Robert Louis Benson Papers, c. 1955-1996

Finding aid prepared by Julianna Jenkins, April 2013; machine readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA, 90095-1575
(310) 825-4988
spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
© 2013
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.


Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert Louis Benson papers
Collection number: 496
Creator: Benson, Robert Louis, 1925-
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Extent: 18.5 linear ft. (19 boxes)
Date: c. 1955-1996
Abstract: Robert Louis Benson (b.1925 - d.1996) was a professor in the department of history at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The collection consists of research notes, the manuscript of The Bishop Elect,a study in medieval ecclesiastical office (1968), manuscript transcriptions, articles for journals, galley and proof sheets, correspondence, microfilms, UCLA and Wesleyan University course lecture notes, and UCLA departmental materials. Also included are manuscripts, notes, and correspondence of Ernst Hartwig Kantorowicz, and materials relating to Kantorowicz that were in Benson's possession at the time of his death.
Language of Materials: English, Latin, German, French and Italian.

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert Louis Benson papers (Collection 496). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6946382 

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Papers were acquired from the estate of Robert Louis Benson in July 1997.

Processing Information

The collection was not organized when acquired. As a result, the organization was determined by the processor. The processor also assigned the folder titles listed in Series 1, 2, and 4.

Biography/History

Robert Louis Benson was born on August 21, 1925 in Portland, Oregon. After military service in the US Army Air Corps (1943-1945), he attended the University of California, Berkeley, BA (1950), the University of Munich, (1953-1955), and Princeton University, where he received his MA (1953) and Ph.D. (1958).
Benson worked as an instructor at Barnard College and Columbia University from 1956 to 1959. He then taught as an assistant professor (1959-1963), associate professor (1963-1968) and professor (1968-1975) at Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut). Other positions included: visiting associate professor (1961-1962) at Cornell University; visiting professor at the Free University of Berlin (1973-1974); and lecturer (summer 1975) at the University of Poitiers. His last position was as a professor (1974-1994) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
While at Wesleyan University, Benson served as chair of the Department of History (1970-1972). After his arrival at UCLA, Benson served on the Publications Committee of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (1976-1985) and as editor of Viator. Benson was a member of the Institute of Medieval Canon Law, serving on the Advisory Board, the Board of Directors, and as Secretary Treasurer. He was also Vice-President of the International Society of Medieval Canon Law.
Benson was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Munich (1953-1955), a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (1964-1965), a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton during Fall 1977, and a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America. He was also a Senior Fellow at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library from 1982-1983. He served as a Corresponding Member, Zentraldirektion, Monumenta Germaniae Historica. Benson was invited to present the Carlyle Lectures at Oxford University during the 1989-1990 academic year.
Benson published The Bishop-elect: A Study in Mediaeval Ecclesiastical Office in 1968. With Giles Constable, Benson co-edited Renaissance and Renewal in the Twelfth Century (1982) and co-wrote the introduction. Benson also contributed the article, "Political Renovation: Two Models from Roman Antiquity" to that volume.
Benson died on February 18, 1996 in Los Angeles, California.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of: notes, manuscripts, galley and proof sheets, correspondence, microfilm, UCLA and Wesleyan University course lecture notes, and UCLA departmental materials of history professor Robert Benson. The manuscripts of The Bishop Elect, a study in medieval ecclesiastical office and articles for journals are included. Also included in the collection are certain manuscripts, notes, and correspondence created by Ernst Hartwig Kantorowicz and materials relating to Kantorowicz that were in Benson's possession at the time of Benson's death in 1996.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Benson, Robert Louis, 1925- --Archives.
Kantorowicz, Ernst Hartwig, 1895-1963 --Archives.
University of California, Los Angeles. Department of History --Faculty --Archival resources.

Genres and Forms of Material

manuscripts for publication.


Container List

 

Series 1. Correspondence c.1955 - 1996

Physical Description: 2.0 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Scope and Content

Series 1 contains Benson's professional correspondence dating from the mid-1950s until he died in 1996. The correspondence is filed in alphabetical order by last name of correspondent and includes correspondence from John Benton, Peter Classen, Giles Constable, Hurst Fuhrman, Robert Figueira, Ralph Giesey, John H. Mundy, Robert Somerville, Brian Tierney, and John Van Engen.
Box 1

A-F. c.1958-1996

Physical Description: 1.0 box (1 linear ft.)
Box 2

G-Z. c.1958-1996

Physical Description: 0.5 box (.5 linear ft.)
 

Series 2. Subject files c. 1955 - 1996

Physical Description: 15 boxes (14.5 linear ft.)

Scope and Content

Series 2 contains Benson's miscellaneous research notes collected into folders and arranged alphabetically by the folder heading (title). Series 2 includes: Benson's major research topics and all notes, drafts and finished versions of Benson's papers and lectures and presentations resulting from his research; and materials relating to Benson's book, The Bishop Elect a study in medieval ecclesiastical office (1968). Major topics of interest to Benson found in Series 2 include Boncompagno da Signa; Frederick Barbarossa; Election; Gratian and the canonists; and the people and events germane to the development of papal/imperial relations of the High Middle Ages.
Series 2 also includes a collection of research note cards created by Benson; a miscellaneous assortment of offprints presented to Benson by other scholars; manuscript transcriptions, microfiches, microfilms and photographic prints used in Benson's research: and manuscript inventories created by Benson.
Series 2 contains materials relating to the joint Harvard/UCLA conference held in 1977 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Charles Homer Haskin's Renaissance of the Twelfth Century. Finally, Series 2 includes materials relating to Ernst Kantorowicz that were in Benson's possession.
Box 2

"A" research notes -- Bishop, Metropolitan and Primate.

Physical Description: 0.5 box (.5 linear ft.)
Box 3

Boncompagno and Libertas in Italy -- Election.

Physical Description: 1.0 box (1 linear ft.)
Box 4

Election, continued -- "H" Research notes.

Physical Description: 1.0 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Box 5

Haskins Conference -- "I" research notes.

Physical Description: 1.0 box (1 linear ft.)
Box 6

Iconeme, Narrative and Order -- Manuscripts.

Physical Description: 1.0 box (1 linear ft.)

Scope and Content

Box 6 contains Benson's research microfiche, prints and transcriptions and materials that relate to the life and work of Ernst Kantorowicz but which were not generated by Kantorowicz. Box 6 also contains a file relating to Kantorowicz's connection to the Stefan George Kreis and correspondence between Benson and Marion Doenhoff regarding Kantorowicz and the George Kreis.
Box 7

Melnikas corpus appendix -- Provincia Regnum.

Physical Description: 1.0 box (1 linear ft.)
Box 8

Poetry and prose composed by Benson -- Wesleyan [University, Middletown, Connecticut].

Physical Description: 1.0 box (1 linear ft.)
Box 9

Inventories of manuscripts by various canonists, including Gratian and Gelasius, arranged by Benson according to manuscript location and type. n.d.

Physical Description: 1.0 box (1 linear ft.)
Box 10

Inventories of canonist manuscripts listed on note cards. n.d.

Box 11

Manuscript microfilms.

Box 12

Manuscript microfilms, Macintosh floppy discs and research slides. n.d.

Oversize-Box 13

Manuscript copies. n.d.

Boxes 14-16

Miscellaneous offprints presented to Benson by various colleagues. Unorganized.

 

Series 3. Ernst Hartwig Kantorowicz files c. 1931 - 1961

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 3.0 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)

Scope and Content

Series 3 contains drafts, research notes,and source materials generated or possessed by Ernst Hartwig Kantorowicz (b.1895 - d.1963). The materials are organized alphabetically by topical folder heading using Kantorowicz's folder headings when possible. Many of the folder headings are in German.
Box 17

Actus primus incipit feliciter. n.d.

Box 17

Adesto. n.d.

Box 17

Adoptianismus. n.d.

Box 17

Alt Testament - Heilige. n.d.

Box 17

Altar. n.d.

Box 17

Anglo-Saxon. n.d.

Box 17

Animal Sacrifice. n.d.

Box 17

Apokolypse. n.d.

Box 17

Apostolisch. n.d.

Box 17

Arianismus. n.d.

Box 17

Ars Distandi/Bildungsethik. n.d.

Box 17

Arvalia. n.d.

Box 17

Ascensio: Tanz. n.d.

Box 17

Asylrecht. n.d.

Box 17

Bethlehem. n.d.

Box 17

Bienen/Wachs. n.d.

Box 17

Bildenfrage. n.d.

Box 17

Bilder. n.d.

Box 17

Bilderweibe Marienbilder. n.d.

Box 17

Byzant. England. n.d.

Box 17

Byzantinische Kroenung. n.d.

Box 17

Carneval and Fasten. n.d.

Box 17

Centesimum miliarium. n.d.

Box 17

Chronologia. n.d.

Box 17

Cluny. n.d.

Box 17

Coronation - The Sacring of the East Frankish Carolingians. n.d.

Box 17

Correspondence. c.1941 - 1962

Box 17

Correspondence between Kantorowicz and Benson. c.1951 - 1961

Box 17

Curia - Senatus. n.d.

Box 17

David. n.d.

Box 17

Deeis. n.d.

Box 17

Dei gratia. n.d.

Box 17

Diakone. n.d.

Box 17

Dionysos. n.d.

Box 17

Diptycha: Litanei. n.d.

Box 17

Duplication. n.d.

Box 17

[? Greek]. n.d.

Box 17

East and West. n.d.

Box 17

Engel. n.d.

Box 17

Epiphany. n.d.

Box 17

Eschatology. n.d.

Box 17

Exultet. n.d.

Box 17

Etimasie. n.d.

Box 17

Fuerstenspiegel. n.d.

Box 17

Gallikans Ritus. n.d.

Box 17

Geheime Deutschland. n.d.

Box 17

Golden Age. n.d.

Box 17

Griechisch im M.A. n.d.

Box 17

Guido Farba/Ars Dictandi. n.d.

Box 17

Heer. n.d.

Box 17

Herrscherbild - Heiligenbild. n.d.

Box 17

Herrschergebert. n.d.

Box 17

Heutigen Deutschen Historikertages. n.d.

Box 17

Hierarchica. n.d.

Box 17

Holl (excerpts). n.d.

Box 17

Iconographica. n.d.

Box 17

Improperia. n.d.

Box 17

Italian Bishops. n.d.

Box 17

January - Kalendum. n.d.

Box 17

Jerusalem - Romidee. n.d.

Box 17

Johannes Bapt. n.d.

Box 17

Juden in d. Liturgie. n.d.

Box 17

Judex - Sacerdos. n.d.

Box 17

Kaiser. n.d.

Box 17

Kanonisierung. n.d.

Box 17

Karfreitag. n.d.

Box 17

Kinder. n.d.

Box 17

The King's Deportment. n.d.

Box 18

King's Two Bodies. n.d.

Box 18

Koptica. n.d.

Box 18

Kroenungsbilder. n.d.

Box 18

Litany of the Saints. n.d.

Box 18

Liturgical Kingship and Divine Right. n.d.

Box 18

Liturg. Litteratur. n.d.

Box 18

Manuscripts: Stefan George; Deutsches Papsttum; and two unidentified papers. c.1931-1939

Box 18

Messe. n.d.

Box 18

Militans (ecclesia). n.d.

Box 18

Mimesis. n.d.

Box 18

Mission. n.d.

Box 18

Monarchie-Monotheism. n.d.

Box 18

Mystologie, Theologie. n.d.

Box 18

Narrheit. n.d.

Box 18

Normannen (S. Italy). n.d.

Box 18

Numismatics. n.d.

Box 18

Ohlig's Image of the Emperor in the Song of Roland. n.d.

Box 18

Paidophilia. n.d.

Box 18

Palmzweige (Palm Sunday). n.d.

Box 18

Papa imperator. n.d.

Box 18

Papst-Portraits-Iconographia. n.d.

Box 18

Paradiso terrestre. n.d.

Box 18

Paris B.N. Lat. 8567 Notes. n.d.

Box 18

Pater et Filius, Rex et Sacerdos. n.d.

Box 18

Perikopen. n.d.

Box 18

Pontifex Maxima. n.d.

Box 18

Prince and Scientiae. n.d.

Box 18

Profectio Regis. n.d.

Box 18

Prostration. n.d.

Box 18

Psalm 109 (110). n.d.

Box 18

Renaissance-Liturgie. n.d.

Box 18

Rex: Sacerdos. n.d.

Box 18

Rom. n.d.

Box 18

Romanesque: Gothic. n.d.

Box 18

Sacramentalism saec. X/XI. n.d.

Box 18

Sacramentarien. n.d.

Box 18

Sacro Poema. n.d.

Box 18

St. Gall. n.d.

Box 18

Saenger scholae (als Engel). n.d.

Box 18

Seneca and Glossators. n,d.

Box 18

Seven Stars. n.d.

Box 18

Silentium. n.d.

Box 18

Sinne (Hierarchy of the Five Senses). n.d.

Box 18

Sol-XPC (Christ). n.d.

Box 18

Spanien [Liturgica]. n.d.

Box 18

Stefanus. n.d.

Box 18

Superman. n.d.

Box 18

Sustentatio. n.d.

Box 18

Theater. n.d.

Box 18

Theurgie. n.d.

Box 18

Toga Picta of Justinian. n.d.

Box 18

Totenkult. n.d.

Box 18

Tractatus Eboracenses Notes. n.d.

Box 18

Transitio. n.d.

Box 18

Trasimundus. n.d.

Box 18

Trinity (Janus). n.d.

Box 18

Tupha [Tufa]. n.d.

Box 18

Unclassified Research Notes. n.d.

Physical Description: 2.0 folders
Box 18

Victoria. n.d.

Box 18

Vorhang. n.d.

Box 18

Vortragekreuz. n.d.

Box 18

XP [Christ] Interrex. n.d.

Box 18

XP [Christ] imperator. n.d.

Box 18

XP [Christ] Miles. n.d.

Box 18

XPC [Christ]. n.d.

Box 18

XPC [Christ]: Achilles. n.d.

Box 18

XPC [Christ]: Gott-Vater. n.d.

Box 18

XPC [Christ] nomina devina. n.d.

Box 18

XPC [Christ] - Pontifex. n.d.

Box 18

Karolingiana-Aachen: Rom. n.d.

Box 18

Karolingiana-Arianisme Staaten und Imp. Rom.[Imperial Rome]. n.d.

Box 18

Karolingiana-Antisemitismus, Karol. n.d.

Box 18

Karolingiana-Europa - Begriff (Karol.). n.d.

Box 18

Karolingiana-Renovatio Regni Francorum. n.d.

Box 18

Karolingiana-St. Denis. n.d.

Box 18

Ottonen: Salier-Heinrich III. n.d.

Box 18

Ottonen: Salier-Himmelfahrt Mariae: Otto III - Poem. n.d.

Box 18

Ottonen: Salier-Otto III. n.d.

Box 19

Offprints of articles written by Kantorowicz presented to Benson. n.d.

Physical Description: 1.0 document box (0.5 linear ft.)
 

Series 4. UCLA c.1974-1996

Physical Description: 4 folders (0.5 linear ft.)

Scope and Content

Series 4 contains UCLA University records generated by the UCLA Department of History and the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
Box 2

UCLA materials.

Physical Description: 4.0 folders