Guide to the Benjamin L. Arnold Collection

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Arnold, B. L. (Benjamin Lea), 1839-1892.
Title: Benjamin L. Arnold Collection
Dates: 1874-1892 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.01 cubic ft. (The Arnold Collection is housed in one 12x17 oversize box.)
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Summary: The Benjamin L. Arnold Collection consists of several items pertaining to Arnold, who served as president of Corvallis College from 1872 until 1892. The items include correspondence written by Arnold to his family; newspaper clippings regarding Arnold's death; condolence letters written to Arnold's widow Minnie following his death in 1892; and two Benton County, Oregon land deeds.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Contact Information: Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
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 Lea Arnold was born October 29, 1839 in Mecklenburg, Virginia. He received his B.S. from Randolph Macon College and taught in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. After serving in the Confederate army under General Robert E. Lee, Arnold taught at colleges in Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. Benjamin L. Arnold became the second president of Oregon Agricultural College in 1872 and served in that capacity until his death on January 30, 1892.

Content Description

The Benjamin L. Arnold Collection consists of newspaper clippings regarding Arnold's death, personal correspondence from Benjamin Arnold, and condolence letters upon his death to his wife, Minnie Arnold. It also includes two land deeds.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

Benjamin L. Arnold Collection, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon

Administrative Information

Custodial History :  

The materials were transferred to the University Archives from the Horner Museum in 1996.

Related Materials :  

Other materials relating to Benjamin L. Arnold and to past presidents of Oregon State University can be found in the Memorabilia Collection and in the President's Office Records (RG 13).


  • Personal Names :
  • Arnold, B. L. (Benjamin Lea), 1839-1892.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Corvallis College.
  • Oregon Agricultural College.
  • Subject Terms :
  • College presidents--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Benton County (Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Deeds.

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