Collection 22 - Father John O'Connor Collection

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Reference code

CA ON00389 22

Title

Father John O'Connor Collection

Date(s)

  • 1884-1952 (Creation)

Level of description

Collection

Extent and medium

24 cm of textual material. -- 25 photographs : b&w ; 15.2 x 21 cm and smaller.

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

John O'Connor was a Roman Catholic parish priest based in the town of Bradford, Yorkshire. Born on 5 December 1870 in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland, O'Connor was educated by the Franciscans and Christian Brothers until the age of twelve, at which point he left for Douai in Flanders to study at the English Benedictine College. He later studied theology and philosophy at the English College in Rome. He was ordained at St. John Lateran on 30 March 1895. O'Connor served as curate at St. Joseph's in Bradford, England and later at St. Marie's, Halifax, West Vale and St. Anne's, Keighley. From 1909 to 1919 O'Conner was parish priest of Heckmondwike where he helped build the Church of the Holy Spirit. It was in Keighley that O'Connor met the writer G.K. Chesterton in 1904. He would later receive Chesterton into the Roman Catholic faith in 1922. O'Connor served as parish priest at St. Cuthbert's from 1919 until his death. In 1937 he was made Privy Chamberlain to His Holiness. In addition to Chesterton, O'Connor was also associated with the Catholic authors Hilaire Belloc, Maurice Baring and the typographer and engraver Eric Gill. O'Connor published poems, book reviews and prose in English Catholic periodicals and news papers, and also translated the work of French poet Paul Claudel, (including "The Satin Slipper" and "Ways and Crossways") and the philosopher Jacques Maritain's "Art et Scolastique".John O'Connor died in the Sisters' of Mercy Nursing Home at Horsforth on 6 Febraury 1952.

Archival history

n 1973, Father Kevin Scannell donated his Chesterton collection, including the John O'Connor Papers, to the John M. Kelly Library. Kevin Scannell acquired John O'Connor's personal papers and purchased books, poems and sketches by Chesterton through O'Connor's estate sale.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Rev. Kevin Scannell

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Collection consists of hand-written and typed manuscripts, correspondence, poems, translations and radio transcripts created by Monsignor John O'Connor. The records were purchases and accumulated by Father Kevin Scannell as part of his G.K. Chesterton research.

Fonds has been arranged into one series:
1. Papers of Father John O'Connor

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Language of material

  • English
  • Latin

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Related units of description

G.K. Chesterton Photograph Collection
Rev. Kevin Scannell fonds

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Note

Material was previously organized under Library of Congress call numbers and MARC records.

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Description identifier

monsignor-john-oconnor-papers

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