906-1949|
|1/36||Brennan and Fielding family photograph album: color prints||undated, 1948|
|2/1||Jimmie Brennan dog photograph album: xerographic copy of original album||1947-1949|
|2/2||Jimmie Brennan dog photograph album: original prints||1947-1949|
|2/3||Jim Brennan Air Force, California and hunting in Alaska photograph album: xerographic copy of original album. Locations identified include: Fort Worth, Texas; Mekoryuk, Nunivak Island; and Chignik, Alaska||1955-1973|
|2/4||Jim Brennan Air Force, California and hunting in Alaska photograph album: original prints||undated, 1954-1973|
|2/5||Group photo of workers in front of the Alaska Railroad Depot in Anchorage||undated|
|2/6||Numbered slides. 1-10: Christmas at Brennan home; 1949. 11-16: Jim Brennan, Dick Button, Craig Johnston, Ray Baldwin and Ronald Risoh near Girdwood; 1949. 17: Sunrise over Anchorage; 1950. 18-20: Paul and dog Nugget II; 1950. 21-22: Sunrise over Anchorage; 1949. 23-26: Thunderbird Falls; 1949. 27-28. Lake Spenard; 1950. 29-35: Anchorage Fur Rendezvous races on 4th Ave; 1950. 36-37: Lower Fire Lake; 1949. 38-40: Palmer Highway; 1949. 41: Eagle River; 1949. 42: Along trail to Thunderbird Falls; 1949. 43: Bear Lake; 1949. 44-51: Airshow at Elmendorf Air Force Base||1949-1950|
|2/7||Mt. McKinley National Park trip||1950|
|2/8||Slides: King’s Lake boy scout camp; 1950. Pioneer Peak; 1950. Trip to Seattle for dog show and car trip to Texas; 1950. Minnesota; 1950 December. Dogs and trip to Fort Worth; 1951 January-April||1950-1951|
|2/9||Slides: Yellowstone National Park; 1953. Salt Lake City, Utah; 1953. Central City, Colorado; 1953. Royal Gorge, Colorado; 1953. Lake Minnewawa, Minnesota; 1953. Fort Worth, Texas; 1953-1954. Texas A&M University: campus, bonfire; 1953||1952-1954|
|2/10||Alaska Railroad scenes: Turnagain Arm, Bird Section House, Anchorage railroad yard||1954|
|2/11||Hunting in Alaska: Dall sheep, caribou and mountain goat hunts||undated|
|2/12||Geology field trip in Mississippi: Arbuckle Mountains, Sycamore Limestone, Woodford Chert and bituminous shale||1960 May|
|2/13||Marathon field trip: Paleontology dig||1960 June|
|2/14||Other Alaska slides. Pana-Vue commercial tourist slides: Alaska Gold series||undated|
|Oversize folder||Markup Lode Claim Group and Opal Lode Claim Group, Opal – Markup Prospects, Chitina Area, Alaska; Drawn by Jim Brennan, Geologist; Revisions: Chitina-Glennallen Recording District, Glennallen, Alaska; Reference: Valdez (C-2) Quadrangle Map, Alaska 1951 (Revisions 1963) Copper River Meridian; Scale: 1”= 2000′||1968 February 26|
|Oversize folder||Surface Drill Hole Plan: Opal Prospect, Chitina, Alaska; Scale: 1.25′ =50′;||circa 1975|
|Oversize folder||Composite Surface Plan: Opal Showing Opal Prospect, Chitina, Alaska; A. B. & S. Inc., Anchorage, Alaska; Scale: 1″ = 100′||1975 October 9|
|Oversize folder||Horizontal Loop Survey: Opal Prospect, Chitina, Alaska; A. B. & S. Inc., Anchorage, Alaska; Scale: 1″ = 100′||1975 September 31|
|Oversize folder||Magnetometer Survey: Opal Prospect, Chitina, Alaska; A. B. & S. Inc., Anchorage, Alaska; Scale: 1″ = 100′||1975 October 1|
|Oversize folder||Geology: Opal Markup Claim Group, Chitina, Alaska; A. B. & S. Inc., Anchorage, Alaska; Scale: 1″ =400′||1975 October 9|
|Map tube||Generalized Geology, Portion of N. Foothills Section, North Slope, Alaska; By J. J. Brennan, Geologist: 5006 Cambridge, Anchorage, Alaska (two separate geological maps of the same area superimposed on a map of the East Arctic Slope Land and Lease area by the Alaska Map Service, Anchorage, Alaska, 1969)||circa 1969|