Contents and Arrangement

2 ALsS, undated

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of Osborn and Dodge family papers representing mainly three generations of family members, including William Henry Osborn (1820-1894), his wife, Virginia Reed Sturges (1831-1902), and several members of the Sturges family; their sons Henry Fairfield Osborn (1857-1935, Princeton Class of 1877) and William Church Osborn (1861-1951, Princeton Class of 1883), William's wife, Alice Clinton Hoadley Dodge (1864-1946), as well as several Dodge family members; the sons of Henry Fairfield Osborn and his wife, Lucretia Perry (1858-1930), Fairfield Osborn (1887-1969, Princeton Class of 1909) and Alexander Perry Osborn (1884-1951, Princeton Class of 1905); and the children of William Church Osborn and Alice Clinton Hoadley Dodge, Frederick Henry Osborn (1889-1984, Princeton Class of 1910), Aileen Osborn (b. 1892), and William Henry Osborn (1895-1971, Princeton Class of 1916).

The collection contains family correspondence of members of the Osborn, Dodge, and Sturges families; business correspondence (New York City) of William Henry Osborn, much of it concerning the Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans Railroad and the Illinois Central Railroad, both of which he served as president; correspondence relating to the art collection of Frederick Henry Osborn; and letters to Mary Hoadley Dodge by Henry James and the painters John Singer Sargent and Edwin A. Abbey. Also included in the correspondence are letters relating to the political life of William Church Osborn, who was active in Democratic politics in New York State; letters written from Europe during World War I by Earl Dodge Osborn and William Henry Osborn to their parents; and letters by the philanthropist Evert Janson Wendell (1860-1917) to his boyhood friend William Church Osborn when they were students at Harvard and Princeton respectively.

In addition, there is a diary (1915) kept by Earl Dodge Osborn during the war; documents; wills (1849, 1934); an English deed (1726); receipts, appraisals, and inventories of the art collections of Frederick Henry Osborn and William Church Osborn; photographs of family members, John Singer Sargent, and Edward Robinson, head of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; genealogies of the Osborn, Dodge, and Sturges families; and printed matter.

The following standard abbreviations, or their variations, are used to identify materials in this collection: ALS = autograph letter signed, TLS = typed letter signed, ACS = autograph card signed, ANS = autograph note signed, AMsS = autograph manuscript signed, and TMsS = typed manuscript signed.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

2 ALsS; Osborn and Dodge Family Papers, C0537, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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