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O'Hara, John, 1905-1970.
John O'Hara Collection
Manuscripts Division
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5 boxes and 1.8 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-5


Consists chiefly of manuscripts and related material for two novels by American novelist John O'Hara: A Rage to Live (1949) and Ten North Frederick (1955).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists chiefly of manuscripts of John O'hara, as well as selected correspondence. The manuscripts are for two novels by O'Hara: an uncorrected galley proof for advance readers of A Rage to Live (1949), and notes, corrected typescripts, galley proofs, and a copy of O'Hara's speech (1956) accepting the National Book Award for Ten North Frederick (1955).

Additional accessions include correspondence by O'hara to various individuals, including James E. Gowen, Barklie Henry, and Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Troxell.

Collection Creator Biography:

O'Hara, John, 1905-1970.

John O'Hara was an American storywriter and best-selling novelist. Two of his best known early works are Appointment in Samarra (1934) and BUtterfield 8 (1935).

Collection History


Gift of the author.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Gregory Kohles '2013.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

John O'Hara Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-5

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Existence and Location of Copies

Publications by O'Hara: A Rage to Live (NY: Random House, 1949), Ten North Frederick (NY: Random House, 1955).

Subject Terms:
American fiction -- 20th century.
Manuscripts -- 20th century.
National Book Awards.
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Manuscripts.
Genre Terms:
Correspondence -- 20th century
Fiction -- 20th century.
Galley Proofs (Printing) -- 20th century.
Speeches -- 20th century.