This collection documents how James Osborn, known as "Jimmy," performed for and befriended members of the American Ninth Air Force. It also documents their efforts to get him an education at Perkins. Jimmy would arrive at Perkins in 1945 and the collections documents this story, which got national attention. It also includes mention of his family's immigration to the United States.
Jen Hale, 2013, updated 2019 Jen Hale
James Osborn, known as Jimmy, became widely known in the United States as the British blind pianist who was “adopted” by members the American Ninth Air Force. While stationed in England during World War II, the 9th raised money so that 10-year-old Jimmy could get an education in the United States. In 1945, James was enrolled at Perkins School for the Blind. James was from Romford, England.In 1947, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Osborn moved to the United States, settling in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
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This collection documents how members the American Ninth Air Force met Jimmy Osborn, sought out education for him, and his subsequent arrival at Perkins in 1945. The bulk of the collection are clippings. The bulk of the photographs document Jimmy's initial arrival to the United States. The story got national attention.
2 Series, 2 boxes arranged chronologically
Series 1: Clippings, 1945-1951
Series 2: Photographs, circa 1945
Box 1: Clippings and photographs, 1945-1951
Folder 1: Collier’s clipping with handwritten note from the author, 1945
Folder 2: Clippings sent from Capt. John F. O’Connell of the United States Strategic Air Forces (USSTAF), 1945
Folder 3: Clippings, 1945-1951
Folder 4: Clippings, 1945-1951
Folder 5: Clippings, 1945-1951
Box 2: Photographs, circa 1945
Folder 1: Pan American Photographs, circa 1945
Folder 2: Photographs, circa 1945
Perkins School for the Blind.
Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind.
World War, 1939-1945.