Guide to the Osborne Family Papers

Processed by Patricia E. White; updated by Jenny Johnson
Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
2004
Copyright © 2012 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

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Overview

Call Number: SC0636
Creator: Osborne family.
Creator: Osborne family
Title: Osborne family papers
Dates: 1871-1950
Physical Description: 3.25 Linear feet (6 boxes)
Summary: Correspondence, photographs, books, and other papers of Henry A. and Helen Annas Osborne and their five children, all of whom attended Stanford University.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

Administrative Information

Provenance

Purchased 1972 and 2002.

Information about Access

Collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least 24 hours in advance of intended use.

Ownership & Copyright

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Cite As

Osborne Family Papers (SC0636). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biography

Henry Z. Osborne (1848-1923) was owner/editor of the Los Angeles Evening Express (1884-1897), gold miner, and California state representative from 1917 until his death in 1923. He was married to Helen Annas (formerly of Cazenovia, New York). All five of their children attended Stanford University. Sherrill B. Osborne, A.B. in law 1897, was managing editor of the Daily Palo Alto during his sophomore year and editor in chief during his junior year. Henry Z. Osborne, Jr., A.B. in civil engineering 1897, was active in the Civil Engineers' Club and Class Historian during his senior year. Both Sherrill and Henry also wrote for San Francisco newspapers while at Stanford. Raymond G. Osborne and Edith Osborne Stahl attended from 1903-1906. Clarence B. Osborne earned his A.B. in geology in 1909.

Scope and Content of Collection

These papers primarily consist of letters between the parents and their children during their student years at Stanford (1893-1909) and letters from the younger children to the older ones at Stanford, with some additional correspondence from family and friends (1871-1911). Other items include a biographical sketch of Henry Z. Osborne, Raymond Osborne's notebook on surveying, 1906, photographs, and books. Sherrill and Henry's letters, 1894-1897, comment on the health and schoolwork of their younger siblings, their father's newspaper, their study habits, life in Encina Hall, the 1894 frosh-soph tie-up, football and other athletic events, trips to San Francisco, and their work writing for San Francisco newspapers. Clarence, Edith, and Raymond's letters comment on their schoolwork and study habits, social life, football games, trips to San Francisco, and visits with Mrs. Dunn on campus.

Arrangement note

The materials are arranged in three series: 1) Correspondence; 2) Books; and 3) Photographs.

Access Terms

Osborne, Clarence B.
Osborne, Henry Zenas,, 1848-1923.
Osborne, Raymond G.
Osborne, Sherrill B.
Stahl, Edith Osborne
Stanford University--Athletics.
Stanford University--Students.


Collection Contents

 

Series 1 Correspondence 1871-1912

Box 1, Folder 1

Family Letters 1871-1889

Box 1, Folder 2

Letters from family and friends 1890-1892

Box 1, Folder 3

Letters by Henry Jr. 1893

Box 1, Folder 4

Letters by Sherrill 1893

Box 1, Folder 5

Letters by Mr. and Mrs. Osborne 1893

Box 1, Folder 6

Letters to Osborne's from family and friends 1893

Box 1, Folder 7

Letters by Clarence 1894

Box 1, Folder 8

Letters by Edith 1894

Box 1, Folder 9

Letters by Henry Jr. (includes poem he wrote for his younger siblings) 1894 Jan. - May

Box 1, Folder 10

Letters by Henry Jr. 1894 Sept. - Dec.

Box 1, Folder 11

Letters by Raymond 1894

Box 1, Folder 12

Letters by Sherrill 1894 Jan. - May

Box 1, Folder 13

Letters by Sherrill 1894 Sept. - Dec.

Box 1, Folder 14

Letters by Mr. and Mrs. Osborne 1894

Box 1, Folder 15

Letters by Clarence 1895

Box 1, Folder 16

Letters by Edith 1895

Box 1, Folder 17

Letters by Henry Jr. 1895 Jan. - May

Box 1, Folder 18

Letters by Henry Jr. 1895 Sept. - Dec.

Box 1, Folder 19

Letters by Raymond 1895

Box 1, Folder 20

Letters by Sherrill 1895 Jan. - May

Box 1, Folder 21

Letters by Sherrill 1895 Sept. - Dec.

Box 1, Folder 22

Letters by Mr. and Mrs. Osborne 1895

Box 1, Folder 23

Letters to Osborne's from family and friends 1895-96

Box 1, Folder 24

Letters by Clarence 1896-97

Box 1, Folder 25

Letters by Edith 1896

Box 1, Folder 26

Letters by Henry Jr. 1896-97

Box 1, Folder 27

Letters by Sherrill 1896-97

Box 1, Folder 28

Letters by Raymond 1896-97

Box 1, Folder 29

Letters by Mr. and Mrs. Osborne 1896-97

Box 1, Folder 30

Letters from Mrs. Osborne's mother (Grandmother Annas) 1897-1901

Box 1, Folder 31

Letters to Osborne's from family and friends 1897-1902

Box 1, Folder 32

Letter by Mr. Osborne 1900

Box 1, Folder 33

Letters by Clarence 1901-03

Box 1, Folder 34

Letters by Edith 1903

Box 1, Folder 35

Letters by Raymond 1903-04

Box 1, Folder 36

Letters from Mrs. Osborne's mother (Grandmother Annas) 1903-04

Box 1, Folder 37

Letters to Osborne's from family and friends 1903-04

Box 2, Folder 1

Letters from Clarence 1904

Box 2, Folder 2

Letters from Edith 1904

Box 2, Folder 3

Letter from Sherrill 1904

Box 2, Folder 4

Letters to Raymond from friends 1904-05

Box 2, Folder 5

Letters from Raymond 1905-06

Box 2, Folder 6

Letters from Mrs. Osborne 1906

Box 2, Folder 7

Letter to Edith from Chas. T. Paine 1906

Box 2, Folder 8

Letters by Clarence 1907-12

Box 2, Folder 9

Business letter to Mr. Osborne 1908

Box 2, Folder 10

Letter to Clarence from a friend 1909

Box 2, Folder 11

Reference letter for Raymond 1911

Box 2, Folder 12

Biographical sketch of Henry Z. Osborne

Box 2, Folder 13

Clippings re Stanford sports

Box 2, Folder 14

Miscellany

Box 2, Folder 15

Osborne, Raymond. Notebook on surveying, 1906

Box 2, Folder 16

Sketch of Stanford student, unsigned

 

Series 2 Books 1896-1950

Box 3

Branner and Newsom, Syllabus of a Course of Lectures on Economic Geology (Stanford University 1900); with extensive notes (by Clarence?)

Box 3

The Remick Favorite Collection of College Songs (1909)

Box 3

J.C.L. Fish, Lettering of Working Drawings (1894) - inscribed "H. Z. Osborne Jr. Stanford Univ. 1895"

Box 3

Holy Bible, stamped "Raymond Osborne" on cover

Box 3

The Merck Manual, Eighth Edition (1950)

Box 3

Report of the Director of the Mint upon the Production of the Precious Metals in the United States during the Calendar Year 1898 (1899)

Box 3

Leith, C.K., Structural Geology (1913) - property of Clarence B. Osborne

Box 3

Kehl, George L., The Principles of Metallographic Laboratory Practice (1943)

Box 3

Crosby, W. O., Tables for the Determination of Common Minerals (1896) - property of H.Z. Osborne, Jr.

 

Series 3 Photographs 1887-1923

 

Stanford Images, 1895-1906

 

Charles P. Cutter in [Encina] room, Nov. 20, 1895

 

Two photos of the Frosh-Soph Tie-Up, n.d.

 

Three images of 1906 earthquake damage: chemistry building, memorial arch, and Agassiz statue 1906

 

Family Images, 1887-1923

 

Photograph of Clarence Osborne and son Henry, 1921

 

Portrait of Erwin Garfield Osborne, born June 8, 1880, Jan.31, 1887

 

Portrait of Raymond G. Osborne, 1886

 

Two photographs of unidentified groups of people, ca. 1920

 

Photograph of a damaged building ("Lincoln"), possibly from 1906 quake, 1906

 

Photograph of man in front of house (same house as below)

 

Four photographs of people on a beach, ca. 1923

 

Photograph of a house, unidentified

 

Portrait of Raymond G. Osborne, 1906

 

Group portrait, possibly high school (one woman holding W '02 banner)

 

Group portrait of engineers, with Chief Deputy Henry Z. Osborne, Jr. identified [location unknown]

 

Family portrait, ca. 1900

 

Earthquake images taken by Raymond Osborne, 1906

 

Chemistry and Museum: exterior of chemistry, fallen sculpture in museum lobby 1906

 

Encina Hall: two exteriors, one interior 1906

 

Gymnasium: four views of the front, two views of the rear of building 1906

 

Library: two images 1906

 

Memorial Church and quad: facade of church, ruins of arcade behind church 1906

 

Miscellaneous: man with shotgun guarding ruins, unidentified close-up of ruined interior 1906

 

Accession ARCH.2012-039 Additional Materials

 

Letters from Osborne children to family, written while at Stanford University.

Box 1, Folder 1

Letters from Clarence 1902

Box 1, Folder 2

Letters from Clarence 1903

Box 1, Folder 3

Letters from Clarence 1905

Box 1, Folder 4

Letters from Clare 1907

Box 1, Folder 5

Letters from Clare 1908

Box 1, Folder 6

Letters from Edith 1903

Box 1, Folder 7

Letters from Edith 1905

Box 1, Folder 8

Letters from Edith 1906

Box 1, Folder 9

Letters from Ray 1903

Box 1, Folder 10

Letters from Ray 1905

Box 1, Folder 11

Letters from Ray 1905

Box 1, Folder 12

Letters from Ray 1906

Box 1, Folder 13

Letters from Sherrill 1894

Box 1, Folder 14

Letters from Sherrill 1895

Box 1, Folder 15

Letters from Sherrill 1896

Box 1, Folder 16

Letters from Sherrill 1896

Box 1, Folder 17

Letters from Sherrill 1896

Box 1, Folder 18

Letters from Henry Z. 1894

Box 1, Folder 19

Letters from Henry Z. 1895

Box 1, Folder 20

Letters from Henry Z. 1896

Box 1, Folder 21

Letters from Henry Z. 1896

Box 1, Folder 22

Letters from Henry Z. 1896

Box 1, Folder 23

Letters from Henry Z. 1896

Box 2, Folder 1

Letters from Henry Z. 1897

Box 2, Folder 2

Letters from Henry Z. 1897

 

Incoming letters to Osborne children, received while at Stanford University.

Box 2, Folder 3

Incoming letters to Henry Z. 1895

Box 2, Folder 4

Incoming letters to Henry Z. 1897

Box 2, Folder 5

Incoming letters to Henry Z. 1897

Box 2, Folder 5

Incoming letters to Henry Z. 1897

Box 2, Folder 6

Incoming letters to Henry Z. 1897

Box 2, Folder 7

Incoming letters to Henry Z. 1897

Box 2, Folder 8

Incoming letters to Henry Z. 1897

Box 2, Folder 9

Incoming letters to Sherrill B. and Henry Z. 1895-1897

Box 2, Folder 10

Stanford versus Cal Debate 1987 Apr 24

Box 2, Folder 11

Stanford Commencement program 1987