Fonds MS-2-486 - C. L. Bennet fonds

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C. L. Bennet fonds

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MS-2-486

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  • 1919-1957, predominant 1930-1950 (Creation)

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1.6 m of textual records. - 11 photographs.. - 1 engraver's plate

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(1895-1971)

Biographical history

Born in New Zealand in 1895, Charles L. ("Ben") Bennet was a First World War veteran who came to Dalhousie University from Jesus College, Cambridge, to teach English in 1922. He was Head of the Dalhousie University English Department and George Munro Professor of English (1931-1958). He served as Secretary of the Dalhousie Senate, Dean of Arts and Science, Vice Principal of Dalhousie University (1958-1961) and University Registrar. He was Counsellor of the Department of Veterans' Affairs and supervised Dalhousie's veterans' programs. Bennet founded and managed the Down Under Club (1941-1942) and the Anzac (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) Club (1941-1944). He was a longtime series editor of the Canada Book of Prose and Verse (1933-1951) and editor of The Dalhousie Review (1957-). Bennet retired from Dalhousie in 19--, was made emeritus professor in 19--. and died in 1971.

Custodial history

The material was loaned to Dalhousie University Archives in 1983; later, in 1993, it was donated to the Archives by Jim Bennet, son of C. L. Bennet.

Scope and content

The fonds contains considerable material from the Dalhousie Review from 1950 to 1953-correspondence, book reviews, articles pending; correspondence relating to Dalhousie University Faculty of Graduate Studies and Senate; examinations and papers of Dalhousie students (bulk in 1930s); correspondence, outlines, and galley proofs of the Canada Books, I to VI, 1933-1951; correspondence and other material relating to the Down Under Club and Anzac Club, 1940s; personal papers, including Bennet's course notes and exams from his days as a student at Harvard; copies of acting scripts; photos of local theatre productions, School for the Blind, Dalhousie University English Department; photo of the first Soviet war bride in England (Nora Murray); copies of Archibald MacMechan's Late Harvest and E. Ritchie's In the Gloaming.

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  • English

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English

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The correspondence in MS-2-486, Box 3, Folder 20 and Box 8, Folders 13-17 is closed. All other materials are open for research.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], C. L. Bennet fonds, MS-2-486, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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