59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

A Finding Aid to the McDonough Family Collection, 1899-1950, bulk 1907-1916.

Descriptive Summary

Repository Martha's Vineyard Museum Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-4441
Call Number RU529
Creator Sullivan, Martha
Title McDonough Family Collection
Date 1898-1950, bulk 1907-1916
Extent 1 box (0.504 cubic feet)
Language The materials are in English.
Abstract The collection contains photographs, receipts, a journal, and correspondence from the McDonough family who resided on Martha's Vineyard in the early and mid twentieth century.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use and Reproduction Restrictions

Requests to reproduce material from this collection should be directed to the library's staff. Reproduction fees may apply.

Preferred Citation

Martha's Vineyard Museum, RU #529, McDonough Family Collection.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Martha Sullivan in 2013 (Accession no. 2013.024). [Donation]

Publication Information

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-4441

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared and machine-encoded by Clint Johnson in June 2015.

Index Terms


  • Photograph albums
  • Correspondence
  • Receipts (financial records)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Martha's Vineyard (Mass.)
  • Gay Head (Mass.)
  • Tisbury (Mass. : Town)
  • Vineyard Haven (Mass.)
  • West Tisbury (Mass.)

Personal Name(s)

  • McDonough, Kathleen
  • McDonough, John Pierce
  • McDonough, Marshall


  • Irish Americans
  • Martha's Vineyard (Mass.)--History, Local

Biography/Historical Note

The McDonough family was brought to Martha's Vineyard when the Irishman John Pierce McDonough and his wife Annie moved to the U.S. from Ireland. John Pierce McDonough began his career at the U.S. Marine Hospital and later went on to open his own service station on Beach Road. He had many children including Marshall, Percival, and Kathleen. Marshall went on to join the service, Percival inherited the service station, and Kathleen became a prominent member of the Vineyard community as a notary. Descendents of John Pierce McDonough still reside on Martha's Vineyard today including Martha Sullivan.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection is comprised of photo albums of the McDonough family that were compiled by Kathleen McDonough, receipts which were perdominately concerning John Pierce's finainces, a journal from John Pierce's time at the U.S. Marine Hopsital, an award given by the National War Salvage Program and correspondence between Marshall McDonough and his mother, Annie. The photography albums include labels and annotations created by Kathleen.


Examples of arrangement statements:

  • Series I: Family Photography
  • Series II: Journal
  • Series III: Personal Papers

The Collection's original order has been maintained.

Contents of Collection

Family Photography, 1918-1923 

Box folder

John Pierce McDonough military photographs, undated. 


Includes receipt.

1 1

Kathleen McDonough photograph album, 1919-1923 
Author/Creator:  Kathleen McDonough

1 2

"Main Street House Bought 2/3/1902" scrapbook, 1902-1933 


Includes account book regarding the property purchase.

1 3

Kathleen McDonough photograph album, 1918-1919 
Author/Creator:  Kathleen McDonough

1 4

McDonough photograph album, 1913 
Author/Creator:  McDonough family


Includes photographs of Native American tribal celebrations.

1 5

Journal, 1899-1900 

Box folder

Marine Hospital Service Journal, 1899-1900 
Author/Creator:  John Pierce McDonough

1 6

Personal Papers, 1907-1950 

Box folder

National War Salvage Program award, 1945 

1 7

John Pierce McDonough financial receipts, 1907-1916 


Includes correspondence between Marshall and his mother, Annie.

1 8

John Pierce McDonough will, 1950 


Includes correspondence between Marshall and his mother, Annie

1 8

John Pierce McDonough financial receipts, 1912-1919 

1 9

John Pierce McDonough financial receipts, 1911-1941 

1 10