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   William Evarts Benjamin Papers, 1817-1940

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); William Evarts Benjamin Papers; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079157 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Benjamin, William Everts, 1859-1940.
Title:William Evarts Benjamin Papers, 1817-1940
Physical description:14 linear ft (ca. 4,000 items in 26 boxes & 4 volumes).
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection has no restrictions. This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 7 series:

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Description

Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, financial records, photographs, drawings, engravings, and printed materials of Benjamin. The personal and business papers concern Benjamin's publishing and bookselling company, his numerous benefactions, the disposal of his collections, and many printed catalogs for his company, 1883-1940. The two major correspondents are the business and financial records for the printing, binding, and extensive promotion through a network of agents of Stedman's A Library of Aamerican Literature from the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time ; new ed. (New York, W.E. Benjamin, 1894). There are also letters, manuscripts, documents, and drawings of English literary figures collected by Benjamin. Among these are six letters of George Eliot, 47 letters and six manuscripts of John Ruskin, and three letters and one manuscript of Joseph Mallord Turner, with four letters relating to the artist. In addition there ten drawings and watercolors by Ruskin.

Also, 37 letters and one manuscript were removed from Benjamin's copy of Robert Langton's The Childhood and Youth of Charles Dickens and cataloged for this collection. One letter from Langton and 32 from others were addressed to Charles Roach Smith, a well-known antiquary of London. Several letters are concerned with numismatics (including two from John Stuart, Earl of Darnley, one each from William Henry Ashe, baron Heytesbury, and Chase Spence), but most of these letters relate to Charles Dickens: three letters from his son, Sir Henry Fielding Dickens, six from Henry Gardiner Adams, of the Mechanics' Institute of Chatham and Rochester, one each from Frederick William Fairholt, and Charles Stewart Montgomerie Lockhart, manuscript notes by John Gough Nichols, a letter from John Bowen Rowlands, one each from W.J. Taylor and Joseph Cotton Wigram, Bishop of Rochester, two from Humphrey Wood of the Mechanics' Institute, and of particular interest the two letters from Sampson Seaton, whose father was a friend of the father of the famous novelist. Many of these letters were written at the time of Dickens' death from people living in the area of Rochester and Chatham, his early childhood homes.

Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Series II: Catalogs

Series III: Business & Personal Papers

Series IV: Library of American Literature

Series V: Scrapbooks

Series VI: Photographs

Series VII: Printed Materials

For related materials on Library of American Literature see E.C. Stedman Papers

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Using the Collection

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Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); William Evarts Benjamin Papers; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Cataloged 04/04/89 Christina Hilton Fenn

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2010-01-21 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

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Drawings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Engravings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Paintings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photoprints.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
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Adams, Henry Gardiner.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ashe, William Henry.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Authors, English.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Booksellers and bookselling--New York (State)--New York.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Darnley, John Stuart,--Earl of.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dickens, Henry Fielding,--Sir.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Eliot, George, 1819-1880.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fairholt, F. W. (Frederick William), 1814-1866.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Heytesbury,--Baron.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Langton, Robert.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lockhart, C. S. M. (Charles Stewart Montgomerie)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mechanics' Institute of Chatham and Rochester.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Nichols, John Gough.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Numismatics.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Phelps, Charles Henry.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing--New York (State)--New York.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rowlands, John Bowen.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ruskin, John, 1819-1900.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Seaton, Sampson.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Smith, Charles Roach, 1807-1890.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Spence, Chase.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stedman, Edmund Clarence, 1833-1908.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Taylor, W. J.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Turner, J. M. W. (Joseph Mallord William), 1775-1851.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wigram, Joseph Cotton.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wood, Humphrey.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Publisher, collector.

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