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Clarence R. Osborne, Jr. Papers

 Collection
Identifier: CA072-03

Scope and Content

This collection contains clippings, aeronautical charts, biographical narratives, and artwork that were collected by Clarence R. Osborne, Jr. while working for CAT/Air America. The Clarence R. Osborne, Jr. Papers are housed in one non-standard box and one object, totaling 3.5 linear ft.

The collection arrived in good condition. A small amount was processed in the Civil Air Transport (CAT) and Air America Small Collections and the artwork was displayed. The maps were described in a separate finding aid. The processing archivist consolidated all materials into one collection and identified three series, with the first series being the Biographical Information Series, which describes Clarence R. Osborne, Jr.’s life through narratives, clippings, and an obituary.

The second series is the Aeronautical Charts Series. These are maps cut out of their original sheets and are only partially identified. All sections cover Southeast Asia and contain aeronautical markings created by Osborne, Jr. in his function as pilot.

The third series is the Artwork Series, which includes an excerpt from The Columbia Gazetter of the World on the topic of the Plain of Jars region in northern Laos. The artwork is a 30x24x1” framed oil on canvas painting by a Laotian artist [Vihvoni?] depicting some of the jars on a grassy background with a tree in the center’s background and grazing animals on the right.

Dates

  • 1965 - 1998
  • Majority of material found in 1965 - 1965

Language of Materials

Collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish material from this collection in any form, current or future, must be obtained from the Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Biographical Sketch

Clarence Robert Osborne, Jr. was born on September 25, 1922. He was one of four children, one sister, Mrs. John W. Duenzl, and two brothers, Kenneth and Richard.

He served as a fighter pilot for the Army Air Forces from August 1942 until the end of the Second World War. Osborne retired from the Air Force in May 1965 with the rank of a Lt. Colonel. He was stationed in Europe, Japan, and Korea with the 6147th Tactical Control Group, the 9th Fighter Squadron, and the 49th Tactical Fighter Wing. Finally, he served with the 7th Air Division in Vietnam.

From 1965 through 1974, he was employed by Air America serving as a Captain of Fixed Wing Aircraft assigned to Udorn, Thailand flying Porter Pilatus airplanes. During his tenure with Air America, Osborne flew 10,603 sorties logging over 11,000 hours of flying time for the company.

Clarence R. Osborne, Jr. was married to Claire Osborne. The couple has one daughter, Ms. Robin Osborne Chaney. Clarence R. Osborne, Jr. passed away on November 7, 1985, due to the complications following a heart attack, in his home in Austin, Texas.

Sources

Source
"Jerry Fink Collection", Air America Roster, Folder 1, Box 32, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
"Clarence R. Osborne, Jr. Papers", "Clarence R. Osborne, Jr.," Folder 1, Box 1, Series I, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
Clarence R. Osborne, Jr. Papers, "Obituaries," "Air Force Times", Folder 1, Box 1, Series I, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Extent

3.5 Linear Feet (One non-standard box (16.0x13.0x3.0) and one framed item.)

Abstract

Clarence Robert Osborne, Jr. was employed by Air America on October 14, 1965. He served as a Captain of Fixed Wing Aircraft assigned to Udorn, Thailand. He separated from the company on September 6, 1974.

Series Description

The Clarence R. Osborne, Jr. Papers is arranged in three series:

Series I. Biographical Information 0.1 linear ft. (one oversize folder), 1972-1998.

Arranged by topic.

Series II. Aeronautical Charts 0.9 linear ft. (eleven oversize folders), 1965.

Arranged by topic.

Series III. Artwork 2.6 linear ft. (one object and one oversize folder), 1998.

Arranged by topic.

Provenance Statement

The Clarence R. Osborne, Jr. Papers were donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Robin Osborne Chaney, on 2003-12-12.

Additional Sources

Additional information can be found in the History of Aviation Archives in the following collections:

CAT/Air America Archives.

Image ID

It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission from copyright holders of materials to which this institution does not own copyright.

Images in this collection are identified by a unique number that provides information about the format, record group, collection, series, box, folder, and image numbers. Please use this number when ordering reproductions of images from this collection.

Record Group Code

1 = CAT/Air American Archives

2 = Doolittle Archives

3 = Lighter than Air Archives

4 = George H. Williams, Jr., World War I Aviation Library

5 = History of Aviation Archives

6 = University Archives

7 = HAC Stacks

8 = WPRL Stacks

9 = Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Collection

10 = Belsterling Collection

11 = Closed Stacks

12 = Unidentified

13 = Chance Vought Archives

14 = Twirly Birds Archives

Image Format Code

P = Photograph/Postcard

S = Slide

N = Negative

T = Positive Transparency

B = Black and White

C = Color

Example: 1CRO-1-1-PB1

1 = CAT/Air American Archives

CRO= Clarence R. Osborne, Jr. Papers

= Series Number

1 = Box Number

1 = Folder Number

P = Photograph/Postcard

B = Black and White

1 = Image Number

Images archived in plastic image holders may also have a location code in the format: 1/TL. In this example, the number is the sheet number and the letters indicate the top left position on the sheet. Position indicators are T = top, L = left, R = right, M = middle, and B = bottom. Position indicators may be combined to describe the position on the sheet, as shown in this example.

Note to the Researcher

Sections of maps that were glued to a cardboard, were detached from the surface and interleaved with acid-free paper. Where possible, other adhesive strips were carfully removed from the objects.
Title
Guide to the Clarence R. Osborne, Jr. Papers, 1922-1985
Status
Completed
Author
Paul A. Oelkrug, CA.
Date
2003-12-20
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2019-05-15.

Revision Statements

  • 2019-05-15.: 1st revision was a reprocessing of the collection following a migration to ArchivesSpace by Patrizia Nava, CA.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Division, History of Aviation Archives. Repository

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