Guide to the Patrick William McDonough Papers, [ca. 1940-1951].

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Guide to the Patrick William McDonough Papers, [ca. 1940-1951]

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 999

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
The Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
ca. 1966
Encoded by:
Charlotte Gerstein
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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

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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.

Key to Arrangement


Letters written to McDonough


Arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization. A partial list of correspondents follows the Key to Arrangement. Letters not listed have been put in alphabetical miscellanies preceding each letter of the alphabet.

Letters by McDonough (copies), arranged chronologically.


Letters re McDonough's remarks before the U.S. Senate Education and Labor Committee at minimum wage hearings, Oct.-Nov. 1945.

Scope and Content Note

Also in the file: copies of his remarks; copy of the Senate bill under discussion, etc.

Letters re formation of the Business and Professional Men's League for Roosevelt, suggestions for membership, etc. 1940.


Speeches by McDonough


Press releases, etc., re McDonough's campaign for State Senator, 1942.


Materials re McDonough's candidacy for election to Congress, 1946.

Scope and Content Note

Include copy of his platform statement; voting statistics; statement of expenditures for primary campaign, etc.

Newspaper clippings


Advertisements for McDonough Steel Co.


Miscellany, containing lists of names, sample ballots, programs, etc.

Partial List of Correspondents


Alameda County Democratic Campaign Committee for 1944

See William H. Hollander correspondence.


Allen, John Joseph, Jr., 1899-


3 letters, 1948-1949. Written while U.S. Congressman.


Boyle, William Marshall, Jr., 1902-


12 letters, 1949-1950. Written while Executive Vice Chairman (1949) and Chairman (1950) of the Democratic National Committee.


Brown, Edmund Gerald, 1905-

See Democratic Party. California State Central Committee.


California Steel Products Company


2 letters, 1950. Enclosures to letter, Dec. 7, 1950: copies of telegrams from Richard Nixon and William F. Knowland.


Carter, Oliver Jesse, 1911-

See Democratic Party. California State Central Committee.


Chapman, Oscar Littleton, 1896-

See U.S. Department of Interior


Clements, Earle C[ ], 1896-


Letter, July 23, 1948. Writing as governor of Kentucky. Form letter.


Crum, Bartley Cavanaugh


2 letters, 1945. Re statewide legislative conference. Included is proposed list of sponsors.


de Lappe, Russell Guerne


10 letters, 1945. Re appointment of Assistant Director in charge of Development, Federal Public Housing Authority, Regional Office, San Francisco. Enclosure to letter, August l, 1945: copy of letter by Henry H. Gutterson, July 25, 1945.


Democratic Luncheon Club


Telegram, May 16, 1949.


Democratic Party. California. County Central Committees.


2 letters, 1946-1947. From S. C. Masterson, Chairman, Contra Costa Co., and Francis Dunn, Jr., for Alameda County.


Democratic Party. California. State Central Committee.


20 letters, 1944-1950. Include letters by Edmund G. Brown, Oliver J. Carter and other officers of the State Central Committee. See also Herbert W. Erskine, George E. Outland, James Roosevelt.


Democratic Party. National Committee


10 letters, 1945-1948. Include copy of letter by John Sparkman, and letters by Louis A. Johnson and other officers of the Committee.

See also William Boyle, George Killion, James H. McGrath, Gael Sullivan.


Democratic Party. New York. State Central Committee

See Paul E. Fitzpatrick.


Democrats Incorporated.


8 letters, 1944-1945. Written by Adah Dodge and William Hollander. Include copy of by-laws.


Desmond, Earl D.


2 letters, 1947-1949. Written while California State Senator. Letter, April 14, 1947, refers to proposed repeal of the Full Crew Law. Letter, August 8, 1949, discusses possibility of his running for Attorney General.


Dickey, Randal F.


Letter, April 11, 1947. Written while California State Assemblyman. Refers to proposed repeal of Full Crew Law.


Downey, Sheridan, 1884-1961


13 letters, 1945-1950. Written while U.S. Senator.


Doyle, Clyde Gilman, 1887-


Letter, June 29, 1949. With this: publicity pamphlets.


Erskine, Herbert W.


2 letters, 1945-1947. Include letter written while chairman of Jefferson Day Committee (1947).


Erskine, Morse


Letter, May 27, 1946


Farley, James Aloysius, 1888-


5 letters, 1948-1949. With these: reprints of articles by Farley and articles about Farley.


Fitzpatrick, Paul E.


2 letters, 1949. Written while Chairman, New York Democratic State Committee.


Friedman, Monroe Mark, 1895-


2 letters, 1949-1950


Gutterson, Henry Higby, 1884-1954

See Russell Guerne de Lappe.


Havenner, Franck Roberts, 1882-


3 letters, 1948-1950. Written while U.S. Congressman.


Hise, Harley, 1890-


Letter, Jan. 10, 1947


Hollander, William H.


6 letters, 1944-1945. Several written while Democratic Presidential Elector from 6th Congressional District.

See also Democrats Inc.


Johnson, Louis Arthur, 1891-

See Democratic Party. National Committee.


Kaiser Company, Inc.


Letter, Aug. 16, 1946. Enclosures: 2 press releases by Henry J. Kaiser.


Keating, Thomas F[ ], 1905-


Letter, April 10, 1947. Written while California State Senator. Refers to proposed repeal of Full Crew Law.


Kenny, Robert Walker, 1901-


4 letters, 1946-1949


Killion, George Leonard, 1901-


2 letters, 1945. Written while Chairman of Democratic National Committee.


Knight, Goodwin Jess, 1896-1970


2 letters, 1950. Written while California Lieutenant Governor.


Knowland, William Fife, 1908-1974


6 letters, 1949-1950. Written while U.S. Senator. Includes one letter by his secretary. Also included: reprint from Congressional Record of speech by Knowland.

See also California Steel Products Company.


McCarthy, William H.


2 letters, 1945-1948. Written while Postmaster of San Francisco.


McGrath, James Howard, 1903-


5 letters, 1948. Written while Chairman of Democratic National Committee.


Masterson, Salathiel Charles

See Democratic Party. California County Central Committees.


Maverick, Maury, 1895-


4 letters, 1945-1950. Include copy of letter by Maverick to Robert E. Hannagan.


Miller, George Paul, 1891-


8 letters, 1945-1950


Nixon, Richard Milhous, 1913-


Telegram, Dec. 9, 1950. Written while U.S. Senator.

See also California Steel Products Company.


O'Mahoney, Joseph Christopher, 1884-


Letter, Nov. 26, 1948. With this: text of speech by O'Mahoney.


Outland, George Elmer, 1906-


2 letters, 1947. Written as Chairman of Policy Committee, Democratic State Central Committee, California


Pearson, Osborne A.


4 letters, 1949-1950. Most of them written while Assistant Postmaster General.


Radin, Max, 1880-


2 letters, 1945. Discuss possibility of being appointed to vacancy on Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals or on Court of Appeals for District of Columbia.


Rayburn, Sam, 1882-1962


Letter, January 11, 1951


Rogers, Will, Jr., 1912-


Letter, Nov. 9, 1949


Roosevelt, James, 1907-


12 letters, 1946-1949. Written while Chairman of the California Democratic State Central Committee. Include 2 letters by Roosevelt to John H. Tolan, Jr. Included also: a letter to Roosevelt by Roma Burnett Bishop, July 3, 1947.


Shelley, John Francis, 1905-1974


Letter, Jan. 3, 1951. Written while U.S. Congressman. With this: a telegram from “Shelley for Congress Campaign Committee” (1949).


Sparkman, John, 1899-

See Democratic Party National Committee.


Spellman, Francis Joseph, Cardinal, 1889-


Letter, Sept. 4, 1946. Form letter. Included also is reprint of an article by Spellman.


Sullivan, Gael, 1904-


6 letters, 1948. Written while Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee.


Tolan, John Harvey, 1877-1947


Letter, March 14, 1946. Written while U.S. Congressman.


Tramutolo, Chauncey


Letter, Nov. 22, 1950


Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972


3 letters, 1948-1950. Written for Truman by his secretaries.


U.S. Department of the Interior


Letter, Aug. 25, 1950. Written by Oscar Littleton Chapman.


Warren, Earl, 1891-1974


3 letters, 1945-1950. Written for Warren by his secretaries.


Wheeler, Charles Leigh, 1888-


Letter, June 11, 1891