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Collection of Thomas Mott Osborne Papers

Identifier: SFHL-SC-089


This collection includes a letter from Thomas Mott Osborne to Esther Morton Smith, a Germantown, Pennsylvania Quaker, turning down an invitation to speak on prison reform, and also several news clippings of photographs of Thomas Mott Osborne while he served as warden at Sing Sing prison.


  • 1915


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This collection is available for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Mott Osborne was active in the prison reform movement. He was born in Auburn, New York, in 1859, the son of David Munson and Eliza Wright Osborne. In 1886 he married Agnes Devens. From 1914-1916 he was warden of Sing Sing prison. He authored two books, Society and Prisons and Prisons and Common Sense. Thomas Mott Osborne died in 1926.


.1 Linear Feet (.1 linear feet (1 folder.))



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Sallie Smith. Method of acquisition--Gift of; Date of acquisition--1965.
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Archives, Personal Papers, And Manuscripts (Appm)
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