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Jane Conlon Muller Oral History Collection

Call Number



1990-1991, inclusive


Muller, Jane Conlon


1.25 Linear Feet in 1 manuscript box and 4 media boxes

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.


This collection consists of 34 interviews conducted by Jane Conlon Muller with civil rights lawyer and politician Paul O'Dwyer, Irish Northern Aid founder Michael Flannery, and Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes. The interviews were produced as part of an oral history project with the New York Irish History Roundtable and document numerous aspects of Irish American studies and the immigrant experience in America, with specific emphasis on New York. Subjects include the interviewees childhoods and family lives, their professional and political activities, and their involvement with various Irish American movements or organizations, including civil rights and hunger strikes in Northern Ireland and providing support to the families of killed or imprisoned IRA soldiers.

Historical/Biographical Note

The interviews in this collection were conducted in 1990 and 1991 by Jane Conlon Muller, an attorney and member of the New York Irish History Roundtable. She first interviewed O'Dwyer, who suggested that she also interview Flannery. At this time, Muller worked in the Kings County DA's office, which was the impetus for interviewing Hynes. Jane Conlon Muller, born in 1942, is the granddaughter of Irish immigrants from counties Donegal, Leitrim and Clare. She holds a bachelors degree from Queens College and a Juris Doctorate from CUNY Law School. After leaving the Kings County DA's office, she opened her own law practice, which specializes in construction law, elder law, wills, trusts and estates as well as real estate.


Original interview recordings are numbered 1-34 and arranged into three series by interviewee:

I. Paul O'Dwyer (1907-1998)

II. Michael Flannery (1902-1994)

III. Charles J. Hynes (1935- )

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of 34 interviews conducted by Jane Conlon Muller with three interview subjects: Paul O'Dwyer, Michael Flannery, and Charles J. Hynes. In the 22 interviews with O'Dwyer, he discusses numerous historically significant moments and movements he participated in, including educating African Americans about voting in Mississippi during the 1960s, presiding over the New York City Council, and the 1968 Democratic National Convention. His interviews document many aspects of Irish American studies, immigrant experiences in America, his legal career, and his political experiences, including running for various offices, the development of the McBride Principles, and the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland. The two interviews with Michael Flannery focus on his experiences in Ireland during the War for Independence and the Irish Civil War and his later life in the United States, including the founding of and resigning from Noraid. The interview with Charles J. Hynes concerns his childhood, family, and his involvement in Irish American affairs, beginning with the 1981 hunger strikes in Northern Ireland.

Access Restrictions

Open for research without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the:
Archives of Irish America, Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-2630
Fax: (212) 995-4225

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Jane Conlon Muller Oral History Collection; AIA 012; box number; folder number;
Archives of Irish America, Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Jane Conlon Muller in 1991 and 2000.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Due to preservation concerns, all researchers interested in using Tamiment Library's audiovisual materials must use an access copy, which can be requested in our reading room. Our ability to create reproductions of audiovisual materials for off-site personal research use is dependent on a copyright assessment and requires a reproduction fee.

Access to some audiovisual materials in this collection is available through digitized access copies. Materials that have already been digitized are noted in the collection's finding aid and can be requested in our reading room. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Related Archival Materials

Related collections at Tamiment Library include:

Frank Durkan Papers (AIA 008)

Irish Republicanism Collection (AIA 022)

Ireland House Oral History Collection (AIA 030)

Paul O'Dwyer's personal and official papers are housed at St. John's University, Jamaica, New York and at the Municipal Archives, 31 Chambers Street, New York City. An oral history conducted with him in 1962 is preserved in Box 20 at Columbia University's Oral History Research Office, Room 801 Butler Library, New York City.

Collection processed by

Katie Senft

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-10-09 09:28:38 -0400.
Using Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language: Description is in English.

Processing Information Note

Original cassette recordings have been transferred to compact discs for both preservation and access.

Revisions to this Guide

November, 2021: Updated by Rachel Mahre to reflect the digitization of audio materials.
February, 2022: Updated by Lyric Evans-Hunter to reflect the digitization of audio materials.

Edition of this Guide

This version was derived from muller_oh.doc


Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012