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Includes papers of the related Osborn and Camp families.

Correspondence, accounts, and other papers of John G. Camp; Jacob A. Camp's daily reports as special agent and letters of instruction (1878-1884) on investigations of customhouses, complaints against Federal officials, claims against the Federal Government, and bids for Federal appropriations; accounts (1871) for the Oil & Guano Company, Sandusky, Ohio; diary and household expenses of Elizabeth Francis Osborn Camp (1835-1920), wife of Jacob A. Camp; family stories by Anna (Camp) Edwards; postcards from various European cities and from Japan and Russia; and material relating to the Civil War, to Federal patronage, and to life in Buffalo, Sandusky, Florida, New York City, Washington, D.C., and the South after the Civil War. Correspondents include Charles J. Folger, Rutherford B. Hayes, Thomas S. Jessup, Winfield Scott, John Sherman, and John Tyler.

Osborn family papers include letters from Ebeneezer Francis Osborn describing his life as a clerk in the firm of Osborn and Young, New York City, a serious yellow fever epidemic in New York City, a voyage (1825-1828) to Rio de Janeiro, Valparaiso, Arica, Lima, and other South American cities, trading opportunities, social, political, and military activities, and the attitude of the people of Lima toward the intended visit of Simon Bolivar; a series of letters (1831-1839) describing social life in New England and public opinion on the death of Ralph Waldo Emerson's wife; a series (1840-1848) describing life, a flour business and store in the river town of Louisiana, Mo.; a series describing life in Sandusky, Oh.; and a letter (1856) describing a Northerner's reactions to life in the South.

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