Albert S. Osborn

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Albert Sherman John Paul Osborn
Born
Albert Sherman Osborn

1858
Died1946 (aged 87–88)
Known forPioneer and author in the field of Questioned Document Examination. Expert witness in many famous trials including People v. Molineux (168 N.Y. 264, 1899) and State v. Hauptmann (115 N.J.L. 412, 1935). Founding president of the ASQDE.
Notable work
Various seminal textbooks in the area of QDE

Albert Sherman Osborn is considered the father of the science of questioned document examination in North America.[1]

His seminal book Questioned Documents was first published in 1910 and later heavily revised as a second edition in 1929. Other publications, including The Problem of Proof (1922), The Mind of the Juror (1937), and Questioned Document Problems (1944) were widely acclaimed by both the legal profession and by public and private laboratories concerned with matters involving questioned documents.

Osborn is also known for founding the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners (ASQDE) on September 2, 1942. In 1913 Osborn began inviting select practitioners to informal educational gatherings hosted in his home and those meetings eventually led to formation of the ASQDE. He became the society's first president and was involved intimately with the discipline and Society until his death four years later.

Osborn was involved in a number of high-profile cases during his time, including the murder of Mary Phagan and the Lindbergh kidnapping, the latter of which was featured in the film J. Edgar (2011), where Osborn is played by actor Denis O'Hare.

Bibliography[edit]

1907 — Photography and Questioned Documents, 43p., Rochester, NY, TR800.O6[2]
1908 — Ink and Questioned Documents, 19 p., The Genesee Press, Rochester, NY, HV8076.O73[3]
1908 — Typewriting as evidence, 23 p., The Genee Press, Rochester, NY, KF8947.Z9 O8[4]
1910 — Questioned Documents, The Lawyers' Co-operative Publishing Co.[5]
1912 — Proof of Handwriting, 16 p., ISBN 1-120-86446-1[6]
1922 — The Problem of Proof, 526p., Matthew Bender Co., Albany, NY[7]
1922 — The Problem of Proof (2nd ed.), 539p., Essex Press in Newark, NJ[8]
1929 — Questioned Documents (2nd ed.), 1042 p., Boyd printing company, Sweet & Maxwell, Albany, NY, KF8947.O83 1929b[9]
1937 — The Mind of the Juror as Judge of the Facts, or, the Layman's View of the Law, Hardcover, 239 p., William S. Hein & Company, ISBN 0-8377-0926-1
1944 — Questioned Document Problems
1946 — Questioned Document Problems (2nd ed.), 569 p., Boyd printing company in Albany, N.Y., HV8074.O87 1946[10]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Conway, James V.P. (June 1998), "A Brief History of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners", Journal of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners, 1 (1): 2–3
  2. ^ Albert Sherman Osborn. "Photography and questioned documents". Open Library. Retrieved 2013-09-12.
  3. ^ https://openlibrary.org/books/OL6558324M/Ink_and_questioned_documents
  4. ^ Albert Sherman Osborn. "Typewriting as evidence". Open Library. Retrieved 2013-09-12.
  5. ^ Albert Sherman Osborn. "Questioned documents". Open Library. Retrieved 2013-09-12.
  6. ^ Albert Sherman Osborn. "Proof of handwriting". Open Library. Retrieved 2013-09-12.
  7. ^ Albert Sherman Osborn. "The problem of proof". Open Library. Retrieved 2013-09-12.
  8. ^ Albert Sherman Osborn. "The problem of proof". Open Library. Retrieved 2013-09-12.
  9. ^ Albert Sherman Osborn. "Questioned documents". Open Library. Retrieved 2013-09-12.
  10. ^ Albert Sherman Osborn. "Questioned document problems". Open Library. Retrieved 2013-09-12.