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McDonell and Mullooly papers

 Guide to the McDonell and Mullooly papers

Collection number: HMC-1190.
McDonell, Daniel.
Mullooly, M. James.
Title: McDonell and Mullooly papers.
Dates: 1912-1984.
Volume of collection: 0.2 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary: Papers of two Alaska miners and prospectors.

Biographical note:
Daniel McDonell owned several mining claims in the Fairbanks area. The mining claims he owned included Niggerhead Association, Nowonder Association, Ready Money Association Mining Claim, Happy Home Association, Rough and Ready Association Mining Claim, The Welcome Stranger Association Mining Claim, The Big Bend Mining Claim, The Innoko Association, The Wild Goose Mining Claim, and The Big Timber Mining Claim place mining claims. He worked as a prospector for L.C. Doheny. Upon his death, around 1947, some of his lands were sold to Strandberg and Sons Inc. and some were given to University of Alaska.

M. James Mullooly was born in Ireland in 1892. He came to the United States and found work in Alaska on gold dredges. Mullooly met McDonell while working in Alaska and lived as his boarder in Seattle, Washington. Mullooly married Bernadette McDonell Kohl (a relation of Daniel McDonell). Mullooly died in 1970.

Collection description:
The collection contains papers and photographs of Daniel McDonell and M. James Mullooly. Included are land deeds, purchases, and transfers regarding McDonell’s various mining claims and WWI short stories written by Mullooly.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in the order it arrived at Archives.

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives does not hold copyright to materials in this collection.

Preferred citation: McDonell and Mullooly papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Works used in preparation of inventory: Biographical information was provided by the donors.

Separated materials: One publication was removed from the collection and added to Rare Books.

Related materials: Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association has films from this collection.

Custodial history: Bill and Louise Sharp received the collection after the death of Bernadette McDonell Kohl (M. James Mullooly’s wife). The Sharps, caretakers of Mrs. Kohl, donated the collection to Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association in 2014.

Acquisition note: Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association donated the materials to Archives in 2014 and a deed of gift was signed.

Processing information: This collection was described by Veronica Denison in 2014.

Container list:

Box/Folder Description Dates
1/1 Alaska Steamship Company menus 1934-1935
1/2 Purchase of mining claims, Innoko Mining District; Block Summery of Innoko Flats, prospected by D.S. McDonell 1912, 1939-1945
1/3 McDonell estate: Purchase by Strandberg and Sons, Inc., inventory and appraisement of Innoko Precinct 1947
1/4 Fairbanks Exploration Company correspondence regarding Mullooly’s employment 1931
1/5-6 Mullooly’s WWI short stories circa 1933
1/7 Legal documents: Bills of sale, land transfer, Innoko Mining and Recording District deed, University of Alaska vs. McDonell Estate 1912 1927 1939, 1984
1/8 Photographs of Mullooly and Alaska scenery; News clippings; McDonell Pioneers of Alaska ID and permit to enter Alaska; Song list undated, 1921-1962
1/9 Map: McDonell land boundaries, Lower Chicken Creek tributary to Bonanza-Otter Precinct, Fourth division of Alaska under option to Alaska Placer’s Syndicate Inc. 1937 September

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