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Hugh O'Connor papers

Identifier: Ax 620

Scope and Contents

Collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, National Association of Manufacturers, materials, tearsheets, newspaper clippings, biographical material and memorabilia.

Correspondence includes only incoming letters to O'Connor. The correspondence is organized alphabetically by correspondent. Names include Edward Barrett, Lloyd Buchman, John Byram, Turner Catledge, Dial Press, Chamber of Commerce of the United States, James Hagerty, E.L. James, Delia O'Connor, United Shoe Machinery and T.J. Ross.

Manuscripts include fifty pages of newspaper obituaries and 950 pages of copies of newspapers. Manuscripts of magazine articles include "The Battle of Europe," and "Little man." There is a book length manuscript called "An Irish Sage," and short stories include titles such as "Back to Osiris," and "On Becoming a Father."

The records of the National Association of Manufactures include interoffice correspondence and public relations material.

Magazine tearsheets include "Double Trouble," "How Hitler plans to Enslave Europe," and "Gene Fowler."

The newspaper clippings are all articles written by O'Connor.

The memorabilia consists of World War I correspondence.


  • 1928-1968


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Hugh O'Connor (1894-1967) was a civil engineer, veteran, writer, and editor.

O'Connor began his career as a writer after his service as an artillery officer in World War I. He became a reporter for the New York Evening Sun. He then took a leave of absence to work in an European textile scheme, and in 1920 reported unofficially on political unrest in Germany.

When he returned to the United States he worked for various newspapers and publications such as the New York Evening Sun , the Morning World, Herald Tribune, the New York Times, and American Magazine.

In 1943, O'Connor went into public relations, representing the National Association of Manufacturers, and in 1951 was a public information officer with the Office of Civil Defense until his retirement in 1964.


3 linear feet (2 containers) : 2 record storage boxes

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Hugh O'Connor (1894-1967) was a civil engineer, veteran, writer, and editor. Collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, National Association of Manufacturers, tearsheets, newspaper clippings, biographical material and memorabilia.


Collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence, Manuscripts, National association of Manufacturers, Magazine Tearsheets, Newspaper Clippings, Biographical Material, and Memorabilia.

Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1971.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Guide to the Hugh O'Connor Papers
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University of Oregon Libraries Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Jenn Newby
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA