Finding Aid for the Arthur Christopher Benson Papers, 1900-1925

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UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 1999
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Arthur Christopher Benson Papers, 1900-1925

Collection number: 656

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Brooke Whiting, July & November 1962
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, May 2002
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Arthur Christopher Benson Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1900-1925
Collection number: 656
Creator: Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1862-1925
Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Arthur Christopher Benson (1862-1925) published his first volume of essays in 1896. In all, he published more than seventy books, including poetry, short stories, novels, biographies, and essays. The collection consists of correspondence and literary manuscripts, an unpublished novel and a presentation copy of a book of Benson's poems.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of 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.

Restrictions on Access

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

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Arthur Christopher Benson Papers (Collection 656). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Benson was born April 24, 1862; his father was Edward White Benson, who later became Archbishop of Canterbury; entered Eton as King's scholar, 1874; went to King's College, Cambridge, 1881; returned to work at Eton, 1885-1903; published first volume of essays, 1896; produced various works, including a biography of his father, Edward White Benson (1899), The Schoolmaster (1902), Land of Hope and Glory, and Peace and Other Poems (1905); in all, published more than seventy books, including poetry, short stories, novels, biographies, and essays; became master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, 1915; died June 17, 1925 at Cambridge.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of the correspondence and literary manuscripts of Arthur Christopher Benson. Manuscript titles include: The Art of the Biographer, Biographic Studies, Loopholes, Memoir of Mary Benson, Poems, The War 1914, and Bibliography of Arthur Christopher Benson. Also includes an unpublished novel and a presentation copy of a book of Benson's poems, Le Cahier Jaune.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Correspondence, book of poetry, and typescripts.
  2. Manuscript and typescripts of unpublished material.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1862-1925--Archives.
Authors, English--20th century--Archival resources.
Poets, English--20th century--Archival resources.
Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1862-1925-- Cahier Jaune.


Container List

Box 1

Correspondence, mainly from Gordon G. Wordsworth to Arthur Christopher Benson, but with 2 letters from other people, and also copies of 3 letters from various people to Gordon Wordsworth. v.p., September 1924-February 1925.

Creator/Collector: Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1862-1925.
Physical Description: 24 pieces.

Scope and Content Note

These letters concern the purchase of Mount Scawfell by Benson and Wordsworth for the purpose of giving it to the National Trust.
Box 1

Le Cahier Jaune; poems. Eton: Privately printed, 1892.

Creator/Collector: Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1862-1925.
Physical Description: 99pp. 22.5cm.

Scope and Content Note

  • Presentation copy from the author to Sir Walter Durnford, Provost of King's College, Cambridge.
  • With this is bound: His, The Myrtle Bough, a Vale. Eton, Spottiswoode, 1903. 70pp., and his, The Olive Bough. Eton: Spottiswoode, 1904. 31pp.

Note

Ex libris: C.K. Ogden.
Box 1

The Art of the Biographer. Cambridge, 1917.

Creator/Collector: Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1862-1925.
Physical Description: 49 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections, bound.

Scope and Content Note

Published in Royal Society of Literature of the United Kingdom, London. Essays by diverse hands, being transactions. London, 1926. 22cm. New [i.e. 3rd] series, vol.6, pp. [139]-164.
Read April 29th, 1925.
Box 1

Biographical studies: Issak Walton, Edward Ernest Bowen, William Collins, Evelyn Shirley Shuckburgh, Henry James, The Angel [fiction?], Matthew Arnold, Crevasse [fiction?]. Cambridge, v.d.

Creator/Collector: Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1862-1925.
Physical Description: 8 typescripts with holograph corrections, bound in 1 vol.

Note

Apparently all unpublished.
Box 1

Letters to various persons. v.p., v.d.

Creator/Collector: Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1862-1925.
Physical Description: 2 items. Typescript, holograph.

Scope and Content Note

With these: 1 letter of July 26, 1926 (typescript copy) from R.M. Welsford to Lord Charnwood, and 1 letter of August 2, 1926 (typescript copy) from Charnwood to Welsford, both regarding Arthur Christopher Benson's estate.
Box 1

Loopholes. Cambridge, 1916.

Creator/Collector: Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1862-1925.
Physical Description: Typescript with holograph corrections, bound.

Scope and Content Note

  • These were... made into a little book called Loopholes [unpublished]...
  • Title on backstrip reads Fragments 1917 (omitted from Loopholes).
Box 2

[Manuscript without title. n.p.,n.d.].

Creator/Collector: Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1862-1925.
Physical Description: 190 leaves. 23cm. Holograph marked in pencil.

Note

A novel, apparently unpublished.
Box 2

Memoir of Mary Benson. Cambridge, 1925.

Creator/Collector: Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1862-1925.
Physical Description: Typescript (carbon), bound.

Scope and Content Note

A life of the author's mother.

Note

Ex libris: E.F. Benson.
Unpublished.
Box 2

Poems. [A volume of miscellaneous pieces, both poetry and prose. n.p., v.d.]

Creator/Collector: Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1862-1925.
Physical Description: 24 typescripts, some with holograph corrections.

Scope and Content Note

The dates, 1904, 1909, and 1916 appear on several items.
One item dated December 13, 1903, is printed. Poems. A.C.B. appears on the spine. Bound in boards.
Ex libris: C.K. Ogden.
Box 2

The War 1914. Cambridge, n.d.

Creator/Collector: Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1862-1925.
Physical Description: Typescript with holograph corrections, bound.

Note

Apparently unpublished.
Box 2

Bibliography of Arthur Christopher Benson. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 25pp. 26cm. Typescript with corrections in ink.

Scope and Content Note

  • Compiler unknown.
  • Included are several biographical quotations from various sources.