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Guide to the Patrick William McDonough Papers, [ca. 1940-1951].
BANC MSS C-B 999  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Sketch
  • Scope and Content

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Patrick William McDonough Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1940-1951
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 999
    Creator: McDonough, Patrick William, 1888-
    Extent: Number of containers: 1 carton
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Includes correspondence, speeches, press releases, newspaper clippings, relating primarily to his role in local and statewide Democratic Party politics in California and his unsuccessful campaigns for political office.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must be also obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Patrick William McDonough Papers, BANC MSS C-B 999, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    This collection of McDonough's papers was given to The Bancroft Library by his daughter, Mrs. John Higgins, in January 1966.

    Biographical Sketch

    Patrick William McDonough was born in San Francisco on February 20, 1888. He worked as a boilermaker from 1909 to 1913, when he became a foreman and began to study law. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1917. In 1924 he founded the McDonough Steel Company in Oakland. He was active in local and statewide Democratic Party politics, served as Chairman of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee, as Northern California Chairman of the Business & Professional Men's League for Roosevelt (1940), and ran unsuccessfully for State Senator from the 16th District in 1942 and for U.S. Congressman from the 7th District in 1946. From 1945 to 1946 he served as national director of the Smaller War Plants Corporation.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists almost entirely of political correspondence, covering the years from 1940 to 1951, dealing with national, state and local elections, Democratic Party issues and patronage appointments. The Papers, which are housed in one carton, are described in greater detail in the Key to Arrangement which follows.