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Sacco and Vanzetti collections: Tom O'Connor Collection 1920-1965

 Collection — other: 21 boxes
Identifier: 11-MWalB02180

Scope and Contents

The Tom O'Connor Collection is part of the Brandeis University Special Collections' extensive set of material related to the trial and legacy of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. The collection consists chiefly of the newsclippings and correspondence O'Connor collected during his lifetime interest in the case.

O'Connor's observation of the initial trial events and his continued advocacy for the pair's innocence lend this collection a long-term perspective on American attitudes toward the case. This material provides particular insights into the resurgence of interest in Sacco and Vanzetti during the early 1960s. The O'Connor files, taken together with the other Sacco-Vanzetti collections in the Brandeis University Libraries, comprise a very significant archival resource for research.


  • 1920-1965


Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of Brandeis University Libraries, Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department.


10.50 Linear Feet

21 manuscript boxes other_unmapped

10.50 Linear Feet


Arranged in seven series. Series 1. Correspondence, 1920-1965; Series 2. Documents Related to the Sacco-Vanzetti Case, 1921-1930; Series 3. Writings of Thomas O'Connor, 1960s; Series 4. Writings by others, 1920-1965; Series 5. Newsclippings, 1959-1960; Series 6. Images, 1912-1962; Series 7. Assorted Personal Materials Belonging to O'Connor, 1921-1965

For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.

Source of Acquisition

Tom O'Connor

Charles Robinson
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

About Us

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections