The Special Collections and University Archives department at the UIC Library holds the records of Barratt O’Hara. A Democrat, O’Hara served as Illinois’s Lieutenant Governor from 1913 to 1917, and he served in the United States House of Representatives from 1948 to 1968, representing the state’s second congressional district. His papers pertain mostly to his career in the House. Consult the Barratt O’Hara finding aid (or file listing) to see what is in the collection.

You can also find references to O’Hara in the Richard J. Daley Collection. One of them, reproduced below, is a letter from officials of Chicago’s Hotel-Motel Service Workers, Drug Store, Sports Events & Industrial Catering Employees Union, Local 593, AFL-CIO. James Blakely (the union’s secretary-treasurer)  and Theodore C. Lundahl (the union’s president) urge their local’s members to vote for O’Hara in the Democratic primary in 1966, citing his “unique record of public service.”

James Blakely and Theodore C. Lundahl of the Hotel-Motel Service Workers, Drug Store, Sports Events & Industrial Catering Union endorse the reelection of Congressman Barratt O'Hara, June 7, 1966. RJD_04_01_0012_0006_008

James Blakely and Thodore C. Lundahl to “Dear Member,” June 7, 1966. RJD_04_01_0012_0006_008

Researchers interested in seeing the O’Hara papers, the Richard J. Daley collection, or any of our other holdings (see our list of archival finding aids) should feel free to visit Special Collections and University Archives. If you have further questions or wish to make an appointment, please Ask a Librarian for assistance or call us at 312-996-2742.