John Osborn Papers, 1979-1997

Overview of the Collection

Osborn, John
John Osborn Papers
1979-1997 (inclusive)
1 cubic foot, (1 box)  :   ; 
Collection Number
MG 433
Dr. John Osborn was the founder and president of the Spokane-based Inland Empire Public Lands Council. This collection contains his personal papers.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public. Researchers must use the collection in accordance with the policies of the University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives.

This collection is in English
Funding for processing this collection was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

John Osborn worked for the U.S. Forest Service during summers from 1974 until 1980, was an Interregional firefighting crew member for the Boise, Sawtooth, and Payette National Forests in southern Idaho, became a medical doctor at the Spokane Veterans Hospital, and was an active environmental activist in the Idaho and eastern Washington areas. Osborn served as the north Idaho regional representative for the Idaho Conservation League, conservation chair for the Northern Rockies Sierra Club, board member for the Idaho Wildlife Federation and the Washington Wilderness Coalition, and was the founder and president of the Spokane-based Inland Empire Public Lands Council. Organized by doctors who wanted to preserve the beauty of the country, the Inland Empire Public Lands Council is an affiliation of sporting and environmental organizations that links the two main regions of the Northwest: the Northern Rockies and the Cascades and is dedicated to the transition of the Greater Columbia River Ecosystem from resource extraction to long term community and biological sustainability.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The John Osborn papers span the years 1979-1997. Included in the papers are articles, correspondence, and reports.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with Copyright Laws (17 U.S.C.) and any other applicable statutes.

Preferred Citation

John Osborn Papers, MG 433, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The original order was retained with all of the materials from the 1998 accession.

Preservation Note

Custodial History

The papers of John Osborn were in the possession of John Osborn until time of donation.

Acquisition Information

The papers of John Osborn were donated to the University of Idaho Library by Dr. John Osborn in May 1998 (MA 1998-09A).

Processing Note

This collection was processed using the Basic processing method. Some materials were refoldered. The collection was reduced by 3 cubic feet.

Separated Materials

Publications were removed and placed into a separate manuscript group Conservation Reports and Publications (MG 449).

Related Materials

Sierra Club - Northern Rockies Chapter records MG 86, Idaho Conservation League records MG 431, Maria Fraser papers MG 432

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Inventory Return to Top

Container(s) Description
Washington Wildlife Coalition Board of Directors mailings, Issues, Lawsuits

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Personal Names

  • Osborn, John--Archives