Guide to the Benjamin D. Boswell Military Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Boswell, Benjamin D. (Benjamin Dempsey), 1837-1907.
Title: Benjamin D. Boswell Military Records
Dates: 1867-1887 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 microfilm reel
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Summary: The Boswell Military Records document the military service of Benjamin D. Boswell, the first professor of military science at Corvallis State Agricultural College.
Repository: Oregon State University
University Archives

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2165

Languages: Materials in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Benjamin D. Boswell was the first professor of military science at the Corvallis State Agricultural College and the first active-duty Army officer to be assigned military instructor at a college in the far western states. He was born in Indiana on 10 Sept 1837 and served during the Civil War and afterwards in the Regular Army. He came to Corvallis in 1873 and served as professor until 1876. He was proprietor of the Boswell Springs resort (Douglas County) for 12-14 years prior to his death in 1907.

Content Description

Military service records from the War Department's Adjutant General's Office include correspondence and orders dealing with promotions, leaves and duty assignments; medical records; and the proceedings of his retirement board. These records are from the National Archives Record Group 94: Records of the Adjutant General's Office; Appointment, Commission, and Personnel Branch; Letters Received #64 ACP 1872 for Lt. Benjamin Boswell.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

Benjamin D. Boswell Military Records, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon

Administrative Information

Custodial History :  

Microfilm purchased in 1980 by the Oregon State University Archives to be used by Kenneth Munford in research on Boswell. Munford subsequently donated the microfilm to the OSU archives in 1984. The film has been transferred from the Memorabilia Collection to the Manuscript Collections.

Bibliography :  

    Munford, Kenneth and Moore, Harriet. "The Boswells of Boswell Springs." Oregon Historical Quarterly, v 83, no 4 (1982): 341-370.

Related Materials :  

Other materials pertaining to Boswell are in the Memorabilia Collection.


  • Personal Names :
  • Boswell, Benjamin D.(Benjamin Dempsey),1837-1907.  ( creator)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Military education--Oregon.
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

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