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Katherine Gillette Osborne papers

 Collection
Identifier: M006

Scope and Content Note

The collection comprises 18.3 cubic feet of scrapbooks, which include postcards, newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs and memorabilia, and publications, speeches, and correspondence.

The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject and consists mainly of the following topics: Architecture (Boxes 1-5), Art (Boxes 5-10), Countries (Boxes 10-15), and Charles Moore, 1855-1942 (Box 17).

Of special interest are materials documenting Osborne's journeys to Asia in the 1930s, particularly her visits to China (Boxes 10-11) and Japan (Box 12). These materials include correspondence, photographs, passenger lists, menus, receipts, newspaper and magazine clippings, and postcards. Also of interest is correspondence (Box 10), arranged chronologically, which includes letters relating to foreign travel, missionary work, and education.

Included in the collection are materials by and relating to Charles Moore (1855-1942) (see Moore, Charles, Box 10). Moore was a member of the National Commission of Fine Arts from its inception in 1910 and was chairman of the Commission from 1915 to 1937. He was also Acting Chief of the Division of Manuscripts of the Library of Congress (1918-1927) and the author of several books (see attached entry from Who Was Who in America, Vol. II, 1943-1950). The Moore materials include writings and speeches (both in manuscript and published form), correspondence, items relating to Moore's position on the Board of Overseers of Harvard University (see Moore, Charles: Harvard University), and information relating to his work on the Commission of Fine Arts.

Dates

  • 1874-1942

Creator

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:

Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.

Extent

18.30 cubic feet (19 containers)

Language

English

Overview

Katherine Gillette Osborne founded the Boston Students Union in 1910. She was resident director of Students House, the residence for women students run by the Union, from 1910 until her death in 1943. Both of the buildings formerly occupied by Students House (81 St. Stephen Street and, later, 96 The Fenway) are now owned by Northeastern University.

Overview

The collection comprises 18.3 cubic feet of scrapbooks, which include postcards, newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, memorabilia, publications, speeches, and correspondence. The collection consists mainly of the following topics: Architecture (Boxes 1-5), Art (Boxes 5-10), Countries (Boxes 10-15), and Charles Moore, 1855-1942 (Box 17). Of special interest are materials documenting Katherine Gillette Osborne's journeys to Asia in the 1930s and correspondence relating to foreign travel, missionary work, and education. Also included are materials by and relating to Charles Moore (1855-1942). Moore was a member and chairman of the National Commission of Fine Arts (1910-1937), Acting Chief of the Division of Manuscripts of the Library of Congress (1918-1927), and the author of several books.

System of Arrangement:

Arranged in one alphabetical sequence by subject.

Physical Location

73/2-3
Title
Finding aid for the Katherine Gillette Osborne Papers
Author
Finding aid prepared by Abigail Schoolman
Date
January 1996
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
92 Snell Library
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US