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Osburn Family Papers

Identifier: ASTATE-2013-01-09

Scope and Contents

The Osburn Family papers (0.1 linear foot) are arranged in three series: Genealogy, Legal and Financial Records, and Photographs. There are no subseries for this collection.


  • 1859 - 1990


Conditions Governing Access

This manuscript collection consists of physical materials. This collection has not been digitized. This collection is open for research use only in the Reading Room. It is not available for request through Interlibrary Loan. Please contact the archive via email ( at least a week in advance of your arrival to ensure the availability of the material.


Della Christine Daily was born June 6, 1907. Harrison Henry Osburn was born January 13, 1906. Della and Harrison were married on September 15, 1925 and welcomed their only child, Lela Ruth Osburn, on February 5, 1926. Shortly after her first birthday, Della and Harrison divorced.

Della quickly remarried to Horice Benjamin Thompson who was born January 19, 1905. Together they raised Lela, who assumed her stepfather’s last name, in addition to seven children of their own.

Likewise, Harrison began his second marriage to Nettie Leo Duncan Osburn who was born December 15, 1912. Harrison lost touch with his daughter Lela, but had seven children with Nettie. In 1969, Lela traveled with her husband from California to Arkansas in order to track down her father, who she had not seen for decades, for a reunion.

This collection contains information on both the Osburn and Ozbirn families. In 1918, the census bureau misspelled Osburn on their collection form. Lela’s grandfather was illiterate and unable to give the proper spelling, leading to two official spellings of the same family name.


0.1 Linear Feet (This collection is comprised of 3 folders within 1 document box. )




The Osburn family lived in Northeast Arkansas in the late 19th and early 20th century. This collection includes Osburn family genealogies, personal histories, pictures, and legal documents, in addition to birth and death certificates.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the archive by the Arkansas State University Museum in 2013.


Further additions to the collection are not expected.

Osburn Family Papers Finding Aid
Meredith McFadden; Flora Smith, Editor
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives & Special Collections - Dean B. Ellis Library Repository

Arkansas State University
Dean B. Ellis Library
P.O. Box 2040
State University AR 72467 United States
870-972-3199 (Fax)