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Daniel J. O'Neill Papers

Identifier: DJO

Scope and Contents

Notesbooks with lecture notes taken by O'Neill during his studies as an electrical engineering student at the University of Notre Dame (class of 1926); material regarding sports lighting; Illuminating Engineering Society files, mainly 1960s, and especially Industrial Lighting Committee; photos of O'Neill's classmates, engineering class of 1926; glass slides from O'Neill's interior lighting business (interiors of sporting arenas); awards; mechanical drawing set and drafting tools from the 1920s; lettering triangle for music printing.


  • Creation: 1920s-1960s



Daniel Johnston O'Neill (1904-1989) was born on February 24, 1904 to John and Margaret O'Neill in Butte, Montana. He studied electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in 1926. After graduation, he moved to New Jersey and worked in the Electric Production Department of the Public Service Corporation in Newark, NJ. In 1967, while working as manager of industrial lighting for the Holophane Company, he was one of eleven fellows to be honored by the Illuminating Engineering Society for the creation of new lighting designs for both indoor and outdoor industrial lighting.


1.30 cubic feet (2 legal-size document boxes, 1 small flat box, 131 photographs in 8 letter-size folders.)

Language of Materials



Collection begins with lecture notes from O'Neill's time as a Notre Dame student studying electrical engineering in the 1920s. Next are files related to his work in the lighting industry. At the end of the collection are items collected by O'Neill for personal interests, including magazines (dummy first issue and first published issue of Sports Illustrated magazine), sports-related newspaper clippings, United States and the Peace report, "Little Stories of Light" pamphlets on the history of lighting, and other booklets and pamphlets on various topics.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Hilda M. O'Neill.

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