Guide to the Lynn M. Osen Papers

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Special Collections and Archives
The UCI Libraries
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University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California 92623-9557
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Lynn M. Osen papers
Date: 1952-2000,
Date (bulk): bulk 1969-1995
Collection Number: MS-R130
Creator: Osen, Lynn M.
Extent: 0.8 linear feet (2 boxes)
Languages: The collection is in English.
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: This collection comprises the papers of Lynn Moses Osen, who helped develop the Women's Studies program at the University of California, Irvine and actively spoke on behalf of women's education. The papers document Osen's teaching career at the University of California, Irvine and her speaking engagements at high schools, colleges, workshops, churches, and women's events throughout Southern California. The collection includes correspondence, awards, academic papers, resumés, course proposals and syllabi, clippings, fliers, and a signed copy of Osen's book, Women in Mathematics (1974).

Important Information for Researchers

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Lynn M. Osen papers. MS-R130. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Frank Osen, 2006.

Processing History

Processed by Cyndi Shein, 2007.

Biography

Author and lecturer Lynn Moses Osen was an energetic spokesperson for women's rights throughout Southern California in the latter half of the 20th century. She actively participated in many professional and community organizations including the Orange County League of Women Voters and the Orange County Commission on the Status of Women. As an instructor at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Osen was instrumental in the development of the Women's Opportunities Center and the Women's Studies Program and taught courses in mathematics, statistics, psychology, and women's issues.
During World War II young Lynn Moses received the U.S. Navy Department's Civilian Service Award for her original work in systems analysis. She continued working for the Navy after she married Don Osen in 1950 at the age of 30. In the 1960s and 1970s, Osen earned bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology.
Osen was known for her tireless efforts to promote women's equal education and employment. She was a driving force behind the establishment of the Orange County League of Women Voters in 1957 and was later the founding chairperson of the Orange County Commission on the Status of Women. She also served as head of the speakers' bureau for the National Organization for Women (NOW) in Orange County.
In addition to her work in female psychology, Osen was an accomplished statistician and mathematician and a member of the American Association of Women in Mathematics. Combining her interests in women's studies and mathematics, Osen wrote a well-received paper entitled "The Feminine Mathtique" (1971) and a widely translated book, Women in Mathematics (1974). She described the "feminine mathtique" as a myth that "encourages the notion that to enjoy mathematics in its many forms is to be, in some obscure way, at variance with one's womanhood" (Osen, 1974, p. 11); during her lifetime Osen devoted much of her time and energy to dispelling that myth among her contemporaries. To this end she designed and taught courses at UCI and presented workshops and lectures for various colleges, high schools, businesses, churches, and women's organizations throughout Southern California.
Osen's interests and activities expanded beyond women's issues to include memberships in organizations such as the Newport Harbor Art Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, California State Central Committee, Author's Guild (Author's League of America), Mental Health Advisory Board of Orange County, and the Western Psychological Association. Osen also contributed articles to Architectural Digest, Psychonomic Science, Rangefinder Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Mathematics Newsletter, and Reader's Digest.
In later years, Osen spent time traveling and writing; she contributed articles to magazines such as Asia, China Tourism Press, and Hong Kong Tatler. Osen continued to live in Laguna Beach, California and participate in women's organizations and the local Orange County community until her death in 2003.

Biography/Organization History

Chronology

1920 November 13 Born in Alabama. (Father: William B. Moses.)
1945 Received U.S. Navy Department Civilian Service Award for original work in systems analysis.
1950 May 20 Married Donald Shotwell Osen.
1950-1954 Supervised Statistics Division, Industrial Relations Department, U.S. Navy.
1954 Gave birth to son, Frank Sanford Osen.
1957 Obtained charter and organized first Orange County chapter of the League of Women Voters.
1958 Volunteer for State Central Committee, Democratic Party.
1958-1959 Attended the University of California, Berkeley.
1961-1965 Vice President of Osen-Ojeda Development Corporation.
1966 Received Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine.
1968 Received Master of Science in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton; thesis title: Reciprocal Bibliographical Citations of Ten Psychological Journals.
1969-1977 Planned, coordinated, and taught Women's Studies courses at the University of California, Irvine.
1970 Published Multi-Dimensional Scaling (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press).
1971 Published The Feminine Mathtique (KNOW, INC.).
1972 Named "Outstanding Alumna," University of California.
1974 Published Women in Mathematics (MIT Press).
1974 Cited in World Who's Who of Women (1974, p.930).
1985 September Named one of Dawn Magazine's "Women of Achievement."
2003 September 01 Died.

Bibliography

Osen, Lynn M. Women in Mathematics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1974.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection comprises the papers of Lynn M. Osen, who helped develop the Women's Studies program at the University of California, Irvine and actively spoke on behalf of women's education. The papers document Osen's teaching career at the University of California, Irvine and her speaking engagements at high schools, colleges, workshops, churches, and women's events throughout Southern California. The collection includes correspondence, awards, academic papers, resumés, course proposals and syllabi, clippings, fliers, and a signed copy of Osen's book, Women in Mathematics (1974).
Although Osen was an active member of feminist and civic organizations throughout Orange County, California, the papers do not reflect these memberships or activities.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Separation Note

Materials concerning Osen's research on female pirates and her travel writings on the Orient were not retained.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Osen, Lynn M. -- Archives.
University of California, Irvine -- Curricula.
University of California, Irvine -- Women's Studies Program -- Archives.
University of California, Irvine -- Archives.
Feminism -- United States -- 20th century.
Women's studies -- United States -- 20th century.
Women -- Education -- United States -- 20th century.
Women mathematicians -- California -- Irvine.
California -- Archives.

Genres and Formats of Materials

Letters -- California -- Orange County -- Irvine -- 20th century.
Clippings -- California -- Orange County -- Irvine -- 20th century.
Ephemera -- 20th century.
Fliers (Printed matter) -- California -- Orange County -- Irvine -- 20th century.

Occupations

Mathematicians.

Titles

Women in mathematics.


Collection Contents

 

Academic papers

Box : Folder 1 : 1

Master's thesis 1969

Box : Folder 1 : 2

Transcripts and master's degree 1952 1965-1969

Box : Folder 1 : 3

Articles about Lynn Osen 1972 1976 1984-1985 undated

Box : Folder 1 : 4

Articles authored by Lynn Osen 1967 1971 1976 1998 undated

Box : Folder 1 : 5

Awards, resumés and biographical information undated

 

Correspondence

Box : Folder 1 : 6

Personal 1994 undated

Box : Folder 1 : 7

Regarding Osen's political and community concerns 1969-1976 1991-2000 undated

 

Program and course proposals

Box : Folder 1 : 8

Planned by Osen at UCI 1969-1975 undated

Box : Folder 1 : 9

Planned by other colleges 1969-1970

 

Presentations and speaking engagements

Box : Folder 1 : 10

1969-1975 1969-1975

Box : Folder 1 : 11

1976-1995 1976-1995

Box : Folder 2 : 1

Undated undated

 

Women in Mathematics

Box : Folder 2 : 2

Book reviews and promotional material 1974-1975 1991-1993

 

Correspondence

Box : Folder 2 : 3

General 1970-1997 undated

Box : Folder 2 : 4

Concerning rights and permissions 1971 1973 1991 undated

Box : Folder 2 : 5

Concerning royalties 1982-1996

Box : Folder 2 : 6

Concerning translations 1975-1977 undated

Box : Folder 2 : 7

With publisher, MIT 1972-1979 1983 1991 undated

Box : Folder 2 : 8

Notes and references 1975 undated

Box : Folder 2 : 9

Signed copy 1974