Guide to the Agnes Osgood Papers

Finding Aid Authors: André Ausems and Lisa Leonardi.
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Guide to the Agnes Osgood Papers 1894/1977

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Agnes Osgood Papers
Dates: 1894-1977
Identification: MS-0180
Creator: Osgood, Agnes, 1890-
Physical Description: 1.67
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

Born in 1890, Agnes Osgood was a community activist in Lemon Grove, San Diego. She primarily devoted her time to Project Concern, a national non profit medical relief organization emphasizing preventative medical care, medical education, and public health issues. While working for Project Concern, Osgood was responsible for creating 2500 quilts for South Vietnamese refugees and American Soldiers. She also helped to organize Project Concern’s donations of food, clothing, and vaccination supplies to South Vietnam. In addition to Project Concern, Osgood was also involved with Synanon, a Christian-based organization that helped to rehabilitate drug addicts, convicts, and prostitutes. Osgood was involved with several other institutions over the span of her career,  including the American Red Cross, Lemon Grove Presbyterian Church, and the Department of Public Welfare.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name:

Lemon Grove Congregational Church (Lemon Grove, Calif.) -- Registers

Genre/Form of Material:

Personal Papers

Geographic Name:

Lemon Grove (Calif.) -- History -- Sources

Personal Name:

Osgood, Agnes, b. 1890 -- Archives

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Agnes Osgood Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Scope and Contents

The Agnes Osgood Collection documents her involvement as a community activist in the San Diego area, with a particular focus on the Lemon Grove community. The collection is comprised of correspondence, employee business cards, newspaper clippings, Congregational church membership documentation, and documentation detailing the history of Lemon Grove. Highlights of the collection include letters to Osgood from Project Concern's South Vietnamese branch during the Vietnam War, Synanon, a book by Guy Endore, scrapbooks pertaining to life in Lemon Grove, and personal records written by Osgood.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Synanon - correspondence 1965 - 67

Box 1, Folder 2

Synanon - donation forms 1964 - 67

Box 1, Folder 3

Synanon - employee business cards

Box 1, Folder 4

Synanon - miscellaneous publications 1960's

Box 1, Folder 5

Synanon - newspaper clippings n.d., 1974

Box 1, Folder 6

The Allison Family History, photocopy n.d.

Box 1, Folder 7

Early Families and Property Ownership c. 1900 - 1940

Box 1, Folder 8

Human Interest: California Expo program; report copies of plat maps 1936

Box 1, Folder 9

Interview with Agnes Osgood by Dorothy Nottingham 1975

Box 1, Folder 10

Lemon Grove Congressional Church Membership 1894 - 1939

Box 1, Folder 11

Lemon Grove History, photocopy n.d.

Box 1, Folder 12

Lemon Grove History, photocopies, publication materials 1895

Box 1, Folder 13

Lemon Grove History "The Home of the Lemon & the Orange & a Paradise for Man" 1915

Box 1, Folder 14

Lemon Grove - Index to a Great Register 1938

Box 1, Folder 15

Lemon Grove - School census Marshall's report 1893 - 1901

Box 1, Folder 16


Box 1, Folder 17

Newspaper Clippings 1960's

Box 1, Folder 18

Old Globe Theater - correspondence to Osgood 1960's

Box 1, Folder 19

Project Concern - correspondence 1960's

Box 1, Folder 20

Project Concern - correspondence 1960's, 1970's

Box 1, Folder 21

Project Concern - information sheets, miscellanea 1960's, 1970's

Box 1, Folder 22

Project Concern - Vietnam letters to Osgood 1960's

Box 1, Folder 23

Project Concern - Vietnam letters to Velma Moore 1960's, 1970's

Box 1, Folder 24

"San Diego, the Birthplace of California" (booklet) c.1915

Scope and Contents

Dinner & program of meeting of Board of Supervisors Association, May 1915. Annual member of "Kingdom of the Sun" magazine.
Box 1, Folder 25

"Balboa, San Diego's Park Beautiful" (booklet)

Scope and Contents

Commemorative 10th Anniversary Panama - California Exposition Autographed copy by Lillian Pray - Palmer.
Box 1, Folder 26

"The Kingdom of the Sun" (booklet) 1916

Scope and Contents

Annual Christmas member of "Kingdom of the Sun" magazine.
Box 1, Folder 27

"The Kingdom of the Sun" (booklet) 1917

Scope and Contents

Annual Christmas member of "Kingdom of the Sun" magazine.
Box 1, Folder 28

Osgood, Agnes - "Southeast San Diego: My Efforts There" (report) April 26, 1967

Box 1, Folder 29

Condensation of minutes of Lemon Grove Country Club (report) 1965

Box 1, Folder 30

Osgood, Agnes - "My Personal Story f Work with Dr. Jim's Group" (report) 1962 - 1978

Box 2, Folder 1

Pamphlets (2) "Project Concern"

Box 2, Folder 2

Project Concern - Annual report 1966 - 67

Box 2, Folder 3

Project Concern - calendar 1968

Box 2, Folder 4

Project Concern - pictorial souvenir 1967

Box 2, Folder 5

Certificate - awarded to Dr. Jim's Work Group

Box 2, Folder 6

"Synanon" (bound book)

Box 2, Folder 7

Scrap book I: Exposition 1936

Box 2, Folder 8

Scrap book II: Project Concern Miscellaneous 1969, 1960's, 1970's