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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of William O'Dwyer
RLIN number: NXCP88-A39
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: New York Political Studies Project Part I
Description: Early experiences and education in Ireland and Spain; Brooklyn, informal education, 1910; Brooklyn policeman, lawyer, magistrate; district attorney, 1940-1942; Prohibition and organized crime; Murder, Inc.; World War II, investigating government contracts for Air Force; War Refugee Board, Italy, 1944; Mayor of New York, N.Y., 1945-1950; establishment of United Nations headquarters; Idlewild, transportation, housing, schools, gambling; illness, appointment as Ambassador to Mexico, 1950-1952; reflections on New York, N.Y. power structure, politics, the office of the mayor, judicial appointments, court reform, charter revisions, Tammany Hall, the American dream and opportunity, attitudes toward the law and democracy,; 520 |ametropolitan press; impressions of John B. Johnson, Edward Flynn, Fiorello LaGuardia, Robert Moses, William Reed, Michael Quill, Newbold Morris, Maximilian Moss.
Extent: Transcript: 1783 leaves, Tape: 2 reels, Miscellaneous papers relating to oral history
Restrictions: Access: Written permission required from Paul O'Dwyer. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1962 (Year of interview)
Speaker: O'Dwyer, William, 1890-1964
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1890
Speaker occupation: Mayor; Politician
Age at speaking: 72
Document date: 1962
Interviewer: Kelly, John K.
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Mexico; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Ambassadors; Lawyers; Mexico; Mexico--Foreign relations--United States; North America; Oral history; Politicians; Practice of law; United States; United States--Foreign relations--Mexico; World War II, 1939-1945
Topics discussed - Other terms: New York (NY)--Politics and government--1898-1951; New York (NY)--Politics and government--1951-; O'Dwyer, William, 1890-1964
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0019935-15378