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Guide to the Edmond O'Neill papers, 1891-1918
BANC MSS C-B 1024  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Edmond O'Neill papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1891-1918
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 1024
    Creator: O'Neill, Edmond, 1859-1933
    Extent: Number of containers: 4 boxes, 3 cartons Linear feet: 5
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Edmond O'Neill papers, BANC MSS C-B 1024, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Edmond O'Neill Papers were transferred from University Archives to the Manuscripts Division of The Bancroft Library in 1966.


    Edmond O'Neill was born in Nashville, Tennessee on December 13, 1859. Upon graduation from the University of California in 1879, he began his career there as an instructor in the Department of Chemistry. O'Neill was dean of the department from 1901 to 1912, and acting dean for 1918 and 1919. In 1907, he was appointed a member of the Executive Committee of the Associated Students and, as such, was involved in intercollegiate athletics for several years. O'Neill retired in 1925 and died in 1933.

    Scope and Content

    The Edmond O'Neill Papers, 1891-1918, relate primarily to his career in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and his involvement with intercollegiate athletics, and contain correspondence and office files, with a few personal papers. Letters by O'Neill consist of mainly typed copies of his replies to professors, former students, chemists, and others written in response to their requests for analyses and tests of fuel oil, water, cement, and other materials, or for professional advice about conducting tests and samples, as well as information about job applicants and openings in the Department of Chemistry.
    In O'Neill's era, a major activity of the department was the analysis of minerals, drugs, and other materials, and much of the correspondence in his office files relates specifically to these analyses. The files also contain invoices and other records relating to the ordering of lab chemicals, equipment, textbooks, and other supplies, along with various reports, lists, and brochures.
    O'Neill's involvement with intercollegiate athletics at the University is well documented with correspondence and other papers, including eligibility lists, agreements, scholarship statistics, and lists of events and rules for the 1912 and 1916 Olympic Games.
    The collection contains only a small amount of O'Neill's personal papers, chiefly relating to investments, but also including a few invitations, business cards, and clippings.