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Ruth Wilhelmina Kohlstedt Benson and Eloise Jeanette Benson Nicholl photographs and photograph albums of California life

 Collection
Call Number: WA Photos 1296
Scope and Contents
Photographs and photograph albums compiled by Ruth Wilhelmina Kohlstedt Benson and Eloise Jeanette Benson Nicholl documenting the Benson family in California, circa 1908-1947. Images are primarily formal and informal group and individual portraits of mostly identified men, women, and children chiefly in Big Bear City, La Crescenta, Los Angeles, and San Diego, California, but also in Indiana and other identified locations. Multiple photographs show the Benson family in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Photographs also document James Bernard Benson’s military service in Savenay, France, during World War I and William John Nicholl’s military service in the American South during World War II. Malcolm Daniel Benson and Phyllis Pearl Benson appear in the albums as well.

Also present are a scrapbook and papers relating to the Benson’s cottage at Big Bear Lake, 1929-2003.
Language of Materials
Captions in English.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Ruth Wilhelmina Kohlstedt Benson and Eloise Jeanette Benson Nicholl Photographs and Photograph Albums of California Life is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Book Shop, LLC on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 2017.
Dates
circa 1908-2003
Majority of material found within circa 1914-1946
Extent
3 Linear Feet (11 boxes)
Related Names
Book Shop, LLC
Benson, Ruth Wilhelmina Kohlstedt, 1893-1944
Nicholl, Eloise Jeanette Benson, 1921-2016
Language of Materials
English
Script
Latin