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John O'Leary Papers 3

Identifier: GTM-110718

Scope and Contents Note

The John O'Leary Papers contain documents by and about John O'Leary (1947-2005), U.S. Ambassador to Chile from 1998 to 2001 during the Clinton Administration. The collection includes correspondence (much of it by e-mail), photographs, reports, contact lists, and photo albums. There are a few letters from George W. Bush, O'Leary's wife Patricia Cepeda, Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Janet Reno. Photographs depict Madeleine Albright, Bill Clinton, and many others.

The John O'Leary Papers represent a record of O'Leary's professional and private life. The O'Leary Papers are stored in 10 boxes (11.5 l.f.).


  • 1956 - 2011
  • Majority of material found within 1995 - 2006

Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical Note

John O'Leary (1947-2005) served as the U.S. Ambassador to Chile from 1998-2001. He graduated with a B.A. from Yale in 1969 and an M.A. from Clare College, Cambridge University. Returning to Yale, O'Leary earned a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1974. It was at Yale that O'Leary met Bill Clinton. Between 1974 and 1979, O'Leary was an associate at Pierce Atwood in Maine. O'Leary became a partner of that particular firm in 1980, a position he held until 1998. Living in Portland, Maine, O'Leary was mayor of that city from 1980 to 1981.

John O'Leary died in 2005. He is survived by his widow Patricia Cepeda and their daughters Alejandra Cepeda O'Leary and Gabriel Joyce O'Leary.


11.25 Linear Feet (12 boxes)

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Custodial History

Gift of Patricia Cepeda, July 18, 2011.

John O'Leary Papers 3
Scott S. Taylor. Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections.
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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