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JOHN JAMES BRENNAN (1935-1999). Papers; 1919-1987. 2.3 cu. ft.

John James Brennan was born in Anchorage in 1935. His parents were John J. Brennan and Esther Fielding Brennan. His father worked for the Alaska Railroad in Anchorage from 1914 until his retirement in 1950, and died in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1964. John James Brennan attended Anchorage High School, served in the U. S. Air Force, and earned a bachelor's degree in geology from Texas Christian University in 1961. He then worked for the Alaska Department of Highways. He also worked to develop gold and silver mining claim prospects in the Opal and Markup Creek area near Chitina, Alaska, and examined the oil and gas geology of the North Foothills section of the North Slope of Alaska.

The collection consists of the papers of Alaskan geologist John James Brennan. The collection contains: biographical materials; mining claim records concerning the Opal and Markup Creek area; photographs including 944 black and white and 85 color prints; 645 color 35mm slides; six maps and plans of the Opal and Markup prospects near Chitina, Alaska; and two maps of the generalized geology of a portion of the North Foothills Section of the North Slope of Alaska. The biographical materials include: newspaper clippings, membership cards, a certificate of appreciation for service to the Alaska Department of Highways, Brennan's own childhood book about places in Anchorage in 1942, Anchorage school musical programs, his 1951 Anchorage High School yearbook, his commencement program from Texas Christian University and other memorabilia, and two Alaska Railroad publications.  The mining claim records include location notices, geological reports, contracts, correspondence, a daily diary from 1979, a patent survey, assays, and maps. Subjects of the photographs include: Brennan, his family and friends in Anchorage and Fort Worth Texas; the Alaska Railroad; vacations; Brennan's dogs; and hunting in Alaska. Subjects of the color slides include: Brennan and his friends and family; scenery around Anchorage; the Alaska Railroad; vacations in the western U. S.; hunting in Alaska; and geological field trips. The maps and plans of the Opal and Markup prospects include: a map of the lode claim groups made using an area quadrangle map; a surface drill hole plan; a composite surface plan; a horizontal loop survey; a magnetometer survey; and a map of the geology of the claim group.

The collection was presented to the archives by Colleen King in 2002. A deed of gift was signed in 2002.

JAS (12/2006)

Box and Folder List:

Box 1

Series 1. Biographical Materials; 1926-1966. .2 cu. ft.
1. Esther Fielding report cards from Fort Worth Central High School; 1926-1927.
2. Newspaper clippings; n.d., 1935, 1945.
3. Membership cards; 1948-1949.
-Boy Scout Troop No. 628.
-Academy of Model Aeronautics.
4. Certificate of appreciation for five years service to the State of Alaska, Department of Highways; 1966.
5. "Anchorage 1942"; 1942 (child's illustrated book).
6. Anchorage school musical programs; n.d., 1943.
7. Texas Christian University memorabilia; 1954, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964.
-Commencement program; 1961.
8. High school yearbook: Anchor of 1951; 1951.
9. Alaska Railroad booklets; 1933, 1935.
-Alaska: The Land of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow; 1933.
-The Alaska Railroad "Mt. McKinley Park Route" Travelogue Containing worth-while information concerning the Curry Resort, Mount McKinley National Park, and points of interest along the line; U.S. Department of the Interior; 1935.

Box 2

Series 2. Opal/Markup Mining Claim Records; 1963-1987. .6 cu. ft.
1. Mining claim location notices; 1966, 1968.
2. Markup mining claim location notices; 1965, 1968.
3. Claim notices and rights/labor; 1965-1981.
4. Report on Markup Creek, Opal: Gold/Silver Prospects, Chitina Area, Alaska; Revised Sep. 15, 1968.
5. Reports on Markup Creek, Opal: Gold/Silver Prospects, Chitina Area, Alaska; Revised July, Sep. 1969.
6. Report on Markup Creek, Opal: Gold/Silver Prospects, Chitina Area, Alaska; Revised 1970.
7. Opal and Markup Report: Master Copy; 1968-1987 (original with color photographs).
8. Report on general geology; 1971.
9. Einar C. Erickson report on gold-silver objectives; 1970.
10. Opal report by Dr. Donald J. Cook, University of Alaska; 1972.
11. Contract with Al M. Fielding and related records; 1970-1972.
12. Correspondence; 1963-1967.
13. Correspondence; 1968-1971.
14. Daily diary; 1979.
15. National Park Service request for proposal of gross mineral appraisal reports; 1977.
16. BLM claim patent information; 1976.
17. BLM patent survey application; 1976-1979.
18. Opal partnership assessment; 1978.
19. Assay; 1974.
20. Maps; n.d., 1972, 1981.

Box 3

Series 3. Photographs; 1906-1973 (944 b&w prints; 85 color prints). .55 cu. ft.
1. Brennan and Fielding family photograph album: xerographic copy of original album; 1906-1949 (144 pages).
-People identified include: John J. Brennan, Sr., John James Brennan, Esther Fielding Brennan, Phyllis Gene Fielding, Gary Fielding, Ruby Fielding Daniel, Delores Hansen, Virginia Rice, Delane Mintz, Patricia Rice, Bess Rice, Martha Lee Schober, Bud Seely, Paul Johnson, Dick Button, Alan McDaniels, Donald Epperly, Richard Conn, Gerald Brown, Kenny Wausku, and Joseph Flowers.
-Locations identified include: Anchorage, Alaska; Fort Worth Texas; Sun Valley and Shoshone, Idaho; and Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
-Includes many photographs of the Alaska Railroad.
-Dillingham Air Service airplane.
-Lake Spenard shelter.
 2. Brennan and Fielding family photograph album: 3.5 X 3.5 inch prints or smaller; n.d., 1919, 1933-1937, 1939, 1944-1947 (175 b&w prints).
3. Brennan and Fielding family photograph album: medium size prints, Approx. 3.5 X 5 inch (1 of 2); n.d., 1929, 1931-1933, 1936-1940, 1946 (120 b&w prints).
4. Brennan and Fielding family photograph album: medium size prints (2 of 2); n.d., 1921, 1933, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1949 (98 b&w prints).
5. Brennan and Fielding family photograph album: photo post cards and prints on post card stock, 3.5 X 5.5 inch; n.d., 1906, 1911, 1930, 1933 (36 b&w prints).
Post cards with captions or otherwise identified:
1d. "Bear Cubs" Man with black bear cub near tent city; C. F. Peterson Photo, Anchorage, Alaska.
4f. "Str. 'Santa Clara,' at Dock, Juneau, Alaska. January 1906.
5b. Dog team and sled in front of Pioneer Roadhouse.
5c. "Cordova Alaska" View toward mountains; N. D. Co.
6a. "Cordova Alaska, February 1930" Winter street scene; Roark Photo, No. 410.
6c. Anchorage High School; ca. 1920s.
6e. "Sitka, Alaska. Old Russian Capitol, Founded 1799" Street scene near beach.
7b. "Ketchikan, Alaska" Frozen waterfall; No. 294.
7c. "S.S. Admiral Watson Juneau Alaska" Front portside view.
9a. "Wreck of S.S. Yukon, Sannak, Alaska."; Grosvold photo.
9c. "Koel Bldg., First Concrete Structure in Ketchikan, Alaska."; No. 3506.
9d. "Revenue Cutter Service in Bering Sea, Photo from Deck of Mail Steamer, Dora."; J. E. Thwaites photo, No. 590; 1911.
11a. "Post Office. Anchorage."; C. F. Peterson Photo.
39c. "S.S. Northwestern & Str. Starr Dock at Seward, Alaska."
6. Brennan and Fielding family photograph album: 4 X 6 inch prints (1 of 2); n.d., 1934, 1936- 1942 (132 b&w prints).
7. Brennan and Fielding family photograph album: 4 X 6 inch prints (2 of 2); n.d., 1945, 1947 (133 b&w prints).
8. Brennan and Fielding family photograph album: 5 X 7 inch prints; n.d., 1929, 1931, 1941, 1948-1949 (26 b&w prints).
-"...The Famous Columbia Glacier..."; H. W. Steward; 1929.
-"Mile 102 – on the route of 'The Iron Trail" Mountain view out of railroad tunnel; H. W. Steward.
-Group of cub scouts near KFQD radio microphone; Portraits by C. A. Cornforth, Anchorage, Alaska (3 prints).
-Group photos of grade 8 students and brass bands; Robinson Studios, Anchorage, Alaska; 1948-1949(4 prints).
9. Brennan and Fielding family photograph album: 8 X 10 inch prints; n.d., 1906, 1944, 1948, 1949 (10 prints).
12a. "Christmas at Two Girls Cafe, 1906" Winter group photo of women and children outside cafe.
76. "April 10, 1944, Ft. Worth Texas." Class photo of children.
77. "Ft. Worth Texas, Jan. 18th, 1944." Group photo at Fielding family reunion?
78. "To Esther, Red & Jimmie with Love, Phyllis Gene, age 4 years" Portrait of Phyllis Gene Fielding.
131. "Phyllis Gene Fielding, age 11, April 19, 1949, in front of the Gables Cafe."
132. "Dec. 24, '48, Phyllis Gene & Gary. Give this to Jimmie Brennan. Children in front of Christmas tree.
Loose. "Ruby 'Fielding' Daniel" Portrait of young woman.
10. Brennan and Fielding family photograph album: color prints; n.d., 1948 (4 color prints).

Box 4

11. Jimmie Brennan dog photograph album: xerographic copy of original album; 1947-1949 (39 pages and original certificates and other memorabilia).
12. Jimmie Brennan dog photograph album: original prints; 1947-1949 (166 b&w prints; 3 color prints).
13. Jim Brennan Air Force, California and hunting in Alaska photograph album: xerographic copy of original album; 1955-1973 (27 pages).
-Locations identified include: Fort Worth, Texas; Mekoryuk, Nunivak Island; and Chignik, Alaska
14. Jim Brennan Air Force, California and hunting in Alaska photograph album: original prints; n.d., 1954-1956, 1958, 1960-1963, 1965, 1970, 1972, 1973 (47 b&w prints; 78 color prints).
15. Group photo of workers in front of the Alaska Railroad Depot in Anchorage; n.d. (Oversize, 10 X 14 inch, located in Box 2).

Box 5

Series 4. Color Slides; n.d., 1949-1954, 1960 (645 color slides, 35mm). .35 cu. ft.
1. Numbered slides; 1949-1950 (50 slides).
Numbered slides:
1-10. Christmas at Brennan home; 1949.
11-16. Jim Brennan, Dick Button, Craig Johnston, Ray Baldwin and Ronald Risoh near Girdwood; 1949.
17. Sunrise over Anchorage; 1950.
18-20. Paul and dog Nugget II; 1950.
21 & 22. Sunrise over Anchorage; 1949.
23-26. Thunderbird Falls; 1949.
27 & 28. Lake Spenard; 1950.
29-35. Anchorage Fur Rendezvous races on 4th Ave; 1950.
36 & 37. Lower Fire Lake; 1949
38-40. Palmer Highway; 1949.
41. Eagle River; 1949.
42. Along trail to Thunderbird Falls; 1949.
43. Bear Lake; 1949.
44-48, 50, 51. Airshow at Elmendorf Air Force Base.
2. Mt. McKinley National Park trip; 1950 (44 slides).
3. Slides from 1950-1951 (118 slides).
-King's Lake boy scout camp; 1950.
-Pioneer Peak; 1950.
-Trip to Seattle for dog show and car trip to Texas; 1950.
-Minnesota; Dec. 1950.
-Dogs and trip to Fort Worth; Jan.-Apr. 1951.
4. Slides from 1952-1954 (141 slides).
-Yellowstone National Park; 1953.
-Salt Lake City, Utah; 1953.
-Central City, Colorado; 1953.
-Royal Gorge, Colorado; 1953.
-Lake Minnewawa, Minnesota; 1953.
-Fort Worth, Texas; 1953-1954.
-Texas A&M University: campus, bonfire; 1953.
5. Alaska Railroad scenes; 1954 (56 slides).
-Turnagain Arm.
-Bird Section House.
-Anchorage railroad yard.
6. Hunting in Alaska; n.d. (66 slides).
-Dall sheep, caribou and mountain goat hunts.
7. Geology field trip in Mississippi; May 1960 (46 slides).
-Arbuckle Mountains.
-Sycamore Limestone.
-Woodford Chert and bituminous shale.
8. Marathon field trip; June 1960 (109 slides).
-Paleontology dig.
9. Miscellaneous slides; n.d. (15 slides).
-Pana-Vue commercial tourist slides: Alaska Gold series (5 slides).

Flat Cabinets

Series 5.  Maps and Plans; 1968, 1969, 1975 (Original maps on mylar or acetate). .6 cu. ft.
1. Markup Lode Claim Group and Opal Lode Claim Group, Opal – Markup Prospects, Chitina Area, Alaska; Drawn by Jim Brennan, Geologist; Revisions: Chitina-Glennallen Recording District, Glennallen, Alaska; Reference: Valdez (C-2) Quadrangle Map, Alaska 1951 (Revisions 1963) Copper River Meridian; Scale: 1''= 2000'; Date: Feb. 26, 1968 (17 X 27 inches).
2. Surface Drill Hole Plan: Opal Prospect, Chitina, Alaska; Scale: 1.25' =50'; ca. 1975.
3. Composite Surface Plan: Opal Showing Opal Prospect, Chitina, Alaska; A. B. & S. Inc., Anchorage, Alaska; Scale: 1" = 100'; Date: Oct. 9, 1975 (32 X 42 inches).
4. Horizontal Loop Survey: Opal Prospect, Chitina, Alaska; A. B. & S. Inc., Anchorage, Alaska; Scale: 1" = 100'; Date: Sep. 31, 1975 (32 X 42 inches).
5. Magnetometer Survey: Opal Prospect, Chitina, Alaska; A. B. & S. Inc., Anchorage, Alaska; Scale: 1" = 100'; Date: Oct. 1, 1975 (32 X 42 inches).
6. Geology: Opal Markup Claim Group, Chitina, Alaska; A. B. & S. Inc., Anchorage, Alaska; Scale: 1" =400'; Date: Oct. 9, 1975 (32 X 42 inches).

Map Tube

7 & 8. Generalized Geology, Portion of N. Foothills Section, North Slope, Alaska; By J. J. Brennan, Geologist: 5006 Cambridge, Anchorage, Alaska (two separate geological maps of the same area superimposed on a map of the East Arctic Slope Land and Lease area by the Alaska Map Service, Anchorage, Alaska, 1969); ca. 1969 (42 X 87 inches).