Series SR 1069 - Oral history interview with James McDonald, by Marian Wood Kolisch

Oral history interview with James McDonald, by Marian Wood Kolisch [Sound Recording 01] Oral history interview with James McDonald, by Marian Wood Kolisch [Sound Recording 02] Oral history interview with James McDonald, by Marian Wood Kolisch [Sound Recording 03]

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SR 1069

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Oral history interview with James McDonald, by Marian Wood Kolisch

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  • 1986-02-06 (Creation)

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2 Audiocassettes (1 hr., 8 min., 7 sec.)
online resource (3 audio files (1 hr., 8 min., 7 sec.)

Name of creator

(1899-1989)

Biographical history

Sir James McDonald (1899-1989) was born in Scotland. He joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1917, serving as a gunner in the Bristol Fighters during World War I. He came to the U.S. in the early 1920s and was appointed British Consul for Oregon in 1938. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1967.

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(1920-2008)

Biographical history

Marian Wood Kolisch (1920-2008) was the granddaughter of Portland, Oregon, artist, lawyer, and civic leader C. E. S. Wood. She was married to attorney Pierre Kolisch and had three children. In the early 1970s she began studying photography with Ansel Adams, and went on to create noted portraits of well-known Oregon figures. Exhibitions of her work were held at the Portland Art Museum, the Camera Works Gallery, the Blue Sky Gallery, and many other venues.

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McDonald discusses his family background and early life in Scotland, his experiences during World War I in the Royal Air Force stationed in France, moving to Canada and working on farms in Alberta and Saskatchewan, moving to the United States, getting into the timber business, and becoming the British Consul in Portland just before World War II.

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Joint Copyright held by Sir James McDonald.

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  • English

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Lib. Acc. 18764

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Oral history interview with James McDonald, by Marian Wood Kolisch, 1986 February 6, SR 1069, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

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Digitization funded by the James F. Miller Endowment.

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