Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The O'Connor mss., 1911-1941, are the papers of John Joseph O'Connor, 1885-1960, congressman from New York. O'Connor graduated from Harvard College Law School and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1910 and the New York bar in 1912. In New York City he was senior partner in the law firm of O'Connor and Bain. In 1923 he was elected as a Democrat to the 68th Congress and represented the 16th New York district until 1939. O'Connor served as chairman of the Committee on Rules for the 74th and 75th Congresses, his last in office. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination in 1938, but received the Republican nomination instead, though he was not re-elected. He practiced law in New York City and Washington, D.C. until his death in 1960. The collection includes both his political papers, those pertaining to his law practice, as well as some personal papers.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Political; II. Law practice; III. Miscellaneous. The Political papers include notes, printed items, etc. on bills before Congress, correspondence with constituents and others, speeches, and veterans' claims. Papers concerning his law practice include correspondence, contracts, and clippings. Miscellaneous items include personal correspondence, tax papers, bills and receipts, certificates, and photographs.

An inventory of the collection is available.

Gift. 1960

Collection size: 200,000 items

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