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William Everts Benjamin papers, 1817-1940

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0100
Bib ID 4079157 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Benjamin, William Everts, 1859-1940
Title William Everts Benjamin papers, 1817-1940
Physical Description 14 linear feet (26 boxes 4 volumes)
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 7 series.

Description

Summary

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 AMERICAN 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.

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This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); William Everts Benjamin papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Alternate Form Available

Royal Cortissoz and John Ruskin letters are on: microfilm.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Beatrice Benjamin Cartwright & Henry Rogers Benjamin, 1943.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Cartwright, Beatrice Benjamin and Henry Rogers Benjamin. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1943. Accession number--M-43.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 04/04/89.

Revision Description

2010-01-21 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Engravings (prints) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Paintings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
A'Court, William Henry Ashe, 2nd Baron Heytesbury, 1809-1891 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Adams, H. G. (Henry Gardiner), 1811 or 1812-1881 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Booksellers and bookselling -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Darnley, John Stuart, Earl of Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dickens, Henry F., Sir (Henry Fielding), 1849-1933 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eliot, George, 1819-1880 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fairholt, F. W (Frederick William), 1814-1866 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Heytesbury, William Henry Ashe Holmes-à Court, Baron, 1809-1891 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Langton, Robert, 1825-1900 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lockhart, C. S. M (Charles Stewart Montgomerie) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mechanics' Institute of Chatham and Rochester Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nichols, John Gough, 1806-1873 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Numismatics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Phelps, Charles Henry Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rowlands, John Bowen Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ruskin, John, 1819-1900 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Seaton, Sampson Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Smith, Charles Roach, 1807-1890 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Spence, Chase Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stedman, Edmund Clarence, 1833-1908 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Taylor, W. J Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Turner, J. M. W (Joseph Mallord William), 1775-1851 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wigram, Joseph Cotton Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wood, Humphrey Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Publisher, collector.

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Series I: Cataloged Correspondence



Box 1 Abbott, Lyman


Box 1 Adams, Henry Gardiner


Box 1 Benjamin, William Evarts


Box 1 Burke, John Bernard


Box 1 Byron, Anne Isabella Noël


Box 1 Campbell, Thomas


Box 1 Carrington, Katherine S. Batts


Box 1 Coleridge, Samuel Taylor


Box 1 Coles, Jonathan Ackerman


Box 1 Cirtisso, Royal

[Available on microfilm]


Box 1 Crockett, Samuel Rutherford


Box 1 Cumberland, Richard


Box 1 Darnley, John Stuart, 6th earl


Box 1 Davis, Richard Harding


Box 1 Dickens, Charles


Box 1 Dickens, Dir Henry Fielding


Box 1 Dix, Morgan


Box 1 Dumas, Alexander, fils


Box 1 Edgeworth, Maria


Box 1 Eliot, George


Box 1 Fairholt, Frederick William


Box 1 Fawkes, Walter Ramsden


Box 1 Gilbert, Thomas "Bishop of Shropshire"


Box 1 Gilder, Jeannette L.


Box 1 Goldwin, J. H.


Box 1 Hale, Edward Everett


Box 1 Hay, John


Box 1 Heytesbury, William Henry Ashe, 2nd Baron


Box 1 Homer, Winslow


Box 1 Hubbard, Elbert


Box 1 Hughes, Charles Evans


Box 1 Ireland, Joseph N.


Box 1 Jones, William Alfred


Box 1 Kitton, Frederick George


Box 1 Langton, Robert


Box 1 Leigh, Oliver


Box 1 Lockhart, Charles


Box 1 Lockhart, Charles Stuart Montgomerie


Box 1 Lubbock, Sir John, 1st Baron Avebury


Box 1 Lupton, Thomas


Box 1 Maas, Joseph


Box 1 Mayer, Joseph


Box 1 Mellon, Andrew W.


Box 1 Mills, Ogden L.


Box 1 Mitchell, Donald Grant


Box 1 Moore, Thomas Sir


Box 1 Nichols, John Gough


Box 1 Overall, William Henry


Box 1 Pearman, Augustus John


Box 1 Phelps, Charles Henry


Box 1 Purland, Theodosius



Box 2 Rheade, Louis J.


Box 2 Rockefeller, John D.


Box 2 Rowlands, John Bowen


Box 2 Ruskin, John

[Also on microfilm]


Box 2 Seaton, Sampson


Box 2 Sheridan, Richard Brinsley


Box 2 Smith, Charles Roach


Box 2 Spence, Chas.



Box 3 Stedman, Edmund C.


Box 3 Symons, Arthur


Box 3 Taylor, W. J.


Box 3 Turner, Joseph Mallord William


Box 3 Vanderbilt, George W.


Box 3 Walcott, Mackenzie Edward Charles


Box 3 Wigram, Joseph Cotton, Bishop of Rochester


Box 3 Wilson, Harriett


Box 3 Wood, Humprey


Box 3 Wright, Thomas


Box 3 Miscelleneous

Series II: Catalogs



Box 4 Duplicate File: Set No. 1



Box 5 Duplicate File: Set No. 2

Series III: Business & Personal Papers



Box 6 American Antiquarian Society , Worcester, MA, 1927-1941


Box 6 American Historical Association, 1926/1927


Box 6 The Book Lover , 1888-1903


Box 6 Bookplates



Box 7 Eastern High School , Washington, DC, 1930


Box 7 Engravings and illustrations


Box 7 Government lists


Box 7 Gutenberg Bible, 1891-1929


Box 7 Library of Congress, 1926-1929



Box 8 Library of Congress, 1930-1935


Box 8 Lyman Allyn Museum , New London, CT, 1935-1937



Box 9 Murillo's Imaculate Conception, 1926/1927


Box 9 Murillo's Imaculate Conception - Pallavicini Catalogue, 1927


Box 9 The New York Community Trust, 1926-1931


Box 9 The New York Historical Society, 1937-1939


Box 9 Photographs


Box 9 Publishing business:advertising; bills, receipts, etc.; James Mcdonald, Bookbinder; print catalogue; printed materials; stock lists



Box 10 Rogers, H.H. - condolences re. his death, 1909


Box 10 S.S. "H.H. Rogers" - launching, 1916


Box 10 Speyer property dispute, 1911-1913


Box 10 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, 1927-1930


Box 10 Thatcher, John B. The Continent of America


Box 10 Union College, 1890-1935



Box 11 Union College, 1936-1940


Box 11 University of Virginia, 1928-1930


Box 11 George Washington, 1889-1930


Box 11 Washington family, 1927-1930


Box 11 Miscellaneous: memoranda; notebook; clippings; pamphlet; title pages

Series IV: Library of American Literature



Box 12 Accounts, 1884-1903


Box 12 Accounts, 1903-1910


Box 12 Accounts - royalties


Box 12 Advantages of the L.A.L.


Box 12 Advertisements: ; full page ; 1/2 & 1/4 page ; retailo, printed copy ; written copy


Box 12 Advertising


Box 12 Advertising, sets exchanged for



Box 13 Agents, 6 folders


Box 13 Agents - printed materials


Box 13 Benjamin, Charles R. General Agent


Box 13 Binding


Box 13 Boston orders


Box 13 Braunworth & Co. Bookbinders, 3 folders


Box 13 Circulars


Box 13 Colonial literature



Box 14 Commendations, 10 folders


Box 14 Correspondence - miscellaneous


Box 14 Courses of Reading, 3 folders


Box 14 Hovendon, John Relating to E.C. Stedman


Box 14 Illustrations



Box 15 Improvements in manufacturing


Box 15 Jenkins & McCowan Printing


Box 15 Legan matters


Box 15 Macdonald, James Bookbinder


Box 15 Portraits


Box 15 Printed materials


Box 15 Prospectus, etc., 3 folders


Box 15 Specimin pages


Box 15 Stedman, Edmond Charles, 3 folders


Box 15 Webster & Co., 2 folders


Box 15 Miscellaneous

Series V: Scrapbooks



Box 17 Scrapbook of clippings, 1884-1891, 1 volume



Flat Box 28 Scrapbook

Series VI: Photographs


Flat Box 28 Large photographs

Series VII: Printed Materials

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



Box 16 Books from W.E. Benjamin's library



Box 18 The Collector



Box 19 The Collector



Box 20 The Collector



Box 21 Catalogs 1-10


Box 21 Catalogs 11-29



Box 22 Catalogs 30-42


Box 22 Catalogs 43-53



Box 23 Catalogs 77-95


Box 23 Catalogs 13-66



Box 24 Catalogs 54-67


Box 24 Catalogs 68-76



Box 25 The Book Lover



Box 26 The Book Lover



Box 27 The Book Lover



Box 28 The Book Lover



Box 29 The Book Lover