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  • Overview
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement note
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0636
    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
    Green Library
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: specialcollections@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information


    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.


    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. Department of Athletics.