An Inventory of Papers in Syracuse University Libraries


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Lithgow Osborne (b. Apr. 2, 1892) was the third son of Thomas Mott Osborne. When he was in the middle of his senior year at Harvard, Joseph C. Grew snapped him up for an assignment in the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. That was 1914 . . .

As private secretary to Ambassador James W. Gerard, and later as third secretary of the embassy, Lithgow Osborne was plunged into the diplomatic and social life of wartime Germany. . . .

Shortly before President Wilson broke relations with Germany, Osborne was transferred to the American Legation in Havana. Because of his familiarity with European affairs he was soon returned to the Continent as Secretary of the American Legation in Copenhagen.

The Osborne Association provides treatment, educational, and vocational services for people in the adult and juvenile justice systems, including inmates, ex-inmates and their families. It serves some 5,000 annually in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan, as well as in city jails and state prisons.

The association has 175 staffers and some 40 volunteers, including many ex-inmates. In January 2001, it merged with the South Forty Corporation, the oldest employment organization of its kind in NYS.

Administrative Office
36-31 38th St.
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 707-2600
Fax: (718) 707-3103
South 40 Employment & Training Services
36-31 38th St.
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 707-2600
Fax: (718) 707-3105
Brooklyn Site
175 Remsen St.,
8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 637-6560
Fax: (718) 237-0686
Bronx Site
809 Westchester Ave.
Bronx, NY
(718) 842-0500
Fax: (718) 842-0971
Aids In Prison Project
A collect hotline
NYS inmates.
(718) 378-7022
Family Resource Center
A toll-free
information hotline
NYS inmates' families
(800) 344-3314
web site URL:
e-mail address for information:
Elizabeth Gaynes
Executive Director
Patricia Ritchings
Associate Executive Director
John Rakis
Associate Executive Director
Carolina Cordero Dyer
Director of Development
George Drakopoulos
Chief Financial Officer
Chair: Barbara H. Stanton
President: Frederik R.-L. Osborne
Secretary: Leroy Frazer, Jr.
Elizabeth B. Hubbard, pro tempore
Treasurer: Charles Toder
Ralph S. Brown, Jr.
Amanda M. Burden
Constance P. Carden
Gregory L. Curtner
Victor F. Germack
Richard H. Girgenti
Zelma Weston Henriques
Clay Hiles
Seymour W. James, Jr.
Ricky Jones
Delores D. Jones-Brown
Barbara A. Margolis
J. Edward Meyer, III
Herbert L. Miller, Jr.
Leigh M. Miller
Elizabeth E. Osborne
Lithgow Osborne
Anthony M. Schulte
Anthony R. Smith
Jeffrey G. Smith
Pearl F. Staller
Katrina vanden Heuvel
William J. vanden Heuvel
Alfonso Wyatt
Antonio M. Young

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There he met Countess Lillie Raben-Levetzau, whom he married. They had three sons: Richard, Lithgow Devens and Frederick, Raben-Levetzau.

After the Paris Peace Conference Osborne returned to Washington, D.C. He worked within the State Department for a few years but resigned . . . In 1922 he became the vice-president and editorial writer of the Auburn Citizen-Advertiser. A decade later he was back in government when Governor Herbert H. Lehman appointed him Commissioner of Conservation. After another ten years he departed Albany for Washington and a desk in the office of Strategic Services (OSS).

Late in the war, when Lehman was shaping the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), Osborne joined his staff. A little later, President Roosevelt made Osborne Ambassador to Norway, a post he held until May, 1946.

For several years after his return from Oslo Lithgow Osborne was chairman of the board of trustees for the American Scandinavian Foundation.

In 1954 he helped draft the original Declaration of Atlantic Unity, which was both a statement of purpose and an agency designed to bolster the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). A second Declaration of Atlantic Unity (1962) was sponsored by 270 American and European statesmen, some of whose correspondence is present in the collection.

Non-correspondence materials in the collection mostly relate to members of the Osborne family who have been described here, but there is an abundance of letters from other relatives and business acquaintances. .

The Osborne Family Inventory text ©1971 by Syracuse University Libraries
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