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Archive of the Benson Family

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The collection comprises principally the literary papers of A.C. and E.F. Benson, with correspondence and papers of members of the family.

Dates

  • 18th-20th century

Extent

33.99 Linear metres (309 Shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

Requests to see any of the Benson papers should be made in advance, in writing, to the Bodleian.

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Benson 1/1, or MS. Benson 3/6/5, or MS. Benson adds. 5, fols. 1-2].
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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Benson 1/1-3/78; Benson adds. 1-22

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 7103

Overview

Papers of Arthur Christopher Benson, writer (1862-1925), Edward Frederic Benson, writer (1867-1940), Edward White Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury (1829-1896), Robert Hugh Benson, Roman Catholic Writer and Apologist (1871-1914), Margaret Benson, Egyptologist and religious philosopher (1865-1916).

Biographical / Historical

Arthur Christopher Benson, writer (1862-1925), Edward Frederic Benson, writer (1867-1940), Edward White Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury (1829-1896), Robert Hugh Benson, Roman Catholic Writer and Apologist (1871-1914) - see Dictionary of National Biography for further details of all four of them; Margaret Benson, Egyptologist and religious philosopher (1865-1916) see Who Was Who for further details; and other members of the Benson family.

Arrangement

In two sequences: MSS. Benson and MSS. Benson adds. Papers within each section are arranged by name, A.C. Benson, R.H. Benson, and so on.

Custodial History

MSS. Benson, formerly Dep. Benson, were deposited by K.S.P. McDowall in 1949; MSS. Benson adds., were formerly owned by Mrs. Alice Russell.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1991.
Title
Catalogue of the archive of the Benson family, 18th-20th cent.
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Catalogued in EAD by Sam Hyde, 2005. Recatalogued and revised by Gillian Grant., 2007
Date
2008
Language of description
English
Sponsor
This catalogue was funded by a generous donation from the Tilling Society.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Contact:
Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom