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John J. O'Connor scrapbooks

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 2010-031-s-r

Scope and Contents

This collection contains five scrapbooks dating from 1931 to 1951. Within these scrapbooks are newspaper clippings, congressional memoranda, political commentary and misc. ephemera pertaining to Congressman John J. O’Connor (1885-1960) (D) of New York.

Series 2 includes materials on Basil O’Connor (1892-1972), who worked with President Roosevelt in the fight against polio.

Series 3 holds two different Inaugural Programs for the inaugural ceremony for President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) and his Vice President, John Garner (1868-1967), dated January 20, 1937.

Series 5 contains two copies of the book "Cannon's Procedure in the House of Representatives" by Clarence Cannon, previously used by Congressman John J. O'Connor. Of particular interest is an origanal Pullman Company Passenger's Check dated Dec. 10, 1931.


  • 1931 - 2008
  • Majority of material found within 1931 - 1951

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

John J. O’Connor (1885-1960) was a Congressman and Representative from New York, from 1923-1939. He graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1908, and from the law department of Harvard University in 1911. John J. O’Connor was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1910, moved to New York City in 1911 and, admitted to the New York bar in 1912. His list of political appointments are numerous, including serving as the secretary to the Democratic members of the New York State constitutional convention in 1915, acting as a member of the legislative secretary for the Child Welfare Commission in 1921 and 1922, appointed as vice chairman of the legislative committee on the exploitation of immigrants in 1922 and 1923 and serving as delegate at large to the Democratic National Convention at Philadelphia in 1936. He was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth Congress, reelected to the Sixty-ninth and to the six succeeding Congresses, serving from November 6, 1923, to January 3, 1939. After his unsuccessful reelection to the Seventy-sixth Congress, John J. O’Connor practiced law in New York City and Washington, D.C., until his death in Washington, D.C., January 26, 1960.

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Basil O'Connor (1892-1972) was born January 8, 1892 in Taunton, Massachusetts. He was an American lawyer, who worked in co-operation with US-President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) in the fight against polio. He started foundations for the rehabilitation of polio patients, research on polio and prevention and treatment of the disease. Also, from 1944 to 1949 he was Chairman and President of the American Red Cross and from 1945 to 1950 he was Chairman of the League of Red Cross Societies.

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2.54 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



This collection consist of five scrapbooks chronicling the career of Congressman John J. O’Connor (D) of New York. Also included is biographic information on Basil O’Connor, who worked with President Roosevelt in the fight against polio.


This collecton is largely organized as it was received from the donor except that some loose material was separately foldered.

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Patrick O'Connor

Related Materials

A portion of this collection is available as digital images in the Leatherby Libraries Digital Archive.
Finding Aid for the John J. O'Connor scrapbooks
Norman Lee '06
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Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

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