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Richard O'Connor Papers

Identifier: SpC MS 0371

Scope and Contents

The papers provide a record of Richard O'Connor's literary career. They include book length manuscripts, outlines for works, essays, and correspondence with publishers including Doubleday and Company, Little, Brown and Company, McGraw Hill Book Company, G.P. Putnam's Sons, and Viking Press.


  • Creation: undated


Restrictions on Access

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Biographical Note

Richard O'Connor was an American actor, newspaper reporter, and author of biographies, popular histories, Western sagas, and murder mysteries. For his mysteries he used the pseudonyms Frank Archer, John Burke, and Patrick Wayland. He was born in 1915 in La Porte, Ind., and attended schools in Milwaukee. His biography, Bat Masterson, was the basis for a television series of the same name. Toward the end of his life he lived in Ellsworth, Maine.


5 linear feet (5 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Richard O'Connor, 1975.


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Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States