The George H. O'Connor Papers contain correspondence, photographs, programs, songs, music and cartoons, accumulated by O'Connor throughout his life. The correspondence includes letters from William H. Taft, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, J. Edgar Hoover, Cordell Hull, and Edward Stettinius. The most interesting letters are two written by O'Connor himself to his wife Blanche, while O'Connor was staying at Warm Springs with President Roosevelt.
Perhaps the most fascinating items in the collection are the collected songs, stories, scripts and jokes used by O'Connor in his performances. These items can give real insight into the attitudes of Americans the first half of this century where they found the most honest expression, in the entertainment of the time.
The collection is loosely divided by subject matter into Correspondence and Photographs, Organizations, Music, and Oversize, with various miscellaneous items placed in the section that seemed most suitable. For example, a significant collection of original cartoons of O'Connor by Clifford Berryman has been filed with the Correspondence and Photographs.
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