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Adolph Burnett Benson papers

Call Number: MS 76

Scope and Contents

The Adolph B. Benson Papers consist of seven linear feet of correspondence, writings, photographs, clippings, and teaching material spanning Benson's entire academic career. They are arranged in two series, CORRESPONDENCE and WRITINGS AND MISCELLANY. Most of the letters were written in these years: 1920-1934, 1946-1961. They are related mainly to Benson's teaching and publications, to his work on behalf of the American-Swedish Historical Foundation and the American-Scandinavian Foundation and to family matters. The writings are drafts of Americans from Sweden (incomplete) and of articles and essays on literary subjects. The photographs are of several unidentified persons (one of whom may be the young Adolph Benson) and of book exhibits by the Swedish American Line. The teaching material consists of lecture notes from Benson's years at Columbia and gradebooks spanning most of his career at Yale.

The Benson Papers were given to Yale University Library by Professor Benson in 1960 and by Mrs. Benson in 1963.


  • 1920-1961


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Adolph Benson in 1960 and of Mrs. Benson in 1963.


Arranged in two series: I. Correspondence. II. Writings and Miscellany.


7 Linear Feet (16 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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University professor and writer, Correspondence, writings, photographs, clippings and teaching materials largely related to Benson's career at Yale University and his work in connection with the American-Swedish community. Included in the papers is the unfinished draft of a book, Americans from Sweden, as well as articles on literary subjects.

Biographical / Historical

Taught at Columbia University, 1909-1911, at Dartmouth, 1911-1914, and at Sheffield Scientific School, 1914-1920; professor of German and Scandinavian at Yale University, 1920-1947; chairman of Department of Germanic Languages, 1932-1944.

Guide to the Adolph Burnett Benson Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Thomas J. Connors, Susan Grigg, and Marguerite S. Witkop
January 1979
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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