Biography and History

Charles Grosvenor Osgood was an educator and one of Woodrow Wilson's original preceptors. Born in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, in 1871, Osgood graduated from Yale University with a bachelor's degree and a Ph.D. He served as an assistant professor of English at the University of Colorado and instructor of English at Yale before moving to Princeton University as a preceptor in English in 1905. He was later an English professor, department chair, and professor emeritus. Among his many books are The Classical Mythology of Milton's English Poems, The Voice of England, and Poetry as a Means of Grace. Osgood died in 1964.

Source: From the finding aid for C0540

  • Charles Grosvenor Osgood Papers. 1880-1962 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0540

    Consists of works, correspondence, documents, photographs, memorabilia, family papers, scrapbooks, and an autograph book (1880) of Charles Grosvenor Osgood, reflecting his role as one of Woodrow Wilson’s original preceptors (1905) and the importance of the preceptorial system at Princeton. The collection contains typed manuscripts of Osgood’s lectures on Milton, Spenser, and Samuel Johnson, addresses and note cards, and professional correspondence.