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Collection #135

Adam O’Connor Papers

Record:135
Date:1975 - 1996 (Bulk 1975 - 1996)
Size:2.5 feet

Provenance

The Adam O’Connor Papers were donated by Barbara MacKenzie on behalf of Adam O’Connor’s estate on February 18, 1999.

Scope and Content

The Adam O’Connor’s papers include numerous drafts of fiction manuscripts, short stories, and poetry, along with personal notes, journals, and some records from various jobs. The collection ranges from Adam O’Connor’s time as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago in the late 1970s to the time of his death in New York in the late 1990s.

The collection also contains undergraduate seminar papers, assignments completed in courses in philosophy, letters and other correspondence from O’Connor’s time as director of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Workshop at the Fortune Society, dating from 1976-1986, and reviews, some of which were published in the New York Native.

The collection contains one portrait photo of O’Connor, circa 1980s.

Journals and letters include personal reflections on travel, daily life in Brooklyn and Manhattan, caring for lovers and friends dying of AIDS, and architectural sketches. His fiction and poetry often dealt with relationships and gay male sexuality, along with family relationships.

History or Bio

Adam O’Connor attended the University of Chicago in the late 1970s, then moved to New York City. He worked at RILM (Repertoire International de Literature Musicale) Abstracts of Music Literature, at the City University of New York (CUNY), during the 1980s through 1990s, eventually serving as editor in chief. He died sometime in the late 1990s in New York City.

Folder List

Box 1

1. [Miscellaneous documents, including handwritten notes, undated]
2. [University of Chicago undergraduate papers, B.A. paper, 1975-1981]
3. [University of Chicago undergraduate papers, “On Falling Out of Love with the University of Chicago,” 1977-1979]
4. [University of Chicago undergraduate assignments – Philosophy Dept., circa late 1970s]
5. [German family history notes, 1991]
6. [Newspaper clippings of articles by Adam O’Connor, early 1980s]
7. [Miscellaneous manuscripts, undated]
8. [Undated manuscripts and partial manuscripts, documents relating to application to law school, 1982-1984]
9. [Writings and correspondence, undated]
10. [Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Workshop/Fortune Society correspondence, 1976-1986]
11. [Notebook, undated]
12. [Journal and sketchbook, 1979-1983]
13. [Journal, 1983-1986]
14. [Untitled manuscript, beginning “Champagne has its charms,” undated] (folder 1 of 2)
15. [Untitled manuscript, beginning “Champagne has its charms,” undated] (folder 2 of 2)
16. [Short story manuscripts, one dated 1984]
17. [Untitled handwritten manuscript, beginning “Howard looks up,” undated]
18. Examined Lives [handwritten manuscript, undated (draft 1)]
19. Examined Lives [manuscript with notations, undated (draft 2)]
20. Examined Lives [manuscript with notations, undated (draft 3)]
21. Examined Lives [manuscript with notations, undated (draft 4)]
22. Examined Lives [manuscript with notations, undated (draft 5)]
23. Examined Lives [manuscript with notations, undated (draft 6)] (folder 1 of 2)
24. Examined Lives [manuscript with notations, undated (draft 6)] (folder 2 of 2)

Box 2

25. October, November, December [manuscript with notations, undated (draft 1)] (folder 1 of 2)
26. October, November, December [manuscript with notations, undated (draft 1)] (folder 2 of 2)
27. October, November, December [manuscript with notations, undated (draft 2)]
28. October, November, December [manuscript with notations, undated (draft 3)]
29. Philip Clarke [partial manuscripts with notations, notes on “evil,” undated]
30. Philip Clarke [partial manuscripts with notations, undated]
31. Philip Clarke [manuscript, undated (draft 1)] (folder 1 of 4)
32. Philip Clarke [manuscript, undated (draft 1)] (folder 2 of 4)
33. Philip Clarke [manuscript, undated (draft 1)] (folder 3 of 4)
34. Philip Clarke [manuscript, undated (draft 1)] (folder 4 of 4)
35. Philip Clarke [manuscript, undated (draft 2)] (folder 1 of 2)
36. Philip Clarke [manuscript with notations, undated (draft 2)] (folder 2 of 2)
37. Philip Clarke [partial manuscripts with notations, undated] (folder 1 of 3)
38. Philip Clarke [partial manuscripts with notations, undated] (folder 2 of 3)
39. Philip Clarke [partial manuscripts with notations, undated] (folder 3 of 3)
40. [Short story and play manuscripts, handwritten and typed, undated]
41. [Poetry, handwritten and typed, with notations, undated]
42. [Poetry, handwritten and typed, undated]

Box 3

43. [Large/sketchbook, with additional looseleaf drawings and notes, undated] (Oversize removed to flat file)
44. [Poetry workshop poems and correspondence, 1984-1985 and undated (contains other authors’ works)]
45. [Poetry, handwritten and typed, with notations, undated] (folder 1 of 2)
46. [Poetry, handwritten and typed, with notations, undated] (folder 2 of 2)
47. [Journal with handwritten poems, 1985]
48. [Notebook with poems, notes on Poland, undated]
49. [Correspondence, including instructions to executor, portrait photograph, 1992-1996]
50. [International Repertory of Music Literature (RILM) and Fortune Society documents and notes, circa 1989-1996]
51. [Journal, handwritten, undated]