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Rachel Osborn Papers

Identifier: FMS-165

Scope and Contents

The collection includes journals of her sermons (primarily from the 1960s and 1970s), personal diaries, scrapbooks from her travels to Colorado and England, family photographs, travel journals from missionary work, correspondence primarily pertaining to her work as a minister, and several original holiday plays written by Osborn. Also included in the collection is a subsection of material gathered by Jody Richmond who planned to write a biography of Osborn that never came to fruition.


  • 1930-1999

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access.

Biographical or Historical Information

Excerpted from Rachel's Memorial Service Program: Rachel Agnes Osborn (1909-1990) was born in Muncie, Indiana, on April 8, 1909 to Quaker parents, Frank and Romania Mendenhall Osborn. She was the second of three children. During the Great Depression she participated in American Friends Service Committee work camps: in 1935 she was the director of religious activities for girls at the State Reform School in Tennessee and in 1936 she worked at the Big Jim Mission in Oklahoma. Rachel graduated from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, in 1939 and started her career as a Friends’ pastor at the Detroit Friends Church in Detroit, Michigan. Rachel went on to minister over the next 50 years in twelve states, serving in Indiana, Philadelphia, Nebraska, New England, Wilmington, Western, and New York Yearly Meetings. She also was the pastor-director of the Kickapoo Indian Friends Center in McLoud, Oklahoma from 1964 to 1967 and the pastor of Seaside Friends in Jamaica in 1978. She was a minister in Indiana for over 30 years. Rachel Osborn died in Richmond, Indiana, on March 11, 1990.

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10 Boxes

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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository