Scope and Contents
- circa 1934-1970
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
1.04 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Language of Materials
John O'Hara, 1905-1970
O’Hara had a short story first published in the New Yorker in 1928, but it was his 1934 novel Appointment in Samarra that was his first success. With individual short stories continuing to appear in popular periodicals, he published collections and novels such as The Doctor’s Son and Other Stories, Butterfield 8, and Pal Joey. Although critical response was and remains mixed, O’Hara’s work generally met with commercial success, and some of his efforts were adapted for the stage and screen.
O’Hara married three times, first in 1931 to Helen Ritchie Petit, which ended in divorce in 1933; then in 1937 to Belle Mulford Wylie, with whom he had one child before she passed away in 1954; and finally in 1955 to Katharine Barnes Bryan, who survived him.
As a rule, descriptive information found in the Collection Contents section is drawn in large part from a previously existing card catalog set in the Manuscripts Catalog (all pertinent bibliographical information has been retained) and from a survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are generally identical to those on folders in which the material was previously housed, with the exception of "Walter T. Carriman," which had the working title "Walter T. Janison" prior to publication.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Guide to the John O'Hara Papers
- Under Revision
- by Tom Bolze
- April 2013
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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