Guide to the Oscar Amos Papers 1904-1933
Cage 119

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Amos, Oscar
Title
Oscar Amos Papers
ID
Cage 119
Date [inclusive]
1904-1933
Extent
1.0 oversize folder
General Physical Description note
3.25 feet of linear shelf space
Location note
Folder 18 located in map case.
Language
English
Abstract
This collection consists of a diary, meditations, notes, and other papers associated with Oscar Amos in the period 1904-1933.

Preferred Citation note

Oscar Amos Papers, 1904-1933

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections Washington State University Libraries Pullman, WA

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Biographical/Historical note

Oscar Amos, born September 12, 1871, was abandoned at five months old in a Poor House in Scoot County, Indiana. Several years later, Amos was taken to the Orphan's Home in Jeffersonville, Indiana. For the majority of his life, Amos lived in poverty and was a "handy-man" in Pullman, Washington, and a student of philosophy. He called himself a "philosophy reader."

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of a diary, meditations, notes, and other papers associated with Oscar Amos in the period 1904-1933. The notes and bound diary date from 1916-1933 and were written by Amos while residing in Pullman, Washington. The collection also includes a copy of "The Stoic Philosophy" by Professor Gilbert Murray, and meditations written by Amos between 1920 and 1932 on the philosophy of life. These meditations are handwritten in pencil on scavenged bits of cardboard, notebook paper, backs of postcards, theatre posters, etc. In them, Amos discusses mankind's purpose, ways to improve one's life, predictions of future world events, religion, and related topics.

Handwritten transcriptions by Margaret Weller that were completed after Amos' death are filed with the collection.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in a single series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries 2013

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pullman (Wash.) -- History -- Sources

Subject(s)

  • Reflection (Philosophy)
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Transcriptions by Margaret Weller undated 

1 1

Diary circa 1913-1930 

1 2

Meditations circa 1920-1932 

1-4 3-17

Meditations circa 1920-1932 

oversize 18