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educator , art historian

Osmund Rudolf Overby, American Art historian, educator. Recipient various fellowships and grants in field.


Overby, Osmund Rudolf was born on November 8, 1931 in Minneapolis. Son of Oscar Rudolph and Gertrude Christine (Boe) Overby.


Bachelor, St. Olaf College, 1953. Bachelor of Architecture, University Washington, 1958. Master of Arts, Yale University, 1960.

Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1963.


Assistant in instruction department of history of art, Yale University, 1959-1960, 61-62; architect, History American buildings Survey, United States National Park Service, 1960-1961, summers 1959, 62, 63, 65,; architect, History American buildings Survey, United States National Park Service, 68, 69, 70, 73, 85; lecturer department fine arts, U. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1963-1964; faculty department art history and archaeology, U. Missouri, Columbia, since 1964; department chairman, U. Missouri, 1967-1970, 75-77; professor art history, U. Missouri, 1979-1998; professor emeritus, U. Missouri, since 1998; director Museum of Art and Archaeology, U. Missouri, 1977-1983. Visiting professor department architecture University of California, Berkeley, 1980. Morgan professor.U. Louisville, 1989.

Visiting professor department art history and archaeology Washington University, St. Louis, 1996. Board advisors National Trust for History Preservation, 1974-1983. Consultant, panelist National Endowment for Humanities, since 1974.

Board Missouri Mansion Preservation Commission, 1974-1987. Advisor Heritage/St. Louis Survey, 1974-1976. Counsellor to St. Louis Landmarks Association, since 1977.

Chairman Task Force on History Preservation City of Columbia, 1977-1978. Consultant on history preservation. Active Missouri Advisory Council on History Preservation, 1967-1982.

Lecturer, exhibitor professional conferences in field.



Served with United States Army, 1953-1955. Fellow Society Arctl. Historians (board directors 1968-1973, 78-81, Journal editor 1968-1973, director Missouri Valley chapter, session chairman annual meeting 1976, vice president 1982-1986, president 1986-1988, chairman committees), Historic American buildings Survey.

Member Mid-Continent American Studies Association (editorial board American Studies 1965-1970), Midwest Art History Society (board 1975-1978, general chairman annual meeting 1977), Mid-American College Art Association (session chairman annual meeting 1975), Missouri Heritage Trust (president 1976-1979, 81-83, board directors since 1979), College Art Association, Landmarks Association St. Louis.


Married Barbara Ruth Spande, March 20, 1954. Children: Paul, Katherine, Charlotte.

Oscar Rudolph Overby

Gertrude Christine (Boe) Overby

Barbara Ruth Spande

Charlotte Overby

Paul Overby

Katherine Overby