Finding Aid for the Henry Zenas Osborne Papers, 1869-1947

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Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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Finding Aid for the Henry Zenas Osborne Papers, 1869-1947

Collection number: 772

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Henry Zenas Osborne Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1869-1947
Collection number: 772
Creator: Osborne, Henry Zenas, 1848-1923
Extent: 19 boxes (9.5 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Henry Zenas Osborne (1848-1923) was the owner of the Evening Republican, and the Evening Express, which he directed until 1897. He served as the receiver of public moneys of the Bodie land district, collector of customs of the Los Angeles district, and U.S. Marshal of the southern district of California. He was appointed commissioner of the board of public works of Los Angeles, elected to Congress in 1916, appointed to the committee on appropriations in 1922, became president of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the Sunset Club and vice-president of the American Institute of Mining Engineers. The collection consists of business and family correspondence, clippings, photographs, manuscripts and related material pertaining to Osborne.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Henry Zenas Osborne Papers (Collection 772). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Osborne was born on October 4, 1848 in New Lebanon, New York; after a public school training, he became an apprentice in the office of the Christian Advocate in Buffalo, and then the Republican in Cazenovia; enlisted as a private in the Civil War; worked as a printer in various newspaper offices until 1874; became New Orleans correspondent for the Chicago Tribune (1873-78); elected president of the New Orleans Typographical Union in 1874, and first vice-president of the International Typographical Union in 1876; went to Bodie, California in 1878, where he edited and managed the Daily Standard; founded the Bodie Daily Free Press; moved to Los Angeles in 1884, purchasing the Evening Republican, and later consolidating it with the Evening Express, which he directed until 1897; served as receiver of public moneys of the Bodie land district, collector of customs of the Los Angeles district, and U.S. Marshal of the southern district of California; appointed commissioner of the board of public works of Los Angeles; elected as a Republican to Congress in 1916; appointed to committee on appropriations in 1922, benefiting his constituency; became president of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the Sunset Club and vice-president of the American Institute of Mining Engineers; he died in Los Angeles on February 8, 1923.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of business and family correspondence, clippings, photographs, manuscripts and related material pertaining to Osborne. Papers relate to his career as a U.S. Congressman, newspaper correspondent, editor and publisher, U.S. Receiver of Public Moneys, Customs Collector and U.S. Marshal. Also concern his interests in gold mining, his membership in the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and his activities as Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic. Includes family and business correspondence after his death. Correspondents include Charles F. Crocker, Benjamin Harrison, and Leland Stanford.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Business correspondence (Boxes 1-3).
  2. Family correspondence (Boxes 4-13).
  3. Newsclippings, invitations, programs, and announcements (Box 14).
  4. Army papers, speeches, and writings of Osborne, and political papers (Box 15).
  5. Mining interests and business papers (Box 16).
  6. Receipts (Boxes 16-17).
  7. Photographs and memorabilia (Box 18).
  8. Account book (1889) and used envelopes (Box 19).

Indexing Terms

Osborne, Henry Zenas, 1848-1923--Archives.
Newspaper editors--California--Archival resources.
Legislators--United States--Archival resources.
Civic leaders--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.

Index

Alger, Russell Alexander, 1836-1907 Box 1 folder 2.
Bard, Thomas Robert, 1841-1915 Box 1 folder 12.
Bulla, Robert Nelson, 1850-1935 Box 2 folder 10; Box 3 folder 7.
Crocker, Charles F., 1822-1888 Box 1 folder 8,11,12.
Flint, Frank Putnam, 1862-1929 Box 2 folder 4,5; Box 3 folder 13.
Gillett, James Norris, 1860-1937 Box 2 folder 3.
Halford, Elijah Walker, 1843-1938 Box 1 folder 5.
Harrison, Benjamin, President U.S., 1833-1901 Box 3 folder 2.
Harrison, Benjamin, President U.S., 1833-1901 Box 1 folder 3.
Harrison, Russell Benjamin, d.1936 Box 1 folder 3; Box 1 folder 12.
Kahn, Julius, 1861-1924 Box 2 folder 5.
Lindley, Hervey, 1854-1929 Box 1 folder 9,11.
Markham, Henry Harrison, 1840-1923 Box 1 folder 8,9,10; Box 3 folder 7.
Markham, Henry Harrison, 1840-1923 Box 1 folder 9,10.
Michener, Louis Theodore, 1848-1928 Box 1 folder 2.
Nixon, George Stuart, 1860-1912 Box 2 folder 5.
Palmer, Frank Wayland, 1848-1932 Box 1 folder 8.
Paterson, Van Rensselaer, 1850(?)-1902 Box 1 folder 10.
Ransdell, Daniel Moore, 1842-1912 Box 1 folder 12,13.
Rolph, James, 1869-1934 Box 2 folder 11; Box 3 folder 8.
Sartori, Joseph Francis, 1858-1946 Box 2 folder 8.
Smith, George Carson, 1855-1916 Box 1 folder 4.
Stanford, Leland, 1824-1893 Box 1 folder 12.
Stewart, William Morris, 1827-1909 Box 1 folder 3.
Stimson, Marshall, 1876- Box 2 folder 4,6.
Tanner, James, 1844-1927 Box 1 folder 3,7,8,9; Box 2 folder 1,4,15.
Van Sant, Samuel Rinnah, 1844-1936 Box 2 folder 5.
Wakeman, Wilbur Fisk, 1857-1931 Box 1 folder 17.
Wiggins, Frank, 1849-1924 Box 2 folder 7,10,15; Box 3 folder 7.
Works, John Downey, 1847-1928 Box 3 folder 6.

Container List

 

Business Letters to H.Z. Osborne from Various Persons

Box 1, Folder 1

1876-1887.

Box 1, Folder 2

January-June 1888.

Box 1, Folder 3

July-December 1888.

Box 1, Folder 4

January-February 1889.

Box 1, Folder 5

March-April 1889.

Box 1, Folder 6

May-December 1889.

Box 1, Folder 7

January-March 1890.

Box 1, Folder 8

April-June 1890.

Box 1, Folder 9

July-September 1890.

Box 1, Folder 10

October-December 1890.

Box 1, Folder 11

January-March 1891.

Box 1, Folder 12

April-May 1891.

Box 1, Folder 13

June-December 1891.

Box 1, Folder 14

1892-1895.

Box 1, Folder 15

January-September 1896.

Box 1, Folder 16

October 1-13, 1896.

Box 1, Folder 17

1896.

Box 1, Folder 18

1897.

Box 1, Folder 19

1898-1899.

Box 1, Folder 20

1900-1905.

Box 2, Folder 1

1906.

Box 2, Folder 2

1907.

Box 2, Folder 3

1908.

Box 2, Folder 4

1909.

Box 2, Folder 5

January-June 1910.

Box 2, Folder 6

July-December 1910.

Box 2, Folder 7

1911.

Box 2, Folder 8

1912.

Box 2, Folder 9

1913-1914.

Box 2, Folder 10

January-June 1915.

Box 2, Folder 11

July-December 1915.

Box 2, Folder 12

1916-1919.

Box 2, Folder 13

1920.

Box 2, Folder 14

1921-1923.

Box 2, Folder 15

n.d. and fragments.

Box 3, Folder 1

1888.

Box 3, Folder 2

1889-1899.

Box 3, Folder 3

1900-1909.

Box 3, Folder 4

January-October 1910.

Box 3, Folder 5

November-December 1910.

Box 3, Folder 6

1911-1914.

Box 3, Folder 7

1915.

Box 3, Folder 8

1916-1919.

Box 3, Folder 9

n.d. and fragments.

 

Business Letters of Others than H.Z. Osborne

Box 3, Folder 10

1890-1899.

Box 3, Folder 11

1900-1905.

Box 3, Folder 12

1906-1909.

Box 3, Folder 13

1910.

Box 3, Folder 14

1911-1947, n.d..

 

Family Correspondence

Note

(Arranged by year only, to and from various members of the family)
Box 4, Folder 1

1869.

Box 4, Folder 2

1870.

Box 4, Folder 3

1871.

Box 4, Folder 4

1872.

Box 4, Folder 5

1878.

Box 4, Folder 6

1881.

Box 4, Folder 7

1882.

Box 4, Folder 8

1883.

Box 4, Folder 9

1884.

Box 4, Folder 10

1885.

Box 4, Folder 11

1886.

Box 4, Folder 12

1887.

Box 4, Folder 13

1888.

Box 4, Folder 14

1889.

Box 4, Folder 15

1890.

Box 4, Folder 16

1891.

Box 4, Folder 17

1892.

Box 5, Folder 1

1893.

Box 5, Folders 2-4

1894.

Box 6, Folders 1-3

1895.

Box 6, Folder 4

1896.

Box 7, Folders 1-5

1896.

Box 8, Folders 1-3

1897.

Box 8, Folders 4-5

1898.

Box 9, Folder 1

1899.

Box 9, Folder 2

1900.

Box 9, Folder 3

1901.

Box 9, Folders 4-6

1902.

Box 10, Folders 1-3

1903.

Box 10, Folders 4-6

1904.

Box 11, Folders 1-4

1905.

Box 11, Folder 5

1906.

Box 12, Folder 1

1907.

Box 12, Folder 2

1908.

Box 12, Folder 3

1909.

Box 12, Folder 4

1910.

Box 12, Folder 5

1911.

Box 12, Folder 6

1912.

Box 12, Folder 7

1913.

Box 13, Folder 1

1914.

Box 13, Folder 2

1915.

Box 13, Folder 3

1916.

Box 13, Folder 4

1917.

Box 13, Folder 5

1918.

Box 13, Folder 6

1919.

Box 13, Folder 7

1920.

Box 13, Folder 8

1921.

Box 13, Folder 9

1922.

Box 13, Folder 10

1923.

Box 13, Folder 11

1926.

Box 13, Folder 12

n.d. and fragments.

 

Newsclippings, Invitations, Programs, and Announcements

Box 14, Folder 1

Miscellaneous news clippings.

Box 14, Folder 2

Invitations, programs, announcements etc.

 

Army Papers, Speeches, and Writings of Osborne, and Political Papers

Box 15, Folder 1

Grand Army of the Republic (H.Z. Osborne).

Box 15, Folder 2

Speeches, writings of H.Z. Osborne.

Box 15, Folder 3

Legislative reports, bills etc.

Box 15, Folders 4-5

Miscellaneous political papers.

 

Mining Interests and Business Papers

Box 16, Folder 1

Mining Interests.

Box 16, Folder 2

Miscellaneous Business papers.

 

Receipts

Box 16, Folder 3

Miscellaneous receipts.

Box 17, Folders 1-3

Miscellaneous receipts.

 

Photographs and Memorabilia

Box 18, Folder 1

Miscellaneous photographs.

Box 18

Miscellaneous memorabilia.

Note

Loose.
Box 19

Account book and used envelopes. 1889