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Osborn Family Scrapbooks

Identifier: M/A 0048

Description of Contents

Collection consists of two scrapbooks kept by Helen Osborn Cook who lived in Minneapolis in the 1930s and 1940s. The scrapbooks contain photos, clippings and ephemera relating to the life and activities of the Osborn Family from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, both in Minnesota and in other states. Material covers Minneapolis, Alexandria, MN and other areas outside of Minnesota.

1 box.

Contents of Box 1

One scrapbook, inscribed "Helen Osborn Cook Concord N.H." consists of photos and clippings relating to the life and activities of the Osborn Family from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, predominantly in Minnesota. Most of the photos are portraits. Several photos are missing from the scrapbook as of December 2012. Also includes the letter which accompanied the scrapbooks when they were sent to the Minneapolis Public Library by the Concord, NH Public Library.

A second scrapbook, inscribed "Property of Helen Osborn Cook Concord N.H. (notation: 2-6-61)" with a sticker on the cover saying "Am. Legion and Aux." consists of photos, clippings, and ephemera relating to the life and activities of Helen Osborn Cook from the 1930s and 1940s, predominantly in Minnesota. Includes material from the Minnesota Soldiers Home, the American Legion, and the American Legion Auxiliary.


  • 1929 - 1940


Access Restrictions

The collection is available for use in Special Collections during the department's open hours.


Helen Osborn Cook was a stenographer in 1938 at the Minnesota Soldiers Home where she resided at the time. By 1961 she was residing in Concord, New Hampshire.


1 boxes (1 box)

Language of Materials


Donor Information

Note from Concord, NH Public Library

Dear Ms. Burke: Here is the subject of our correspondence, two Osborn family scrapbooks. I wish that I could tell you something of their provenance, but they were simply left with us by a patron in a hurry. Not all of the material contained in them pertains to the Minneapolis area, but there seems to be more Minneapolis content than there is paraphernalia from any other one place, so your library is probably the best home for them.

Sincerely. Robert F. Nardini Reference Librarian

Accession 1998.12
Osborn Family Scrapbooks
April 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55401 U.S.A.