O'Neill was born in North Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1912, and attended Boston College. From 1936 to 1952 he served in the State Legislature, and from 1953 to 1986 he was a member of the United States House of Representatives. O'Neill served as Speaker of the House from 1977 to 1986. A loyal Democrat and proud Irish-American, he actively supported human rights issues. He died in 1994.
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
Collection is open for research. Series I. Admissions is closed in its entirety due to privacy restrictions, and is stored off-site. A small amount of material in other series is also closed due to privacy restrictions.
Composed of correspondence, publications, photographs, audio tapes, videocassettes, artifacts, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks of Speaker Tip O'Neill. Most of the material relates to O'Neill's career in Congress, and documents his views on such issues as the Vietnam War, Watergate, and relations with Ireland. Also includes papers of O'Neill's staff, files of Democratic Committees, and some letters of late twentieth-century presidents.
Collection is open for research. Selected items are closed due to fragility; a microfilm access copy is available. Audiovisual recordings in this collection have been migrated from source media; digital use copies can only be accessed onsite in the Burns Library Reading Room.