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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Benét Family
Title: Benét Family Papers
Dates: 1812-1970
Quantity: 32 boxes (21 cubic feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, journals, business and legal documents and photographic prints relating the Benét Family’s personal, professional, and creative activity. A significant volume of the collection contains correspondence between family members, including letters to and from Stephen Vincent Benét and William Rose Benét. The collection includes manuscript drafts by Laura Benét, as well as some ephemera and printed material collected by the family.
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Historical Note

Laura, William Rose, and Stephen Vincent Benét were the children of James Walker Benét and Frances Neill Rose. James Walker Benét was a colonel in the U.S. Army, following in the footsteps of his father, the first Stephen Vincent Benét, a brigadier general. Both father and son managed ordnance, and because of this, Laura, William and Stephen spent much of their early childhood living at a series of arsenals: Fort Hamilton on the shores of the New York Harbor, the Springfield Armory in Massachusetts, the Frankfort Arsenal near Philadelphia, the Watervliet Arsenal near Albany, and finally the Benicia Arsenal in California. They also spent periods with Colonel Benét's grandparents in Washington, D.C., and lived for several years in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Buffalo, New York.

It was while the family was at the Watervliet Arsenal, that the boys were sent to Albany Academy (then a military school), and Laura attended the Emma Willard School in Troy. Laura went to Vassar College to continue her education, and William went to Yale. Stephen, who was much younger, attended Hitchcock Academy in California while his father was stationed in Benicia, then followed his brother to Yale.

Laura Benét employed herself as a social worker, newspaper editor, poet and author. She worked as a settlement worker at the Spring Street Settlement in New York City, 1915-1917; as a placement worker at the Children's Aid Society, New York City; a sanitary inspector for the American Red Cross, Augusta, Georgia, 1917-1919; a secretary and assistant book page editor at the New York Evening Post; an editor at the New York Sun; as a book review editor's assistant and book review substitute at the New York Times; and as a free-lance writer from 1930 until her death. She received and award from the National Poetry Center in 1936, and an honorary degree from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1967.

William Rose Benét was an author and poet as well. He wrote for Century Magazine, the Saturday Review of Literature, and published several books of poems, and one novel. He was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Dust Which is God, an autobiographical verse narrative. He was married four times. He had three children with Teresa Thompson (sister to the novelist Kathleen Thompson Norris), who died during the influenza pandemic in 1919, just seven years after they were married. He had another child with the poet Elinor Wylie. They were married from 1923 until her death in 1928. His third marriage was to Lora Baxter (1932-1937), and his last marriage was to Marjorie Flack, an author and illustrator of children's books. Their marriage lasted from 1941 to his death in 1950.

Stephen Vincent Benét was also an author and poet. He too won a Pulitzer Prize, in 1929, for one of his most noted poems, "John Brown's Body". He may be best known, however, for his short story, "The Devil and Daniel Webster". Stephen married Rosemary Carr, a reporter in Paris for the Chicago Tribune, in 1921, and had three children. He had severe cases of scarlet fever and typhoid as a child, and suffered from arthritis as an adult; he died in 1943 of a heart attack at the age of 44.

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Family Nicknames

1827-1895 Stephen Vincent Benét — Grandpapa
1831-1916 Mary Lee Rose — Ammah
1833-1900 Laura Amanda Walker Benét — Grandmama, Lolly
1857-1928 James Walker Benét — Jack
1860-1940 Frances Neill Rose Benét — Fan, Fanny
1863-1948 Laurence Vincent Benét — Uncle Larry
1881-1911 Teresa Thompson Benét — Tee
1884-1979 Laura Benét — Tissy
1886-1950 William Rose Benét — Willie
1898-1943 Stephen Vincent Benét — Tibbie
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Scope and Content Note

The collection includes extensive family correspondence, including letters to and from Laura Benét’s brothers Stephen Vincent and William Rose. Correspondence of note includes a letter to Laura Benét from Edna St. Vincent Millay, letters from Rachel Field and Lola Ridge, and two letters from Robert Frost, to William Rose Benét. Eight folders contain correspondence from novelist Kathleen Thompson Norris to her sister Teresa Thompson Benét, wife of William Rose Benét. Some correspondence to Laura Benét includes editorial commentary from Stephen Vincent Benét (SEE manuscripts: All for a Silver Shoe, and Inheritors of the Earth).

A significant volume of the collection’s correspondence is from Laura to her mother Frances Rose Benét and father, Colonel James Walker Benét, written during her years at Vassar (1904 – 1907). Many of the letters note the name of the dormitory in which she lived at the time of writing. Letters in the collection include extensive correspondence between Laura and her mother, Frances Rose, as well as correspondence between Frances Rose and her mother Mary Lee Rose.

Photographic prints include a scrapbook (1907) of Benicia Arsenal (California), home of Frances and James Walker Benét during the years Laura completed studies at Vassar, and a small collection of photographic prints taken at Slabsides, the New York residence of American naturalist and nature essayist, John Burroughs.

Three cubic feet contain manuscript drafts by Laura Benét, one of which holds primarily fragments of writings, partial drafts and notations.

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Arrangement

The collection is intellectually arranged roughly by family generation. Top

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to quote (publish) from unpublished or previously published material must be obtained as described in the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library.

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  • A small collection of books owned by Laura Benét was removed from the papers and added to Vassar's rare book collection.
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Subject Headings

Names:

  • Barker, Elsa, 1869-1954
  • Benét, Frances Neill Rose, 1860-1940
  • Benét, James Walker, 1857-1928
  • Benét, James, 1914-
  • Benét, Laura
  • Benét, Laurence Vincent, 1863-1948
  • Benét, S. V. (Stephen Vincent), 1827-1895
  • Benét, Stephen Vincent, 1898-1943
  • Benét, William Rose, 1886-1950
  • Burroughs, John, 1837-1921
  • Field, Rachel, 1894-1942
  • Frost, Robert, 1874-1963
  • Goethals, George W. (George Washington), 1858-1928
  • Millay, Edna St. Vincent, 1892-1950
  • Norris, Kathleen Thompson, 1880-1966
  • Ridge, Lola, 1873-1941
  • Taylor, Prentiss, 1907-1991

Organizations:

  • Vassar College. Students
  • Yale University

Subjects:

  • Authors, American--20th century--Family relationships
  • Arsenals--United States--History
  • Poets, American

Places:

  • Benicia (Calif.)

Document Types:

  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Journals
  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs
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Encoding Information

Encoded by Laura Streett, April 2016.

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Preferred Citation

Benét Family Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Processed by Janine St. Germain, 2015.

Acquisition Information

First accession was donated by Patricia and Donald Kennelly in 1991. There was another accession from the Kennellys in 2008.

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Series List

Series I. Laura Benét

  • Correspondence
  • Financial and Legal Material
  • Notebooks
  • Biography
  • Miscellaneous
  • Writings
  • Manuscripts of other Writers

Series II. William Rose Benét

  • Correspondence
  • Correspondence to and from Teresa Thompson Benét
  • Writings
  • Miscellaneous

Series III. Stephen Vincent Benét

  • Correspondence
  • Miscellaneous

Series IV. Parents of Laura, William, and Stephen

  • James Walker Benét
  • Frances Neill Rose Benét

Series V. Grandparents of Laura, William, and Stephen

  • Stephen Vincent Benét, Sr., Laura Walker Benét, and (Great Uncle) Laurence Benét

Series VI. Children of William and Stephen

  • Wiliam Rose and Teresa Thompson Benét's Children: Frances Rosemary Benét, James Walker Benét, Jr., and Kathleen Anne Benét
  • Stephen Vincent and Rosemary Carr Benét's Children: Stephanie and Thomas Benét

Series VII. Miscellaneous Benét Family Material

  • Unidentified and miscellaneous family items

Series VIII. Photographic Prints

  • Portraits and snapshots of people, images of family homes, and some unidentified landscapes
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Container List

SERIES I. LAURA BENÉT

CORRESPONDENCE - Incoming
  • 3.5 - Arnold, Adelaide, 1928-1968
  • 3.6 - Bacon, Leonard, 1926-1966
  • 3.7 - Council for Democracy, 1942
  • 3.9 - Davies, Caro, includes poem “Red Moon”, 1967-1969
  • 3.10 - Davies, Mary Carolyn, no date
  • 3.8 - Fechet, d’Alary, 1933
  • 3.11 - Feeney, Leonard, 1940
  • 3.12 - Field, Rachel, 1932-1940
  • 3.13 - Gousenberg, Abraham, November, 1942
  • 3.14 - Johnson, Edith Warner, 1959
  • 3.15 - Johnson, Edith Warner, including poems and notations, no date
  • 3.16 - Lowell, Amy, January, 1916
  • 3.17 - Millay, Edna St. Vincent, includes verse of “The Splendor of Man”, no date
  • 3.18 - Miller, Ben, 1928-1933
  • 3.19 - Moffat, Marjorie, 1943
  • 3.20 - Pike, Violet, 1906
  • 3.21 - Ridge, Lola, 1928-1940
  • 3.22 - Taylor, Prentiss, 1933-1934
  • 3.23 - Widdemer, Margaret, April, 1932
  • 4.1 - Condolence letters, 1943
  • 4.2 - Christmas cards, notecards, 1930s–1950s
  • 4.3-4.14 - General, no date
  • 4.15 - General, 1892-1899
  • 4.16-4.20 - General, 1904-1909
  • 4.21 - General, 1911-1919
  • 4.22-4.23 - General, 1920-1929
  • 4.24-4.28 - General, 1930-1939
  • 4.29-4.35 - General, 1940-1949
  • 4.36 - General, 1950-1959
  • 4.37-4.39 - General, 1961-1969
Correspondence - Incoming, from family members
  • 5.1-5.24 - from Benét, Frances, Rose, 1900s-1935
  • 5.25 - from Benét, Laura Walker, 1893-1899
  • 20.19 - from Benét, Laurence, 1892-1945
  • 5.26 - from Benét, William Rose, 1873-1904
  • 5.27 - from Rose, Mary Lee, 1896-1906
  • 5.28 - from Rose, William J., 1893
  • 5.29 - from miscellaneous nephews, nieces, in-laws, 1929-1961
  • 5.30-5.35, 18.11 - from Benét, James Walker, 1892-1907
Correspondence - Outgoing
  • 6.1-6.36 - to Benét, Frances Rose, 1893-1935
  • 7.1-7.7 - to Benét, James Walker, 1893-1927
  • 7.8-7.17 - to Rose, Mary Lee, 1892-1916
  • 7.18 - to Benét, Stephen Vincent, 1906-1919
  • 7.19 - to Benét, William Rose, 1904-1919
  • 7.20 - to Rose, Agnes M., 1904-1917
  • 7.21 - to misc. family members, 1905-1936
Financial and Legal Material
  • 1.1 - Basket For A Fair, The Poetry Review, 1935 May
  • 1.2 – 1.3 - Correspondence, World Center of Women’s Archives, Poetry Society of America, The Author’s Guild, 1895-1943
  • 1.4-1.5 - Correspondence, Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1929-1937
  • 1.6 - New York Times, book review invoices, 1930
  • 3.1 - Association for Arts in Childhood, Schroeder Foundation, women’s War Work Abroad, 1918-1944
  • 3.2-3.3 - Doubleday, Doran & Co., copyright titles, 1934
  • 3.4 - Publishers correspondence, miscellany 1920-1962
Notebooks
  • 7.22 - Anonymous journal (damaged)
  • 7.23 - Anonymous journal, 1887
  • 7.24 - Day books, 1929 - 1930
  • 7.25 - Journal, 1889-1901
  • 7.26 - Journal, 1924
  • 7.27 - Journal, writing drafts, “A Cat in Distress”, 1933
  • 7.28 - Latin notes, no date
  • 7.29 - “My Literary Log,” books read by James Walker and Frances Rose Benét, no date
  • 7.30 - Research notes, Emily Dickinson, no date
  • 7.31 - Research notes, Shakespeare, Leland Opera House
  • 7.32 - Shopping lists,
Biography
  • 1.7-1.10 - Calendars, journals, 1923-1965
  • Box 25 - Scrapbook - poetry press clippings, circa 1917
  • 24.1 - Scrapbook, 1930
  • 1.24-1.29 - Clippings, 1897-1964
  • 2.1-2.4 - Clippings, 1896-1970
Miscellaneous
  • 24.2 - Sheet music book - "Duos", no date
  • 26.2 - Sheet music book, no date
  • 1.16-1.17 - Notes, lists, fragments of writing
  • 1.18 - Recipes
  • 1.19 - Report card, sample college entrance exams (Smith, Wellesley, Vassar), 1903-1904
  • 1.20 - Schoolwork, Calvert School lesson outlines
  • 1.21-1.22 - Sketches, drawings, prints (including Prentiss Taylor prints)
  • 3.24 - Certificate, air warden, 1942
  • 27.5 - St. Paul’s Church, handbill, no date
  • 1.23 - Ephemera, includes Academy of American Poets contest winner cards, 1969
  • 1.30-1.41 - Programs and pamphlets, 1880-1967
  • 21.16 - Programs - Yale, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial, 1936, 1937
  • 1.42 - Vassar related - programs, invitations, student association by-laws, 1905-1907
  • 1.43-1.44 - Research notecards, world history, papacy, no date
Writings
  • 1.11-1.15 - Poetry, A - Z
  • 8.1 - Ada’s Triumph (MS, TS)
  • 8.2 - All for a Silver Shoe, includes letter with critique from Stephen Vincent Benét (TS)
  • 8.3 - Always Look in A Coffee (TS)
  • 8.4 - Andy’s Heron (TS)
  • 8.5 - Animals’ Christmas (MS)
  • 8.6 - Aunt Hester’s Bird (TS)
  • 8.7 - An Ass and an Angel (TS)
  • 8.8-8.9 - Bible Stories (TS)
  • 8.10 - The Bird (TS)
  • 8.11 - Bless the Beasts (MS)
  • 8.12 - The Box a Bee Crept In (TS)
  • 8.13 - The Bracelet that Became a Crown (MS)
  • 8.14 - Bret Harte in Literature (MS)
  • 8.15 - Bullfrog Dentistry (TS)
  • 8.16 - Castle Gardens (MS)
  • 8.17 - The Cherrywood Cradle (TS)
  • 8.18 - Cinnamon Saint (MS)
  • 8.19 - The Cloud the Brought Bread (TS)
  • 8.20 - Cody’s Boy (MS, TS)
  • 8.21 - The Coffee Pot on the Dunes (TS)
  • 8.22 - The Comrade (TS, MS)
  • 8.23 - Conies on the Rock (TS)
  • 8.24-8.40 - Curious Heart (TS, MS)
  • 8.41 - Dancing Skunks (TS)
  • 8.42 - A Day in the Orchard (TS)
  • 8.43 - Daydawn’s Child (TS)
  • 8.44 - Desolation; Three People (TS)
  • 8.45 - The Diamond (MS)
  • 8.46 - Doll Voodoo (TS)
  • 8.47 - Dye Your Hair Red (TS)
  • 8.48 - Earth’s Inheritance (Fragment, MS)
  • 8.49 - Easter Hats (MS, TS)
  • 8.49-8.50 - Edgar Allen Poe (MS, TS)
  • 8.51 - Editorial on Girls’ Camps (MS)
  • 8.52 - Eglina (TS)
  • 8.53 - Emerald; The Ruby; Amber (TS)
  • 8.54 - Emperor Wilhelm II (MS)
  • 8.55 - Engineers Get Gipped (TS)
  • 8.56 - Faith is Victory (TS)
  • 8.57 - Fanny and Her Four Aunts (MS, TS)
  • 8.58 - Fanny Fuddle and the Flight of Time (TS)
  • 8.59 - The Fat King (MS)
  • 8.60 - Father Gafney (TS)
  • 8.61 - Father Gafney’s Toumbstone (MS, TS)
  • 8.62 - First Aid to an Eclipse (TS)
  • 8.63-8.66 - Florina (TS)
  • 8.67 - Florina’s Ready Pen (MS, TS)
  • 8.68 - The Foresters (MS, TS)
  • 10.1-10.49 - Fragments of writings, including writings of Florina, Flatboat Days, The Dog Boy, Growing Pains, A Faithful Drudge, The Guilded Weathercock, Jenny Lind (MS, TS)
  • 3.26-3.27 - Fragments of writings, including Homecoming, Christmas Market (TS, MS)
  • 8.69 - Fresh Springs (MS)
  • 8.70 - Gilda’s Tower (MS, TS)
  • 8.71 - Golden Lass (TS)
  • 8.72 - Greatness (TS)
  • 8.73 - Guard and Guide (TS)
  • 8.74-8.75 - Guardian Harp (TS)
  • 8.76 - The Harp (MS)
  • 8.77 - The Hat the Virgin Trimmed (MS, TS)
  • 8.88 - The Heron (MS)
  • 8.89 - The Hidden Valley (TS, MS)
  • 8.90 - The Hole that Spelled Canary (TS)
  • 8.91 - Un Homme d’Affaires (MS)
  • 8.92-8.93 - Horse Sense (TS)
  • 8.94 - The Houses at the End of the Ave (MS, TS)
  • 8.95 - How Tall We Are (TS)
  • 8.96 - Inheritors of the Earth, includes letter with critique from Stephen Vincent Benét (TS)
  • 8.97 - The Imp’s Armor (MS, TS)
  • 8.98 - In Queen Bess’ Day (TS)
  • 8.99 - In the Last Analysis (TS)
  • 8.100-9.4 - Jenny Lind (MS, TS)
  • 9.5-9.6 - Jenny, Wren, and the Voodoo (TS)
  • 9.7 - Kelly’s Girl (MS)
  • 9.8 - The King that Was Hid (TS)
  • 9.9 - The Lad With the Loaves and Fishes (TS)
  • 9.10 - Let the Sea Come (TS)
  • 9.11-9.12 - Loch Berries (TS)
  • 9.13 - Look in a Coffee Pot (TS)
  • 9.14 - Love’s Young Dream (MS, TS)
  • 9.15 - Lucky Strike, Sparrow Hawk (TS)
  • 9.16 - MacDowell Colony Studio (TS)
  • 9.17 - Magnet of Desire (TS)
  • 9.18 - Mary and Martha (TS)
  • 9.19 - Many a Mickle (MS, TS)
  • 9.20 - Marry, Come Up! (TS)
  • 9.21 - The Mouse’s Telegram (TS)
  • 9.22 - Mr. Dolberg’s Workbox (MS)
  • 9.23 - A Monkey and a Grandmother (MS)
  • 9.24 - Mountain Oracle (MS)
  • 9.25 - Mountain Sheep (TS)
  • 9.26 - The Mouse’s Pudding (TS)
  • 9.27 - Music and Molasses (TS)
  • 9.28-9.33 - Neptune in Virgo (MS, TS)
  • 9.34 - Never Did Run Smooth (MS)
  • 9.35 - The Nine Springs (TS)
  • 9.36 - Old-Fashioned Bouquet (TS)
  • 9.37 - Orpha Comfort’s Heart (MS, TS)
  • 9.38 - Pepper Profits (TS)
  • 9.39 - The Persistent Caller (MS)
  • 9.40-9.41 - Phil’s Quarry (MS, TS)
  • 9.42 - Phinias Barnum (Fragment, MS, TS)
  • 9.43 - Pinkey’s Night Ride (TS)
  • 9.44 - Prologue: Memory (TS)
  • 9.45 - The Quarry (MS, TS)
  • 9.46 - Rag Day (TS)
  • 9.47 - The Red Box (TS)
  • 9.48 - A Shaker Valentine (TS)
  • 9.49 - Shakespeare as Sonneteer (MS)
  • 9.50-9.51 - Sapphics (TS)
  • 9.52-9.60 - Shelley (MS. TS)
  • 9.61 - She Was Great (MS)
  • 9.62 - A Ship Set Sail (MS)
  • 9.63 - Some Achieve Marriage (MS, TS)
  • 9.64 - Spring Again (TS)
  • 9.65 - The Stairs (TS)
  • 9.66 - Steve’s Dad (TS)
  • 9.67 - Steve and the Sawmill (MS)
  • 9.68 - The Store that Turned into a Post Office (MS)
  • 9.69 - Substance in Shadow (MS, TS)
  • 9.70 - The Summons of Father LaBrosse (TS)
  • 9.71 - Sunday Dinner (MS)
  • 9.72 - Take a Green Apple (TS)
  • 9.73 - Talk on Animal Poems (TS)
  • 9.74 - Ten Cents (MS)
  • 9.75 - That Which Has Wings (MS, TS)
  • 9.76 - The Things We Are (Revision, TS)
  • 9.77-9.78 - Tip Top’s Hat (MS)
  • 9.79 - Toby’s Radio Lunch (MS, TS)
  • 9.80 - Tom Tiddler’s Ground (TS)
  • 9.81 - The Tree (TS)
  • 9.82 - A Turkey’s Thanksgiving (MS)
  • 9.83 - The Two Coaches (TS)
  • 9.84 - Unemployed Fairies (MS)
  • 9.85 - Valentine’s vs. Twins (MS)
  • 9.86 - Watch Your Step (TS)
  • 9.87 - Watchman Stork (TS)
  • 9.88 - Watch Your Step (TS)
  • 9.89 - Water, Water (MS)
  • 9.90 - The Way of an Eagle (TS)
  • 9.91 - A Wedding Cinema (TS)
  • 9.92 - What the Animals Saw (MS)
  • 9.93 - The Whitetop Fiddlers’ Convention (MS, TS)
  • 9.94-9.95 - With This Ring (TS)
  • 9.96 - Who Rang that Bill? (MS)
  • 9.97 - Wind and Bread (MS)
  • 9.98 - The Wooden Box (MS)
  • 9.99-9.101 - The Workbox (TS)
  • 9.102 - Young Witnesses (MS, TS)
Manuscripts of Other Writers
  • 11.1 - Barker, Elsa - Unidentified
  • 11.2 - Barker, Elsa - A Special Purpose (TS)
  • 11.3 - Barker, Elsa - Cat Comedy (TS)
  • 11.4 - Barker, Elsa - Der Kalte Graal (Published Score)
  • 11.5 - Barker, Elsa - Do It Softly (TS)
  • 11.6 - Barker, Elsa - Facts Relative to…Peary North Pole articles, 1936 (TS)
  • 11.7-11.10 - Barker, Elsa - Fragments, notes (MS, TS)
  • 11.11 - Barker, Elsa - Hard as Nails (TS)
  • 11.12 - Barker, Elsa - In Her Own Way (TS)
  • 11.13 - Barker, Elsa - Judy Breaks Through (TS)
  • 11.14 - Barker, Elsa - Hymns, 1935 (TS)
  • 11.15 - Barker, Elsa - Laughing Lion, circa 1935 (TS)
  • 11.16 - Barker, Elsa - Letters from a Living Dead Man (TS)
  • 11.17 - Barker, Elsa - Letters from a Living Dead Man, 1917 (published work, Italian ed)
  • 11.18 - Barker, Elsa - The Living Dead Man, The Channel 1916
  • 11.19 - Barker, Elsa - Love and the God of Death (TS)
  • 11.20-11.23 - Barker, Elsa - Moon Above the Mountains (Draft Fragment, TS)
  • 11.24 - Barker, Elsa - My Search for God, 1940 (TS)
  • 11.25 - Barker, Elsa - Notes for unidentified work
  • 11.26 - Barker, Elsa - The Old Place (TS)
  • 11.27 - Barker, Elsa - Peary (Draft Fragment, TS)
  • 11.28 - Barker, Elsa - Poems (TS)
  • 11.29 - Barker, Elsa - The Scab (TS)
  • 11.30 - Barker, Elsa - The Secret Companions (TS)
  • 11.31 - Barker, Elsa - This Book (TS)
  • 11.32 - Barker, Elsa - Wayna (TS)
  • 11.33 - Barker, Elsa - Virginia (TS)
  • 11.34 - Barker, Elsa - Barker, Elsa – Reviews of Works (TS)
  • 11.35 - Barker, Elsa - Barker, Elsa – TS submitted to Treasury Department (TS)
  • 11.36-11.40 - Barker, Elsa - Fragments, including The Secret Companions, Virginia, The Dragon’s Left Eye, The Alligator Puzzle (TS)
  • 11.41-11.50 - Barker, Elsa - Poems, misc. (TS)
  • 11.51-11.58 - Barker, Elsa - Unidentified (TS)
  • 12.1 - Garvin, [?] -Description of transcontinental trip, 1946 (MS)
  • 12.6 - Bharati, Baba - Jim, Books One & Two (TS)
  • 12.2 - Sikelianos, Anghelos - Akritan Songs (TS)
  • 12.3-12.4 - Sikelianos, Anghelos - The Awakener (TS)
  • 12.5 - Sikelianos, Anghelos - The Death of Digenis (TS)
  • 22.16 - Winthrop, John - Poem, On Duty (MS)

SERIES II. WILLIAM ROSE BENÉT

Correspondence - Incoming
  • 13.12 - Bacon, Leonard, no date
  • 20.12 - Benét, James Walker, Jr.
  • 13.13 - Benét, James and Kathleen, 1927, 1936
  • 20.22 - Benét, Laurence, 1908, 1915
  • 13.14 - Benét, Stephen Vincent, no date
  • 21.3-21.4 - Benét, Teresa Thompson, no date
  • 13.15 - Fisher, Alfred High, 1915-1921
  • 13.16 - Frost, Robert (includes card from Frances Frost), no date
  • 13.17 - Frost, Robert, 1921 May
  • 13.18 - Miller, Ben, 1924-1925
  • 13.19 - Morley, Christopher, 1916
  • 13.20 - Morley, Kit, 1919
  • 13.21 - Noyes, Alfred, 1915
  • 13.22 - Publishers, including Harper & Bros., Yale Review, Harrison Smith, Inc., 1905-1932
  • 13.23 - Rose, Mary Lee, 1906
  • 13.24 - Untermeyer, Louis, 1918
  • 13.25-13.29 - Miscellaneous friends and associates, 1904-1936
Correspondence - Outgoing
  • 13.8 - Benét, Laura, 1904-1936
  • 13.9 - Benét, Stephen Vincent, 1903-1904
  • - Benét, Teresa Thompson, 1918
  • 13.10 - Rose, Mary Lee, 1896-1913
  • 13.11 - to miscellaneous family members including James Walker Benét and Frances Rose Benét, 1884-1924
Correspondence to and from Teresa Thompson Benét
  • 19.15-19.17 - from family members including Frances Rose and James Walker Benét, 1913-1917
  • 19.19-19.21 - to family members including Mary Lee Rose, Agnes Mahon, Laura Benét, Frances Rose and James Walker Benét, 1912-1917
  • 19.22-19.29 - from Norris, Kathleen Thompson (Teresa's sister) to family members
Writings
  • 13.33 - The Enlisted Man, 1905 (MS, including notations)
  • 13.34 - Hoodman Blind, A Novel in Verse, no date (TS)
  • 13.35 - Notes, no date (TS)
  • 13.36 - Sesfina (poem), no date (TS)
  • 13.37 - The Shore Road, no date (MS, including notations)
  • 13.38 - Poetry, clippings, no date
  • 13.39 - Poetry, including To a Falcon, The Joke, Mimi and the Foreboding Frost, Frustrate Boast, no date (TS)
Miscellaneous
  • 13.30 - Receipt, golf score book (with sketch by WRB), 1901
  • 13.31 - Receipts, invoices, Poetry Society membership card, 1918
  • 13.32 - Notes, including undated Christmas list,
  • 13.40 - War Department memoranda, contracts with Yale University Press, 1914-1918
  • 27.6 - Insurance policy, 1912

SERIES III. STEPHEN VINCENT BENÉT

Correspondence - Incoming
  • 13.1 - Alanova, Kyra, 1924
  • 20.23 - Benét, Rosemary Carr, 1939-1940s
  • 13.2 - Untermeyer, Louis, 1916
  • 13.3 - Miscellaneous correspondents, including Aggie Mahon, Laura Walker Benét, 1905-1940s
Correspondence - Outgoing
  • 13.4 - to Benét, Frances Rose, 1912
  • 13.5 - to Rose, Mary Lee, no date
Miscellaneous
  • 13.6 - Membership confirmation, Mory’s Association, 1916
  • 13.7 - Little Golightly, The Elks Magazine, 1930

SERIES IV. THE PARENTS OF LAURA, WILLIAM, AND STEPHEN

JAMES WALKER BENÉT
Correspondence - Incoming
  • 18.1-18.5 - Correspondence from friends, family and associates, 1891-1927
  • 18.6 - Goethals, George Washington, 1882
  • 20.18 - from Benét, Laurence, 1886-1905
  • 20.26 - from Cox, Margaret, 1917-1918
Correspondence - Outgoing
  • 19.1 - to misc. family members, including Teresa Thompson, James Walker Benét, Jr., 1895-1915
  • 19.2 - to friends, associates, 1895-1916
  • 19.1-19.7 - to Benét, Frances Rose, 1818-1927
  • 18.12 - to Benét, Laura, 1916-1927
  • 18.13-18.14 - to Benét, William Rose, 1898-1917
  • 19.8 - to Rose, Mary Lee, 1902-1914
  • 18.7-18.10 - to Miller, Ben, 1920-1927
Miscellaneous
  • Box 23 - An Autobiography, with footnotes by his younger brother, no date (TS)
  • 22.18 - Journal, [James Walker Benét ?] 1920
  • 26.3 - Centennial International Exhibition - Stock certificate, 1926
FRANCES NEILL ROSE BENÉT
Correspondence - Incoming
  • 14.1-14.23 - From miscellaneous friends and associates, 1871-1942
  • 20.17 - Benét, Laurence, 1880-1938
  • 14.24-14.26 - Rose, Mary Lee, 1898-1906
Correspondence - Outgoing
  • 15.1 - to miscellaneous family members, including Elizabeth Neill Rose, Betsy Jane[?], 1929
  • 15.2-15.11 - to Benét, James Walker, 1885-1915
  • 15.12-15.18 - to Benét, William Rose, includes letter regarding WRB’s probation from Yale University, 1905-1919
  • 15.19 - to Mahon, Agnes, 1905-1929
  • 16.1 - to Rose, Mary Lee and William, 1906-1908
  • 16.2-16.30 - to Rose, Mary Lee, 1810-1917
Writings
  • 17.1-17.16 - Journals, 1903-1940
  • 17.17 - A Woman, a Horse and a Dead Man, no date (MS)
  • 17.18 - Virtue Is It’s Own Reward, no date (TS, MS)
Finances
  • 21.6-21.9 - Business records, including invoices, bank receipts, banking correspondence, check registers, 1875-1939
Correspondence between extended Neill/Rose family members
  • 20.27 - Mahon, A.M., correspondence to Rose, Mary Lee, 1867-1885
  • 27.1 - Mahon, David and Elizabeth, correspondence to, 1812-1872
  • 27.4 - Neill, Catherine, correspondence to, no date
  • 20.28 - Neill, David, correspondence to, 1820
  • 21.1-21.2 - Neill, Elizabeth, correspondence to, 1916-1925
  • 20.29 - Neill, Sophia, correspondence to, no date
  • 20.30 - Neill, William, correspondence to Rose, Mary Lee, 1852-1858
  • 20.31-20.33 - Rose, Agnes, correspondence to, 1866-1929
  • 20.34-20.37 - Rose, Mary Lee, correspondence to, 1883-1919
  • 20.38 - Rose, William J., correspondence from, 1870-1878
  • 19.9-19.14 - To Mary Lee Rose from family members including Laura Benét, William Rose Benét, Teresa Benét and Frances Rose Benét, 1862-1937

SERIES 5: GRANDPARENTS OF LAURA, WILLIAM, AND STEPHEN

  • 20.14-20.16 - Benét, Laura Walker, correspondence to/from, 1883-1894
  • 20.20 - to Benét, Laura Walker from Laurence Benét, 1885-1894
  • 20.24 - Benét, Stephen Vincent, Sr., correspondence to/from, 1872-1895
  • 20.21 - to Benét, Stephen Vincent, Sr. from Laurence Benét, no date
  • 27.3 - Correspondence, from (great uncle) Laurence Vincent Benét, to family members, 1882-1888

SERIES 6: CHILDREN OF WILLIAM AND STEPHEN

  • 20.10 - Benét, Frances Rosemary, correspondence from, 1926-1935
  • 20.11 - Benét, James Walker, Jr., correspondence to/from, 1920s-1930s
  • 20.13 - Benét, Kathleen Anne, correspondence from, 1920s, 1930s
  • 20.25 - Benét, Stephanie and Thomas, correspondence to family members, 1930s

SERIES 7: MISCELLANEOUS BENÉT FAMILY MATERIAL

  • 20.1-20.9 - Miscellaneous unidentified correspondence to/from various family members, 1906-1969
  • 22.1-22.16 - Deteriorated correspondence to various/unidentified Benét family members, 1900s-1930s
  • 20.39 - Insurance policies, stocks, 1894-1931
  • 20.40-20.44 - Invoices, receipts, 1907-1943
  • 20.45 - Real estate holdings, correspondence with J.F. Ellis, Esquire, 1890s
  • 21.5 - Real estate holdings, Laura and William Rose Benét, 1928
  • 21.10 - Last will and testament, Catherine Neill, Frances Rose Benét, 1899, 1939
  • 21.15 - Real estate agreement, 1890
  • 21.11 - Journal, anonymous, 1917
  • 22.17 - Journal, Mahon, F.E., 1863
  • 21.13 - Report cards, lists - Benét, William Rose, Kathleen, Frances Rose, Walker 1870-1928
  • 21.14 - Writings, unidentified typescripts, manuscripts, no date
  • 22.18 - Journal, [James Walker Benét ?] 1920
  • 22.19 - Printing plate - calling card for Elizabeth Neill Rose, no date
  • 26.1 - Mathematics lesson book, 1803
  • 27.2 - Photostats from the New York State Library, including an Ada Rehan letter and images of the Old Pearl Street Theatre 1943

SERIES VIII. PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS

  • 28.1 - Photo album - including the Benicia Arsenal and family travels in the west, circa 1905 - 1911 (fire damaged)
  • 29.1 - Scrapbook - "Benicia Arsenal Views", circa 1905-1911
  • 30.3 - Family groups and portraits
  • 30.4 - Miscellaneous and unidentified family
  • 31.24 - Unidentified family portrait
  • 30.1 - Laura Benet
  • 30.5 - Laura Benet - Slabsides and Vassar, circa 1904-1907
  • 31.4 - Laura Benet with Rosemary Carr, Stephen Vincent Benet, and their 3 children, 1938 Spring
  • 32.1 - Stephen Vincent Benet
  • 32.3 - William Rose Benet
  • 32.4 - William Rose Benet - portrait from Albany Academy, circa 1899-1904
  • 31.3 - Children of Teresa and William Rose Benet
  • 30.2 - Teresa Benet and children [?]
  • 32.2 - James Walker Benet
  • 32.5 - Francis Rose Benet
  • 32.6 - Francis Rose Benet - portraits, 1882, 1915
  • 31.8 - Frances Rose Neill Benet
  • 32.7 - Mary Lee Rose
  • 31.1 - "Mrs. Rose"
  • 31.2 - Mary Mahon, 1919
  • 32.8 - Rosemary Benet, aged approximately 2 years, circa 1917
  • 32.9 - Kathleen and Charles Norris with Frances Rosemary and Kathleen Anne Benet
  • 31.5 - Wedding of Kathleen Anne Benet and George B. Fry II, 1939 August
  • 31.6 - Rachel Lyman Field at 3 years old, 1898
  • 31.7 - Anna and Marian Watts, 1897, no date
  • 31.9 - Anna Bundy Jacobs, Westtown Farmhouse, Pennsylvania
  • 32.17 - Signed portrait of unidentified author
  • 32.11 - Painting of Helen Parry Eden at 24
  • 32.10 - Friends - named
  • 31.14 - Friends - named
  • 31.11 - Unidentified women photographed in Philadelphia (cartes des visite)
  • 31.12 - Woman from the Neill Family photographed in Philadelphia (carte desvisite)
  • 31.13 - Miscellaneous and unidentified women
  • 31.15 - Miscellaneous and unidentified women
  • 31.10 - Unidentified women (tin types)
  • 28.2 - Unidentified women
  • 28.7 - Portrait of an unidentified woman
  • 28.8 - Portrait of an unidentified woman
  • 29.4 - Portrait of an unidentified man (Laurence V. Benet?)
  • 32.15 - Unidentified men
  • 31.16 - Unidentified children - Norwalk, Connecticut
  • 31.17 - Unidentified children - groups
  • 31.19 - Miscellaneous and unidentified children
  • 31.20 - Unidentified children
  • 32.14 - Unidentified children
  • 29.3 - Three portraits of unidentified children, including one taken by Walter Scott Shinn, circa 1920, no date
  • 31.18 - Unidentified child (tintype)
  • 32.12 - Portrait of unidentified child, taken by Philip Conklin, Troy, New York
  • 32.13 - Portrait of unidentified child, framed in Washington, DC
  • 29.3 - Benicia Arsenal, 1907
  • 31.21 - Rectory of St. Luke's Protestant Episcopal Church, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 1924
  • 31.22 - Augusta, Georgia - Flood of [1888?]
  • 29.2 - Miscellaneous and unidentified buildings and landscapes
  • 32.16 - Unidentified homes
  • 31.23 - Unidentified homes
  • 29.2 - Locations, homes, landscapes, no date
  • 28.3 - Unidentified homes and people
  • 28.4 - Miscellaneous and unidentified buildings
  • 28.5 - Miscellaneous and unidentified landscapes
  • 31.25 - Negatives (damaged)
  • 28.6 - Postcards
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