Biography and History

J. (John) Harlin O'Connell was born on April 16, 1893, and received his AB degree from Princeton University in 1914. He was a lawyer in New York City and from there did most of his collecting of printed books and manuscripts relating to literary figures of the 1890s. He maintained close contact with his alma mater over the years and returned on several occasions to give talks about his acquisitions and experiences as a collector. He died in New York on April 6, 1955.

Source: From the finding aid for C0213