Register of the Basil M. Bensin Papers

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Title: Basil M. Bensin papers
Date (inclusive): 1913-1970
Collection Number: 2001C60
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: In English and Russian.
Physical Description: 1 microfilm reel (0.15 linear feet)
Abstract: Speeches and writings, biographical data, and photographs, relating to agriculture, especially in northern climates, and to Russian émigré affairs.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Bensin, Basil M.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Basil M. Bensin Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired.

Location of Originals

Originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.

Biography

B. M. Bensin was born in Russia on 30 January 1881 (O. S.). He received his education in agricultural sciences at the University of Minnesota, graduating with an M.S. in 1912. Returning to Russia, he authored a pamphlet entitled Izuchenie zasukhoustoichivykh ras sel'sko-khoziaistvennykh rastenii in 1913. After 1920, he emigrated to Czechosovakia, where he published Sel'skoe khoziaistvo i kooperatsiia v S.-Amerikie (Prague, 1923) and Shkola i sel'skoe khoziaistvo (Prague, 1924).
Coming to the United States in 1930, he continued his agricultural researches: as an agronomist for the Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station and instructor at the University of Alaska from 1945 to 1948, he identified strains of plants capable of withstanding the extreme cold and harsh climate of the region. Bensin was also active in the Russian émigré Sokol movement, and his collection contains some materials on that topic. He died in North Carolina in February 1973.

Biographical Note

1881 January 30 (O.S.) Born, Russia
1912 M. S., Agricultural Sciences, University of Minnesota
  Returned to Russia
1913 Author, Izuchenie zasukhoustoichivykh ras sel'sko-khoziaistvennykh rastenii
1923 Author, Sel'skoe khoziaistvo i kooperatsiia v S.-Amerikie
1924 Author, Shkola i sel'skoe khoziaistvo
1930 Arrived in the United States
1945-1948 Agronomist, Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station
  Instructor, University of Alaska

Scope and Content Note

Basil M. Benzin (Vasilii Mitrofanovich Benzin) was an agricultural expert active in Russia (to 1920), Czechoslovakia (1921-1930) and the United States (1910-1912 and 1930 to his death). The collection includes his written works on varioua aspects of agronomy and its economic organization, as well as a file of unique materials on the history of Russian Sokol organizations in Europe and the United States (SUBJECT FILE/Athletic clubs). Also interesting are the files on his son's (Igor Bensen) career as an engineer for General Electric and inventor of flying contraptions (BIOGRAPHICAL FILE/Family file/Bensen, Igor, and PHOTOGRAPHS/Bensen, Igor).
Detailed processing and preservation microfilming for these materials were made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by matching funds from the Hoover Institution and Museum of Russian Culture. The grant also provides depositing a microfilm copy in the Hoover Institution Archives. The original materials remain in the Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco as its property. A transfer table indicating corresponding box and reel numbers is available at the Hoover Institution Archives.
The Hoover Institution assumes all responsibility for notifying users that they must comply with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17 United States Code) and Hoover Rules for the Use and Reproduction of Archival Materials.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Agriculture.
Russia.
Russians--United States.
United States.

Box 1

Biographical File, 1945-1951

Scope and Contents note

Articles, award, bibliographies, clippings and family file, arranged alphabetically by physical form
Box/Folder 1 : 1

Articles about B. M. Bensin.

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Includes entry from International Who's Who, 1948 June
Box/Folder 1 : 2

Award

Box/Folder 1 : 3

Bibliographies of works published

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Clippings about or mentioning B. M. Bensin

 

Family file

Box/Folder 1 : 5

Bensen, Igor Vasil'evich (son).

General note

See also PHOTOGRAPHS

Scope and Contents note

Biographical materials.
Box/Folder 1 : 6

Benzin, A. M. (brother?).

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Clipping and description of his inventions
Box/Folder 1 : 7

Correspondence, 1970

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One greeting card sent to N. A. Slobodchikov
Box 1

Speeches and Writings, 1913-1952

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Articles and books, arranged chronologically by title
Box/Folder 1 : 8

"Agricultural Self-Sufficiency Possible in Alaska," Ketchikan Alaska Chronicle, n.d.

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Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 9

"Agroecology: Basic Science of Agriculture," n.d.

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Typescript
Box/Folder 1 : 10

"Arctic Coldframes with Miracle Solar Reflectors for Northern Climates," n.d.

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Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 11

"Arctic Solar Reflectors for Northern Climates," n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 12

"K istorii vozniknoveniia i razvitiia nauki agroekologii," n.d.

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Holograph
Box/Folder 1 : 13

"'Russkii sokol:' Ego zadachi i tsieli v Amerikie," n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 14

Izuchenie zasukhoustoichivykh ras sel'sko-khoziaistvennykh rastenii, 1913

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 15

Sel'skoe khoziaistvo i kooperatsiia v S.-Amerikie, 1923

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 16

Shkola i sel'skoe khoziaistvo, 1924

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Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 17

"O siemenakh i o posievie," and "Zasukhi i neurozhai v Rossii," Kalendar' dlia russkikh zemlediel'tsev na 1925 god, 1925

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Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 18

"Polevyia kul'tury Iuga i Iugo-Vostoka Rossii," Kalendar' dlia russkikh zemlediel'tsev na 1926 god, 1926

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Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 19

"Agroecological Studies of Maize Plant," Program of a lecture, 1930

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Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 20

"Agroecological Exploration in the Soto La Marina Region, Mexico," The Geographical Review, 1935 April

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Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 21

"The Future of Orthodoxy in America," Russian Orthodox Journal, 1945

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Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 22

"Problems of Agricultural Microclimatology in Alaska," Farthest North Collegian, 1950 March

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Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 23

"Agroecological World Geography," Biologia, 1951

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 24

"Growing Warm Season Vegetables in Alaska," . 1951 May

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 25

"Arctic Cold Frames for Northern Climates," . 1952

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 26

"Coal Dust for Alaskan Gardens," . 1952

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 27

"Warm Season Vegetables in Alaska," . 1952

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box 1

Subject File, 1924-1937

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Clippings, receipt and printed matter arranged alphabetically by subject
Box/Folder 1 : 28

Alaska.

Scope and Contents note

Travel guides, brochures, railroad timetables, and receipt from Bensin's travels
Box/Folder 1 : 29

Athletic clubs.

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Materials on Czech and Russian Sokol organizations in Czechoslovakia and the United States
Box 1

Photographs, n.d.

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Three prints of B. M. Bensin and five of Igor Bensen and his gyrocopters
Box/Folder 1 : 30

Bensin, B. M.

Scope and Contents note

Three prints
Box/Folder 1 : 31

Bensen, Igor V.

Scope and Contents note

Five prints of him and his gyrocopters