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Guide to the American Irish Citizens Committee for the Re-Election of Mayor William O'Dwyer Records AIA 002

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Collection processed by Marion R. Casey, Rebecca Altermatt

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 11, 2018
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Title: American Irish Citizens Committee for the Re-Election of Mayor William O'Dwyer Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1949-1950
Abstract: The American Irish Citizens Committee for the Re-Election of Mayor William O'Dwyer was formed in 1949 and grew out of a previous entity, the Mayo Men's Committee for the Election of O'Dwyer, Joseph, and Impelletteri. O'Dwyer (1890-1964), a native of Bohola, County Mayo, Ireland, had been elected Mayor of New York in 1945. His 1949 re-election ticket included City Council President Vincent R. Impellitteri and Comptroller Lazarus Joseph. This collection includes reports, minutes, correspondence, financial records, press releases, advertisements, and other printed material generated by the Committee during the 1949 campaign.
Quantity: 1.25 Linear Feet in 1 manuscript box and 1 oversize folder
Location: Materials stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu two business days prior to research visit.
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: AIA 002

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Historical/Biographical Note

The American Irish Citizens Committee for the Re-Election of Mayor William O'Dwyer was formed in 1949 to help re-elect O'Dwyer to a second term as Mayor of New York City. It grew out of a previous entity, the Mayo Men's Committee for the Election of O'Dwyer, Joseph, and Impelletteri. Included on O'Dwyer's re-election ticket were City Council President Vincent R. Impellitteri and Comptroller Lazarus Joseph. With their headquarters based in the Hotel Commodore on 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue, the committee worked to raise funds, generate publicity, and successfully turn out the Irish vote for the three candidates. Officers of the Committee included: Martin Killeen, Chairman; John Kerry O'Donnell, Treasurer; James FitzPatrick, Financial Secretary; and Hon. Francis T. Murphy, Chairman, Executive Board.

William O'Dwyer (1890-1964), a native of Bohola, County Mayo in Ireland, emigrated to New York City in 1910. Prior to becoming Mayor in 1946, he served in the United States Army and later worked as a policeman, lawyer, district attorney. He was re-elected in November 1949 and served until August 1950, when he accepted the position of U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.

Sources:

McNickle, Chris. To Be Mayor of New York. NY: Columbia University Press, 1993.

O'Dwyer, William (with Paul O'Dwyer). Beyond the Golden Door. Jamaica, NY: St. Johns University Press, 1987.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of reports and minutes, correspondence, financial records, press releases, newspaper ads, radio scripts and printed material generated by the committee from registration week to Election Day, 1949. Of particular interest is the pamphlet This Is O'Dwyer, produced by the committee. Also included in this collection is a newspaper advertisement for the election of William O'Dwyer from his first mayoral campaign in 1945.

Arrangement

The material is arranged alphabetically. An oversize box of advertisements follows the subject files.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Impellitteri, Vincent R. (Vincent Richard), 1900-1987
  • FitzPatrick, James.
  • O'Dwyer, William, 1890-1964.
  • Murphy, Francis T.
  • O'Donnell, John Kerry.
  • Joseph, Lazarus, 1891-1966
  • Killeen, Martin.

Document Type

  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Printed material.
  • Advertisements.
  • Press releases.
  • Financial records

Subject Organizations

  • American Irish Labor Leaders for O'Dwyer
  • American Irish Citizens Committee for the Re-Election of Mayor William O'Dwyer

Subject Topics

  • Irish Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -x Politics and government.
  • Irish Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Political activity.
  • Irish Americans -- New York (State) -- New York.

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Custodial History Note

Gift of Dorothy Hayden Cudahy in 1996. This collection was part of an accession of materials from Dorothy Hayden Cudahy, who was secretary of the committee and therefore kept the most complete records of its activities. The accession number associated with this collection is 1996.003.

Access Restrictions

Open for research without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Copyright held by Dorothy Hayden Cuhady, the creator of this collection, was transferred to New York University in 1996. Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be secured from the Tamiment Library.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Collection name; Collection number; box number; folder number;
Archives of Irish America, Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Related Archival Materials

Mayor William O'Dwyer's papers are at the New York City Department of Records and Information Services, Municipal Archives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dorothy Hayden Cudahy in 1996. This collection was part of an accession of materials from Dorothy Hayden Cudahy, who was secretary of the committee and therefore kept the most complete records of its activities. The accession number associated with this gift is 1996.003

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 American Irish Labor Leaders for O'Dwyer
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Committee Members
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Financial records: Account Book
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Financial records: Bills Paid
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Financial records: Chase Manhattan Bank
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Financial records: Contributions and Expenses
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Newspaper Advertisements
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 8A Photographs
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Press Releases
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Printed material
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Radio Publicity
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Reports and Minutes
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Speakers Committee
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Testimonial Luncheon in Honor of Mayor William O'Dwyer
Mar 1949
Box: 1 Folder : 15 This is O'Dwyer pamphlet
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Volunteers (names on cards)
1949
Box: AIAOS001 Newspaper Advertisements: "American Irish Brooklyn Committee for the Election of William O'Dwyer," The Irish Echo,  The Irish World and American Industrial Liberator
Oct 6, 1945-Nov 5, 1949

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