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Papers, [ca. 1903]-1980.

Author: Frederick Osborn
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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This collection includes letters, diaries, reports, speeches, drafts of articles and books, oral history interviews, and photographs. There are diaries and letters for his service in Europe with the American Red Cross during World War I. There are some letters and documents, such as patent applications and plans for inventions, from his "business career" period prior to 1928, after which he became a research
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Genre/Form: Diaries
Drafts (preliminary versions)
Oral histories
Photoprints
Reports
Speeches
Named Person: Newell Kay Brown; Douglas Burden; Frank Capra; Theodosius Dobzhansky; W Averell Harriman; Kathleen Harris; Julian Huxley; Charles A Lindbergh; Douglas MacArthur; George C Marshall; J Robert Oppenheimer; Wm Church Osborn; John D Rockefeller; John D Rockefeller, IV; Nelson A Rockefeller; Eleanor Roosevelt; Franklin D Roosevelt; Dean Rusk; Bertrand Russell; Harry S Truman; Cyrus R Vance
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Frederick Osborn
OCLC Number: 122380109
Notes: For a description of the American Eugenics Society Archives housed in the American Philosophical Society Library, see PAAV86-A26.
Description: ca. 6000 items (9 linear ft.)

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This collection includes letters, diaries, reports, speeches, drafts of articles and books, oral history interviews, and photographs. There are diaries and letters for his service in Europe with the American Red Cross during World War I. There are some letters and documents, such as patent applications and plans for inventions, from his "business career" period prior to 1928, after which he became a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History studying anthropology and population. This study led to his later important contributions to the redirection of eugenics study in the U.S. and the reorganization of the American Eugenics Society. His other related organizational work and publications relating to human and population genetics are also documented in this collection.

There is significant material (letters, diaries, reports) related to Osborn's World War II contributions as the chairman of the Civilian Committee on Selective Service in 1940, and as head of the Morale Branch of the U.S. Army (later, the Information and Education Division of Special Services) in 1941. Also included are important documents, especially his diary, from his work as deputy representative on the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and the U.N. Commission for Conventional Armaments.

His letters, writings, and speeches relating to foreign policy are extensive, spanning the period from the 1940s until his death, much of it from the Vietnam War years. The correspondence with Kathleen Harris is particularly rich in this respect.

There is family correspondence reflecting his dynamic philosophy of life, with long series of letters to his parents (1917-1945) and to his children and grandchildren.

His later civic and regional interests, as a long-time resident of Garrison, N.Y., are evidenced in the work he did on the Palisades Interstate Park Commission.

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