James Marshall Osborn correspondence
Scope and Contents
The correspondence concerns the scholarly and collecting interests of James Marshall Osborn. The collection documents his activities as a rare book and manuscript collector, his research in early modern and eighteenth century English literature, and his authorship of several volumes of literary history. Much of the correspondence is with other literary scholars, including F. W. Bateson, James Lowry Clifford, Wilmarth S. Lewis, Maynard Mack, Chauncey Brewster Tinker, and René Wellek.
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The James Marshall Osborn Correspondence is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Bequest of James Marshall Osborn.
32.25 Linear Feet (81 boxes)
Language of Materials
The correspondence concerns the scholarly and collecting interests of James Marshall Osborn. The collection documents his activities as a rare book and manuscript collector, his research in early modern and eighteenth century English literature, and his authorship of several volumes of literary history. Much of the correspondence is with other literary scholars, including F. W. Bateson, James Lowry Clifford, Wilmarth S. Lewis, Maynard Mack. Chauncey Brewster Tinker, and René Wellek.
JAMES MARSHALL OSBORN (1906-1976)
James Marshall Osborn, literary historian, founder of the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection at Yale University, and Holstein cattle breeder, was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1906. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1928, and joined the investment advisory department of Guaranty Trust in New York. The next year, he married Marie-Louise Montgomery, a graduate of Vassar.
In 1932 Osborn left Guaranty Trust to study for a Master's degree in English at Columbia University. Two years later, the Osborns moved to England with their two sons, and James began to work toward a B.Litt degree at Oxford University. While at Oxford, Osborn pursued his interest in eighteenth-century literary history and began to acquire the literary and historical manuscripts that would form the core of the Osborn Collection.
Osborn was appointed Research Associate in English at Yale University in 1938; he held the position until the time of his death. He was named Adviser on Seventeenth Century Manuscripts to the Yale Library in 1954, and in 1963, when he began the transfer of his collection to Yale, became the first curator of the Osborn Collection.
Osborn's publications include The Autobiography of Thomas Whythorne (1961); an edition of Joseph Spence's Observations, Anecdotes and Characters (1966); and Young Philip Sidney (1972).
In addition to his scholarly activities, Osborn was also a noted dairy cattle breeder and promoter of Holsteins from 1940 to 1960. He received the D.Litt from Oxford University in 1968, and was named Curator Emeritus of the Osborn Collection in 1972. James Marshall Osborn died in New Haven on October 17, 1976.
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- Balderston, Katharine Canby, 1895-
- Bateson, Frederick Wilse, 1901-1978
- Bentley, Harold W., 1899-1980
- Book collecting -- United States
- Bowers, Fredson, 1905-1991
- Boys, Richard C. (Richard Charles), 1912-1975
- Brooks, Cleanth, 1906-1994
- Chapman, R. W. (Robert William), 1881-1960
- Chapple, J. A. V., 1928-
- Clifford, James L. (James Lowry), 1901-1978
- Copeland, Thomas Wellsted, 1907-
- Crane, Ronald S. (Ronald Salmon), 1886-1967
- Croft, P. J. (Peter John), 1929-1984
- Davin, Dan, 1913-1990
- De Beer, Esmond Samuel, 1895-1990
- Dobell, Percy John, 1871-1956
- Eccles, Mary Hyde, 1912-
- English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism
- English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism
- Gardner, Helen, 1908-1986
- Greene, Richard Leighton
- Greg, W. W. (Walter Wilson), 1875-1959
- Halsband, Robert, 1914-1989
- Hemlow, Joyce
- Hilles, Frederick W. (Frederick Whiley), 1900-1975
- Klima, Slava
- Learning and scholarship -- United States -- History -- 20th Century
- Lewis, W. S. (Wilmarth Sheldon), 1895-1979
- Mack, Maynard, 1909-2001
- Malone, Edmond, 1741-1812 -- Criticism and interpretation
- Manwaring, Elizabeth Wheeler, 1879-
- McManaway, James Gilmer, 1899-1980
- Metzdorf, Robert F. (Robert Frederic), 1912-
- Parks, Stephen
- Pearson, Norman Holmes, 1909-1975
- Powell, Lawrence Fitzroy, 1881-1975
- Scholars -- United States
- Sherburn, George, 1884-1962
- Sutherland, James Runcieman, 1900-1996
- Tinker, Chauncey Brewster, 1876-1963
- Universities and colleges -- Study and teaching -- United States
- Vieth, David M.
- Waith, Eugene M., 1912-
- Wellek, René, 1903-1995
- Wimsatt, William K. (William Kurtz), 1907-1975
- Yale University -- Faculty
- Yale University -- History
- Yale University. Library
- Guide to the James Marshall Osborn Correspondence
- Under Revision
- by Beinecke Staff
- November 1994
- Description rules
- Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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