Chase S. Osborn Papers: circa 1870-1949 (Majority of material found within 1889-1949)
Summary Information
Title: Chase S. Osborn Papers
Creator: Osborn, Chase S. (Chase Salmon), 1860-
Dates: circa 1870-1949 (Majority of material found within 1889-1949)
Extent: 149.9 linear feet ((in 152 boxes)), 3 oversize volumes, 1 oversize folder
Abstract:
Governor of Michigan, writer, businessman; papers include correspondence, business records, speeches, writings, visual materials, diaries.
Call number: 86549 Aa 2; AC; UAl
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid prepared by: Thomas E. Powers

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection came to the library in many different accessions beginning in 1939. Prior to his death Governor Osborn donated miscellaneous publications and writings. Donor no. 238 Following his death in 1949, his widow, Stellanova Osborn donated the major corpus of Osborn papers. Donor no. 2668

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

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Copyright:

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., Chase S. Osborn Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Arrangement

The Osborn collection has been arranged into twelve series: Correspondence; Personal Letterbooks; State Game and Fish Warden; Biographical and Genealogical Materials; Diaries; Speeches; Political Papers; Mining, Timber, and Land Investments; Topical Files, Writings, Scrapbooks, and Photographs.


Biography

Chase Salmon Osborn was born January 22, 1860, in Huntington County, Indiana, to George A. and Margaret (Fannon) Osborn. Both of Osborn's parents were self-tutored medical doctors. Osborn attended Purdue University, 1874-1877, but left without graduating to become a newspaperman. Starting on the Lafayette (Indiana) Home Journal, Osborn worked successively on the Chicago Tribune and the Milwaukee Journal. In 1883 he moved north, purchasing the Florence (Wisconsin) Mining News. Over the next four years he also began prospecting for iron ore in the Menominee range. In 1887 he sold the newspaper and returned to Milwaukee as city editor of the Sentinel. At the same time, he helped establish and became editor of the Miner and Manufacturer (Milwaukee). Excited by the prospects of making his fortune in mining, Osborn left soon after for Sault Ste. Marie where he could be close to iron mining regions of Michigan and Ontario. To support himself he became part owner of the Sault Ste. Marie (Michigan) News which he published until 1901, approximately the same time as his discovery of a rich iron deposit in Ontario near Sudbury. With this discovery and other investments, Osborn had the money and the time to pursue other areas of interest. He did not immediately give up his newspaper career. In 1902 he bought a half interest in the Saginaw (Michigan) Courier-Herald which he held until 1912.

Long before Osborn left the newspaper business, he expressed an interest in Michigan politics as a Republican. From 1889 to 1893 he served as postmaster of Sault Ste. Marie; he was state fish and game warden, 1895 to 1899; state commissioner of railroads, 1899-1903; regent for The University of Michigan, 1908-1911; and governor, 1911 to 1912. He was unsuccessful congressional candidate in 1896, an unsuccessful aspirant for nomination as the Republican candidate for United States senator in 1918, Michigan's favorite son candidate for the Republican vice-presidential nomination in 1928, and an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate in 1930. Consistently progressive in his political sentiments, Osborn refused to bolt the Republican party in 1912, although he finally did vote for Roosevelt.

From 1887 on Osborn made his home in Sault Ste. Marie and on nearby Duck Island. In later years he wintered in Possum Poke, Worth County, Georgia. After 1912, Osborn devoted himself to lecturing, travel, writing, and to his investments. He authored thirteen books relating to American history, politics, Indian lore, and travel. Osborn died in Georgia on April 11, 1949.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Osborn collection consists of correspondence, diaries, business papers, scrapbooks, photographs, and other materials accumulated during his life. Materials prior to 1889 are scarce possibly because of a fire which destroyed Osborn's home; thereafter and up to the time of his death in 1949, the Osborn papers are voluminous, documenting each of this man's varied activities. Although his career as elected public official was limited to one term as governor, the collection reflects the importance of his life in areas beyond politics alone. His voice was heard, in letters and speeches and monographs, speaking out on the issues of the day - prohibition, conservation, the New Deal, and of course his life-long interest in the development of Michigan's Upper Peninsula economy and natural resources.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • American newspapers -- Michigan -- Sault Sainte Marie.
  • Authors, American -- Michigan.
  • Conservation of natural resources -- Michigan.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1896.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1898.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1900.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1908.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1910.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1912.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1914.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1928.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1932.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1936.
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1940.
  • Governors -- Michigan.
  • Governors -- Michigan.
  • Madagascar.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1877-1898.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1899-1916.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1917-1921.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1922-1928.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1929-1938.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1939-1945.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1946-1960.
  • Mines and mineral resources -- United States.
  • Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1896.
  • Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1900.
  • Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1908.
  • Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1912.
  • Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1928.
  • Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1932.
  • Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1936.
  • Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1940.
  • Saginaw courier herald.
  • Sault Sainte Marie (Mich.)
  • Sit-down strikes -- Michigan.
  • Temperance -- Michigan.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1865-1933.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
  • Upper Peninsula (Mich.)
  • Afro-Americans -- Georgia -- Work.
  • Bridges.
  • Burma.
  • Camping.
  • Cement industries.
  • Death.
  • Duck Island (Chippewa County, Mich.)
  • Dwellings.
  • Funeral rites and ceremonies.
  • Governors -- Michigan.
  • Governors -- Michigan.
  • Hunting -- United States.
  • Interiors.
  • Isle Royale (Mich.)
  • Log cabins.
  • Lumber industry.
  • Newberry (Mich.)
  • Offices.
  • Pictured Rocks (Mich.)
  • Political elections -- 1911-1912.
  • Political parades and rallies.
  • Ramsay (Mich.)
  • Sault Sainte Marie (Mich.)
  • Sault Sainte Marie (Mich.) -- Dwellings.
  • Tahquamenon River (Mich.)
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Veterans -- Michigan.
  • Cartoons.
  • Daguerreotypes.
  • Diaries.
  • Photographs.
  • Prints.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Frost, Robert, 1874-1963.
  • Osborn, Chase S. (Chase Salmon), 1860-
  • Progressive Party (1912)
  • Republican Party (Mich.)
  • Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
  • United States. Congress -- Elections, 1932.
  • University of Michigan. Board of Regents.
  • Osborn, Chase S. (Chase Salmon), 1860-
  • Osborn, Stellanova, 1894-1988.
  • Osborn family.
  • Petoskey Portland Cement Company.
  • Republican Party (Mich.). State Convention (1912 : Bay City, Mich.)
  • Rockland High School (Rockland, Mich.)
  • Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930.
  • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 8th (1861-1865)
  • University of Michigan. Board of Regents.
  • Adams, Henry Carter, 1851-1921.
  • Alger, R. A. (Russell Alexander), 1836-1907.
  • Andrews, Roger, 1874-
  • Angell, Carleton Watson, 1887-1963.
  • Angell, James Burrill, 1829-1916.
  • Beal, Junius E. (Junius Emery), 1860-1942.
  • Beveridge, Albert Jeremiah, 1862-1927.
  • Bliss, Aaron Thomas, 1837-1906.
  • Booth, Edmund Wood, 1866-1927.
  • Brewster, Ralph O.
  • Brucker, Wilber Marion, 1894-1968.
  • Burrows, Julius C. (Julius Caesar), 1837-1915.
  • Chapin, Roy D. (Roy Dikeman), 1880-1936.
  • Codd, George Pierre, 1869-1927.
  • Comstock, William Alfred, 1877-1949.
  • Cooley, Mortimer E. (Mortimer Elwyn), 1855-1944.
  • Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933.
  • Cotter, William Edward, 1893-1957.
  • Couzens, James, 1872-1936.
  • Curtis, Charles.
  • Dame, Gilman Marston, 1866-1939.
  • Davidson, O. C.
  • DeFoe, Murl Holcomb, 1879-
  • De Kruif, Paul, 1890-1971.
  • Denby, Edwin, 1870-1929.
  • Dewey, Edmund Otis, 1861-1921.
  • Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971.
  • Dickinson, Luren Dudley, 1859-1943.
  • Dix, Dorothea Lynde, 1802-1887.
  • Doyle, Edward H., 1849-1919.
  • Ferris, Woodbridge N., 1853-1928.
  • Fletcher, Frank Ward, 1853-1922.
  • Ford, Henry, 1863-1947.
  • Fordney, Joseph W. (Joseph Warren), 1853-1932.
  • Green, Fred W. (Fred Warren), 1872-1936.
  • Groesbeck, Alexander J. (Alexander Joseph), 1873-1953.
  • Guest, Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959.
  • Hanchett, Benjamin Sawtell, 1868-1933.
  • Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923.
  • Hoard, W. D. (William Dempster), 1836-1918.
  • Hobbs, William Herbert, 1864-1952.
  • Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
  • Horton, George B.
  • Hough, Emerson, 1857-1923.
  • Hubbard, Lucius L. (Lucius Lee), 1849-1933.
  • Humphrey, Watts S.
  • Hunsaker, Walter Jerome, 1857-1939.
  • Hutchins, Harry B. (Harry Burns), 1847-1930.
  • Kelley, Patrick Henry, 1867-1925.
  • Kellogg, John Harvey, 1852-1943.
  • Kemp, Edward Gearing, 1887-1962.
  • Knox, Frank, 1874-1944.
  • La Follette, Robert M. (Robert Marion), 1855-1925.
  • Landon, Alfred M. (Alfred Mossman), 1887-1987.
  • Lorch, Emil, 1870-1963.
  • Loveman, Amy.
  • McKinley, William, 1843-1901.
  • McMillan, James, 1838-1902.
  • MacNoughton, James.
  • Mapes, Carl Edgar, 1874-1939.
  • Mather, William Gwinn, 1857-1951.
  • May, Thomas, 1860-1927.
  • Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956.
  • Mershon, William Briggs.
  • Montgomery, Robert M., 1849-1920.
  • Morley, George Bidwell, 1857-1935.
  • Murfin, James Orin, 1875-1940.
  • Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949.
  • Musselman, Amos S., 1851-
  • Newberry, Truman Handy, 1864-1945.
  • Palmer, Calvin A.
  • Pegler, Westbrook, 1894-1969.
  • Phelps, William Lyon, 1865-1943.
  • Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946.
  • Pingree, Hazen S., 1840-1901.
  • Powers, Perry Francis, 1857-1945.
  • Pyle, Ernie, 1900-1945.
  • Rich, John Treadway, 1841-1926.
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
  • Roosevelt, Kermit, 1889-1943.
  • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
  • Russell, Richard B. (Richard Brevard), 1897-1971.
  • Ruthven, Alexander Grant, 1882-1971.
  • Sawyer, Walter H. (Walter Hulme), 1861-1931.
  • Schermerhorn, James, 1865-1942.
  • Scott, Fred Newton, 1860-1931.
  • Shafer, John C.
  • Shields, Robert Hazen, 1905-
  • Sigler, Kim, 1894-
  • Sink, Charles A. (Charles Albert), 1879-1972.
  • Sleeper, Albert E., 1862-1934.
  • Sligh, Charles Robert, 1850-1927.
  • Smith, Shirley Wheeler, 1875-1959.
  • Smith, William Alden, 1859-1932.
  • Sparks, Frank Melville, 1877-1950.
  • Stair, W. D.
  • Stone, Ralph, 1868-1956.
  • Sullivan, Mark, 1874-1952.
  • Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930.
  • Talmadge, Herman E. (Herman Eugene), 1913-2002.
  • Townsend, Charles E. (Charles Elroy), 1856-1924.
  • Underwood, Frederick Douglas, -1942.
  • Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951.
  • Van Hise, Charles Richard, 1857-1918.
  • Warner, Frederick Maltby, 1865-1923.
  • White, William A. (William Alanson), 1870-1937.
  • Willard, Daniel, 1861-1942.
  • Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.
  • Wood, Leonard, 1860-1927.
  • Zimmerman, Fred R.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Correspondence 1889-1949 [series]

The Correspondence series (1889-1949; 99.5 linear feet) 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, 1908, 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.

The Correspondence series also includes card index to correspondence (1 small box).

Box   150  
Card index to correspondence
Box   1  
A-Z 1889-1892
Box   1  
A-Z 1893-March 1895
Box   1  
A-Z 1894
Box   1  
A-C 1895
Box   2  
D-Z 1895
Box   2  
A-Z April 1895-January 1896
Box   2  
A-Z January-April 1896
Box   2  
A-C May-July 1896
Box   3  
D-Z May-July 1896
Box   3  
A-Z August-December 1896
Box   3  
A-L January-May 1897
Box   4  
M-Z January-May 1897
Box   4  
A-Z June-December 1897
Box   4  
A-Q January-July 1898
Box   5  
R-Z January-July 1898
Box   5  
A-Z July-September 1898
Box   5  
A-Z October 1898-January 1899
Box   6  
A-Z February-March 1899
Box   6  
A-Z April-May 1899
Box   6  
A-J June-August 1899
Box   7  
K-Z June-August 1899
Box   7  
A-Z September-December 1899
Box   7  
A-L January-February 1900
Box   8  
M-Z January-February 1900
Box   8  
A-Z February-April 1900
Box   8  
A-S April-June 1900
Box   9  
T-Z April-June 1900
Box   9  
A-Z July-October 1900
Box   9  
A-Z November 1900-January 1901
Box   9  
A-C February-May 1901
Box   10  
D-Z February-May 1901
Box   10  
A-Z May-November 1901
Box   10  
A-E December 1901-February 1902
Box   11  
F-Z December 1901-February 1902
Box   11  
A-Z March-June 1902
Box   11  
A-M July-November 1902
Box   12  
N-Z July-November 1902
Box   12  
A-Z December 1902-June 1903
Box   12  
A-R June-December 1903
Box   13  
A-Z January-August 1904
Box   13  
A-J 1905
Box   14  
K-Z 1905
Box   14  
A-Z January-June 1906
Box   14  
A-C July-December 1906
Box   15  
D-Z July-December 1906
Box   15  
A-Z January-August 1907
Box   16  
A-Z October 1907-January 1908
Box   16  
A-Z February-April 1908
Box   16  
A-Z May-June 1908
Box   17  
N-Z May-June 1908
Box   17  
Caribou experiment file
Box   17  
A-Z July-October 1908
Box   17  
A-Z November-December 1908
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  
And Miscellaneous Correspondence Undated (9 folders)
Box   99  
Correspondence with family 1920-1926 (8 folders)
 
Personal Letterbooks 1895-1912 [series]

In addition to files of correspondence, the collection includes a series of Personal Letterbooks dated 1895 to 1912 (8 linear feet).

Box   100  
June 21, 1895-January 17, 1898
Box   101  
January 17, 1898-December 20, 1899
Box   102  
December 20, 1899-January 17, 1902
Box   103  
January 13, 1902-January 6, 1905
Box   104  
January 6, 1905-July 7, 1908
Box   105  
July 6, 1908-June 21, 1910
Box   106  
June 21, 1910-March 22, 1912
Box   107  
March 22, 1912-December 31, 1912
 
State Game and Fish Warden 1895-1899 [series]

The State Game and Fish Warden series (2.5 linear feet; 1895-1899) includes letterbooks of outgoing Osborn correspondence, 1895-1899, as well as the reports written by Osborn in that period.

Box   107  
Letterbooks February 5, 1895-July 27, 1896
Box   108  
Letterbooks August 1, 1896-August 25, 1898
Box   109  
Letterbooks August 26, 1898-April 4, 1899
Box   109  
Reports 1895-1899 (1 folder, 1 folder)
 
Biographical and Genealogical Materials [series]

Biographical and Genealogical Materials (1 linear foot) consists of biographical sketches of Osborn and collected material about different family lines.

Box   110  
Biographical Sketches of CSO (3 folders)
Box   110  
Articles and pamphlets about CSO (2 folders)
Box   110  
Biographical material (2 folders)
Box   110  
Data on the subject of CSO
 
"About Chase Osborn", Vols. I-IV
Box   110  
Vol. I
Box   110  
Vol. II
Box   110  
Vol. III-IV
Box   110  
Quotes and Anecdotes used by CSO
 
Genealogical papers
Box   110  
Correspondence and miscellanea
Box   110  
Osborn Family (5 folders)
Box   110  
Fannon Family
Box   110  
Jeffries Family
Box   110  
Pardee Family
 
Diaries [series]

Osborn Diaries are dated 1890, 1895-1915 and 1935 and concern daily events and activities.

Box   111  
1890, 1895-1915, 1935
 
Speeches undated, 1895-1930 [series]

Speeches are arranged chronologically and concern political, literary, and historical topics.

Box   111  
Undated, 1895-1912 (14 folders)
Box   112  
1913-1940 (8 folders)
 
Speaking Engagements
Box   112  
1928
Box   112  
1929
Box   112  
1930 (2 folders)
Box   112  
Speech programs
 
Political Papers 1900-1940 [series]

Political papers (1900-1940; 2 linear feet) concern Osborn's 1910 gubernatorial campaign, miscellaneous papers from his term as governor, and his bid for nomination to the United States Senate in 1930.

Box   112  
Delegates to State Nominating Convention 1900
 
Gubernatorial campaign 1910
Box   112  
1910 Campaign Materials (2 folders)
Box   112  
Political cartoons from newspapers
Box   112  
Osborn supporters

(arranged alphabetically by county)

 
Gubernatorial miscellanea
Box   112  
First inaugural message 1911
Box   112  
Appointment book 1912
Box   112  
Railroad and corporation taxation reports to Osborn as governor
Box   112  
Appointment powers as governor, decisions
Box   112  
Appointments to boards and commissions
Box   112  
Proclamations as governor circa 1911
Box   112  
Hearings before Governor Chase S. Osborn on the removal of Robert H. Shields from the Board of State Tax Commissioners June 1912
Box   112  
Miscellaneous
Box   113  
Political County book 1914
 
Senatorial campaign 1918
Box   113  
Lists, etc. 1918
 
Senatorial campaign 1930
Box   113  
Miscellaneous
Box   113  
Campaign office correspondence files (George Osborn, Fed Case, et al) (12 folders)

(arranged alphabetically)

Box   113  
Master lists of county campaigners
 
Correspondence of county campaigners and biographical sketches
Box   113  
Alcona--Kent
Box   113  
Lake--Wayne
Box   113  
Correspondence in state June 30-September 1930
Box   113  
Correspondence out of state July 3-September 10, 1930
Box   113  
Correspondence campaign materials and related correspondence
Box   113  
Speeches August 22-September 6, 1930
Box   113  
Press statements
Box   113  
Subject files, James Couzens
Box   113  
Subject files, Workmen's Compensation
Box   113  
Newsclippings (4 folders)
Box   114  
Miscellanea (radio schedule, lists of people, and correspondence)
Box   114  
Presidential Campaign miscellanea 1932
Box   114  
Papers of the Fitzgerald for Governor Campaign 1934
 
Gubernatorial Election of 1940
Box   114  
Correspondence February 6-May 22, 1940
Box   114  
Correspondence May 23-June 8, 1940
Box   114  
Newspaper clippings (7 folders)
Box   114  
Wendell Willkie presidential campaign (Osborn editorials) 1940
Box   114  
Miscellaneous political materials (2 folders)
 
Mining, Timber, and Land Investments 1883-1940 [series]

Mining, Timber, and Land Investments (1883-1940; 7.4 linear feet) documents Osborn's many business and financial dealings. Of special note are those files pertaining to his iron mining business resulting from his discovery of iron near Sudbury in Ontario. There is also considerable material resulting from his involvement with the Michigan Iron and Land Company and pertaining to his numerous investments in Michigan timber lands. Portions of this series are unprocessed.

 
Moose Mountain Ltd., (Ontario, Canada)
Box   114  
Correspondence 1901-1926 (2 folders)
Box   114  
Contracts and charters
Box   114  
Financial
Box   114  
Mineral evaluations and estimations
Box   114  
Minutes 1903-1905
Box   114  
David A. Aitken vs. Chase S. Osborn, case concerning Moose Mountain rights
 
Hutton Mining Company
Box   114  
Correspondence 1902-1905
Box   114  
Miscellaneous papers 1902-1905
 
Hutton-Moose Mountain Mining Co.-Joint Projects
Box   114  
Financial statements 1904-1905
Box   114  
Maps
Box   114  
Legal papers 1903-1905
Box   114  
Miscellaneous papers 1902-1905
Box   114  
A-Z 1902

(Sudbury mining investments)

Box   114  
Miscellaneous mining reports
Box   114  
Miscellaneous geological maps
Box   114  
Mining A-Z 1902 (4 folders)
Box   115  
A-Z (Moose Mountain) 1903-1904 (3 folders)
Box   115  
A-Z (Moose Mountain) 1905
 
Michigan Iron and Land Company
Box   115  
Correspondence August 1919-1928 (41 folders)
Box   115  
Dividend allotments 1920
Box   115  
Report of audit 1920
Box   115  
Legal papers 1918-1920
 
Michigan Iron and Land Company
Box   116  
Newsclippings 1919-1921
Box   116  
Maps (2 folders)
Box   116  
Annual reports 1903-1908, 1919
Box   116  
Financial records 1913-1923
Box   116  
Miscellaneous papers
 
Indiana Properties (South Bend, Goshen, New Carlisle)
Box   116  
Papers 1916-1921
Box   116  
Papers 1922-1924
Box   116  
Papers 1925-1928
Box   116  
Duck Island (Gift to the University of Michigan), Papers 1929-1932
 
Perry Tract (Gift to Purdue University)
Box   116  
Papers 1929-1930, 1938
Box   116  
Correspondence 1907-1913, 1923 (2 folders)
Box   116  
Land descriptions
Box   116  
Abstracts 1905-1907, 1923
Box   116  
Contracts 1901, 1907-1913, 1923
Box   116  
Turtle Dove Plantation (Georgia), Papers 1929-1930 (2 folders)
 
Texas Farms (Grayson and Bell Counties)
Box   116  
Correspondence 1938-1940
Box   116  
Correspondence 1941
Box   116  
Correspondence 1942-1944
Box   116  
Upper Peninsula Lands (Purdue University) 1929-1930
 
Goodbear Farm
Box   116  
Correspondence 1917-1927 (2 folders)
Box   116  
Abstracts, deeds, contracts 1917
Box   116  
Financial reports 1917-1925
 
South Bend-St. Joseph County Properties
Box   116  
Correspondence 1907-1921 (6 folders)
Box   116  
Financial records 1904-1920
 
Margaret A. Osborn Estate
Box   116  
Correspondence 1913-1918 (4 folders)
Box   116  
Legal papers 1914-1917
Box   116  
Miscellaneous papers
 
Affairs of Eugene B. Osborn
Box   117  
Correspondence 1912-1917, 1921-1931 (2 folders)
Box   117  
Legal papers 1912-1917
 
Affairs of W.D. Osborn
Box   117  
Correspondence 1908-1920 (4 folders)
Box   117  
Osborn House, South Bend, Indiana 1912
Box   117  
Stephen P. Osborn Farm papers 1914-1916
 
Land transactions files
Box   117  
Waldo Avery files 1904-1905 (2 folders)
Box   117  
Ezra Richardson estate 1904-1905
Box   152  
Various 1886-1903
Box   117  
Various 1899-1904 (3 folders)
Box   117  
Various 1902-1903
Box   152  
Various 1904-1906
Box   152  
Various 1905-1907 (2 folders)
Box   152  
Various 1908-1909
Box   152  
Various 1910-1919
Box   118  
Various 1912-1916
Box   118  
Various 1914 (2 folders)
Box   118  
Various 1914-1917
Box   118  
Various 1915-1916
Box   118  
Various 1915-1918
Box   118  
Various 1916
Box   118  
Various 1917-1918
Box   118  
Various 1917-1920
Box   118  
Various 1918-1920
Box   152  
Various 1920-1928
Box   117  
Timber Warden reports 1908-1909
Box   117  
Property lists of CSO (1 volume)
Box   117  
Timber reports circa 1908-1911 (8 folders)
Box   118  
Timber reports 1912-1919 (5 folders)

(no 1918)

Box   152  
Worth County, Georgia 1885-1911
Box   118  
Timber: Sage Tract
Box   118  
Timber: McIntosh Tract papers 1905
Box   118  
Timber: Berry Lands papers 1905
Box   118  
Miscellaneous timber and land descriptions 1904-1905
Box   118  
Miscellaneous timber maps and estimates (2 folders)
Box   118  
Timber estimates 1920
Box   119  
Duck Is 1920-1922
Box   119  
1920 (3 folders)
Box   119  
1920-1921

(Detroit, Mackinac & Marquette Land Company)

Box   119  
1921 (2 folders)

(Detroit, Mackinac & Marquette Land Company)

Box   119  
Espanore Farm 1913-1916 (6 folders)
 
Espanore Farm, Lansing, Michigan, breeders of Holstein-Friesian cattle

(CSO was co-owner with Adam E. Ferguson)

Box   119  
Correspondence 1911-1926 (10 folders)
Box   119  
Legal papers 1893-1926 (4 folders)
Box   119  
Financial reports 1916-1922
Box   119  
Maps
Box   119  
Miscellaneous papers
Box   119  
Ferguson Motor Company ledger (1 volume)
Oversize Volume   1  
Ferguson Motor Company cash book 1922-1924
Box   120  
circa 1920-1930 (0.67 linear feet)

(Unprocessed)

 
Financial papers
Box   120  
General 1926-1927
Box   120  
Income tax correspondence and statements 1924, 1926-1932 (6 folders)
Box   120  
Ojibway Park Hotel Company 1936-1940
Box   120  
Account book 1906-1940
Box   120  
Receipts and disbursements 1896-1915 (8 folders)
 
Topical Files 1912-1944 [series]

Topical Files (1912-1944; 1 linear foot) is an artificially created series of foldered material on different subjects. Of most significance are the numerous files detailing Osborn's lobbying efforts in the 1930s proposing the building of a bridge to span the straits of Mackinac.

Box   121  
Africa trip 1913 (2 folders)
Box   121  
Bay City convention of 1912 letter about 1940
Box   121  
Calorie Dollar 1919
Box   121  
Census-CSO research into area of the state of Michigan to be used in the 1940 census, 1939-1941 1939-1941 (3 folders)
 
Chase Osborn Day
Box   121  
1939 (2 folders)
Box   121  
1940
Box   121  
1971
 
Court packing plan 1937
Box   121  
Correspondence
Box   121  
Newsclippings
Box   121  
Dogs (sales and breeding material)

(sample)

Box   121  
Flood control 1935-1937
Box   121  
Indian land mining and timber regulations 1916
 
Iron Ore
Box   121  
General 1916-1923
Box   121  
African Ore proposition 1923
Box   121  
Jefferson Davis Memorial Park 1935
 
Mackinac Bridge (proposed straits of Mackinac Bridge) 1935-1941
Box   121  
Correspondence A-Z 1935-1936 (5 folders)
Box   121  
Correspondence 1936-1940
Box   121  
General 1936

(history, speeches, etc.)

Box   121  
Clippings 1936 (3 folders)
Box   121  
Clippings 1937-1941
Box   121  
Masonic Lodge (Florence, Wisconsin)
Box   121  
Miscellaneous
Box   121  
Poems and songs (2 folders)

(not by CSO)

Box   121  
Programs-souvenir
Box   121  
Prohibition
Box   121  
Purdue Club
Box   121  
Railroads, nationalization of December 1937-February 1938
Box   122  
Richard (Father Gabriel Richard Society) 1936-1939
Box   122  
Roosevelt, Theodore, analysis of his speaking style by Chase S. Osborn
Box   122  
St. Lawrence Seaway Project 1940-1944
Box   122  
Sault Ste. Marie Art Gallery papers 1913-1919
Box   122  
Sigma Chi fraternity (copies of publication with material about CSO)
Box   122  
Soo Curling Club
 
Writings 1900-1948 [series]

Writings (1900-1948; 3 linear feet) includes copies of newspaper columns written by Osborn for the newspaper, files pertaining to the publication of his various books, and other writings.

 
Articles for newspapers, etc [subseries]
Box   122  
Undated
Box   122  
1900-1917
Box   122  
1930s undated
Box   122  
1930-1939
Box   122  
1940s undated (7 folders)
Box   122  
1940
Box   122  
1941
Box   122  
1942 (5 folders)
Box   122  
1943 (3 folders)
Box   122  
1944 (3 folders)
Box   122  
1945 (2 folders)
Box   122  
1947-1948
 
Book files [subseries]

(include clippings, correspondence with publisher, etc.)

Box   123  
The Andean Land (1909)

(Illustrations used in book, scrapbook)

Box   123  
The Iron Hunter (1919) 1916-1925

(Correspondence, reviews, clippings, scrapbooks, etc.)

Box   123  
Madagascar (1924)

(Correspondence, reviews, clippings, etc.)

Box   123  
Conquest of a Continent 1939-1941

(Correspondence and scrapbook)

 
Schoolcraft-Longfellow-Hiawatha (1942)
Box   123  
Research correspondence 1940-1942 (4 folders)

(arranged alphabetically)

Box   123  
Miscellaneous
Box   123  
Clippings and reviews
 
Schoolcraft-Longfellow-Hiawatha (1942)
Box   124  
Post-publication correspondence 1943 (4 folders)

(arranged alphabetically)

Box   151  
An Accolade for Chase S. Osborn: Home, State, and National Tributes on the Occasion of Chase S. Osborn Day October 4, 1939 1940
Box   151  
The Andean Land 1909

(by Chase S. Osborn)

Box   151  
Chase Salmon Osborn

(by Robert M. Warner)

Box   151  
Eighty and On 1941

(by Stella Osborn)

Box   151  
The Iron Hunter 1922

(by Chase S. Osborn)

Box   151  
Jusmine Springs 1953

(by Stella Osborn)

Box   151  
A Tale of Possum Poke in Possum Lane 1946

(by Stella Osborn)

Box   151  
You Come Too 1961

(by Thomas W, Nason)

 
Other writings [subseries]
Box   124  
Firefly's Light miscellanea (book written by Emerson Hough and distributed by CSO) 1916-1919
Box   124  
Michigan article written for National Geographic Magazine, 1923-1924 (4 folders)
Box   124  
"Miscellaneous writings", volume I

(clippings from various publications)

Box   124  
"Miscellaneous writings", volume II

(clippings from various publications)

Box   124  
Articles written from Detroit Sunday Times entitled "Michigan: Romance of a State" 1924-1925
Box   124  
Joint projects with Stella Osborn (include reviews of books)
Box   124  
An Accolade for Chase S. Osborn, correspondence 1940-1941
Box   124  
Eighty and On (Stella Osborn), correspondence December 1940-1941 (2 folders)
Box   124  
Book reviews by CSO
Box   124  
Manuscripts of various writings (6 folders)
Box   124  
Publications containing articles by CSO
 
Scrapbooks 1883-1949 [series]

The Scrapbooks (ca. 1883-1949; 18.5 linear feet) series includes a set of personal scrapbooks maintained by Osborn from the mid-1890s to 1941 with loose clippings that continue up to his death in 1949. There are also miscellaneous scrapbooks covering specific activities in Osborn's life such as his candidacy for Congress in 1896, his gubernatorial campaign in 1910, and his trip to Africa in 1913.

 
Personal Scrapbooks 1898-1932 (123 volumes)
Box   125  
1898-1900

(no. 1-7)

Box   126  
1900-1908

(no. 8-18)

Box   127  
1908-1909

(no. 19-28b)

Box   128  
1908-1910

(no. 29-37)

Box   129  
1910-1911

(no. 38-48)

Box   130  
1911

(no. 49-59)

Box   131  
1911-1912

(no. 60-70)

Box   132  
1912

(no. 71-80)

Box   133  
1913-1915

(no. 81-91)

Box   134  
1915-1918

(no. 91-102)

Box   135  
1918-1925

(no. 103-113)

Box   136  
1925-1932

(no. 114-123)

Box   137  
Florence, Wisconsin circa 1883-1884 (2 volumes)
Box   137  
Personal 1890-1894
Box   137  
State Game Warden candidacy 1894
Box   137  
Game Warden Scrapbooks 1895-1899 (5 volumes)
Box   137  
Candidate for Congress 1896 (2 volumes)

(see also oversize pages from scrapbook in box 145)

Box   137  
Personal 1896-1898
Box   138  
Political 1895-1896
Box   138  
Free Silver Scrapbook
Box   138  
Currency Scrapbook 1899
Box   138  
Railroad Commissioner Scrapbooks 1899-1902 (5 volumes)
Box   139  
Personal Scrapbook 1900-1902
Box   139  
Personal 1902-1903
Box   139  
Timber and Iron Scrapbook 1904-1908
Oversize Volume   2  
Scrapbook from the campaign 1910
Oversize Volume   3  
Scrapbook 1909-1914
Box   139  
Political 1912
Box   139  
African Trip Scrapbook 1913-1914
 
Personal Scrapbooks 1898-1948 (3 volumes)
Box   139  
1933-1934 (3 volumes)
Box   140  
1934-1937 (7 volumes)
Box   141  
1937-1942 (8 volumes)
Box   142  
1944-1948
Box   142  
1894-1900
Box   142  
Personal 1909-1934

(very scattered)

Box   142  
Scrapbooks containing Sault Ste. Marie Evening News column 1940-1945 (3 volumes)
Box   143  
Miscellaneous clippings
 
Photographs 1870-1949 [series]

Photographs (ca. 1870-ca. 1949; 1.2 linear feet) includes formal and informal portraits of Osborn and other members of the Osborn family; photographs of Osborn at work and at his homes on Duck Island, Michigan and in Georgia. There are also collected photos relating to Upper Peninsula life and activities, and to Osborn's various activities, particularly hunting.

Box   143  
Family photograph Album
 
Formal Portraits
Box   144  
Photographs
Box   144  
Photographs of painting and sculpture
Box   144  
Half-tones cartoons, drawings and prints

(see also oversize box 145)

Box   144  
Youth and early career
Box   144  
Middle years circa 1890-1910

(as governor and public figure and hunting and camping scenes)

Box   144  
Later years
 
Informal photographs

(see also oversize box 145)

Box   144  
As governor, campaigning, etc
Box   144  
As regent of the University of Michigan
 
Later years
Box   144  
General
Box   144  
Duck Island
Box   144  
Poulan, Georgia (2 folders)
Box   144  
With Stella Osborn
Box   144  
With dignitaries; receiving awards
Box   144  
With family members
Box   144  
Last year and in hospital 1949
Box   144  
Funeral 1949
 
Subject files (not always including CSO)
Oversize Folder   1  
Banquets: 42nd Grand Chapter Banquet Sigma Chi Fraternity September 5, 1935 and 20th Annual Banquet of the Marquette Club of Chicago, February 12, 1908 1908-1935
Box   144  
Bay City Convention (locked armory) 1912
Box   144  
Dearfoot Hunting Lodge 1905-1910 (2 folders)
Box   144  
Duck Island and other Upper Peninsula views circa 1940s
Box   144  
Friends and colleagues
Box   144  
Lake Superior (Isle Royale, Pigeon Falls)
Box   144  
Miscellaneous (Michigan Infantry, 8th Regiment) circa 1910
Box   144  
Newberry (views, train siding and stone figures)
Box   144  
Petoskey Portland Cement Company 1920
Box   144  
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
Box   144  
Ramsay, Michigan (Bridge, Mine)
Box   144  
Rangoon trip
Box   144  
Rockland, Michigan (high school)
Box   144  
Sault Ste. Marie (views, monuments, house)
Box   144  
Smith farm (Goshen, Indiana)
Box   144  
Taft (Pres.) visit to Sault Ste. Marie 1911
Box   144  
Tahquamenon River, Michigan
Box   144  
Wisconsin (Florence), Masons
Box   144  
Family (identified) (5 folders)
Box   144  
Family (David and William H. Reed); drawings
Box   144  
Family Album contents (2 folders)
Box   144  
Family (Sarah Osborn; Almira Goldthwaite): daguerreotypes
Box   145  
Citations, clippings, etc
Box   145  
Photographs
Box   145  
Cartoons, drawings, etc
Box   145  
Campaign posters