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William E. Osgood papers, 1937-1998.
Osgood, William Edward, 1926-2010.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 438-442  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Osgood, William Edward, 1926-2010.
Title : William E. Osgood papers, 1937-1998.
Physical Description : 6 linear ft. (5 boxes).
Summary :

The William E. Osgood Papers include journal entries for day to day activities in Vermont, primarily for the period 1960 to date (1997). The journals also record foreign travels to northern regions. There is correspondence of a general nature as well as letters exchanged in the course of research into special topics. Family history notes cover the Osgood, Hale, and Trow ancestry. The collection includes official records of temperature and precipitation in Northfield, Vermont, which Osgood kept as an observer for the U.S. National Weather Service between 1974 and 1994. There are also monthly weather summaries discussing trends and unusual phenomena. Osgood has been an active member of the New England Chapter of the 10th Mountain Division Association; the collection includes documention of his work with this group.

The remaining part of the collection consists of research notes for published works as well as several unpublished manuscripts. There are teaching notes generated for courses taught at Goddard College, The Center for Northern Studies, and the Mount Washington Observatory. Also there are memoranda and notes for projects for a wide variety of other projects such as: a research paper of the influence of the early issues of the Atlantic Monthly magazine in the development of American poetry; plans for a circumpolar expedition; efforts to halt the proliferation of nuclear weapons; and work for

Biographical or historical data :

William Edward Osgood was born on March 24, 1926, in Nashua, New Hampshire, the fifth and last child of Horace Edward and Ethel Hale (Trow) Osgood. He was educated in the Nashua public schools. In 1944 he was inducted into the U.S. Army and volunteered for service with the 10th Mountain Division where he was a combat infantryman during the Italian campaign of World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and in 1947 matriculated as a student at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. He graduated cum laude in 1951. He received a Master's degree in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1952. Osgood married Thelma Slabaugh of Akron, Ohio, in 1949. They have two children; Kathleen, born in 1951; and Deborah, born in 1954.

The Osgood family moved to Ohio in 1952 where Osgood was the Tuscarawas County Librarian. In 1953 the Osgoods relocated to Hanover, N.H., where Osgood was a Reference Assistant at Baker Library of Dartmouth College. The next move was to Vermont. Osgood was Adult Services Librarian for the Vermont Free Public Library Service from 1955-1956. Osgood was appointed Librarian at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, in 1957 and remained there until 1972. During the years 1968-1969 the family lived in Finland while Osgood was on sabbatical leave. In 1972 Osgood became the Librarian at the Center for Northern Studies in Wolcott, Vermont, where he also served as the Editor of the Center's quarterly publication, Northern Raven. He taught several courses there and organized the Center's monthly seminar series. Osgood's last professional library appointment was at the Vermont Historical Society where he was the Special Project Cataloger working on the Harold Goddard Rugg Collection of Vermontiana. Osgood retired in 1990 but has continued to work on manuscript projects as a volunteer for the Society. He has also been an active volunteer on trail and archival projects for the Green Mountain Club. The Osgood family has lived at Ravencroft in Northfield, Vermont, since 1956.

While Osgood was working as a Reference Assistant on the staff of the Baker Library of Dartmouth College during 1953-1954 he became acquainted with the Arctic explorer and scholar Vilhjalmur Stefansson, who greatly influenced Osgood's later career as a writer and researcher on cold weather topics and outdoor life. Osgood has had five books and numerous articles published on these subjects. For further biographical and genealogical information see Doc 438:1-6.

Personal Subject : Osgood family.
Hale family.
Trow family.
Corporate Subject : Tenth Mountain Division Association.
United States. Army. Mountain Division, 10th.
Center for Northern Studies Wolcott, Vt.
Goddard College.
Mount Washington Observatory Gorham, N.H.
Subject Term : Weather Vermont.
Snowshoes and snowshoeing.
Cross-country skiing.
Geographic Term : Cold regions.
Northfield (Vt.) Climate.
Vermont Climate.
Genre/Form : Correspondence.
Lecture notes.
Occupation : Librarians.
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