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Frederick H. Osborn Papers


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Osborn, Frederick, 1889-1981

Having helped plan and raise funds for the Office of Public Research at Princeton University (est. 1936), he was elected a charter trustee in 1943. His position on the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Corporation supplemented his work on the Princeton Board. Among his many other distinctions were his posts as a Brigadier General in World War II, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Director of Princeton's Annual Giving Campaign in 1951. Further biographical details may be obtained from Osborn's alumni file.

The files relate exclusively to Princeton. They include correspondence and reports related to Osborn's service as a charter trustee and member of various advisory committees, during which time one major project was the commissioning of a Carnegie-funded "Study of Education at Princeton University." Also detailed is Osborn's later work on the computerization of the University data files for the improvement of the admissions process.

The papers are arranged chronologically.

The Papers were given by Alice Osborn Brown Breese in 1983, Accession Number: AM83-170.

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This collection was processed by Andrea Schorr in 1990. Finding aid written by Andrea Schorr in 1990.

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Collection Inventory

Miscellaneous papers, 1941-1955. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

re: trustee and advisory appointments in 1941 and 1943, and an announcement of the honorary graduates of 1955

Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, 1943-1951. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

re: improvements in the Social Sciences Departments at Princeton, including the School of Public and International Affairs

Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence and reports on the proposed "Study of Education at Princeton University", 1946-1957. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence and reports on the proposed "Basic Data System," an effort to improve the admissions process, 1959-1963. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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