Mary Boyle O’Reilly Papers, 1879-1937 | Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database
Philanthropists -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Correspondence.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 20th century -- Sources.
Women authors, American -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Correspondence.
Women journalists -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Correspondence.
Women philanthropists -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Correspondence.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Sources.
This collection contains correspondence sent to Mary Boyle O’Reilly from national and international political figures, publishers, fellow journalists and authors, including Laura Elizabeth Howe, Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton, George Bernard Shaw, Frances Parker and Margaret MacGill. O’Reilly also frequently wrote to foreign relation officials, such as Henry Cabot Lodge, chairman of United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who explained why American should avoid participating in the League of Nations.
While the majority of the letters are concerning business matters, such as requests for interviews, they are also personal responses to O’Reilly’s intelligence and character. President Theodore Roosevelt remarked that O’Reilly was a unique entity in spite of her father’s notoriety.
Many letters thank O’Reilly for newspaper clippings; however these clippings are not included in the collection.