Albert Kahn papers   1896-2011
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Correspondence,  1889-1949 [series]: (99 linear ft.)

The Correspondence series (1889-1949; 99 linear ft.) is by far the largest series in the Osborn papers. As a public figure, Osborn corresponded widely and frequently with other notables, business associates, and a legion of acquaintances and admirers who had known him as newspaper publisher, governor, businessman, mining and land speculator, and author. The total of Osborn letters in the collection probably numbers close to 200, 000 items. Osborn corresponded with nearly every major Republican political leader in Michigan, as well as with many minor politicos within the party, prominent Democratic Party leaders, and other newspapermen. Osborn's business and political interests and his research projects are obviously principal topics within the letters. Included are correspondence from every president from McKinley to Truman. Of special note is correspondence with many prominent Progressives including Theodore Roosevelt concerning the campaign of 1912, and material on the elections of 1904, l908, 1910, 1912, 1916, 1918, 1920, and 1930. Osborn's own campaigns for governor in 1910 and his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 1930 are also well documented.

The chronological arrangement that Osborn maintained for his files, especially in a collection of this size poses some difficulties for the researcher. As his correspondence is not arranged by topic, the researcher must display some diligence in uncovering the great wealth of information that Osborn's communications contain. Essential is a sense of the chronology of Osborn's life. With that, the researcher will be rewarded with correspondence with significant individuals discussing the issues of the day: progressivism, conservation, Upper Peninsula development, state government, and national politics. There is, for example, correspondence showing progressive concern over business-government relations (cf. correspondence with Frederick D. Underwood, president of the B & O, and the Pennsylvania). The correspondence also includes much discussion of foreign relations: British colonial policies, the Boer War, British-German, British-United States, Canadian-United States relations, the Russo-Japanese War, China, and Chile and the Philippines. Other topics include contemporary political, social and intellectual issues: imperialism, nationalism, Anglo-Saxon racism, regulation of utilities and railroads, monetary and international trade policies, conservation, radicalism and socialism, German immigration, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Mormonism, Anti-Catholicism, prison reform, urban redevelopment and beautification, prohibition, and woman's suffrage. To aid the researcher, the library has prepared a separate index to the correspondents and a selective index to topics. This card inventory is located in the Reading Room of the library. Topics indexed in this file include Anglo-Saxon racism (1898-1899), progressivism and anti-progressivism (1908-1919), prohibition (1914-1926), forest conservation (1907-1926), labor and labor unions (1910-1921), and woman suffrage (1901-1917).

The Correspondence for the period of 1889 to 1908 is arranged alphabetically within a specific period of time, usually a few months. Apparently, Osborn maintained his correspondence in letterboxes. When one filled up, he started another. The correspondence for 1909 to 1949 is arranged only by chronology. These files might have been arranged alphabetically like the earlier files and then rearranged at a later date into a solely chronological sequence.

Box   1  
 1889-1892 A-Z
Box   1  
 1893-March 1895 A-Z
Box   1  
 1894 A-Z
Box   1  
 1895 A-C
Box   2  
 1895 D-Z
Box   2  
 April 1895-January 1896 A-Z
Box   2  
 January-April 1896 A-Z
Box   2  
 May-July 1896 A-C
Box   3  
 May-July 1896 D-Z
Box   3  
 August-December 1896 A-Z
Box   3  
 January-May 1897 A-L
Box   4  
 January-May 1897 M-Z
Box   4  
 June-December 1897 A-Z
Box   4  
 January-July 1898 A-Q
Box   5  
 January-July 1898 R-Z
Box   5  
 July-September 1898 A-Z
Box   5  
 October 1898-January 1899 A-Z
Box   6  
 February-March 1899 A-Z
Box   6  
 April-May 1899 A-Z
Box   6  
 June-August 1899 A-J
Box   7  
 June-August 1899 K-Z
Box   7  
 September-December 1899 A-Z
Box   7  
 January-February 1900 A-L
Box   8  
 January-February 1900 M-Z
Box   8  
 February-April 1900 A-Z
Box   8  
 April-June 1900 A-S
Box   9  
 April-June 1900 T-Z
Box   9  
 July-October 1900 A-Z
Box   9  
 November 1900-January 1901 A-Z
Box   9  
 February-May 1901 A-C
Box   10  
 February-May 1901 D-Z
Box   10  
 May-November 1901 A-Z
Box   10  
 December 1901-February 1902 A-E
Box   11  
 December 1901-February 1902 F-Z
Box   11  
 March-June 1902 A-Z
Box   11  
 July-November 1902 A-M
Box   12  
 July-November 1902 N-Z
Box   12  
 December 1902-June 1903 A-Z
Box   12  
 June-December 1903 A-R
Box   13  
 January-August 1904 A-Z
Box   13  
 1905 A-J
Box   14  
 1905 K-Z
Box   14  
 January-June 1906 A-Z
Box   14  
 July-December 1906 A-C
Box   15  
 July-December 1906 D-Z
Box   15  
 January-August 1907 A-Z
Box   16  
 October 1907-January 1908 a-Z
Box   16  
 February-April 1908 A-Z
Box   16  
 May-June 1908 A-Z
Box   17  
 May-June 1908 N-Z
Box   17  
Caribou experiment file
Box   17  
 July-October 1908 A-Z
Box   17  
 November-December 1908 A-Z
Box   18  
 January-September 1909
Box   19  
 October-December 1909
Box   20  
 January-February 1910
Box   21  
 March 1-May 11, 1910
Box   22  
 May 12-August 31, 1910
Box   23  
 September-November 15, 1910
Box   24  
 November 16-December 31, 1910
Box   25  
 January-March 1911
Box   26  
 April-July 1911
Box   27  
 August-December 23, 1911
Box   28  
 December 24, 1911-February 1912
Box   29  
 March 1-June 8, 1912
Box   30  
 June 9-September 22, 1912
Box   31  
 September 23-December 31, 1912
Box   32  
 January 1, 1913-July 6, 1914
Box   33  
 July 7-August 8, 1914
Box   34  
 August 9-September 15, 1914
Box   35  
 September 16-December 8, 1914
Box   36  
 December 9, 1914-July 31, 1915
Box   37  
 August 1, 1915-January 31, 1916
Box   37  
 1916-1937,  undated
Box   38  
 February-May 1916
Box   39  
 June-December 1916
Box   40  
 January 1-December 20, 1917
Box   41  
 December 21, 1917-May 31, 1918
Box   42  
 June-August 1918
Box   43  
 September 1, 1918-June 10, 1919
Box   44  
 July 11-November 30, 1919
Box   45  
 December 1919-March 1920
Box   46  
 April-October 1920
Box   47  
 November 1, 1920-May 10, 1921
Box   48  
 May 11-September 30, 1921
Box   49  
 October 1, 1921-March 15, 1922
Box   50  
 March 16-December 31, 1922
Box   51  
 1923
Box   52  
 1924
Box   53  
 January-October 1925
Box   54  
 November 1925-June 1926
Box   55  
 July 1926-February 1927
Box   56  
 March 1-November 10, 1927
Box   57  
 November 11, 1927-May 10, 1928
Box   58  
 May 11, 1928-December 31, 1928
Box   146  
 January 1929-December 1929
Box   59  
 January-June 1930
Box   147  
 July-December 1930
Box   148  
 January-December 1931
Box   149  
 January-December 1932
Box   60  
 January-August 20, 1933
Box   61  
 August 21, 1933-April 1934
Box   62  
 May-November 1934
Box   63  
 December 1934-April 10, 1935
Box   64  
 April 11, 1935-October 31, 1935
Box   65  
 November 1, 1935-February 20, 1936
Box   66  
 February 21, 1936-August 10, 1936
Box   67  
 August 11, 1936-December 31, 1936
Box   68  
 January 1-May 5, 1937
Box   69  
 May 6-October 31, 1937
Box   70  
 November 1, 1937-January 22, 1938
Box   70  
 January-December 1938 (2 folders)     (later accession) 
Box   71  
 January 23, 1938-May 20, 1938
Box   72  
 May 21-October 31, 1938
Box   73  
 November 1938-February 5, 1939
Box   73  
 1939-1940     (later accession) 
Box   74  
 February 6-May 10, 1939
Box   75  
 May 11-September 27, 1939
Box   76  
 September 28-December 17, 1939
Box   77  
 December 18, 1939-February 8, 1940
Box   78  
 February 9-March 31, 1940
Box   79  
 April-May 1940
Box   80  
 June-November 1940
Box   80  
 1941-1944     (later accession) 
Box   81  
 December 1940-February 10, 1941
Box   82  
 February 11-May 24, 1941
Box   83  
 May 25-November 1941
Box   84  
 December 1941-April 15, 1942
Box   85  
 April 16, 1942-October, 1942
Box   86  
 November 1942-February, 1943
Box   87  
 March-July, 1943
Box   88  
 August-December, 1943
Box   89  
 January-April 25, 1944
Box   90  
 April 26, 1944-January 5, 1945
Box   91  
 January 6-June 30, 1945
Box   92  
 July-December, 1945
Box   92  
 November 1944-December 1945 (4 folders)     (later accession) 
Box   93  
 January-June 1946
Box   94  
 July-December 1946
Box   94  
 1946-1947     (later accession) 
Box   95  
 January-May 1947
Box   96  
 June-December 1947
Box   97  
 January-June 1948
Box   97  
 January-December 1948 (3 folders)     (later accession) 
Box   98  
 July 1948-March 1949
Box   98  
 March-April 1949
Box   98  
 1949 (1 folder)     (later accession) 
Box   99  
 Undated and Miscellaneous Correspondence (9 folders)
Box   99  
Correspondence with family,  1920-1926 (8 folders)