Agnes Osgood Papers MS-0180

André Ausems and Lisa Leonardi
Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA 92182-8050

Contributing Institution: Special Collections & University Archives
Title: Agnes Osgood Papers
Creator: Osgood, Agnes
Identifier/Call Number: MS-0180
Physical Description: 1.67 Linear Feet
Physical Description: 2 boxes
Date (inclusive): 1894-1977
Date (bulk): 1960-1975
Language of Material: English .

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.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

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.

Source of Acquisition

Agnes Osgood

Preferred Citation

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

Biographical Note

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.



Subjects and Indexing Terms

Personal Papers
Lemon Grove (Calif.)--History--Sources
Osgood, Agnes, b. 1890--Archives
Lemon Grove Congregational Church (Lemon Grove, Calif.)--Registers


Synanon - correspondence Folder 1 1965 - 67


Synanon - donation forms Folder 2 1964 - 67


Synanon - employee business cards Folder 3


Synanon - miscellaneous publications Folder 4 1960's


Synanon - newspaper clippings Folder 5 ca. 1970s


The Allison Family History, photocopy Folder 6 n.d.


Early Families and Property Ownership Folder 7 c. 1900 - 1940


Human Interest: California Expo program; report copies of plat maps Folder 8 1936


Interview with Agnes Osgood by Dorothy Nottingham Folder 9 1975


Lemon Grove Congressional Church Membership Folder 10 1894 - 1939


Lemon Grove History, photocopy Folder 11 n.d.


Lemon Grove History, photocopies, publication materials Folder 12 ca. 1890s


Lemon Grove History "The Home of the Lemon & the Orange & a Paradise for Man" Folder 13 1915


Lemon Grove - Index to a Great Register Folder 14 1938


Lemon Grove - School census Marshall's report Folder 15 1893 - 1901


Newspaper Clippings Folder 17 1960's


Old Globe Theater Souvenir Program Folder 18 1936


Project Concern - correspondence Folder 19 1960's


Project Concern - correspondence Folder 20 1960's, 1970's


Project Concern - information sheets, miscellanea Folder 21 1960's, 1970's


Project Concern - Vietnam letters to Osgood Folder 22 1960's


Project Concern - Vietnam letters to Velma Moore Folder 23 1960's, 1970's


Osgood, Agnes - "Southeast San Diego: My Efforts There" (report) Folder 24 April 26, 1967


Condensation of minutes of Lemon Grove Country Club (report) Folder 25 1965


Osgood, Agnes - "My Personal Story f Work with Dr. Jim's Group" (report) Folder 26 1962 - 1978


Project Concern pamphlets Folder 27


Project Concern - Annual report Folder 28 1966-1967


Project Concern - calendar, pictorial souvenir Folder 29 1968


Project Concern Certificate, awarded to Dr. Jim's Work Group Item 1 1971


"Synanon", by Guy Endore Item 2 1968

Scope and Contents

Bound volume.

California-Pacific Exposition Scrapbook Item 3 1936

Scope and Contents

Bound scrapbook.

Project Concern Scrapbook Item 4 1969-1972

Scope and Contents

Bound scrapbook.