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Mary Boyle O’Reilly Papers

Call Number: MS 5087

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence sent to Mary Boyle O’Reilly from national and international political figures, publishers, fellow journalists and authors, including Laura Elizabeth Howe, Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton, George Bernard Shaw, Frances Parker and Margaret MacGill. O’Reilly also frequently wrote to foreign relation officials, such as Henry Cabot Lodge, chairman of United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who explained why American should avoid participating in the League of Nations.

While the majority of the letters are concerning business matters, such as requests for interviews, they are also personal responses to O’Reilly’s intelligence and character. President Theodore Roosevelt remarked that O’Reilly was a unique entity in spite of her father’s notoriety.

Many letters thank O’Reilly for newspaper clippings; however these clippings are not included in the collection.


  • 1879-1937
  • 1910-1930


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. In most cases, the Boston Public Library does not hold the copyright to the items in our collections. It is the sole responsibility of the user to make their own determination about what types of usage might be permissible under U.S. and international copyright law.


57.00 Folders (57 letters)

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Arranged alphabetically.

Method of Acquisition

Donated to the Boston Public Library by Mary Boyle O’Reilly in 1938.

Related Materials

O’Donnell, [James E.], 190?, MS Am. 2222

20th Regiment Collection.

O’Reilly, John Boyle, Correspondence.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Heather Mumford, April 2010.

Processing Information

This electronic finding aid is transcribed from legacy data. In many cases, transcriptions were not verified against collection materials at the time of transcription. As a result, this finding aid could be incomplete and might only reflect a partial understanding of the material.

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Former call number

Collection formerly classed as MS Acc 624.

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