DONNELLY, Ignatius, 1831-1901


Guide to Research Collections

Minnesota Historical Society
Manuscript Collection
St. Paul, MN
Microfilm: Ignatius Donnelly and Family Papers, 1812-1973, 172 microfilm reels and 1.25 cubic feet.
Correspondence, literary materials, pamphlets, speeches, diaries, scrapbooks, financial records, and other materials document Ignatius Donnelly’s career. Topics covered in correspondence includes immigration, railroad land grants, other improvements to transportation and communications, administration of Indian affairs, development of the West, nativism, slavery, reconstruction, Catholicism, civil-service reform, the tariff, agricultural societies and fairs, and the Shakespeare-Bacon controversy. Additional correspondence covers the Granger movement, Horace Greeley’s presidential campaign, local politics, journalism, land policies, lyceums, and the vast amount of lecturing that occupied much of Ignatius Donnelly’s time, as well as the Farmers’ Alliance and the Populist party. The microfilmed originals are closed to general use. Finding aids are available in the repository and online.

Additional items are in many other collections.



Duke University Archives
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Durham, NC
Papers: In the Eugene Marshall Papers, 1839-1962, 873 items.
Persons represented include Ignatius Donnelly.


Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Microform: In the Ignatius Donnelly papers 1836-1943, 167 reels.
The collection includes correspondence and miscellaneous papers, literary materials, volumes and pamphlets, and scrapbook materials. The original documents are in the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society. Register available.


The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
San Marino, CA
Papers: In the Montgomery Meigs Papers, 1869-1929, 132 items.
Correspondents include Ignatius Donnelly.


Indiana University
Center for the Study of History
Bloomington, IN
Oral History: 1950, 1 volume.
A transcript of an oral history interview of Marion Woltman, wife of Ignatius Donnelly, conducted by Martin Ridge. In the interview, Marion Woltman recalls her marriage to Ignatius Donnelly, his daily routine, extensive library and political views.


Johns Hopkins University
Special Collections, The Milton S. Eisenhower Library
Baltimore, MD
Papers: In the James Roberts Gilmore Papers, 1820-1903, 2.9 linear feet.
Persons represented include Ignatius Donnelly.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Microfilm: 1812-1943, 167 microfilm reels.
Microfilm of the manuscript collection in the Minnesota Historical Society.

Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1887, 2 items.
Ignatius Donnelly materials.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1865, 1 item.
A letter from Ignatius Donnelly to President Andrew Johnson written on September 14, 1865. The letter recommends Stephen C. Miller as U.S. Marshal for the western district of Arkansas.


University of California, Los Angeles
Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles, CA
Papers: In the Martin Hardie Correspondence, 1900-1945, 3 linear feet.
Persons represented include Ignatius Donnelly.


University of Minnesota Libraries
University Archives
Minneapolis, MN
Papers: 1889, 1 item.
A letter from Ignatius Donnelly to an unidentified recipient regarding the University of Minnesota. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Malcolm Macdonald Willey papers, 1926-1971, 2 linear feet.
Persons represented include Ignatius Donnelly.


University of Montana-Missoula
Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
Missoula, MT
Papers: In the James Fergus Family Papers 1834-1967, 10.6 linear feet.
Persons represented include Ignatius Donnelly.


University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1863, 1 letter.
A letter from Ignatius Donnelly to an unidentified recipient written in 1863. In the letter, Donnelly corrects mistakes in a “list” compiled by the latter.

Papers: 1899, 3 items.
In letters, 1899 June 26 and Oct. 23, Hastings (Minn.) to William Henry Burr, Washington, D.C., Ignatius Donnelly discusses his book “The cipher in the plays and on the tombstone” and Bacon’s authorship of Shakespeare, Greene, and Marlowe plays, and mentions the Rosicrucian Society, and the Freemasons. In a letter, 1888 Feb. 6, Hastings (Minn.) to an unidentified correspondent he recommends books on Shakespeare and Bacon by James Appleton Morgan and Constance Mary Fearon Pott.

Papers: In the John Burroughs Papers, 1885-1922, 21 items.
Persons represented include Ignatius Donnelly.


Wisconsin Historical Society Library
Madison, WI
Papers: In the Luman Hamlin Weller Papers, 1833-1914, 5.5 cubic feet.
Persons represented include Ignatius Donnelly.


Yale University Library
Microform Reference
New Haven, CT
Microfilm: 1890, 16 reels.
Consists of microfilm copies of the Ignatius Donnelly Papers from the Minnesota Historical Society.